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Award Winning 

Client satisfaction is the real measure of success for the work we do. But we also value the external recognition gained through the awards we have won around the world.

Below is a selection of some of the awards Linklaters has won recently. For more information, please contact one of our global PR team (see right hand column). 

  • 2015

    APLMA 2015
    Acquisition Finance Law Firm of the Year
    Syndicated Acquisition Finance Deal of the Year - Advised the arrangers on Giant Interactive
    Syndicated Corporate Deal of the Year – Advised the arrangers on Tata Steel
    Syndicated Deal of the Year – Advised the arrangers on Tata Steel

    International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Asia Awards
    International Law Firm of the Year (8 out of 13 years)
    Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year (12 out of 13 years)
    China Practice of the Year
    Private Equity Deal of the Year – Giant Interactive LBO
    Restructuring Deal of the Year – Suzlon FCCBs
    Alexandra Bidlake, Rising Star of the Year (M&A)

    International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Europe Awards
    Equity Deal of the Year - Euronext IPO
    Debt and Equity-Linked Team of the Year (12 out of 13 years)
    Equity-Linked Team of the Year
    Private Equity Deal of the Year - Cinven and Hannover Re/Heidelberger Leben
    Restructuring Deal of the Year – Apcoa

    Finance Asia Japan Achievement Awards 2014/15
    Best Law Firm (7 out of 8 years)

    Financial News Awards for Excellence in Legal Services Europe 2015
    Law Firm of the Year

    The Lawyer Hot 100 2015
    Elaine Keats
    James Inglis
    TMT Finance Asia Awards 2015
    TMT Deal of the Year, Joint Venture - KDDI/ Sumitomo Telecoms JV in Myanmar

    • 2014

      Winners at the IFLR Middle East Awards 2014
      M&A Team of the Year
      M&A Deal of the Year, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on its acquisition of Barclays’ UAE retail banking assets
      Debt & Equity-linked deal of the year, GEMS corporate hybrid sukuk

      International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Awards
      Poland Law Firm of the Year for 2014

      MPF Management Excellence Awards 2014
      Best Thought Leadership Campaign
      Insights ipad app for Best use of systems for enhancing the client experience

      FT Innovative Lawyers European Awards 2014
      Most innovative law firm in social responsibility - Focus on Governance
      Most innovative law firm in finance law - Regulatory Structured Finance

      ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2014
      Deal Firm of the Year

      ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2014
      Equity Market Deal of the Year - BTS Mass Transit Growth Infrastructure Fund's IPO
      Debt Market Deal of the Year - DBS Bank's GMTN Programme Update 2013

      The American Lawyer 2014
      Global M&A Deal of the Year, Europe/Germany, for LIXIL/Grohe
      Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru for Minmetals mine sale
      Global Finance Deal of the Year, Capital Markets for Trade MAPS program
      Global Finance Deal of the Year, Restructuring and Insolvency, for Restructuring of hibu Group
      Global Pro Bono Project of the Year, Africa, for The Liberian Case Index Project

      Chambers Asia Awards 2014
      South Korea International Law Firm of the Year

      Chambers Europe Awards 2014
      Law firm of the year - UK

      Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2014
      Best in capital markets: debt - Elaine Keats
      Best in competition & antitrust - Anne Wachsmann
      Best in environment - Vanessa Havard-Williams
      Rising star: corporate - Manila Rainò
      Best in real estate - Françoise Maigrot
      Best international firm for talent management

      European Pensions Awards 2014
      European Pensions Law Firm of the Year

      Finance Asia Japan Achievement Awards 2013/14
      Best Law Firm (six out of seven years)
      Best Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year - Lixil’s acquisition of Grohe

      Finance Monthly Law Awards 2014
      Projects & Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year , Hong Kong

      Finance Monthly Global Awards
      Projects & Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year, Hong Kong, James McLaren

      Financial News Awards for Excellence in Legal Services Europe 2014
      Equities team of the year

      • 2013
        Financial Times and Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2013

        Russia Legal Adviser of the Year
        European Legal Adviser of the Year
        Mid-market Legal Adviser of the Year

        Chambers Europe Awards 2013
        Law Firm of the Year: Spain

        British Legal Awards 2013
        M&A Team of the Year

        FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2013
        Most Innovative European Law Firm (No. 1 ranked Law Firm in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report)
        Most Innovative Law Firm in Finance (for our work on the Lehman Brothers Insolvency)

