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Linklaters achieves over 100 Band 1 rankings in Chambers Global 2024

Do, 15.02.2024 - 10:27

Linklaters has received 102 Band 1 department rankings in Chambers Global 2024, including eight global-wide Band 1 rankings across Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A and Projects & Energy.

More than 270 Linklaters lawyers have also been ranked in Chambers Global 2024, receiving 70 individual Band 1 rankings. Overall, 211 practice areas across Linklaters’ global platform have maintained or exceeded their high-performing rankings in the Chambers Global directory since 2023.

Paul Lewis, Firmwide Managing Partner, commented:

“Another year of outstanding results across the board – reflecting Linklaters’ exceptional client service and the all-round strength of our global platform. The world’s leading corporates, banks and financial sponsors continue to turn to us with their biggest and most complex global work.”

The Chambers Global Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms in over 200 jurisdictions across the world. Each ranking is based on in-depth research to identify and recognise the firms able to advise on complex global matters.

To view the firm’s complete Chambers Global 2024 rankings, click here.

Linklaters ranks number 1 in IJGlobal League Tables 2023

Mi, 14.02.2024 - 10:27

Linklaters has been recognised in the IJGlobal League Tables FY 2023 as the market leading legal advisers in Energy & Infrastructure. This recognition demonstrates the firm’s global ability to execute high-value, complex deals, and emphasises the importance of energy transition and infrastructure to our clients.

A reflection of the cross-practice, cross-border strength of the firm, these rankings include every transactional mandate in the energy and infrastructure sectors, including project finance, M&A, acquisition financing, refinancing, loans, bonds, project bonds, structured debt platforms and whole business securitisations.

The firm has been ranked by IJGlobal as number 1 legal advisers for*:

  • Global Infrastructure, on both deal value and volume of deals with 158 deals worth a total of US$153.2bn.
  • Global Corporate Finance, on deal value with 86 deals worth a total of US$65.1bn.
  • Europe Infrastructure, on deal value and volume of deals with 91 deals worth a total of US$96.2bn.
  • APAC Infrastructure, on both deal value and volume of deals with 44 deals worth a total of US$41.2bn.
  • Transport Infrastructure, on deal value and volume of deals with 28 deals worth a total of US$14.5bn.
  • Europe Renewables Project Finance, on deal value with 17 deals worth a total of US$18.8bn.

You can access the full IJGlobal League Tables here. (£)

*As published in the IJGlobal Infrastructure and Project Finance League Table Report – Full Year 2023.

Linklaters advises on three separate IPOs across Europe in one week

Fr, 09.02.2024 - 18:23

Following a subdued couple of years, the European Equities market is set for a rebound. On the same day this week, three significant IPOs have taken place on European stock markets. These are the IPO of Athens International Airport on the Athens Stock Exchange, the IPO of Theon International on Euronext Amsterdam, and the IPO of RENK Group AG on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Linklaters advised on all three of these IPOs with the deal teams led by partners Tom Thorne, Dr. Marco Carbonare, Alexander Harmse and Dr. Alexander Schlee.

Tom Thorne, Partner in Linklaters Corporate practice:

"Challenging market conditions throughout 2023 meant we saw a slower IPO year, however there is now a backlog of high-quality companies looking at exit and fundraising strategies, with IPOs set to play an important part. This is evidenced by three major IPOs taking place across the continent this week."

Dr. Marco Carbonare, Partner and Global Co-Head of Equities at Linklaters:

"We expect private equity and financial sponsors to be particularly active this year, to help drive activity as investors consider their exit options. There is a pent-up pipeline across sectors and this week indicates that we could start to see more activity across the European markets."

Dr. Alexander Schlee, Partner in Linklaters Capital Markets practice:

"We are at an important juncture where companies need to bring in more capital to support their growth. While it’ll be interesting to watch how 2024 unfolds, particularly due to the sheer volume of general elections taking place across the globe which could generate uncertainty, as inflation levels out we can expect to see more companies making moves and this week’s activity will certainly help in generating momentum."

Alexander Harmse, Partner in Linklaters Capital Markets practice:

"The European IPO market is a dynamic and competitive landscape and companies have a range of options when considering where to list. Each market offers unique advantages, from the regulatory environment to investor base, which can significantly influence its attractiveness. This week has evidenced the green shoots of recovery that we are starting to see in the IPO market and should drive confidence for the year ahead."

These transactions showcase Linklaters’ wealth of in-depth expertise in European capital markets. Find out more about the team here: Explore Equity Capital Markets at Linklaters

Linklaters Secures Rare Dismissal of DOJ Insider Trading Charges Against Ramkumar Rayapureddy Two Weeks Before Trial

Mo, 29.01.2024 - 13:50

Linklaters’ U.S. Litigation, Arbitration, and Investigations practice has successfully defended Ramkumar Rayapureddy against insider trading charges brought by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) in the Western District of Pennsylvania. In a nearly unprecedented event, the DOJ dismissed all charges with prejudice just two weeks before trial as a result of Linklaters’ defense.

