Linklaters LLP (US) at a Glance


  • “Relatively decent hours”
  • “Many international opportunities”
  • “A great global culture”


  • “Lack of transparency on firm governance / strategy”
  • “Long-term partnership opportunities”
  • “Figuring out how to get phased into the work stream”

The Buzz

  • “Excellent antitrust/competition group in NY and other offices”
  • “A great, strong, international firm”
  • “More prestigious in the UK”
  • “Mass market”

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.


May 2014

Promotions to Partner
Linklaters announced that 21 lawyers were elected to the partnership, across 11 jurisdictions and eight practice areas. Forty-three percent of the partners elected this year are women. Three of those elected are U.S. lawyers based in New York (2) and Singapore (1). In addition, 22 lawyers across the firm were promoted to counsel, including three in the global U.S. practice.

March 2014

Brazilian Bonds
Linklaters' Latin America practice represented Marfrig Overseas Limited, one of Brazil's largest food-processing companies, in its issuance of US$275 million 9.50 percent senior notes due in 2020. This bond was the first high yield debt issuance by a Brazilian company in 2014, and it was the third bond issuance on which Linklaters advised Marfrig in the past two years.

February 2014

Growing Seeds
Linklaters' New York office participated in the Micro-Tyco challenge. Micro-Tyco is the latest concept from WildHearts, a charity that launches companies and uses their profits to tackle developing world poverty while stimulating entrepreneurship. With Micro-Tyco, teams from organizations, including leading corporates, universities and even primary schools from around the world are given $1/£1 seed capital and are challenged to grow it into as much as they can in four weeks. Proceeds are then used to fund microloans in 26 developing nations, helping thousands of people to work their own way out of poverty. Four Linklaters teams comprising 24 members of business services raised US$19,500. Linklaters matched that amount, bringing our donation to a grand total of US$39,000 to WildHearts. The New York office was named the Overall Winner of the February 2014 competition and placed first in the International Category.

December 2013

Award Winning Deal
Linklaters captured a Deal of the Year award in the Structured Finance and Securitization category for Trade MAPS 1 Limited, Series 2013-1 at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Americas Awards ceremony held in New York. The Linklaters team comprised lawyers from 19 of the firm's offices. Linklaters was recognized for its innovative design, structure and implementation of the Trade MAPS Program, which allows participating banks to fund their trade businesses through the issue of term securities. It provides long-term funding for traditionally short-dated assets and enhances the banks' liquidity position. The program also introduces a new category of asset-backed securities to the ABS market.

Billion Dollar Steel Sale
Several offices of Linklaters represented ThyssenKrupp AG in the US$1.55 billion sale of its U.S. steel plant to Luxembourg's ArcelorMittal SA and Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. Düsseldorf-based partner Ralph Wollburg and New York-based partner Scott Sonnenblick led the team advising on this matter, which included partners and associates in New York, Washington, DC, Düsseldorf and Hong Kong.

October 2013

Developing New Practice Groups
Linklaters launched its International Governance and Development practice led by New York-based partner Lance Croffoot-Suede and London-based partner Vanessa Havard-Williams to help clients develop a tailored approach to social development issues, governance structures and sectoral standards and codes of practice.

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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
  • US Managing Partners: Jeff Norton and Conrado Tenaglia
  • Hiring Partners: Paul Hessler and Danelle Le Cren (U.S.)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 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
    20 out of 20 (2013)

  • 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
    Litigation and Arbitration
    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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