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).
Our Global U.S. Practice
Whether in established or developing markets, U.S. law is increasingly becoming the law of choice in complex transactions and disputes. Linklaters’ network of more than 200 U.S. lawyers extends across the world’s major business and financial centers, including Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore and Washington, D.C. Our global U.S. team brings both commercial U.S. knowledge and familiarity with local markets to cross-border matters.
Our U.S. lawyers practice across the following areas:
Bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency
Energy and infrastructure/project finance
Executive compensation and ERISA
Structured finance and derivatives
As a leading global law firm, we advise the world’s premier companies, financial institutions and governments on their most important and challenging assignments. Our global reach enables us to deliver integrated advice across multiple legal regimes and market practices, so we can help our clients achieve their objectives wherever they do business.
Recent significant transactions and cases include advising:
• SABMiller plc on its £71bn recommended acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, the largest ever offer for a UK company and the world's third largest takeover
• Novartis on its strategic transformation via three simultaneously executed transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), worth around US$28bn
• Abengoa on the formation and NASDAQ IPO of Abengoa Yield, a yieldco comprising selected assets of Abengoa in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay
• Glencore on its US$10bn IPO on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and subsequent U.S.-facing capital raisings
• Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. on the establishment of its private equity funds, credit and other specialty investment funds and products
• Air France KLM on various antitrust civil class actions and governmental investigations concerning the air cargo and passenger industries
To learn more about our global U.S. practice, click here.
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Diversity is never far from our minds. We are a diverse organization with 29 offices in 20 countries, and the nature of our work requires us to deal with colleagues and clients around the globe on a frequent basis. We share a responsibility to value and develop the potential of ourselves and our colleagues. This includes recognition of the value of diversity.
Linklaters is committed to fostering a culture of opportunity and access, and we work hard to create an open and inclusive atmosphere. One of our primary strengths is our ability to attract, retain and nurture the finest people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
Throughout the world, Linklaters has developed locally-based diversity teams to drive forward our diversity objectives. Our New York office’s Diversity Committee ensures that diversity efforts are closely linked to our initiatives in recruitment, knowledge and learning, business and client development, and community investment.
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Linklaters is recognized as a trusted advisor to all our clients, whether fee-paying or pro bono, and the greater community. We are committed to being a good neighbor and making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We feel strongly that pro bono work is an essential part of being a responsible business in the 21st century. We also believe that lawyers can play a critical role in addressing social and economic deprivation, and in implementing solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice around the world.
While there is no shortage of deserving causes to support, we believe that law firms can be of most benefit to both the local and international community when they play to their strengths. Our work is targeted to programs that cover two global themes: Growing Capabilities of nonprofits through our skills and experience; and Growing Aspirations, which involves developing the skills and experiences of young people in our communities.
In New York, our work is also heavily focused on ensuring access to justice for indigent criminal defendants, representing such clients in federal criminal cases and appeals, state criminal appeals and death penalty appeals. Our pro bono practice is also highlighted by our work on immigration matters, where we represent a variety of clients from underserved populations seeking to obtain immigration status.
This strategic approach to pro bono work is both institutional in scale and individual in nature. We look for opportunities that touch on a variety of interests that support our local communities, and we find ways to best use our global network to support greater societal issues.
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What our people have to say about working at Linklaters…
Alexander Weaver, New York Associate
I joined Linklaters for its standard-bearing international practice and the like-minded people who gravitate towards this type of work. It’s a truly global firm where associates at every level routinely work across continents on the most complex problems in the world’s leading legal markets. If you come with language skills, you will use them – and Linklaters will even support you with language lessons if you are interested in improving. As you grow in your career, secondments to offices abroad and to top clients are common. The opportunity to work abroad, and the fact that the firm makes offers on a global basis, both speak to the global approach to U.S. practice. The great thing about a firm with a strong international network is that you find you have a lot in common with your colleagues. Linklaters associates are adventurous, open-minded and respectful. More importantly, we have a lot of fun.
My experience as a summer associate in New York and London was highly representative of my experience as a first-year. The work and level of responsibility summer associates receive provide a realistic look at the life of an associate. In between all the good times and swanky meals – including a quick mid-summer retreat in London – you get substantive assignments and exposure to a variety of practice areas.
For the first year of practice in the New York office, associates are placed in a pool that spans all practice groups, including both transactional and dispute resolution work. This is great not only for people like me, who would prefer to explore practice areas for more than their 2L summer before making a final decision, but also for those new joiners with a direction in mind, as they can use the pool as an opportunity to train up and become more well-rounded lawyers. In my first year, I have worked on matters touching six continents, across a dozen practice groups and as many offices, and am now beginning to specialize in those matters that interest me most. On the back of a strong training program and mentor relationships across practice groups, I have been entrusted with complex tasks and given substantial autonomy. I usually interact with counterparts at other firms who are far senior to me. I have my own pro bono clients, and am given the latitude as an associate to maintain a strong commitment to community investment. When I am placed in a practice group, I will have a suite of skills to draw on to work through difficult issues, which will enable me to take on even more responsibility at an early stage.
Menaka Nayar, New York Associate
I knew Linklaters was the firm for me when I came back for my call back interviews and met the staff, associates and partners. Besides being friendly, smart and motivated, everyone truly embodied a global mindset. Working across cultures and countries (and time zones!) is a way of life here. That resonated deeply with me, given my personal background.
During my summer, I was able to dive deeply into the practice areas that I knew I had a strong interest in as well as dip a toe into a number of other practices. I worked with people in different offices (London and New York) and practice groups and was made to feel like a true member of the team. The substantive and meaningful work I received helped me to further clarify my practice interests.
As an associate, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of different, interesting matters. As part of the Dispute Resolution practice, I’ve worked on commercial litigation matters as well as government investigations - always with a strong cross-border/multi-jurisdictional element, which makes the work challenging but truly fascinating. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on some very compelling pro bono cases, from advising local, regional and international organizations on human rights issues, to representing individual clients in Immigration and Family Court. I’ve even been given the opportunity to study Spanish so as to better serve our Spanish-speaking clients. I could go on, but in essence, my experience as an associate has vastly exceeded my expectations.
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