In November 2022, the DOJ charged Mr. Rayapureddy with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and three counts of securities fraud for his alleged role in an insider trading scheme involving the securities of Mylan, one of the predecessor entities that combined to form Viatris Inc. ("Viatris”). The indictment alleged that Mr. Rayapureddy conspired with his former colleague, Dayakar Mallu, by providing Mr. Mallu with the relevant material, non-public information necessary to conduct the illegal trades.

The Linklaters team pursued an aggressive defense strategy, marshalling powerful evidence proving Mr. Rayapureddy’s innocence. At trial, Linklaters was prepared to prove, among other things, that purported evidence against Mr. Rayapureddy had been fabricated, that Mr. Rayapureddy did not provide any inside information to Mr. Mallu, and that the Government had improperly disregarded these facts. With trial fast approaching, and knowing the jury would soon see the defense, the Government had little choice but to dismiss the case. 

 

Linklaters Partner Adam Lurie, who led the defense team alongside Partners Doug Davison and Richard Smith, said:

“Ram and his family are very pleased that these baseless charges against him have finally been dismissed. He is incredibly grateful for the steadfast support from Viatris, his family, and friends. This case never should have been brought. Ram and his family hope that no one should have to go through something like this. He is looking forward to moving on with his life and is considering his legal rights.”

 

The Linklaters team representing Mr. Rayapureddy in United States of America v. Ramkumar Rayapureddy also included Associates Rebecca Zeldin, Salma Shitia, Nicolle Sayers, Elizabeth Raulston, Max Blinder-Acenal, and Kailyn LaPorte. In addition, John A. Schwab, Attorney at Law, LLC, who is based in Pittsburgh, served as Linklaters’ co-counsel and was exceptional throughout the case. 

 

Linklaters U.S. Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations team includes an elite group of hand-picked trial lawyers, former DOJ and SEC officials, and strategists that is fully integrated with the firm’s nearly 400 market-leading litigation lawyers worldwide. Learn more about our Business Crime offering.

 

Linklaters’ Sarina Williams and Derek Tong feature in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2024

Mo, 29.01.2024 - 13:31

Linklaters is delighted to share that Sarina Williams, Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Partner and Co-Head of Linklaters’ Global Competition Litigation practice, and Derek Tong, Corporate Partner and Global Co-Head of Linklaters’ Technology Sector, have been featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2024.

Sarina had an outstanding 2023 in the booming UK competition litigation market. Her work included advising Visa in its successful defeat of certification of parallel opt-in and opt-out class actions brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal relating to interchange fees and representing Sony in the first case to consider new funding models following the Supreme Court’s decision in PACCAR. Sarina and her team also supported Visa in its successful defence of arguments by the claimants in the Tribunal’s first ever “umbrella proceedings” that they could rely on a decision by the CJEU to extend their claims back to the 1970s: the first time that the UK’s Brexit legislation was considered in the context of a competition law claim and the CAT found in Visa’s favour on all grounds.

In her role as Chair of the ICC Global Competition Commission’s Task Force on Antitrust Damages Actions, Sarina also oversaw development of the ICC’s Second Compendium of Antirust Damages Actions in 2023. The Compendium provides a comprehensive overview of the complexities and intricacies associated with antitrust litigation and the key judgments across 21 key antitrust enforcement centres around the world.

Derek advised on some of the largest global deals that took place in 2023, acting for HSBC on the US$10bn disposal of its Canadian banking operations to RBC, being the largest ever merger between two Canadian banks; and the EUR12bn acquisition of Viessmann’s Climate Solutions business to enhance Carrier’s strategy on the rapid energy transition in Europe, which was the largest M&A transaction in Germany in 2023. With a strong track record in advising high growth tech companies across the globe and acted for funds on numerous minority equity investments in high growth tech businesses. His passion and expertise in tech stems from the time of his dual degree in software engineering and law, which he uses to advise across the tech ecosystem from major tech players and investors to multinationals pursuing digital strategies. Derek’s insights are invaluable to clients at a time when technology is critical to corporates achieving innovation and growth, improving efficiencies and transitioning to net zero. Derek is also a member of techUK and is active in engaging across the tech ecosystem.

Throughout his career, Derek has been passionate about promoting DEI within his firm. In recent years, he has been involved with the General Counsel for Diversity and Inclusion (GCD&I) initiative founded in 2019, both in connection with its Ethnicity Community and LGBT+ Community, and was recently a panelist on its Out@work Launch event. He is also a partner sponsor under the firm’s new Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme, which launched this year.

