For more than 170 years, Linklaters has been acknowledged as one of the premier law firms in the UK.
The firm has become a leading global player of the legal profession, with its London roots and ‘Magic Circle’ status as strong as ever.
The firm’s development in London has always been in direct response to the commercial needs of its clients - global corporations, financial institutions and governments. As the City of London has become increasingly important to these clients, the firm has expanded its UK capabilities to cater for their needs. Linklaters has responded to the growing international needs of its clients by enhancing the cross-border experience of its lawyers and integrating multi-practice teams from other Linklaters offices around the world. As a result, Linklaters offers an unparalleled multi-jurisdictional transactional, regulatory and advisory service.
Linklaters combines a number of core businesses, all of which are leaders in their field. In corporate/M&A, banking & finance and capital markets, project finance, commercial real estate, investment management, litigation and arbitration, TMT, IP and Tax, Linklaters’ lawyers have built a formidable track record of successful transactional, contentious and regulatory advice across the spectrum of industry sectors. Many of the most significant and complex transactions with a UK element in recent years have featured advice from integrated teams of Linklaters experts.
Recent significant transactions include advising
- BP on its US$9bn joint venture with Reliance – the largest investment of capital into India on a single deal
- News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee, in relation to its handling of the News of the World phone hacking case, police payments investigation and all other connected issues across News Internationalthe
- underwriters on HSBC’s £12.5bn rights issue, the largest ever
- The Lehman RASCALS win, acting for the Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in High Court litigation over the ownership of securities worth more than £1bn
- on the whole-business securitisation of the regulated water and waste water business of Thames Water Utilities Limited
- E.ON on the £4bn disposal of its UK electricity distribution business (Central Networks) to PP
- Glencore on its restructuring from a private partnership to a US$50bn listed company and its accompanying US$10bn IPO – the largest IPO in London and the first simultaneous London and Hong Kong listing
- a number of financial institutions on the UK government's Credit Guarantee Scheme
- The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on the sale of its RBS England and Wales and NatWest Scotland branch based business to Santander UK plc
- three leading banks on the establishment of Source, a new commodities trading platform
- two new London HQ landmark deals: UBS’s new 700,000 sq ft HQ building at Broadgate (which will be the largest office building with single occupation in the City) and a major US corporate £1bn+ HQ and adjoining speculative development (on what is regarded as the most prestigious development site in the heart of the City of London)