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Two Linklaters U.S. partners named as winners of M&A Advisor’s 2022 Emerging Leaders Award

Di, 28.06.2022 - 19:56

Linklaters U.S. partners Clara Pang and Pierre-Emmanuel Perais have been named among the winners of the 2022 Emerging Leaders Awards by The M&A Advisor

The awards recognize professionals in the United States under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership in M&A, financing and restructuring.

The 2022 Award Winners were chosen from a competitive field of nominees for their accomplishments in business and service to the community. The evaluation and selection of the nominees were completed by an independent judging panel.

Clara and Pierre are partners in Linklaters’ Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York.

Pierre and Clara‘s practice encompasses a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on cross-border deals. They also advise on general corporate governance and securities matters.  

The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions.

To view a complete list of the 2022 Emerging Leaders Award winners, click HERE.

Linklaters Proud to Support Adoption of First African Instrument to End Enforced Disappearances in Africa

Mo, 27.06.2022 - 16:03

Linklaters welcomes the adoption of the first African instrument aimed at eradicating and preventing enforced disappearances and improving the situation of victims.

Having initially assisted in drafting a technical paper outlining the extent to which enforced disappearances in Africa were occurring, a team of Linklaters lawyers supported several international human rights NGOs to draft pan-African guidelines on enforced disappearances (‘the Guidelines’), in a bid to raise awareness of and strengthen the framework around enforced disappearances on the continent.

The new Guidelines are intended to reinforce existing international treaties and instruments and encourage African Union Member States to ratify them as a positive measure to prevent enforced disappearances.

The Guidelines were developed in collaboration between the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, REDRESS, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, Lawyers for Justice in Libya, MENA Rights and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

Following a drafting process lasting from August 2020 through to May 2022, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Africa’s main human rights body, has now finally announced the adoption of the Guidelines for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in Africa in May 2022, at its 71st Ordinary Session in Banjul, The Gambia.

Working closely with Linklaters’ dedicated pro bono team, the Linklaters lawyers involved in the project included: Satindar Dogra, Partner, Charalampos Dimoulis, Managing Associate, Liberty Brown, Associate, and Emma Kate Cooney, Associate.

Alejandra Vicente, Head of Law at REDRESS, said:

“While African states are obliged to prevent and protect against enforced disappearances, and to bring any perpetrators to justice, this crime continues to be committed with impunity in Africa. We welcome this significant step by the African Commission to confront this crime, and urge this body to publish the guidelines promptly, so they can assist African states in meeting their obligations to tackle this particularly cruel human rights abuse.”

Satindar Dogra, Dispute Resolution Partner at Linklaters, commented:

“It was a privilege to be able to lend our expertise and resources on this important project. Following two years of hard work and dedication from the Team, our hope is that the Guidelines will have a concerted positive impact on the recognition and confrontation of the widespread use of enforced disappearances across the continent.”

Find out more about the project here.

Linklaters’ collaboration ramps up support for Windrush survivors

Mi, 22.06.2022 - 13:00

Four years on from the Windrush Scandal, Windrush survivors are still experiencing barriers to accessing compensation under the UK government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme at time when demand for support should be increasing.

Only 5%* of survivors of the Windrush Scandal have been compensated under the UK government Windrush Compensation Scheme and despite over £41 million having been reportedly paid or offered to the Windrush generation only 25%** of applicants have received payments.

In response, working with Linklaters and seven other leading law firms, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants ("JCWI") and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit ("GMIAU") have ramped up legal support for survivors in progressing compensation claims through the Windrush Legal Initiative (the “Initiative”).

The aim of the Initiative is to support survivors of the Windrush scandal in the preparation of their application to the Home Office, which includes evidence gathering, helping the individual with witness statements and supporting letters from family members.

Volunteer lawyers and advisers involved in the Initiative help survivors of the Windrush generation who were unlawfully detained or deported and denied legal rights with claims for compensation from the UK Government – following gross administrative errors due to government immigration policy changes. Over the last year, GMIAU and the coalition of law firms have supported 29 survivors to build, prepare and submit applications for compensation.