See the full list on The Lawyer’s website here: The Lawyer Hot 100 2024 - The Lawyer

Linklaters’ Latin America Practice Wins Three LatinFinance Deal of the Year Awards

Fr, 26.01.2024 - 21:53

Linklaters is pleased to announce that the firm’s Latin America practice was honored with three LatinFinance Deal of the Year awards. 

The Sovereign Bond of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising the Republic of Chile on the first sovereign issued sustainability-linked bond to include a gender related key performance indicator. The offering of $2.25 billion and €750 million notes is the second award-winning deal completed by Linklaters and the Republic of Chile, following the first ever sovereign sustainability-linked bond issuance. The deal team supporting this transaction was led by Partner Conrado Tenaglia and Tax Partner Gabriel Grossman, with capital markets support from Associates Juan Mata and Mónica Perez-Banuet, banking support from Associate Mario Lercari, and tax support from Senior Associate Matthew Russo

The Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising BNP PARIBAS, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, Santander, and Scotiabank on CODELCO’s $2 billion bond issuance. The team that supported this transaction was led by Partners Conrado Tenaglia and Matthew Poulter, with capital markets support from Associates Monica Perez Banuet Farell and Juan Mata, corporate support from Associate Allan Paul Talde, and foreign attorney Santiago Errazuriz in New York. The team also included Tax Counsel Omer Harel in London. 

LatinFinance’s Equity Follow-On of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs International, and Morgan Stanley as joint bookrunners on FEMSA’s offering of €500 million senior unsecured bonds exchangeable into shares of Heineken Holding N.V, as part of FEMSA’s placement of €7 billion of equity and exchangeables for its holdings in Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. (Heineken Group). The Linklaters team supporting this transaction was led by Capital Markets Partner Ben Dulieu, and included Managing Associate Jessica Andrew and Associate Liam Jenkins in London. The team also included Head of Linklaters’ Mexico Group Alberto García Linera in Mexico City.

The LatinFinance Deal of the Year awards recognize those who are executing market-moving deals with groundbreaking qualities. Each transaction’s innovation, foresight, and incorporation of ESG considerations is considered when determining awardees. Awardees are determined solely by LatinFinance’s editors following an extensive research process. 

Linklaters has practiced in Latin America for decades and was one of the first international firms to open an office in Brazil in 1997. With a growing team of Latin America-focused lawyers across the firm’s New York, Washington, D.C., and São Paulo offices, and the recent launch of Linklaters’ Mexico Group, the firm continues to increase its presence in the region and deepen existing relationships with leading local law firms. Linklaters is highly ranked across key Latin America legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, and Latin Lawyer. The practice also recently won two Bonds & Loans Deal of the Year awards and Latin Lawyer's International Lawyer of the Year award.

 

Conrado Tenaglia Named International Lawyer of the Year by Latin Lawyer

Do, 25.01.2024 - 16:50
Linklaters Partner and Co-Head of its Latin America practice Conrado Tenaglia has been named Latin Lawyer’s 2024 International Lawyer of the Year.

The award recognizes Conrado’s strong presence in Latin America, in particular in its Southern Cone (Argentina and Chile), and leading profile through his deals work with large regional corporate groups (“multilatinas”) and sovereigns.    Conrado has over 30 years of experience in cross-border corporate finance transactions, mostly unsecured and secured banking facilities, bond issues, liability management exercises, and debt restructurings. Recently, he advised the Republic of Chile on the world’s first sovereign sustainability-linked bond and first SLB with gender-related KPIs; the lead managers on CODELCO’s $2 billion bond issuance, and Argentina’s Tecpetrol, PanAmerican Energy and CGC in connection with financing their expansion plans in the Vaca Muerta shale gas reservoir (the world’s second largest).
Linklaters has practiced in Latin America for decades and has had an office in Brazil since 1997. With a growing team of Latin America-focused lawyers across the firm’s New York, Washington, D.C., and São Paulo offices, and the recent launch of its Mexico Group, the firm continues to increase its presence in the region and deepen existing relationships with leading local law firms. Linklaters is highly ranked across key Latin America legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, and Latin Lawyer. The practice also recently won two Bonds & Loans Deal of the Year awards
 

Linklaters hires M&A dealmaker Hubert Segain as co-head of its Paris Corporate practice

Do, 18.01.2024 - 14:59

Linklaters is delighted to announce that leading M&A dealmaker Hubert Segain will be joining the firm as co-head of the Paris Corporate practice alongside Bruno Derieux.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Hubert Segain specialises in public and private M&A, joint ventures, stock exchange law, capital market transactions, corporate governance, and group reorganisations. He joins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills where he headed its Corporate practice in Paris and served on its global governing Council.

