Our practice areas

We organise our work into three broad divisions: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; and Finance & Projects. In practice, however, the sheer size and complexity of the deals we tackle requires teams drawn from many different countries, sectors and practice areas. It’s this depth, flexibility and rich diversity of expertise that makes us such a critical resource for our clients and, for you, will mean unparalleled access to the highest quality work, training and experience in every department.

Corporate

Corporate/M&A/Private Equity

Linklaters is home to one of the world’s pre-eminent Corporate/M&A practices covering the full range of M&A work, including public takeovers, complex multi-jurisdictional deals, joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructurings. Our Private Equity practice advises private equity houses and fund managers on all aspects of the industry, from fundraising and structuring to buyouts, public to private deals and portfolio assistance, including restructuring advice.

Competition

Our Competition law expertise covers merger control, cartels and dawn raids, competition litigation, market and sector investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid, public procurement and economic or utilities regulation.

Employment & Incentives

Our Employment & Incentives practice advises corporate and financial institutions on their share plans and tax requirements. The team also advises on day-to-day issues, including contracts and terminations, recruitment and retention employee transfers, discrimination and dismissal, works councils, health and safety and immigration, as well as the issues surrounding M&A transactions. In addition, they advise on contentious issues, defending discrimination and dismissal claims.

Environment & Climate Change

Our Environment & Climate Change practice advises on environmental issues that will affect global trade for years to come. These include climate change, carbon capture and storage, and the scope and application of the Equator Principles, as well as lender’s liability, ethical investment, product stewardship and corporate governance.

Pensions

Our Pensions practice advises on the pensions aspects of M&A transactions, including corporate and pension scheme mergers and buyouts. We also offer day-to-day technical and administrative advice on running pensions schemes.

Tax

Our Tax group provides key advice and support to the Corporate and Finance divisions as most deals will have tax implications, or a need to improve tax efficiency. The group also provides advice directly to clients on tax structuring and tax-based transactions.

TMT/IP (Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Intellectual Property)

Our Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice deals with all aspects of major commercial contracts, outsourcing and offshoring, information management compliance and data protection, e-business and IT security. The practice also handles major TMT disputes. The Intellectual Property (IP) team advises on a range of issues, from the protection of IP rights through to active involvement in patent, copyright and trade mark infringement litigation.

Trusts

Our Trusts lawyers provide specialist advice for high-net-worth individuals, charities and trustees. They often work as part of a firm-wide team, providing support on trust law and trust taxation issues.

Dispute Resolution

Business Crime

Our multi-jurisdictional business crime practice has worked on many high profile, headline-grabbing cases worldwide, involving fraud, white collar crime, bribery and corruption. The practice also advises clients who become involved in investigations and proceedings by criminal and regulatory agencies, as well assisting with civil litigation and compensation schemes.

Pensions Disputes

Our pensions practice deals with the most difficult, complex and high value pensions disputes in the UK. The practice is currently working on cases with potentially significant ramifications on the legal framework applicable to pensions trustees.

Public and Administrative Law

Despite the long-standing nature of our pan-European expertise, this is a particular area of growth, reflecting the current period of political upheaval and uncertainty. The practice includes all fields of regulatory, administrative and environmental law, including state aid, public procurement and urban planning. In addition, we advise on issues related to foreign investments and possible barriers to entry.

Commercial Litigation

Our leading commercial litigation practice acts on high profile, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes for top corporates, firms and financial institutions in major financial centres worldwide. We are regularly instructed on the most challenging and business critical disputes, including mergers and acquisitions, financial and insolvency litigation and derivatives and structured products disputes, amongst others.

Contentious Competition

Our specialist antitrust litigators pursue and defend claims on behalf of our clients before courts across the globe. Our experienced and highly rated team also advises clients on national, EU and global antitrust issues, including preparing for dawn raids and cartel litigation.

International Arbitration

Our international arbitration team acts in arbitral proceedings globally and is regularly instructed by top corporates, financial institutions and nation states and we have an excellent track record of success. The team also advises clients on the pros and cons of using arbitration and the options for tailoring arbitration clauses to the needs of different contracts and parties.

Real Estate

Our real estate practice works on complex disputes concerning all aspects of UK and international real estate.  This includes arbitral and court proceedings on legal and valuation issues, joint venture disputes, development issues such as nuisance claims, and high profile insolvency cases.  We are widely acknowledged to have the leading rent review practice, particularly in the prime office and leisure sectors.

Contentious Regulatory

Our investigations practice is the market leader in advising firms on legal and regulatory risk, investigating the most complex of issues, and liaising with regulators to ensure that any action that they take is proportionate and enforcement proceedings are settled early.  Our international presence gives us the resources and cultural sensitivity to conduct global investigations and harmonise regulatory action across jurisdictions.  The practice is strong in the financial services regulatory space and extends to various other areas including business crime and product liability.

Sanctions

Our global team of experts advises on late-breaking developments in US, EU and UN sanctions policies and their impact on our clients’ deals, securities offerings, compliance programmes and investment opportunities. Our experience includes sanctions frameworks aimed at Russia/Ukraine, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lybia. We help clients to create global compliance programmes and resolve criminal or regulatory investigations. 

Finance & Projects

Banking

Our Banking team advises clients on all elements of private bespoke debt finance through eight product areas. These include: acquisition and leverage finance; real estate finance; financial structuring and regulatory finance; asset finance; trade and emerging markets finance; mainstream banking; and high yield securities work.

Capital Markets (Equity and Debt Markets, Derivatives and Structured Products, Structured Finance Group)

Our world-leading Capital Markets team assists international investment banks, governments and corporates to raise funds through the international capital markets, as well as helping clients to restructure existing financial commitments.

Financial Regulation

Our Financial Regulation group advises on the broad scope of regulatory and compliance issues that our clients face. The work is diverse and includes assisting clients to become authorised to conduct regulated activities in the financial markets and advising clients who face disciplinary action from regulators.

Investment Management

Our Investment Management group advises on the structuring, formation, taxation and regulation of all types of investment funds for investment in all types of asset classes: including real estate, securities, debt, derivatives and other alternative financial instruments, large pension funds, private equity, infrastructure and green energy type investments.

Projects

Our award-winning Projects team advises governments, corporates and banks on developing and financing large-scale, high-profile international projects. Typically these fall into three key areas: Energy, Infrastructure and the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) / Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Real Estate

Our Real Estate practice is an intrinsic part of our global business strategy. The UK group acts for major international real estate companies, investors and occupiers on premium real estate deals, whether asset or corporate in nature. As part of this, our Planning practice is one of the largest in the City and has worked on most of the famous City skyscrapers (such as the ‘Gherkin’), as well as international projects and multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions.

Restructuring & Insolvency

In addition, our Restructuring & Insolvency team handles the world’s most challenging and significant cross-border insolvency assignments.