Linklaters LLP (US) at a Glance


  • “European outlook on certain things like vacation”
  • “Sociable and supportive colleagues”
  • “Top quality and cross-border/international work”


  • “No partnership prospects”
  • “Lack of U.S.-facing work”
  • “Disengaged partnership in the New York office”

The Buzz

  • “Great international”
  • “Excellent UK firm”
  • “Take themselves too seriously”
  • ”Too big"

About Linklaters LLP (US)

Consistently ranked as a top money-maker, both in terms of firm profits and PPP, Magic Circle firm Linklaters has achieved legal industry royalty by following the BigLaw formula well: build the finance and M&A practices and grow internationally. The firm is one of the top brands among U.K.-based law firms, and if you want to work in the United States, there are two offices to choose from: New York and Washington, DC.

Truly Global

At the beginning of the 1990s, Linklaters was predominantly a U.K. firm with local operations in just a handful of cities across Europe and Asia. But in 1996, the firm embarked on an expansion strategy and hasn't looked back since. Through a string of global mergers, joint ventures, and organic growth, the firm built up a hefty international practice. In 2005, following new legislation permitting multinational partnerships, Linklaters was among the few global firms in Japan to provide both international and domestic services. And in 2006, Linklaters opened shop in Dubai, building on its 30 years of Middle East experience. 2012 saw the opening of the firm's office in Washington, DC. With 29 offices in 20 countries, Linklaters is no longer an exclusively fish-and-chips firm.

Moving up in the Big City

Linklaters' New York team of U.S.-trained lawyers has grown tremendously over the past few years. It provides a full range of legal services to financial institutions and corporations on their most high-profile domestic and cross-border transactions, complex litigation, and regulatory matters. The team has the capacity and knowledge on the ground to handle assignments of virtually any size or complexity in any of its practice areas: antitrust, banking, capital markets, corporate/M&A, environment & climate change, executive compensation, financial regulation, investment management, litigation and arbitration, restructuring, and insolvency and tax.

Regulatory matters and complex litigation get special attention in the New York office, as well. The firm recently represented Air France in a DOJ investigation into price-fixing in the multibillion-dollar market for the air transport of cargo and related follow-on class action litigations.

Hanging with the Big Dogs

Mainly known in the United States for its M&A and banking practices, Linklaters' New York team has represented clients in a number of significant transactions including the cross-border representation of the Joint Administrators of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings and the Brazilian development bank, BNDES, on the issuance of new SPV bonds to facilitate the refinancing of $1 billion outstanding bonds.

Sometimes it takes a multinational to represent a multinational, and Linklaters' clients are some of the biggest, too. Its M&A practice has represented DISH Network on its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc.; AIG on the sale of its consumer finance businesses in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, and Thailand; Citi on the sale of its German retail banking operation to Credit Mutuel Group for $7.7 billion; and Sanofi-Aventis on its $8 billion acquisition of Merck & Co.'s half of joint venture Merial Limited, an animal-health company, and the option to acquire Schering-Plough's Intervet.


Growing in the USA

Building a strong U.S. platform is a key areas of focus for Linklaters, and one that the firm sees as integral to its strategy. Linklaters has continued to invest in its Global U.S. Practice through a number of hires in the last year in areas that best fit its clients' needs. This has included the hiring of three new partner hires (New York, Washington, D.C., and London) to strengthen the U.S. practice specifically as it relates to government risk and FCPA work; the hiring of two new attorneys (partner and counsel) to the firm's New York Restructuring & Insolvency (R&I) practice to meet the increasing client demand for U.S. bankruptcy capability; and two additional counsel hires to the Capital Markets practice (Hong Kong and New York). This year has also seen the promotion of a New York Investment Management associate to partner and the promotion of two associates to counsel (New York and London) in the firm's Financial Regulation and Capital Markets practices.

Everywhere You Want to Be

Linklaters' U.S. Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, and Tax teams have been acting for Visa Europe Limited ("VE") on the €21.2bn sale of 100% of its share capital to Visa Inc. ("VI").The transaction will create a single global company operating the Visa brand; as a result, Visa's European customers will have greater access to VI's scale and resources and Visa's global customers will have a more seamless experience. The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close later this year. An additional cross-practice team of lawyers from our London, Frankfurt, Munich, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, and Seoul offices have also been involved.

May 2016
We Are the World

At the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016, Linklaters' International Governance and Development Practices launched its new report, commissioned by the United Nations University's (UNU) Centre for Policy Research, entitled "Governance for the United Nations Development System (UNDS): Adapting to Meet the Challenges of a Changing World." The report examines the governance of seven funds and programs within the UNDS-the World Food Program, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Women, UN Development Programme, UN Population Fund, UN Office for Project Services and UN Children's Emergency Fund-and makes a number of recommendations for reform, reflecting principles of good governance taken from the private and public sectors.

March 2016
Resettling Refugees

Linklaters' attorneys were successful in obtaining resettlement in the U.S. for an Iraqi widow and her two sons. Our New York office has worked with the International Refugee Assistance Project ("IRAP") for several years, providing representation to clients who are without legal counsel. Through IRAP, Linklaters lawyers have helped vulnerable families and refugees navigate the complex rules and processes of the international resettlement system. The firm has obtained resettlement in the U.S. for several IRAP clients in recent years, including an Iraqi translator for the U.S. military and his family (2015) and an Afghan translator for the U.S. military (2014).

September 2015
Uniting for LGBT Inclusion

Linklaters' U.S. Corporate/M&A Partner Peter Cohen-Millstein represented the firm during The Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, at which Linklaters helped to launch 'Open For Business," the first business-led coalition supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) inclusion. Open For Business aims to make and promote a positive business and economic case for global LGBT rights. The coalition includes American Express, AT&T, Brunswick, EY, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Linklaters, MasterCard, McKinsey & Company, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered, Thomson Reuters, and Virgin Group.

July 2015
Award Worthy

Linklaters was recognized with more awards than any other law firm in The American Lawyer's 2015 Global Legal Awards. In an article on the awards, AmLaw noted that, "Leading a long list of Global 100 and independent law firms with boasting rights (is) Linklaters, with seven awards…" The judges reviewed 225 entries across 30 categories which makes this exceptional amount of recognition all the more significant.

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Linklaters LLP (US)

1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Phone: (212) 903-9000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Gideon Moore
  • U.S. Managing Partner: Conrado Tenaglia
  • Hiring Partners: Paul Hessler and Justin Storms (U.S.)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 2,600

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year+: $315,000
    Summer associate: Prorated 1st year salary

  • Summer Associate Offers
    19 out of 20 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency
    Capital Markets
    Energy and Infrastructure/Project Finance
    Executive Compensation and ERISA
    Financial Regulation
    International Governance and Development
    Investment Management
    Latin America
    Dispute Resolution
    Structured Finance and Derivatives

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY • Washington, DC • Abu Dhabi • Amsterdam • Antwerp • Bangkok • Beijing • Berlin • Brussels • Dubai • Düsseldorf • Frankfurt • Hong Kong • Lisbon • London • Luxembourg • Madrid • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Rome • São Paulo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Stockholm • Tokyo • Warsaw