Hubert Segain is the lead relationship partner for many major French and international clients, who he advises on a wide range of transactions. Ranked for three consecutive years in the Top 40 lawyers advising CAC 40 companies by Forbes, he has an excellent reputation for leading many of the highest-profile corporate deals in the market in recent years.

Aedamar Comiskey, Linklaters Senior Partner, said:

“Hubert Segain is a terrific hire into our global corporate team. His outstanding track record of advising the largest French and international companies on their strategic M&A deals and Linklaters pre-eminent global M&A practice will be a powerful combination for clients. Welcome Hubert.”

Linklaters has one of the world’s top M&A practices, with over 650 M&A lawyers advising clients across the globe on their most complex and important transactions. The firm is Band 1 ranked by Chambers for Corporate in the UK, Europe, and Asia, as well as for Global Multi-Jurisdictional Corporate.

Simon Branigan, Linklaters Global Head of Corporate, said:

“Hubert Segain is yet another marquee hire for Linklaters’ market-leading global corporate team. He brings strong and lasting client relationships and stellar M&A expertise to our global platform. I very much look forward to working with him on our clients’ most important strategic matters.”

In 2022, Linklaters advised on over 240 global M&A deals worth a total of $164 billion, including advising 35 of the world’s top 50 corporates. Among the firm’s recent awards are those for European M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and UK M&A Legal Adviser of the Year at the European Mergermarket Awards 2023.

Françoise Maigrot, Managing Partner for Linklaters in Paris, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Hubert Segain. His arrival, and our ongoing investment in our very strong talent pipeline, reflects the firm's ambition to field the very strongest Corporate team in Paris and across our global network. The strength and depth of our capabilities in this field, and the expertise we bring in antitrust and competition law, banking, employment, intellectual property, privacy and technologies, and tax, enables us to support our clients seamlessly on their most strategic matters.”

Bruno Derieux, partner and head of the Corporate practice in Paris, adds:

"We are all very happy to welcome Hubert Segain. His practice is highly complementary to ours and offers obvious synergies with those of the other teams."

Hubert Segain says:

“I am thrilled to join Linklaters, which has a world-class Corporate team, globally recognised for managing complex transactions. Linklaters stands out for the breadth and depth of its expertise and its international coverage, including in Europe, Asia and the US. These are invaluable assets for supporting clients as they manage their strategic challenges and opportunities.”

Linklaters Hires Market-Leading M&A Team in New York Led by Rainmaker George Casey

Mo, 08.01.2024 - 10:00
  • George Casey comes as Global Co-Chair of Corporate, joined by Heiko Schiwek, who will be one of the Global Leaders of the Chemicals Sector at Linklaters
  • The team will add a full spectrum of US and cross-border M&A capability to Linklaters’ pre-eminent global Corporate and M&A offering
  • Casey and Schiwek will spearhead the next chapter of Linklaters’ US growth strategy, building on the firm’s recent growth in the US, and the integration of US M&A capability with the firm’s global platform
  • The team also includes M&A Partner Greg Gewirtz, Counsel Yiting Du, Senior Associate Wendy Suh, and Associate Michael Lomtevas

Linklaters is delighted to announce that a market-leading M&A team led by dealmaker George A. Casey will be joining the firm’s New York office on 16 January.

Aedamar Comiskey, Linklaters Senior Partner, said:

“Growing our M&A capability in the US is a strategic priority for us and George and the team joining is a transformational step. Adding a market-leading M&A practice in New York to our preeminent global M&A offering means we can support our clients in all core markets.”

Casey said:

“I have worked across the table from and alongside Linklaters for many years and got to know the firm’s culture and its global presence. I am thrilled that my team and I will add significant US M&A capability to one of the most formidable global Corporate and M&A platforms. I am excited about the opportunity to lead Linklaters’ US growth strategy as the firm opens a new chapter in this market.”

Casey, one of the top dealmakers in the market, joins as a Partner and will serve as Linklaters’ Global Co-Chair of Corporate. He is a top-rated M&A practitioner with almost 30 years of experience with a market-leading global practice focused on the chemical, industrial, healthcare, mining, media, technology, and telecommunications sectors. He was a partner at Shearman & Sterling for over 20 years, with roles including Global Head of Corporate, Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group Leader, and Global Managing Partner.

Casey represents many of the largest US and non-US corporate clients, advising boards and management on strategic M&A transactions, corporate governance, ESG, and shareholder relations issues.

He has represented clients on over $300 billion of M&A transactions and is highly regarded in key financial markets around the world for working on some of the largest and most complex landmark deals.

