2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Supportive culture and work environment.”
“The work/life balance.”
“Lack of transparency.”
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 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.
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. The firm made its way to the U.S. capital in 2012. 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 recent years. The firm is mainly known in the U.S. for its M&A and banking practices, but 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.
Put It In Reverse
Most law firms offer a formal mentorship program through which junior lawyers are paired with partners or senior associates. Linklaters has taken a different approach with its new reverse mentoring program. Mentors include lawyers, professionals from the firm’s business teams, and secretaries—with an emphasis on selecting mentors who are from under-represented groups. Dozens of firm partners are paired with mentors for around six months. According to the firm, the goal of the program is “helping partners and directors gain a deeper understanding of different people’s perspectives and experiences, and create a culture of inclusion at the firm.” And in true Linklaters’ fashion, mentors and mentees represent offices across the globe.
News & Awards
Linklaters has launched a cross-practice Sports Sector group. The establishment of this sector group was driven by a recognition that the sports industry is at the forefront of digital and technological development and consumer engagement. The firm already has deep experience and understanding of the sector, having acted for clubs, governing bodies and external investors and stakeholders throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America on a range of corporate/M&A transactions; financings and securitizations; and sports-related contentious, regulatory, and commercial matters.
Linklaters is the global No. 1 legal advisor by value for Renewables Project Finance. Linklaters topped the global renewables project finance league table, advising on more deals by value than any other law firm in IJGlobal’s annual transaction tables. Linklaters is a leader in the field, having advised on the largest-ever project financing of infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa—the US$4bn Nacala Corridor Rail and Port project in Mozambique and Malawi in 2017.
BBVA and Red Electrica Corporation have become the first in the world to deliver a syndicated loan using blockchain. Linklaters advised BBVA on the €150mn syndicated loan with the whole facility’s negotiation process closed over the blockchain network. Linklaters is a leader in advising on the application of new technologies to finance.
Linklaters’ U.S. Global Practice Head was named to the Financial Times’ 2018 ‘EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List. Tom Shropshire is recognized for his contribution to diversity and inclusion for the third consecutive year. The list champions ethnic diversity in business and identifies the top 100 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic business leaders across the U.S., U.K., Europe, and Canada who have made a significant contribution to ethnic minority inclusion in the workplace.
- Linklaters advised Vodafone on its US$11.5bn bond offering, representing the second-largest U.S. high-grade bond to price in 2018.
- Linklaters acted as fund and tax counsel to SoftBank on the launch of its US$100bn Vision Fund, the world’s largest technology investment fund and the largest ever private fundraise.
- Linklaters advised Marfrig Global Foods on the sale of its U.S. subsidiary Keystone Foods to Tyson Foods for over US$2bn.
- Linklaters acted as regulatory legal counsel to Linde on the global antitrust aspects of its US$90bn merger of equals with Praxair Inc., creating the world’s largest industrial gas company.
- Global Derivatives Law Firm of the Year, 2018 (GlobalCapital)
- Top Five Innovator in Dispute Resolution, 2018 (FT Innovative Lawyers North America)
- Global 20 Law Firm, 2018 (Law360)
- Derivatives Law Firm of the Year, 2019 (Risk Awards)
- Top 100 Employer 2019, Stonewall: LGBT
Why Work Here
As one of the largest and most successful law firms in the world, Linklaters provides an outstanding career experience that offers a passport to success for our lawyers. Join us and we’ll give you the opportunity to realize your ambition for your own career.
Founded in 1838, Linklaters has over 2,600 lawyers, including more than 450 partners, in 20 countries. A truly unified firm with a single management structure, our network of offices combines local knowledge and experience with a global infrastructure to provide our clients with the highest standards of legal advice wherever they do business – in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, or in Africa and Australia through our strategic alliances with Webber Wentzel (South Africa) and Allens (Australia).
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Phone: (212) 903-9000
Managing Partner: Gideon Moore
Global U.S. Practice Head: Tom Shropshire
U.S. Hiring Partners: Penelope Jensen and Douglas Tween
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
2.5K - 3K
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)
No. of Summer Associates:
20 total (17 2Ls; 3 1Ls)
New York, NY
Hamburg Hong Kong
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency
Energy and Infrastructure/Project Finance
Executive Compensation and ERISA
Investigations and White Collar Crime
Structured Finance and Derivatives
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.