Nicola Burgess, Supervising Solicitor of GMIAU, commented:

"The initiative provides vital access to justice for those who have experienced decades of disbelief. An inability to prove lawful status denies a person their rights and prevents access to key services we take for granted. The human impact of this is immeasurable. Many survivors we work with have lost employment, been detained, threatened with deportation, made homeless, experienced the breakdown of relationships and have been unable to visit loved ones. Working with our teams of lawyers they at last feel supported and listened to." 

Faadil Patel, Linklaters Associate, who led the firm’s first case under the Initiative, comments:

“The Windrush Legal Initiative isn’t just important – it’s necessary. It gives those in dire need access high quality legal assistance to overcome barriers to compensation that they’re entitled to. Under the UK Government’s Windrush Compensation Scheme, survivors can get awarded thousands of pounds. The compensation won’t buy back the years of survivors’ lives spent in difficulty, or the feeling of being unwanted in this country, but it can provide a minimum level of comfort and the knowledge that they were treated unjustly. I would urge lawyers to get involved where they can, it will be some of the most worthwhile work you will do in your careers.”

For access to further information and for legal support, survivors of the Windrush generation can contact Nicola Burgess at GMIAU at nicola@gmiau.org.

*Statistics as published by The Guardian in November 2021

**Statistics published by The Home office

Linklaters adds variation margin documents to ISDA Create

Mi, 08.06.2022 - 15:52

Linklaters and The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) have announced the launch of a new variation margin (VM) module on ISDA Create that embeds the ISDA Clause Library for credit support documentation within the relevant VM documents on the platform. This module, launched in response to industry demand, allows users to draft and agree VM documents faster and more efficiently, as well as capture the resulting structured legal data for use in downstream operations.

 

The launch is the latest extension of ISDA Create, and follows publication of key custodial documentation and the ISDA Master Agreement with the embedded ISDA Master Agreement Clause Library on the platform last year. This is part of a broader initiative by ISDA to standardize and digitize its definitions and legal documentation, which includes publication of ISDA’s first natively digital definitions and the launch of the MyLibrary electronic documentation platform.

 

Douglas Donahue, CreateiQ board member and Finance Partner at Linklaters said:

 

“Since the start of 2022, platform usage is up 300% and, with the launch of the VM documents, we expect that volume to increase at an even greater rate. We’re really excited about the next chapter of the platform and can see a future where the entire market has access to all the incredibly valuable data that’s in their documents instantly.”

 

Katherine Tew Darras, ISDA’s General Counsel said:

“ISDA Create users have been asking us to extend the benefits of online negotiation to VM documentation since we first launched the platform in 2019 to help firms comply with initial margin requirements. With this release, we now have all of the most-used ISDA documentation on the platform, as well as the utility of the ISDA Clause Library for credit support documentation. This will help the derivatives market leverage structured data for both the Master Agreement and credit support documentation, while simultaneously allowing users to have more efficiency and transparency in their negotiations.”

 

Launch of the VM documentation comes amid strong recent growth in the use of ISDA Create as buy- and sell-side firms and custodians comply with phase six of the regulatory initial margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives, scheduled to come into effect from 1 September.

 

ISDA Create is an online solution powered by Linklaters’ proprietary technology platform, CreateiQ. Additional information on ISDA Create and CreateiQ is available on the ISDA Create InfoHub and the Linklaters CreateiQ website. To schedule an online demo of the platform, please contact support@isdacreate.org.

Linklaters strengthens real estate finance offering with strategic London partner hire

Di, 07.06.2022 - 10:37

Linklaters has bolstered its global Banking practice with the appointment of Jessica Jenner, who joins as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Finance practice and part of the Corporate and Structured Lending group in London. Jess joins the firm from Ashurst where she trained before being made a Partner in 2015.

Jess specialises in all aspects of real estate finance, representing both sponsor and creditor clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions, with a particular focus on the UK and Europe. She brings extensive expertise in investment and development lending on all sectors of real estate.