Casey was inducted into the Legal 500 Corporate/M&A “Hall of Fame” in 2020, one of only 21 M&A lawyers across the US awarded this recognition and is included in the 2023 Legal 500 M&A USA Powerlist. He was named by clients as one of nine M&A “Super All-Stars” in a survey of US M&A lawyers by BTI Consulting. The American Lawyer named Casey Dealmaker of the Year and Transatlantic Corporate Dealmaker of the Year (US) for his work.

In addition to his work with clients, Casey is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is a regular guest lecturer on US M&A at l’École de Droit de la Sorbonne — Université Paris I.

Casey serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the American University and American College of Greece, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a Washington, DC think tank.

Also joining Linklaters in New York are Heiko Schiwek and Greg Gewirtz as Partners, Yiting Du as Counsel, Wendy Suh as a Senior Associate, and Michael Lomtevas as an Associate.

Heiko Schiwek, previously a partner at Shearman & Sterling, has extensive experience in US domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, ranging from public company acquisitions to complex carve-out sales, strategic investments, and joint venture transactions. Known for working on some of the most complex deals, particularly in the Chemical and Industrials space, Schiwek joins Linklaters as one of the Global Leaders of the Chemicals Sector.

Greg Gewirtz, previously counsel at Shearman & Sterling, brings 15 years of experience advising on public and private M&A, including carve-outs, divestitures, reorganisations, minority investments, joint ventures, and financial advisory assignments.

Yiting Du joins Linklaters from Shearman & Sterling as Counsel, bringing significant experience in US domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.

Wendy Suh is a highly regarded Senior M&A Associate with a number of years of Chemical and Industrials M&A practice, and Michael Lomtevas has been an important member of the team since he joined Shearman & Sterling.

Linklaters has a pre-eminent global M&A practice, with over 650 M&A lawyers advising clients across the globe on their most complex and important transactions. The firm is Band 1 ranked by Chambers for Corporate/M&A in the UK, Europe, and Asia, as well as for Global Multi-Jurisdictional Corporate/M&A. In 2022, Linklaters advised on over 240 global M&A deals worth a total of $164 billion, including advising 35 of the world’s top 50 corporates.

In addition to the M&A team led by Casey and Schiwek, Linklaters has made a series of significant hires in the US over the past 18 months, including across energy & infrastructure, financial regulation, capital markets, tax, executive compensation & employee benefits, environmental and other areas complementary to the firm’s corporate offering.

Linklaters is a 185 year-old leading global law firm with over 3,100 lawyers across 31 offices in 21 countries. We combine legal expertise with a collaborative and innovative approach to help clients navigate constantly evolving markets and regulatory environments, pursuing opportunities and managing risk worldwide. In order to offer our clients the highest quality advice, our lawyers across three divisions — Corporate; Litigation, Arbitration, and Investigations; and Finance — specialise in industry sectors as well as practice areas.

Linklaters re-appoints Scott Campbell as Middle East Managing Partner

Do, 04.01.2024 - 07:04
Linklaters is pleased to announce that Scott Campbell has been re-appointed as Managing Partner – Middle East. 

Scott has over 23 years' experience in the region and has been based in the Linklaters’ office in Dubai since it opened in 2006, and was previously Managing Partner for eight years. Scott has led on a wide range of corporate M&A and corporate finance transactions in the region and is ranked highly by all legal publications. Scott takes over from Jonathan Fried, who has decided to focus full-time on the rapidly growing market-leading Middle East capital markets practice, which he has led since 2014. 

Linklaters Firmwide Managing Partner, Paul Lewis, commented:

“The Middle East is a key growth area for the firm and I am confident that the region is in great hands as we further develop our existing capabilities to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of our clients. I thank Jonathan for his strong leadership and for driving significant continuing growth across our Middle East offices. I look forward to continued success in the Middle East.”   Linklaters Asia Managing Partner, William Liu, commented:

“We are grateful to Scott for taking on this significant management position and bringing all his experience to this role, at a pivotal time for our firm in the Middle East. Scott is a highly respected practitioner in the region, and under his stewardship the firm’s relationship with our clients and key stakeholders in the region will continue to strengthen. While we are sorry that Jonathan has decided to return to full time practice, we thank him for leading the expansion of our firm’s regional capabilities and deepening key relationships, and are excited about our strong and growing capital markets practice with Jonathan’s additional energy.”
Linklaters Middle East Managing Partner, Scott Campbell added: 

“I am honoured to be taking on this role again. I am extremely proud of the fantastic cross-practice work we’re doing in this dynamic and growing region and eager to support our clients on their strategic growth opportunities.” 

Management of the Association between Widyawan & Partners and Linklaters LLP

Mi, 20.12.2023 - 07:54

We are pleased to announce that Adrian Pranata has been appointed as the Jakarta-based partner with responsibility for managing the association between Widyawan & Partners and Linklaters LLP, for a four-year term, effective 1 December 2023.

