Global industrial sector activity has historically been dominated by US, German and Japanese multi-nationals or conglomerates but the rise of South Korean, Brazilian, Chinese and Indian companies in this area is a trend that looks certain to continue.

Linklaters’ global industrials team supports our clients wherever they do business, including Asia and South America. The firm’s combined excellence across the M&A corporate, litigation & arbitration, finance and commercial practice areas, including tax, Energy & Infrastructure and banking is distinctive. Combined with an outstanding record of advising the world's leading industrial companies makes it a trusted adviser to many of the sector’s biggest companies.

Expert in their area of law, our sector specialists have particular insight and understanding of the multiple business segments that make up the industrials sector at Linklaters. Their commercial understanding and industry awareness bring another dimension to the legal advice they give, one that is highly valued by clients.

Recent significant industrials transactions include advising:
  • OSRAM on the €500m disposal of the Ledvance Group
  • Amec Plc on the US$3.2bn recommended offer for all of the issued share capital of Foster Wheeler AG, for a combination of cash and securities
  • Siemens AG on the £985m acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Energy aero-derivative gas turbine and compressor business
  • Siemens on the £1.742bn acquisition of the international automated rail business of Invensys plc
  • Holcim on its €39.9bn merger of equals with Lafarge, the largest all-stock merger of equals in Europe and the second largest globally, ever
  • Schneider Electric on its £3.4bn bid for London listed engineering company Invensys plc
  • Cookson Group plc, Vesuvius plc and Alent plc on the £1.7bn demerger of the Cookson Group’s Performance Materials division to Alent plc
  • UTC on its US$16.5bn acquisition of Goodrich Corporation – UTC’s biggest deal in a decade
  • Samsung C&T Corporation on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Whessoe Projects Limited
  • Anglo American on its joint venture with Lafarge to combine their cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt and contracting businesses
  • Sharp Corporation on the creation of two JVs with Enel Green Power and STMicroelectronics
  • PaperlinX Ltd on the €45m disposal of Italian and Swiss business, Polyedra
  • ITT Corporation on its global restructuring into three separate businesses