A truly global U.S. law firm
When it comes to complex transactions and disputes, U.S. law is increasingly the law of choice in both established and developing markets. Linklaters’ network of global lawyers is closely integrated with our New York and Washington, D.C. offices. Collectively, we deliver consistent, integrated advice across multiple legal regimes and market practices. Globally, we cover transactional, regulatory, disclosure, compliance, litigation and liability management issues.
We have a robust global U.S. practice that is over 200 lawyers strong, based in 12 of the world’s major financial centers:
- Hong Kong
- New York
- São Paulo
- Washington, D.C.
Together, our team applies commercial U.S. knowledge and an understanding of local markets to complex, cross-border matters.
Where strength meets depth
Rather than specialize in just one area, we’re proud to have leading practices in Corporate, Finance and Dispute Resolution. The sheer size and complexity of the deals we tackle demands that we draw our teams from many different countries, sectors and practice areas.
Our Corporate division is a world leader in mergers, acquisitions, equities, joint ventures and private equity. In our Finance division we lead many of the world’s most important energy and infrastructure projects. Renowned for major wins, our Dispute Resolution division supports clients through their most challenging crises. We advise companies, banks, funds and governments on their funding, hedging and investment activities.
Wherever you ultimately focus, you’ll be involved in the very best work. You’ll also be given continuous, tailored training, by experienced lawyers.
We organize our work into three broad divisions: Corporate, Dispute Resolution and Finance & Projects. The sheer size and complexity of the deals we tackle demands that we draw our teams from many different countries, sectors and practice areas. It’s this depth, flexibility and rich diversity of expertise that make us a critical resource for our clients. For you, it all promises unparalleled access to the highest quality work, training and experience.
Handling our clients’ most sensitive and complex disputes is central to Linklaters’ strategy, and our market-leading disputes division is a large and growing part of the firm. Ours is a reputation for major wins and an integrated, multi-jurisdictional team who focus on a range of specialisms. Considering the increasingly global nature of disputes, collaboration has never been more essential.
Our International Arbitration practice is one of the largest in the world. The team act as arbitrators and counsel in arbitral proceedings globally. We are regularly instructed by top corporates, financial institutions and nation states in both commercial and investment arbitrations - and we have an excellent track record of success. We also advise our clients on the pros and cons of using arbitration, the different geographical options available, and the use of arbitration to enhance the protection of “foreign” investments. And we advise on the options for tailoring arbitration clauses to the needs of different contracts, parties, geographies and legal systems.
We have extensive courtroom experience in many of the major financial and business centres across the world, we're well placed to provide Commercial Litigation. We're instructed by top corporates, firms and financial institutions to act on high profile and business critical litigation, covering a wealth of subject matter.
Linklaters have broad experience of Regulatory Investigations worldwide. We are market leaders in advising financial institutions on legal and regulatory risk, and we use our skills and expertise to investigate even the most complex of issues. A particular strength is our multi-jurisdictional presence, giving us the resources and cultural sensitivity to conduct global investigations. This also allows us to harmonise the reaction to regulatory investigation in numerous jurisdictions.
Whether it's the actions of a rogue employee, a dawn raid, an oil spill, a liquidity crisis, a product recall, significant fraud, an accident, press attack or collapse of a key supplier – anything can threaten our clients' business. We believe prevention is always better than a cure. And we bring unparalleled experience in Crisis Management to contain serious issues, thinking ahead to mitigate risk before a crisis occurs.
As well as active disputes, we also regularly undertake Advisory work for internal and external clients. For example, we advise on anti-bribery and corruption due diligence, compliance with global anti-corruption laws, contractual construction, negotiation management, and dispute resolution clauses.
Advising on pioneering deals, our Corporate division's expertise covers mergers, acquisitions, equities, joint ventures and private equity. We help companies resolve some of the most challenging issues facing modern business.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group
handles merger control, cartels and dawn raids, competition litigation, market and sector investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid, public procurement and economic or utilities regulation.
is heavily involved in many cases, as most deals involve tax implications. It also provides advice directly to clients on tax structuring and tax-based transactions.
Executive Compensation and ERISA
advises corporate and financial institutions on their share plans and tax incentives. The team also deals with many day-to-day issues, including remuneration, contracts and terminations, discrimination and dismissal, health and safety and immigration, as well as issues surrounding M&A transactions.
With a truly robust financial institutions practice, our Finance division leads many of the most important energy and infrastructure initiatives in the world. Innovation is at the heart of our work. And the practices also work closely with our leading real estate team. Here, experts act for major international real estate companies, investors and occupiers on complex, high-profile transactions.
guides clients on all elements of private bespoke debt finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, financial structuring and regulatory finance, asset finance, trade and emerging markets finance, mainstream banking, and high-yield securities work.
Restructuring and Insolvency
works on some of the most complex and innovative cross-border restructuring and insolvency transactions: debt restructurings, recapitalisations, distressed M&A, formal insolvency procedures and strategic distressed debt and equity investments.
Capital Markets (Equity and Debt Markets, Derivatives and Structured Products, Structured Finance Group)+
helps international investment banks, governments and corporates to raise funds through international capital markets, and restructuring existing financial commitments.
advises clients on everything from becoming authorised to conducting regulated activities in the financial markets, to dealing with enforcement investigations and disciplinary action from regulators.
consults on structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of investment funds including real estate, securities, debt, as well as other financial instruments, such as large pension funds and private equity.
Energy & Infrastructure
Our award-winning team is called upon to advise governments, corporates and banks on project financing that involves Energy, Infrastructure or Private Finance Initiative (PFI) / Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Knowledge in every sector
Understandably, our clients want us to understand their business, whichever industry sector they’re working in. Doing so means we’re in the ideal position to provide them with the best advice. All of our clients belong to one of our Global Sector Networks, listed below. Categorizing their business in this way allows us to align our lawyers’ expertise exactly to their needs.
Across the firm, we access a wealth of in-depth sector knowledge to give smarter, more strategic advice to clients, either during deals or between them.
This means that when you become a Linklaters lawyer, you’ll hone your expertise and knowledge of different industries and sectors as you interact with clients and colleagues across our practice areas.