Linklaters named Law Firm of the Year

Law Firm of the Year Award

Linklaters has been named Law Firm of the Year at the Risk Awards, in recognition of the crucial role the firm has played in advising  all parts of the industry on navigating through new and complex regulatory and political issues affecting the global derivatives market. The awards are the longest-running and most prestigious awards for firms and individuals involved in the global derivatives markets and in risk management.
Risk has recognised Linklaters for its cutting-edge practice and innovative work around the globe over the past year. It specifically highlighted:
  • Advising The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) on a number of projects including the impact of IBOR reform on ISDA documentation, Brexit, updating ISDA documentation to meet the requirements of Article 28(2) of the European Benchmark Regulation and drafting new industry documentation for the initial margin ‘big bang’.
  • Collaborating with ISDA on ISDA Create – IM, an innovative tool that will allow firms to negotiate initial margin documentation electronically and to feed the related data into firms’ downstream systems.
  • Advising OTC DerivNet Ltd on the new LCH SwapAgent service being provided by LCH Limited
  • Advising a number of firms on Brexit planning
  • Advising on the establishment of Bond Connect between mainland China and Hong Kong
Linklaters has been at the forefront of major developments in the derivatives market since the market’s inception in the 1980s and our derivatives practice is best known for its innovative approach to problem-solving in relation to the most complex derivatives and structured products issues. Our practice, now comprising over 150 experts globally, is a direct response to client demand for derivatives lawyers who are able to advise on both OTC and securitized derivatives, as well as SPV-based complex structured finance transactions.

Commenting on the award, Michael Voisin, Global Head of Capital Markets at Linklaters, says: 

“The firm has been involved in a number of matters which have been the first of their kind. We are often, working alongside our clients and creating and delivering solutions for some of the most complex issues facing the market. Our work with ISDA and with a number of banks on Brexit planning are examples of this. We’re honoured to have received this award and proud that our global team’s strength and capability has been widely recognised.”
To read Risk Magazine’s overview of the award win, see here

Linklaters was also recently named “Global Law Firm of the Year – Overall” by international capital markets news service GlobalCapital at its annual Global Derivatives Awards ceremony in London in September 2018.