        Real Deals Private Equity Awards 2013
        Pan European Legal Adviser of the Year

        Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013
        Best international firm for women in business law
        Best international firm for talent management (for the Linklaters Women’s Leadership programme)
        Elaine Keats - Best in capital markets: Debt
        Françoise Maigrot - Best in real estate
        Yen Sum - Best in insolvency & restructuring
        Rising star in finance - Sarah Marsden

        Real Deals Private Equity Awards 2013
        Pan European Legal Adviser of the Year

        The Lawyer Awards 2013
        M&A Team of the Year (for the Glencore/Xstrata merger)

        Asia Legal Business (ALB) South East Asia Awards
        International Deal Firm of the Year
        Equity Market Deal/Team of the Year (for advising on the Felda (Malaysia) IPO (the largest IPO in Asia in 2012))
        Debt Market Deal/Team of the Year (for advising on the US$1 billion Subordinated debt issue by Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation)

        Club des 30
        CGG Véritas
        Financial operation of the year 2013

        Best Laywers 2013
        Kiril Bougartchev Best Lawyer Criminal Defence

        Magazine des Affaires
        Corporate team of the year - 2013

        PFI Global M&A Deal of the Year (Project Fenice)
        Project Finance International 2012


        European Oil and Gas Portfolio Financing Deal of the Year (Project Fenice) Project Finance International 2012

        Mergermarket/Financial Times
        M&A team of the year (France) - 2013

        Financial News Awards for Excellence in Legal Services Europe 2013
        Law firm of the year
        Deal of the year - Glencore/Xstrata
        Partner of the year - Charlie Jacobs


        Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards 2013
        Merger Control Matter of the Year - Europe: Glencore/Xstrata

        IFLR European awards 2013
        Pan-European Law Firm of the Year
        European Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year
        Debt and equity-linked deal of the year - Greek PSI
        Project Finance deal of the year - Carrington Power CCGT
        Restructuring deal of the year - Seat Pagine Gialle
        Law firm of the year: Belgium
        Law firm of the year: Italy
        Equity team of the year
        Project Finance team of the year
        Restructuring team of the year
        Lifetime Achievement - Lachlan Burn

        Chambers Global Awards 2013
        Law Firm of the Year : Africa 

        Islamic Finance News (IFN) Awards 2013
        UAE Deal of the Year for the US$1bn Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Perpetual Tier 1 Trust Certificates
        Mudarabah Deal of the Year for the US$1bn Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Perpetual Tier 1 Trust Certificates
        Syndicated Deal of the Year for the Jebel Ali Free Zone AED4.4bn Facility

        Legal Business Awards 2013
        Corporate Team of the Year



      • 2012

        EMEA Finance - Project Finance Awards 2012
        Best power deal in Africa: Jorf Lasfar power plant, Morocco

      • Project Finance Magazine 2012
        African Power Deal of the Year – Jorf Lasfar

        European High-Speed Rail Deal of the Year - Nimes-Montpelier

        Project Finance International 2012
        Middle East and Africa Power Deal of the Year - Azito Energie

        Trophées du Droit 2012
        Trophée d’Or - Firme internationale

        Magazine des Affaires
        Corporate team of the year - 2012

        Financial Times and mergermarket European M&A Awards 2012

        European Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year

        UK Legal Adviser of the Year

        IPO of the Year: Direct Line
        M&A team of the year (France)

        M&A Deal of the Year: Merger of Glencore & Xstrata

        The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Awards 2012

        ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and Civil Justice Innovation

        British Legal Awards 2012

        CSR Initiative/Programme of the Year: Linklaters and Weil Gotshal Manges

        British Legal Awards 2012 - Best Use of Technology

        The Macallan Asian Legal Business Hong Kong Law Awards 2012

        The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year

        FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2012

        Most Innovative Firm in Corporate Law

        Global Investor/ISF Investment Excellence Awards 2012

        Legal firm of the year

        Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2012
        Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm

        Best International Firm for Women in Business Law


        Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year, Who’s Who Legal Awards 2012

        (for the seventh consecutive year)

