2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Truly a global presence.”
“Great collegial firm culture (has the European vibe).”
“Commitment to pro bono.”
“Opacity of career prospects.”
“BigLaw is BigLaw.”
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.
We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our people and candidates. To that end, we have successfully implemented virtual interviewing in our lateral recruitment processes, and in partnership with schools and student-led groups, we are developing innovative and creative solutions to connect with and recruit students in a virtual environment.
News & Awards
Linklaters adopted a new global agile working policy that empowers Linklaters’ employees to determine where they get their work done without having to request permission. Under the new global policy employees will be able to work remotely, for up to 20-50 percent of their time, as long it is communicated to teams in advance and operational roles are fulfilled.
Linklaters expanded its U.S. practice with several high-profile hires including three new partners to the firm’s New York Investment Funds group, a new U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets, and a market-leading CFIUS lawyer to head the firm’s U.S. Foreign Investment practice. The hires come as Linklaters continues to enhance its U.S. practice to help clients navigate the complex and increasingly unpredictable regulatory environment.
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association and Linklaters have brought further automation and efficiency to the negotiation of derivatives agreements by adding new documentation modules to ISDA Create—an online solution built by Linklaters’ internal technology start-up Nakhoda that automates the process of producing and agreeing documentation and enables the capture of valuable structured legal data.
Linklaters, the United Nations Global Compact and UC Berkeley School of Law launched the Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability Version 2.0 to help General Counsels drive change around corporate sustainability issues in their organizations. Driven to make a difference to the world we live in, Linklaters teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) to represent detained immigrants at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia—one of the largest and busiest immigrant detention facilities in the U.S.
- Linklaters advised Hg’s Genesis 7 Fund and Montagu on the sale of a stake in Visma to investors led by Hg’s Saturn 2 Fund. Valued at US$12.2bn it represents the largest ever software buyout.
- Linklaters advised Lenzing and Duratex on the US$1.1bn financing to build one of the world’s largest and most energy-efficient dissolving wood pulp plants.
- Linklaters defended Gabon in a U.S. enforcement petition preventing a US$49m default on an unresolved international arbitration award.
- Linklaters advised Linde on a carve-out for the merger of Linde AG and Praxair to form Linde plc with an aggregated market capitalization of ~US$100bn.
- Leader in Diversity, 2020—Financial Times
- Americas Derivatives Law Firm of the Year: Overall, 2020—GlobalCapital
- Latin America Power Deal of the Year, 2019—IJGlobal
- Top Global 20 Law Firms, 2019—Law360
- America's Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms, 2019—Forbes
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
Phone: (212) 903-9000
Managing Partner: Gideon Moore
Global U.S. Practice Head: Tom Shropshire
U.S. Hiring Partners: Penelope Jensen, Antonia Sherman, and Douglas Tween
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
2.5K - 3K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
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
Legal Recruitment Manager
No. of U.S. Offices: 2
No. of International Offices: 28
New York, NY
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency
Business Crime & Investigations
Energy and Infrastructure/Project Finance
Executive Compensation and ERISA
Structured Finance and Derivatives
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.