Linklaters LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “International presence”
  • “Quality of work”
  • “Friendly culture”

Downers

  • “The hours can be rough”
  • “Understaffing”
  • “New bonus requirements”

About Linklaters LLP

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 UK-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 UK 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 30 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, energy and infrastructure/project finance, executive compensation, financial regulation, investment funds, dispute resolution, investigations and white collar crime, 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.

IN THE NEWS

April and May 2018

The first half of 2018 has seen Linklaters' involvement in two high-profile deals involving Japanese companies. The firm is advising Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Company on its US$62bn takeover offer for global biotechnology company Shire plc-both the largest ever outbound M&A deal and the first major cross-border share exchange by a Japanese company. Upon completion, Takeda will be a top-10 global pharmaceutical company. Linklaters is also advising U.S.-based Whirlpool Corporation on the sale of its Brazilian compressor business, Embraco, to Japanese motor manufacturer Nidec for US$1.08bn in cash, a move that reflects Whirlpool's focus on its consumer-facing business.

April 2018

Linklaters is active in the Latin American market, and the firm recently advised Brazil-based Marfrig Global Foods S.A. on the acquisition of a 51% stake in National Beef Packing Company LLC, the fourth-largest beef processor in the U.S. Marfrig agreed to pay US$969m for the controlling equity interest; this deal is of huge strategic importance to Marfrig as it will become the world's second-largest beef producer as a result. Marfrig will broaden its presence in the U.S. market alongside the South American market, as well as gaining access to markets such as Japan and South Korea.

March 2018

Linklaters advised the CGG group, a leading geosciences services provider, and its Paris and NYSE-listed parent company, CGG S.A., on the largest restructuring of a French-listed company since Eurotunnel. The multi-jurisdictional structure of the group, the number of stakeholders involved, and the size and variety of the financial debt being treated made it a particularly complex and interesting piece of work.

February 2018

Linklaters advised the bookrunners on the initial public offering of Corporación América Airports S.A. on the New York Stock Exchange. Corporación América Airports is the largest private airport operator in the world based on the number of airports under management and the tenth largest based on passenger traffic. It operates 52 airports globally in Latin America, Europe, and Eurasia.

September 2017

Linklaters has been advising Highland Pellets, LLC, a supplier of sustainable wood pellets, on several transactions relating to their biomass operations. These include working to utilize the New Markets Tax Credit program, which incentivizes investment in distressed U.S. communities through tax credits, to help fund the construction of Highland's biomass pellet plant in Arkansas. The plant was the first of its kind in Arkansas, and supplies European countries for commercial and residential power generation. The transactions have raised the profile of the biomass industry within the U.S. renewables market, which is predominantly made up of wind and solar energy.

March 2017

Linklaters advised a consortium of lenders on the financing of Mexico's next generation ("Red Compartida") mobile broadband network for Altán Redes SAPI de CV, as network developer. Altán is the vehicle for the consortium that successfully won the competitive tender process to develop the network, which is a national concession granted for the purposes of providing at least 92.2% telecom coverage for Mexico-a commercially significant outcome for the country.

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Linklaters LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Gideon Moore
  • Global U.S. Practice Head: Tom Shropshire
  • U.S. Hiring Partners: Justin Storms and Douglas Tween
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 2,600

  • Base Salary

    New York, NY
    1st year: $190,000
    2nd year: $200,000
    3rd year: $220,000
    4th year: $255,000
    5th year: $280,000
    6th year: $305,000
    7th year: $325,000
    8th year: $340,000
    Summer associate: $3,700/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    17 out of 17 (2Ls) (2018)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust/Competition • Banking • Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency • Capital Markets • Corporate/M&A • Energy and Infrastructure/Project Finance • Executive Compensation and ERISA • Financial Regulation • Investigations and White Collar Crime • Investment Funds • Latin America • Dispute Resolution • Structured Finance and Derivatives • Tax

Major Office Locations

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