Adrian has been with the firm since 2016 and is recognised as one of Indonesia’s leading banking practitioners, advising domestic and international clients on complex, cross-border financing matters. He has consistently been ranked highly by Chambers and Legal 500 for the past five years.

Partner Adrian Pranata, commented,

“I am honoured by this appointment. We have a deep understanding of both the Indonesian and international market, having worked with many of Indonesia’s largest corporations and multinational firms on their strategic transactions. We remain committed to delivering world-class services to our international and domestic clients.”

Widyawan & Partners and Linklaters LLP have a formal association in Indonesia and work closely together to provide clients with a market-leading international and Indonesian law capability.

Linklaters becomes the only international law firm to receive the Gold Award for eighth consecutive years in Japan’s LGBTQ+ PRIDE Index

Di, 19.12.2023 - 08:08

Linklaters received the Gold Award in the PRIDE Index 2023 from work with Pride (wwP), a recognition based on an evaluation of LGBTQ+ initiatives in the workplace – marking Linklaters as the only international law firm in Japan that has achieved the Gold standard for eight consecutive years, from 2016 to 2023.

work with Pride is a General Incorporated Association that supports LGBTQ+ people in Japan. The organisation launched the PRIDE Index in 2016 to assess how well companies in Japan are performing in terms of taking measures to provide a friendly and inclusive workplace for their LGBTQ+ employees. Companies are evaluated on five categories — policy, representation, inspiration, development, and engagement/empowerment — and placed on a three-tiered scale of "Gold," "Silver," and "Bronze”.

Linklaters’ Japan Managing Partner Peter Frost commented:

“We are extremely honoured to once again receive this recognition from work with Pride. This is a strong impetus to move us towards greater inclusiveness and to continue to work with our people, our clients and our communities, towards this goal. As a long-standing participant in the PRIDE Index alongside other corporations in Japan, we are also thrilled to see LGBTQ+ inclusion on the agenda of a diverse pool of industries.”

Linklaters Awarded IJInvestor’s Latin America Oil and Gas M&A Deal of the Year

Do, 14.12.2023 - 16:19

Linklaters has been awarded IJInvestor’s 2023 Latin America Oil and Gas M&A Deal of the Year for the firm’s work advising Fluxys SA, a leading Belgian energy infrastructure company, on its joint acquisition with institutional investor EIG Global Energy Partners, of an 80% equity stake in GNL Quintero S.A. from Enagas Chile SpA and affiliates of OMERS Infrastructure. This is the sixth IJInvestor Deal of the Year Award for Linklaters’ global Energy & Infrastructure team this year.

Quintero is the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Chile and is a key energy infrastructure business supporting Chile’s decarbonization strategy. The country is aiming to become one of the world’s three largest green hydrogen producers with plans to install 200 GW of renewable power by 2040 to produce green hydrogen, with LNG distribution infrastructure being critical to hydrogen distribution.

The Linklaters team was led by Energy & Infrastructure Partner Andrew Compton, Corporate Partner Pierre-Emmanuel Perais, and Energy & Infrastructure Counsel Will Kim in New York.

The team also included Managing Associate Lothar Van Driessche in Brussels, and Associate Arthur Lindemann in Munich.

Linklaters’ Americas Energy & Infrastructure team remains at the forefront of the market advising on the development and financing of complex, large-scale projects and mergers and acquisitions in the energy and infrastructure sector, particularly in connection with renewable and carbon transition projects.

Linklaters is ranked Band 1 for Projects & Energy and Multi-Jurisdictional Corporate/M&A in Chambers Global 2023, and was recently recognized with IJInvestor’s Americas Conventional Power & Grid Infrastructure Deal of the Year AwardPFI’s Americas Hydrogen Deal of the Year Award, and The M&A Advisor’s Law Firm of the Year Award.

ISDA appoints Linklaters to lead review of Credit Derivatives DC process

Do, 14.12.2023 - 12:26

Linklaters has been appointed by The International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA), as part of its review of the structure and governance of the Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees (DCs), to conduct an independent assessment and recommend any changes to maintain the integrity of the DCs in changing economic and market conditions.

The purpose of the report is to identify market views about changes that could be made to improve the governance and structure of the DCs. Once complete, the report will be published on ISDA’s website and opened to a market-wide consultation to determine whether the proposed changes have broad support from market participants and other stakeholders. ISDA will then work with members to develop specific solutions based on the supported conclusions to recommend to the DCs to implement.

The Linklaters team is being led by partner Simon Firth.

Simon Firth, commented:

“Given the key role of the Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees and the time that has passed since the structure was put in place it seems an appropriate time to review the determinations process. We look forward to conducting our independent review and sharing our recommended changes with the market.”

