What we do

Our ambition is to be the leading global law firm. Founded on a deep understanding of our markets and the full range of practice areas, we aim to reach this goal through building enduring relationships with our clients, employing globally minded and committed people, and developing their unique talents.

Our business

Linklaters has a commanding presence across the full range of practice areas. This, partnered with our culture of innovation, teamwork and entrepreneurship, means that we have built strong relationships with the world’s leading companies, financial institutions and governments, advising them on their most important, complex and challenging transactions and assignments. We have integrated IT systems, knowhow and people across our global offices, which allow us to offer a truly global approach to the provision of the highest quality of advice to our clients.

I like the culture of Linklaters: you get the same quality across all offices and it's easy for them to call colleagues in other jurisdictions. It's a really global firm.
Client quote to Chambers 2014

Sectors

Clients want us to understand their business in whatever industry sector they operate. If we do, we can provide the best advice to them. All of our clients belong to one of our , which are listed below. Throughout the firm, we have access to a wealth of sector knowledge, which helps us to give better, more strategic advice to clients either during deals or between them. As a Linklaters lawyer, you will hone your expertise and knowledge of different industries and sectors, as you interact with clients across our practice areas.

Banks & other Financial Investors

  • Banks
  • Financial sponsors
  • Investment Managers
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance

Energy, Resources & Infrastructure

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Infrastructure & Transport
  • Mining
  • Chemicals
  • Automotive
  • Industrials

Technology, Healthcare & Consumer Industries

  • Telecoms, Media Technology and Business Services
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer
The firm relishes the work we put their way and we have settled into a very good working relationship. It is hard to think of anything they could improve on.
Client quote to Chambers 2014

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. Our network of global lawyers is closely integrated with our New York and Washington, D.C., offices. Collectively, we deliver integrated advice across multiple legal regimes and market practices, covering transactional, regulatory, disclosure, compliance, litigation and liability management issues globally.

We have a U.S. law team that is over 200 lawyers strong and is based in 13 of the world’s major financial centers:

  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • New York
  • Paris
  • São Paulo
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Washington, D.C.

Our team brings both commercial U.S. knowledge and familiarity of the local market to complex, cross-border matters.

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Practices

We organize our work into three broad divisions: Corporate; Dispute Resolution and Finance & Projects. In practice, however, the sheer size and complexity of the deals we tackle requires teams drawn from many different countries, sectors and practice areas. It’s this depth, flexibility and rich diversity of expertise that makes us such a critical resource for our clients and, for you, will mean unparalleled access to the highest quality work, training and experience in every department.

Antitrust/Competition

The U.S. antitrust/competition team advises clients on the antitrust implications of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Notably, we regularly get proposed deals approved by the FTC and the U.S. DoJ. We also defend clients in international price-fixing investigations and represent them in civil antitrust litigation.

Banking

The U.S. banking team advises market-leading financial institutions, financial sponsors, mezzanine providers, funds, and public and private companies on complex domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including transactions involving high-yield debt securities. With lawyers in the Americas, Europe and Asia, we have a proven track record of providing the highest quality legal advice across a range of products wherever needed.

Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency

Our bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency team advises lending institutions, investment funds, financial advisors and global companies in all phases of in-court and out-of-court restructurings and workouts. We have extensive experience advising in pure domestic distressed situations and are uniquely situated to bring to bear multi-jurisdictional advice in the most complex cases of cross-border distress.

Capital Markets

The U.S. capital markets team advises on transactions involving equity, equity-linked and debt securities. This applies to trading on the major U.S. and international exchanges, initial public offerings, high-yield debt offerings, SEC-registered offerings, as well as non-registered offerings made pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S. We also advise liability management transactions involving tender offers and exchange offers, and other domestic and cross-border securities transactions by U.S. and non-U.S. issuers.

Corporate/M&A

Our U.S. corporate/M&A team represents a wide range of leading U.S. and international corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds. We have extensive experience with both public and private domestic and cross-border transactions.

Dispute Resolution

Our U.S. dispute resolution team advises and defends clients with significant exposure in cross-border and U.S. litigation. We focus on complex commercial litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, antitrust, securities, white-collar crime, class and derivative actions, accounting fraud, bankruptcy litigation and lender liability actions.

Energy and Infrastructure/Project Finance

Our energy and infrastructure/project finance team advises on complex, large-scale projects around the world, including LNG, renewables, thermal power, upstream oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining, roads, transmission line and pipeline related transactions. We have experience acting for host governments, sponsors, lenders, contractors and suppliers, and are integrated with Linklaters’ global energy and infrastructure practice, with key U.S.-qualified members based in New York, London and Singapore.

Executive Compensation and ERISA

This team advises on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including corporate, securities and tax laws, stock exchange listing requirements, and ERISA.

Financial Regulation

This team advises a wide variety of bank regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, capital markets transactions, capital adequacy, and bank-sponsored private investment funds.

International Governance and Development

This team advises the for-profit, public and not-for-profit sectors on all manner of governance issues. These issues include designing and implementing client-centered governance models, addressing challenges relating to fraud and corruption, developing innovative funding models and advising on international human rights frameworks.

Investment Management

Our team assists clients in raising capital for a broad range of private equity, real estate, special situations, credit opportunity and hedge funds. We have extensive experience with complex secondary transactions, the purchase and sale of minority and controlling interests in investment management firms, and institutional investors on participation in private funds.

Latin America

Governments, major multinationals and global financial institutions rely on Linklaters’ experience in significant corporate and finance transactions and energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects throughout the region. Linklaters has dedicated lawyers across the firm who frequently work in countries such as Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador. Leading offices in New York and Brazil also allow us to maintain an in-depth knowledge of individual markets in the region through the strength of the firm’s global resources.

Structured Finance & Derivatives

The U.S. team focuses on domestic and international securitizations; distressed transactions; hedge-fund-linked and hedge fund finance products; repackagings and other structured products; and risk-based capital and balance sheet relief transactions. They also focus on transactions involving commodity, carbon, equity and insurance linked exposures; repos and securities lending; treatment of derivatives under the U.S. insolvency regime; regulatory advice; and assorted other structured products.

Tax

The U.S. tax team counsels clients in M&A transactions, spin-offs and other divestitures, internal restructurings, consolidated return matters and workouts, as well as transactions involving REITs, partnerships and other pass-through entities. We represent some of the world’s leading private equity and asset management firms and have been involved in some of the most complex and innovative investment funds and products in recent years. We also advise clients on a broad range of global tax matters, including the structuring, formation and implementation of numerous cross-border investment funds. In particular, we cover a broad range of asset classes and all types of debt and equity offerings, including complex cross-border financial products.