        European Tax Awards 2012, International Tax Review

        European Tax Firm of the Year

        European Capital Markets Tax Firm of the Year

        Belgium Tax Firm of the Year

        France Tax Firm of the Year


        Chambers Europe Awards 2012

        International Law Firm of the Year in Russia

        Law Firm of the Year in the UK


        UK Pensions Awards 2012

        15th Anniversary Adviser Award for Excellence

        IFLR Europe Awards 2012

        Credit Suisse Cocos - Debt and equity-linked deal of the year

        Glencore IPO - Equity deal of the year‪

        KCA Deutag - Restructuring deal of the year‪

        Debt and equity-linked team of the year‪ for Air Liquide dim sum bonds and Credit Suisse Basel 111 Cocos

        Equity team of the year‪ for Glencore, Evraz and other deals

        Chambers Global Awards 2012
        Law Firm Of The Year : Europe
        Law Firm Of The Year : Corporate/M&A

      • 2011

        EMEA Finance Europe Banking Awards 2011

        Best law firm in Europe

      • Trophée «Implication des acteurs»
        Trophées de la Diversité 2011

        FT/mergermarket European M&A Awards
        Legal Adviser of the Year for Benelux
        Legal Adviser of the Year for France
        Legal Adviser of the Year for Middle East & North Africa
        Legal Adviser of the Year for UK
        M&A team of the year (France)


        TMT Team of the Year
        The Lawyer Awards 2011

        Magazine des Affaires
        Corporate team of the year - 2011

        ACQ Global Awards 2011
        Competition Law Firm of the Year for Middle East


        Africa Energy Awards 2011
        Best Renewable Project in Africa - Cape Verde wind farms (Cabeolica Project)


        ALB SE Asia Awards 2011
        SE Asia M&A deal of the year - BP Acquisition of Oil and Gas Blocks in India
        IPP Financial Advisers Award Singapore M&A Deal of the Year - Khazanah/Fortis competing Takeover Offer for Parkway


        The Asset magazine Awards 2011
        Best Capital Markets Law Firm, Asia
        Best M&A Firm, Asia
        Best Bankruptcy Law Firm, Asia


        Chambers Europe Awards 2011
        European Law Firm of the Year
        Belgian Law Firm of the Year
        German Law Firm of the Year


        City of London Corporation’s Sustainable City Awards 2011
        National Sustainable City Award in Responsible Waste Management
        Platinum Award for excellence in waste management


        DealMakers Law Awards 2011
        Competition Law Firm of the Year


        European Tax Awards 2011
        European Capital Markets Tax Team of the Year (2nd consecutive year)
        Belgium Tax Firm of the Year


        European Women in Business Law Awards 2011
        Best in Energy and Resources - Fiona Hobbs
        Best in Insolvency and Restructuring - Rebecca Jarvis
        Best International Law Firm for Minority Women Lawyers


        FinanceAsia Awards 2011
        Best Foreign Financial Law Firm in Japan (fourth consecutive year)
        Best International Bond Award - advising the Joint Lead Managers on Mitsubishi Corporation's issue of US$500m bonds, which was its first US dollar-denominated bond in 25 years
        Best International Firm in Japan


        GCR Awards 2011
        M&A Transaction of the Year, Europe: Sanofi-Aventis joint venture with Merck
        Lifetime Achievement Award: Sir Christopher Bellamy QC


        IFLR Asia Awards 2011
        Debt/Equity-linked Deal of the Year - the Hopewell RMB Bond
        Private Equity Deal of the Year - CVC Capital Partners/PT Matahari Department Store
        Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year - BNZ Covered Bonds
        International Firm of the Year


        IFLR Europe Awards 2011
        International Law Firm of the Year
        French Law Firm of the Year
        Debt and Equity-Linked team of the year
        Restructuring Team of the Year
        Structured Finance Team of the Year
        Structured Finance Deal of the Year - Andromeda Project Bond
        Private Equity Deal of the Year - Carlyle/B&B Hotels 


        Infrastructure Journal Awards 2011
        Legal Adviser of the Year - Oil & Gas
        Deal of the Year Transport - LGV Tours-Bordeaux PPP / SEA High Speed Line
        Deal of the Year Energy Acquisition - Combination of International Power and GDF SUEZ


        InterContinental Finance Magazine Legal Excellence Awards 2011
        Law Firm of the Year - Project Finance


        Juve Awards 2011
        Law Firm of the Year for M&A
        Law Firm of the Year for Private Equity and Venture Capital


        The Lawyer HR Awards 2011
        Best Website - for innovative use of social media
        Most Effective Employee Benefits Scheme - for Health and Wellbeing programme


        Lawyer World Law Awards 2011
        Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year