Jess joins existing real estate finance partners Scott Simpson and Phil Gore. Her appointment enhances the team’s ability to execute market-leading transactions, particularly across the UK and Europe, and will help it to achieve its ambitions within the market as it continues to grow. 

Jess’ strategic appointment also supports the ambitious growth of Linklaters’ Funds & Financial Investors Group globally, with her hire an opportunity for heightened collaboration across the firm’s global Real Estate, Corporate and Restructuring & Insolvency practices.  

Jess will join the firm this autumn. 

Andy Vickery, Global Head of Finance, commented:

“With real estate financing transactions becoming increasingly complex in nature, we are pleased to welcome Jess, whose deep experience, stellar market reputation and specialised skillset make her a powerful fit for our Real Estate Finance team. Jess has excellent synergies with our existing client base and we look forward to working alongside her to enhance our multi-jurisdictional offering, with a specific focus on the UK and European markets.”

The move reflects Linklaters’ continued investment in its Banking practice, as Jess’ appointment follows hot on the heels of recent team hire, Noel Hughes, Giacomo Reali and Christianne Williams, who joined the firm’s Leveraged Finance practice as partners from Vinson & Elkins earlier this year.

 

Linklaters enhances Executive Compensation capabilities with hire of senior partner Andrew L. Gaines in New York

Mo, 06.06.2022 - 14:30

Linklaters is pleased to announce that Andrew L. Gaines has joined its New York Employment & Incentives practice as a partner and Head of Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits – U.S. 

Andrew advises employers on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefit plans.  He also advises corporate and private investment fund clients in connection with aspects of transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, capital financings, securities offerings, restructurings and reorganizations. Additionally, he regularly counsels senior management and boards of directors on compensation policies and practices, including executive compensation strategy and plan design, corporate governance, and the negotiation of employment and severance agreements.

In addition to his work on high-profile M&A transactions, Andrew also counsels both private fund sponsors and on sophisticated Title I Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters. 

Alexandra Beidas, Linklaters’ Global Head of Employment & Incentives, commented:

“Andy is an excellent addition to our leading global employment and incentives practice. He is a highly-regarded lawyer with a sophisticated and technical skillset that will be of tremendous value to our clients who are navigating increasingly complex benefits and compensation matters. We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

Andrew joins a distinguished global Employment & Incentives practice that maintains one of the deepest and most globally integrated practices in the world with a distinctive track record.

Tom McGrath, Head of Linklaters’ U.S. Global Practice, added:

“Andy is one of the top lawyers in his field and we’re excited to have him join the firm. His nearly four decades of experience will greatly benefit the clients that seek our help with complex compensation-related matters. His counsel will be in high demand as we continue to grow our corporate and private equity practices in the U.S.

Andrew joins Linklaters from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation Group.

Linklaters awarded Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Intersectionality Award by Community Business

Do, 02.06.2022 - 04:37
Linklaters has been named the winner of the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in Asia Intersectionality Award, at the 2022 Community Business Awards – a leading not-for-profit organisation advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia. 

This award recognises Linklaters’ holistic and intersectional approach to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in Asia. It is also a reflection of the firm’s sustained commitment to placing D&I at the heart of its values. 

Linklaters emphasises that everyone is unique and people do not fit neatly into diversity boxes. The firm has introduced various initiatives and programmes that approach D&I holistically by focussing on authenticity, respect, psychological safety, belonging and equity including an annual celebration of Diversity Week. Diversity Week is one of the key initiatives aiming to bring D&I into the spotlight to ensure it remains front of mind for everyone in the firm. Activities include awareness raising sessions, training, story sharing and celebrations of diversity – all with the aim of fostering a safe and supportive environment in the workplace and encouraging respectful conversations that are unique to each individual.

Linklaters strives to create an inclusive culture in which everyone, regardless of background, identity and circumstance, can reach their full potential and thrive. Find out more information on Linklaters’ global diversity & inclusion strategy across its six core strands of diversity: gender, race & ethnicity, social mobility, age & life stage, LGBT+ and disability, here.