The process for developing the report will involve interviews with market participants and other stakeholders, such as regulators and clearing houses, to determine what steps might be taken to improve the functioning of the DCs. The review will begin in December 2023, with the market-wide consultation expected later in 2024.

Linklaters announces change to India practice leadership

Di, 05.12.2023 - 05:02

Linklaters is pleased to announce the appointment of Singapore-based partner Amit Singh as the Head of its India Group, taking over the leadership of the practice from Narayan Iyer. Amit, who is the Head of the firm’s South and Southeast Asia capital markets practice, has over two decades of experience of advising on capital markets transactions across New York, London, and Asia. Under Amit’s leadership, the firm has grown to be a leading and preeminent capital markets practice in India.

Over time, Singapore has become a leading centre for India-related capital markets, corporate, banking and finance and arbitration work and there are increasing investments in India via Singapore. The firm has an ever-growing focus on Asia and India is an important growth market. The firm has recently enhanced its India capabilities in Singapore by the recent addition of Rahul Chatterji into the Singapore banking practice, as well as the hire of Andrew Battisson and the promotion of Rebecca James in the Singapore international arbitration practice.

London remains a key jurisdiction for India-related work and the combined Singapore-London team will continue to advice on the most significant India-related global mandates.

Amit Singh, Head of the India Group, commented,

“I am delighted to take on this role. India is one of the fastest growing major economies of the world and a key jurisdiction informing the firm’s strategy. I look forward to leading the India practice and continuing to collaborate and strengthen our relationships with key, top tier Indian law firms in order to provide our clients with the support they need to achieve their strategic objectives.”

The firm would like to thank Narayan Iyer for his leadership of the India practice and in particular for the strong relationships he has developed for the firm with key financial institutions, Indian corporates, and leading Indian law firms during his ten years at the helm.

The Linklaters India practice has the highest number of top-rated individual partners across practice areas amongst all international firms and is ranked in the top tier across all publications.

Linklaters’ Latin America Practice Wins Two Bonds & Loans Deal of the Year Awards

Fr, 01.12.2023 - 18:22

Firm Takes Home Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year and Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year Awards

Linklaters is pleased to announce that the firm’s Latin America practice, alongside the London capital markets practice, was honored with two Bonds & Loans Deal of the Year awards at the organization’s 2023 Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Latin America & Caribbean Awards ceremony.

The Sovereign, Supra & Agency Bond Deal of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising the Republic of Chile on the first sovereign issued sustainability-linked bond to include a gender related key performance indicator. The offering of $2.25 billion and €750 million notes is the second award-winning deal completed by Linklaters and the Republic of Chile, following the first ever sovereign sustainability-linked bond issuance. The deal team supporting this transaction included partners Conrado Tenaglia and Gabriel Grossman, associates Juan Mata, Mónica Perez-Banuet, Mario Lercari, and Matthew Russo, and summer associate Keisy Germosen.

The Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year award recognizes Linklaters’ work advising BofA Securities, Goldman Sachs International, and Morgan Stanley as joint bookrunners on FEMSA’s offering of €500 million senior unsecured bonds exchangeable into shares of Heineken Holding N.V, as part of FEMSA’s placement of €7 billion of equity and exchangeables for its holdings in Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. (Heineken Group). The Linklaters team supporting this transaction included partner Ben Dulieu, associates Jessica Andrew and Liam Jenkins, and Head of the Mexico Group Alberto García Linera.

The Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Latin America & Caribbean Awards recognize the most innovative and groundbreaking deals throughout the year from Sovereign, Corporate, and Financial Institution issuers and borrowers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The awardees are selected through an exhaustive process that involves close examination of deal size, tenor, structure, and distribution, as well as analysis and background of the borrower’s accessibility to financing, with extra credit for those deals demonstrating high quality execution, accessing new pools of liquidity, innovative structuring, and opening up new markets.

Linklaters’ lawyers have practiced in Latin America for decades and Linklaters was one of the first international firms to open an office in Brazil in 1997. With a growing team of Latin America-focused lawyers across the firm’s New York, Washington, D.C., and São Paulo offices, and the recent launch of Linklaters’ Mexico Group, the firm continues to increase its presence in the region and deepen existing relationships with leading local law firms. Linklaters is highly ranked across key Latin America legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, and Latin Lawyer.

Linklaters awarded Six Deals of the Year by IJInvestor

Fr, 01.12.2023 - 17:49
Linklaters is delighted to have been awarded Six Deals of the Year at the IJInvestor Awards 2023. The firm is proud to support clients worldwide on transformational and market-leading deals in key sectors, demonstrated by the firm’s ability to advise on high-value and complex deals, underlining how important energy and infrastructure is to clients.