        Mecenova Awards 2011
        "Jury’s Favourite" - for recognition of the firm's commitment to social responsibility

      • 2010

        Acquisitions Monthly M&A 2010 roll of honour
        Law firm of the year

        Acquisitions Monthly Awards 2010
        Competition law firm of the year
        Law firm of the year in M&A work undertaken in 2010


        Asian Banker Awards 2010

        Achievement Award for Legal Advice to the Commercial Banking Industry (fourth year in succession)

        Asia Legal Business South East Asia Awards 2010
        Equity Market Deal of the Year
        South East Asia Deal of the year for Maxis IPO (largest ever listing in Malaysia and SE Asia)
        Debt Market Deal of the year in Republic of Indonesiaís US$3bn global bond offering

      • Magazine des Affaires
        Corporate team of the year - 2010

        Asia Legal Business Hong Kong Awards 2010
        Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year - The Macallan Fine Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award
        Debt Market Deal of the Year - PRC Government RMB Bonds
        M&A Deal of the Year - MITSUI & CO- TPV Technology Takeover Bid

        Asian Counsel Representing Corporate Asia Survey 2010
        Asian Counsel Firm of the Year for Corporate/M&A

        Asian Counsel 2010
        Regulatory/Compliance Law Firm of the Year
        Winning deals of the year:
        Global Logistic IPO/ Global Logistic Properties IPO - Allen & Gledhill as legal advisers to GLP, Schwartz-Mei Group (the Vendor) and Reco Platinum Pte Ltd (the Grantor of the Over-allotment option) as to Singapore law
        United Company Rusal Ltd Hong Kong IPO - legal adviser to the Underwriters
        Hopewell Project Highway Issuing of Debt Securities
        Liquidation of Lehman Brothers Asian Entities  RASCALS - Acting for the Joint Administrators (PricewaterhouseCoopers UK)
        AIA Group Limited (AIA) Initial Public Offering - advised the underwriters on Hong Kong law issues

        AsiaMoney Awards 2010
        Deal of the Year, Thailand - Bank of Ayudhyaís US$540 million acquisition of AIG Retail Bank and AIG Card

        Banking in the Community's Awards for Excellence 2010
        Leader in UK Community Investment

        Benchmark Litigation 2010
        Litigation star in New York Joe Armao (Antitrust securities, White-collar crime)

        Black Solicitors Network 2010
        Diversity Champion in the UK

        Chambers Europe 2010
        UK law firm of the year
        Belgium law firm of the year

        China Law & Practice Awards 2010
        Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year (Sino-Forest exchange offer)
        Energy and Natural Resources Deal of the Year (ICBC - The Republic of Angola)
        International Team of the Year Project Finance

        DealMakers Annual Awards 2010
        Public Procurement Law firm of the Year

        De Tijd Awards 2010
        Jean-Pierre Blumberg one of the 10 most influential businessmen in Belgium

        EMEAfinance 2010
        Best Legal Firm in CEE & CIS Debt Capital Markets

        Euromoney and Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards 2010
        Legal Adviser of the Year
        Infrastructure Equity Deal of the Year for ETH Bioenergia acquisition of Brenco

        FinanceAsia 2010
        Best Hong Kong Deal - L'Occitane International's USD$787m IPO
        Deal of the Year, Best IPO for AIA Groupís USD$20.5bn IPO
        Best M&A Deal for KNOC's USD$2.8bn acquisition of Dana Petroleum
        Best India Deal for Bharti Airtel's USD$10.7bn acquisition of Zain Africa

        FinanceAsia Japan Awards 2010
        Best Foreign Financial Law Firm in Japan (third year in succession)

        IFLR Asia Awards 2010
        Private Equity Deal of the year - KKR and Affinity / Oriental Brewery
        Private Equity Team of the year
        Debt & Equity-linked team of the year (seventh year in succession)

        IFLR Europe Awards 2010
        Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the year for Lloyds ECNs
        Structured Finance deal of the year for Source ETC programme
        Equity Deal of the year for Lloyds rights issue
        Private Equity deal of the year for Oaktree/Countrywide
        Restructuring deal of the year- McCarthy & Stone
        Structured Finance team of the year
        European law firm of the year
        Belgium law firm of the year
        Private equity team of the year
        Equity team of the year

        IFLR India Awards 2010
        International Restructuring team of the year
        Restructuring deal of the year for Suzlon Group
        M&A deal of the year for Tech Mahindra, Satyam (Talwar Thakore & Associates)