Linklaters Expands U.S. Financial Regulation Group with Hire of Donald S. Waack

Mi, 01.06.2022 - 15:10

Linklaters is pleased to announce that Donald S. Waack has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the firm’s Financial Regulation Group. 
 
Don counsels globally active financial services firms on their most challenging regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters. His practice is devoted to advising U.S. and non-U.S. banks, bank holding companies, and other financial institutions on multifaceted strategic and regulatory matters, including regulatory control determinations; investment authority issues and activities restrictions; governance; fund formation; fintech partnerships and investments; regulatory capital; affiliate transactions; and vendor management issues.

Peter Bevan, Head of Linklaters’ Financial Regulation Group, commented:

“Don’s bank regulatory expertise will be invaluable as we guide international clients through an increasingly complex U.S. regulatory landscape. His in-depth knowledge of U.S. financial regulations and their impact on both domestic and non-U.S. financial services firms will complement our existing global financial regulatory, derivatives, and funds practices.”

Don joins a distinguished financial regulation group that maintains one of the deepest and most globally integrated practices in the world with a distinctive track record of guiding clients through their most challenging regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters.

Tom McGrath, Head of Linklaters’ U.S. Global Practice, added:

“I am delighted to have Don join the firm. His arrival enhances our ability to provide multidisciplinary solutions to our clients in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. His deep experience, strong relationships and market knowledge will integrate seamlessly with our U.S. platform.”

Don joins from Morgan Lewis where he was a partner in their Washington, D.C. office.

Linklaters appoints new Global Practice Head for Tax

Mo, 30.05.2022 - 16:30

Linklaters has announced the appointment of Oliver Rosenberg, partner in the firm’s Düsseldorf office, as its new global head of Tax. Oliver succeeds Dick Hofland, who has been in the role for the past five years.

Oliver has headed up the firm’s German tax practice since 2019 and is a member of the German Executive Team (GET). Oliver has leading expertise in the market for advising on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions (in particular in the energy sector), complex cross-border tax structuring and planning, and domestic and international tax disputes (in particular advance pricing agreements, mutual agreement procedures).

Simon Branigan, Global Head of Linklaters’ Corporate Division said:

“Oliver has an impressive background and his experience and market reputation make him an obvious choice to lead our global team. Our global tax practice is market leading, frequently advising on the world’s largest and most complex deals, and I am sure that under Oliver’s tenure we will continue to offer our clients un-paralleled holistic advice and outstanding client service.  

I would like to thank Dick Hofland for his enormous contribution to the practice which has gone from strength to strength under his leadership.”

Linklaters’ market-leading global tax practice is consistently recognised as being at the forefront of its field. We advise on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and demergers, as well as corporate reorganisations and across all stages of a fund and investment lifecycle. We also advise on the most complex and challenging financial transactions, and on major deals across the global capital markets. Our contentious tax experts provide experienced advice and guidance at all stages of potential disputes on tax-related matters, and also support clients in managing tax risk and compliance obligations in an increasingly challenging environment.

Linklaters and ISLA enter into MOU to automate securities lending documents on CreateiQ

Di, 24.05.2022 - 17:28

Linklaters and the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to automate the Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (‘GMSLA’), the GMSLA Security Interest 2018 (‘Pledge’) the recently published Master Confirmation Annex (‘MCA’) and related documents on the CreateiQ contract automaton platform. Subscribing ISLA members will be able to access a digitised version of the ISLA Clause Library on CreateiQ.  Linklaters advised ISLA on the MCA, which provides a standard framework and set of terms which market participants can use for “non-standard” trade types to be documented under the GMSLA.

CreateiQ is the contract management platform developed by Linklaters. The platform dramatically reduces the time to draft and agree documents, while creating and providing real time access to contractual data in structured format.

The move to help firms negotiate their securities lending documents on CreateiQ comes as the platform is experiencing rapid growth, with over 200 institutions now using the platform in the financial industry – including 6 of the 10 largest banks by assets.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and Linklaters have previously collaborated to digitise ISDA documents on CreateiQ through ISDA Create. The Bank of New York Mellon also chose the platform to publish its key custodial documentation, including its triparty and third-party account control agreements. The MOU to add ISLA’s documents continues to build on that foundation and now gives market participants the opportunity to digitise their broader trading documents, including any own account documents, on a single platform.

