Linklaters LLP (US) at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Collegial work culture”
  • “Diversity of work and clients”
  • “European approach to work-life balance”

Downers

  • “Not as well known in the US”
  • “Not transparent about career path”
  • “Working during Asia/European time zones”

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.

IN THE NEWS

June 2017
Gas Giant

Linklaters' U.S. Antitrust team is advising the German multinational gases and engineering firm Linde AG on the global merger clearances in relation to its proposed $73 billion merger with Praxair Inc. to create the leading global industrial gas company. A final agreement has just been reached by Linde's supervisory board following a failed attempt last year, and the deal is expected to close in the second half of 2018 if cleared by antitrust regulators. Praxair is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America that produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.

May 2017
Tech Funding

Linklaters' New York Investment Management Group and Tax practice worked with the London and Tokyo offices on the launch of SoftBank Group Corp.'s Vision Fund-the world's largest technology investment fund and biggest ever private fundraise at just under $100 billion. The SoftBank Vision Fund focuses on companies that will enable the next age of innovation including artificial intelligence, robotics, mobile applications, communications infrastructure, cloud technologies, consumer internet businesses and financial technology. It will seek to acquire minority and majority interests in both private and public companies, from emerging technology businesses to established multi-billion dollar firms needing substantial growth funding.

April 2017
Don't Cry For Me, Argentina

Linklaters' Latin American team has recently acted on a number of the first transactions in the reopening of the Argentine capital markets, advising the banks on both provincial debt issuances-including City of Buenos Aires, Province of Mendoza, Province of Salta, Province of Entre Rios, and Province of Tierra del Fuego-as well as corporate issuances including the notes issued by Cablevision, which was the first issue by a corporate from Argentina following the resolution of the country's sovereign dispute with its holdout creditors.

March 2017
Raiding the DOJ

Linklaters bolstered their global Dispute Resolution offering with senior U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) hire Matthew Axelrod. Prior to joining the firm, Axelrod served as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, one of DOJ's highest ranking officials. He advised the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General on every significant matter within DOJ, including all major Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act, money laundering, health care fraud, and other white-collar cases and policy directives. His appointment, along with recent additions Adam Lurie and Douglas Tween, further strengthens Linklaters' government risk, FCPA, antitrust, U.S. regulatory and white collar crime capabilities. 

August 2016
Saffer Deals

Linklaters recently worked on several high-profile deals for South African companies looking to invest into the U.S., one of which was advising Steinhoff, a South African-based international retailer of furniture and household goods on the acquisition of Mattress Firm, the largest specialty bedding retailer in the U.S., for $3.8 billion (including debt). A cross-practice team of New York-based Corporate and Tax lawyers and London-based Banking lawyers led the deal. Members of the Linklaters' New York, D.C. and London teams also advised Sibanye Gold Limited's $2.2 billion acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company, the only producer of palladium and platinum metals in the U.S.

December 2016
Wind Farming

A cross-practice team of lawyers from Linklaters' New York office alongside colleagues from Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, London, and Paris advised DONG Energy Wind Power U.S. Inc. on its entry into a 50/50 joint venture with Eversource Energy to develop and operate a utility-scale wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. The project, which is expected to generate over 2,000 megawatts of electricity, will be the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S. DONG Energy has built more than one-quarter of the total offshore wind capacity globally. First power from the project is expected in the early 2020s.

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Linklaters LLP (US)

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 2017: 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: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    15 out of 15 (2Ls) (2016)

  • 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 • International Governance and Development • Investment Management • 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 • Hong Kong • Lisbon • London • Luxembourg • Madrid • Milan • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Rome • São Paulo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Stockholm • Tokyo • Warsaw