Linklaters LLP (US) at a Glance


  • “Truly international practice”
  • “No strict billable hour requirement”
  • “Camaraderie among associates”


  • “Lack of transparency from management”
  • “London rules the roost”
  • “Working in different time zones”

The Buzz

  • “Great for capital markets”
  • “Tax experts”
  • “British”
  • “Top-notch in Europe, still figuring things out in NYC”

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 & arbitration, restructuring & 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 Department of Justice 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.

It takes a multinational to represent a multinational: 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.


April 2015

Healthy Deals
Linklaters' New York and Washington, DC, offices have played a key role in a pivotal set of transactions-advising Novartis in its transformational restructuring involving three deals with GlaxoSmithKline-together with Linklaters' teams across Europe and Asia. The deals included the acquisition of GSK's oncology division, the sale of Novartis' vaccines business and a joint venture combining the companies' consumer divisions; the team continues to advise Novartis on the sale of its flu vaccines business to CSL Limited. Linklaters' global Antitrust team was recently recognized at the Global Competition Review Awards, where the transactions won "Matter of the Year."

March 2015

International Reach
Linklaters appointed Scott Bowie as head of its Global U.S. Practice and to sit on the firm's global Executive Committee. The role is designed to further develop the firm's Global U.S. law offering, enhancing its reputation as one of the strongest and most integrated cross-border U.S. law practices in the market.

Big World, Big Awards
Linklaters' Global U.S. practice received a number of prestigious awards from several publications in 2014. These included the Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Awards, Infrastructure Journal Global Americas Awards, LatinFinance Deal of the Year Awards, American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, Project Finance International Awards and International Financial Law Review Americas Awards. Linklaters also captured the Financial Times' Most Innovative Law Firm award in the social responsibility category for the establishment of its International Governance and Development practice.

August 2014

Move Over Dewey Decimal System
A team of over 200 Linklaters lawyers, alongside Thomson Reuters and Lawyers Without Borders, produced an indexed digest of the entire jurisprudence of Liberia, on a pro bono basis. As a result, judges and lawyers are now able to access, consider and build upon Liberian case precedent, reinstituting the foundation that was abruptly abandoned during the political upheaval and civil wars. Over a period of five years, the team contributed over 5,800 hours, which resulted in index and summaries covering over 3,700 of Liberia's cases being compiled for the first time.

June 2014

Let the Cash Flow
Linklaters advised Abengoa on the formation and Nasdaq IPO of a Yieldco comprising selected assets of the company in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. This was the first U.S. Yieldco IPO of a non-U.S. issuer, only the third IPO of a Yieldco in the United States and the largest Yieldco IPO to date. Linklaters also advised Abengoa and Abengoa Yield on the latter's US$255m notes offering, on the US$285m public offering of Abengoa Yield shares by Abengoa and on Abengoa's on US$279m offering of notes exchangeable for Abengoa Yield shares.

Proud to Be Part of Linklaters
Linklaters' New York office hosted its fifth annual Pride Celebration Dinner in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Linklaters partnered with J.P. Morgan Chase's Legal Diversity Committee for the event. Award winning journalist Chris Geidner, Legal Editor of BuzzFeed, served as the guest speaker and provided a thought provoking discussion on the role of media in a changing landscape for LGBT rights.

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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: Simon Davies
  • U.S. Managing Partner: Conrado Tenaglia
  • Hiring Partners: Paul Hessler and Justin Storms (U.S.)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 2,600

  • Employment Contact
    Jennifer Katz-Hickman
    Legal Recruitment Manager
    Phone: (212) 830-9502
    Fax: (212) 903-9100

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year:  $160,000
    2nd year:  $170,000
    3rd year:  $185,000
    4th year:  $210,000
    5th year:  $230,000
    6th year:  $250,000
    7th year:  $265,000
    8th year:  $280,000
    Summer associate:  $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    21 out of 22 (2014)

  • 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

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