At a Glance
“International presence/cross-border work.”
“Lack of billable-hours requirement.”
“The people are really great.”
“Some issues could use more transparency.”
“The volume of work can be overwhelming at times.”
“Sometimes important decisions are made in London.”
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 31 offices in 21 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.
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News & Awards
- Linklaters acted as fund counsel to SoftBank Group Corp. on the launch of the SoftBank Vision Fund, which at the time was the world’s largest technology investment fund targeting $100 billion and the largest ever private fundraise.
- Linklaters acted as lead strategic counsel to Linde on the global antitrust aspects of its $90 billion merger of equals with Praxair Inc. to create the world’s largest industrial gas company. Linklaters handled merger control and foreign investment filings in 24 jurisdictions.
- Linklaters advised Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in relation to its £46 billion recommended offer for Shire, the largest ever outbound M&A deal by a Japanese company.
- Linklaters was mandated to work on the administration of Lehman Brothers International Europe, one of the most high-profile and complex administration in history.
- Leader in Diversity, 2020—Financial Times
- Top 50 Employers for Women, 2021—The Times
- Global Law Firm of the Year, 2020—Project Finance International Awards
- Americas Derivatives Law Firm of the Year: Overall, 2020—GlobalCapital
- Infrastructure Financing of the Year (Latin America), 2020—Latin Finance
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Phone: (212) 903-9000
Managing Partner: Gideon Moore
Global U.S. Practice Head: Thomas McGrath
U.S. Hiring Partners: Penelope Jensen, Antonia Sherman, and Douglas Tween
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
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Base Salary (2021)
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
8th year: $365,000
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