Linklaters elects two new partners in London and Shanghai

Mi, 29.11.2023 - 14:09

Linklaters has announced the election of two new partners across its global network, effective 1 December 2023.

The latest partner elections are as follows:

Verity Egerton-Doyle – Antitrust & Foreign Investment, London

Verity Egerton-Doyle is co-head of our London Tech Sector and has over a decade of experience across advisory, investigatory and transactional aspects of competition law in the EU and the UK. She has significant experience in UK merger control – having been on secondment with the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s mergers division.

She regularly advises on high-profile matters across tech, funds and healthcare, including representing Sony PlayStation in a £5bn abuse of dominance competition class action, Viasat on UK merger control aspects of its $7.3bn acquisition of Inmarsat, and Qiagen on its proposed merger with Thermo Fisher. Work that has seen her recognised as a Rising Star in Legal 500.

Nicole Kar, Partner and Global Head Antitrust & Foreign Investment at Linklaters, commented:

“A hugely deserved recognition for an instrumental player in her field, known across the tech, funds and healthcare sectors. Tech remains a particularly fast-paced growth area for us, with M&A markets busy and growing enforcement action targeted at big tech, against the backdrop of the Digital, Competition and Consumers Bill. Verity is a testament to the strong talent we have coming through the ranks as we continue to meet growing demand from the world’s leading corporates, banks and financial sponsors.”

The firm recently announced that it was further expanding its Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice with the appointment of Bruce Kilpatrick in London.

Alex Roberts – Technology, Media and Telecommunications (‘TMT’), Shanghai

As Linklaters’ head of TMT in China, Alex advises clients on the tech, data and cyber issues impacting – and sometimes driving – their most strategic cross-border transactions and other commercial situations involving the world’s second largest economy.

With over 11 years in China, Alex has extensive experience advising financial institutions, corporates, financial sponsors and funds on AI, data and IP projects in heavily-regulated sectors including finance, internet services, healthcare and fintech. Recognised as a leading lawyer on PRC cybersecurity and data protection, Alex also regularly advises on digitisation and data incidents, as well as the increasing convergence between technology, data and ESG.

Dr. Julia Schönbohm, Partner and Global Head of TMT/IP at Linklaters, commented:

“Our global TMT practice continues to grow rapidly across Asia, particularly as data privacy and cybersecurity regimes develop across the region and clients look for guidance in navigating unfamiliar corporate and commercial transactions. Alex’s election is a fantastic reflection of his talent and our growing bench strength – his presence in the market and beyond speaks for itself.”

Ying Zhou – Capital Markets, Zhao Sheng Law Firm

Zhao Sheng Law Firm, Linklaters’ joint operation firm in China, has also promoted Ying Zhou to partner in its Capital Markets, structured finance and derivatives team, effective 1 November 2023. Full announcement here.

Aedamar Comiskey, Linklaters’ Senior Partner and Chair, stated:

“Huge congratulations to our newly elected partners. These promotions reflect our continued commitment to investing in our people and excelling for our clients across our global network.” The term partner in relation to Linklaters is used to refer to a member of Linklaters LLP and to employees or consultants of Linklaters LLP or its affiliated firms or entities with equivalent standing and qualification.

Linklaters and Solomonic to develop leading competition litigation analytics

Mi, 29.11.2023 - 11:37

Linklaters has partnered with Solomonic, the UK’s leading data powered litigation intelligence platform, to develop a UK competition litigation module, which will include the first analytics on cases before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) – marking a milestone in UK court analysis.

As market leaders in this field, Linklaters will be closely collaborating with Solomonic to ensure the module captures the most valuable and robust data points for the benefit of its clients and others in the market.

The CAT is known for its expertise in adjudicating cases related to competition and economic regulatory matters, handling some of the highest-value cases in the country and many high-profile class action lawsuits. It has presided over a multitude of precedent-setting cases in the realm of competition law in recent years.

The project will analyse the entire corpus of competition judicial decisions, all Competition List judgments and over 350 CAT decisions. The analysis will look at outcome patterns as well as legal and factual subject matter trends.

Sarina Williams, Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations Partner at Linklaters, commented:

“We are thrilled to be working with Solomonic on shaping this module which will provide robust and rich insights on competition litigation in the UK for the first time. Our competition litigation team is at the forefront of advising on the most significant competition disputes in the English High Court and the CAT, and we are excited to be able to use that expertise to shape this data for the benefit of clients and others in the market.”

Edward Bird, CEO of Solomonic, added:

“We are excited to collaborate with such an esteemed and expert firm. The CAT handles some of the most compelling, landmark cases and is a globally relevant court in the UK legal system. We expect that the analytics will provide new insights into essential trends and legal areas for practitioners and their clients. We are also looking forward to exploring the predictability of competition decisions.”

The new module is expected to launch in Spring 2024.