        IFLR Middle East Awards 2010
        Project Finance Deal of the Year for Jubail
        M&A Deal of the Year - Kingdom Holdings/Kingdom Hotel Investments
        Equity deal of the Year - Du rights issue
        Equity team of the Year

        IFR (International Financing Review) Awards 2010
        Emerging EMEA Loan (Deal of the Year) for BP Angola & BP Caspianís US$4.75bn loan

        International Tax Review 2010
        European Capital Markets Tax Team of the year
        Swedish Tax Firm of the year

        Jane's Transport Finance Awards 2010
        Rail Finance Law  HSBC rail bank & bond financing
        Road Finance Law  Moscow Minsk Highway PPP

        Law society excellence awards 2010
        Law Society's Excellence in Community Investment Award

        Lawyer HR Awards 2010
        Most effective employee benefits scheme

        Legal Business Awards 2010
        Corporate team of the year

        Mergermarket/FT Awards 2010
        European legal adviser of the year
        French legal adviser of the year
        Middle East & North Africa M&A legal adviser of the year
        M&A team of the year (France)

      • 2009

        Acquisitions Monthly
        Competition Law Firm of the Year

        Mergermarket European M&A Awards
        Legal adviser of the Year
        French Legal Advisor of the Year

        Asia Risk 2009
        Derivatives Law Firm of the Year

        The Lawyer Awards 2009
        Banking and Finance Team of the Year

        Who's Who Legal Awards 2009
        Capital markets firm of the year award

        Asia Legal Business South East Asia Law Awards 2009
        International Deal Firm of the Year
        Energy & Resources Law Firm of the Year
        Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year for Nomura-Lehman Brothers acquisition

        International Legal Alliance Summit and Awards 2009
        European Law Firm 2009

        World's Best Investment Bank Awards 2009, Global Finance
        Best global legal advisers
        Best legal advisors in western Europe

        IFLR Asia Awards 2009
        Restructuring of the Year (for Lehman/Nomura)

        Legal Business Awards 2009
        Banking/Restructuring team of the Year, for advising PwC as administrator to Lehman Brothers
        Corporate team of the year, for advising Scottish & Newcastle as the target in the cross-border acquisition by Sunrise Acquisitions

        IFLR Europe Awards 2009
        M&A team of the year
        Project finance team of the year
        M&A deal of the year for advising Scottish Newcastle as the target in the cross-border acquisition by Sunrise Acquisitions
        Equity deal of the year for the Centrica rights issue
        Structured finance deal of the year for the ING covered bond
        Restucturing of the year for the Cheyne Finance SIV
        Project finance deal of the year for Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

        FinanceAsia Japan Awards 2009
        Best Foreign Financial Law Firm

        Practical Law Company 2009
        Benelux law firm of the year
        UK law firm of the year

        Who's Who Legal, Belgium
        Belgium law firm of the year, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

      • Mergermarket/Financial Times
        M&A team of the year - 2009 (France)

        European Tax Awards 2009, International Tax Review
        Belgian tax firm of the year
        Swedish tax firm of the year
        European capital markets transaction of the year

      • 2008


        Financial Times-Mergermarket M&A Awards 2008
        European and UK legal adviser of the year
        Asian legal adviser of the year

        Financial News Legal Awards 2008
        Debt and credit team of the year

        British Legal Awards 2008
        Banking/Restructuring team of the year
        Cross-border M&A team of the year

        Jane's Transport Finance Awards 2008
        Legal house of the year award
        Rail finance law award (for Angel Trains)
        Port finance law award (for Jeddah Port)

        Lloyd's Shipping Economist, Ship Finance Awards 2008
        Legal services relating to ship finance award

        International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Middle East Awards 2008
        Middle East law firm of the year award

        Who's Who Legal Awards 2008
        Capital markets firm of the year award

        The Lawyer Awards 2008
        Banking team of the year
        Corporate team of the year

        Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2008
        European law firm of the year

        International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Europe Awards 2008
        International law firm of the year
        M&A team of the year
        Equity team of the year
        Equity deal of the year for the VTB IPO
        M&A deal of the year
        Private equity deal of the year for the Permira/Valentino Fashion deal

        International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Asia Awards 2008
        International law firm of the year

        FinanceAsia Awards 2008
        Best financial law firm

        Asset Triple A Awards 2008
        Best law firm

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