Deepak Sitlani, CreateiQ board member and Capital Markets Partner at Linklaters London, said:

"We are very excited to work with ISLA on this first of its kind automation for securities lending negotiations, which will bring enormous efficiencies to banks and asset managers. This is a very significant step towards our goal of becoming the comprehensive contracting solution in financial markets.”

This launch is one of several forward-thinking initiatives that ISLA is undertaking to help its members quickly and efficiently adapt to the growing impact that technology is having on securities lending. Others include the creation of a clause library, collaborating with ISDA and ICMA on the development of a Common Domain Model and providing guidance to members on new digital assets including cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens.

Andrew Dyson, CEO of ISLA, added:

“We are delighted to work with Linklaters to develop a digital version of the GMSLA and our other related documents on CreateiQ. One of the biggest challenges for our members is negotiating these documents efficiently and at scale and are pleased that they will now be able to benefit from all the functionality the platform has to offer.”

Additional information about this, as well as more about CreateiQ can be found on the Linklaters | CreateiQ website. To schedule a demo of the platform, please contact support@createiq.tech 

Linklaters named Top 50 Employer for Women by The Times for ninth Year in a Row

Di, 24.05.2022 - 15:39

Linklaters has been featured in The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women 2022 list for a ninth consecutive year. Run by the charity Business in the Community – The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – the Awards recognise those employers taking action and leading the way on workplace gender equality.

This recognition reflects the firm’s sustained commitment to placing diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of its values and to driving positive and sustainable change. The firm has a substantial gender action plan, embedding policies and initiatives to ensure a supportive environment for women in the workplace, including:

  • Helping to support parental transitions – Recognising that having a family can still have a disproportionate impact on a woman’s career, and the support needed for both men and women at this career/ life stage, Linklaters aims to lead the market with its parental leave and support benefits. In addition to the firm’s New Parent Leave policy, which has had a positive uptake, the firm has introduced Adjustment Days – enabling individuals in the run up to, or following the end of, a long period of absence to benefit from having a chance to gently wind down, or build up, their workload – helping to better adjust to the change between work and family leave.
  • An agile approach to working patterns and career paths Agile working is a key aspect of Linklaters’ gender strategy, enabling people to explore agile career paths to suit their individual circumstances.
  • Gender targets Introducing a new global gender diversity target for female partner promotions each year of 40%, an increase from the 30% target which had been in place since 2014. The new and stretching target will ensure the firm keeps up its progress to date and continues to move ultimately towards gender parity. This year, the firm exceeded its 40% gender target for new partner promotions.
  • 50:50 gender action plans – Working to create a balanced and sustainable pipeline of female talent at every career level across the firm; requiring each practice to produce a 50:50 gender action plan.
  • Continuously ensuring women have greater development and sponsorship opportunities – Through talent programmes, including the firm’s Women’s Leadership Programme for senior associates (started in 2012), and Stepping Forward, a group coaching programme for more junior female associates (started in 2017). In 2022, 88% of women promoted to Partner and 68% of those promoted to Counsel were alumnae of the Women’s Leadership Programme.
  • Implementing a global menopause policy – Raising awareness and outlining enhanced support and resources available at the firm for those affected by the menopause.
Aedamar Comiskey, Senior Partner and Chair of Linklaters, comments: “We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to taking action on gender equality for the ninth year in a row. As a firm, we continue to invest heavily in all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion – committing to a culture where all individuals feel supported and have the opportunity to realise their ambitions.”

Linklaters elects Guido Portier as the new Managing Partner of the Amsterdam office

Di, 17.05.2022 - 16:48

Linklaters has elected Guido Portier, civil law notary and head of the corporate law practice, as National Managing Partner of the Amsterdam office. He succeeds Jan Willem de Boer who has held this role for the past nine years.

Guido has extensive experience as a civil law notary in cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, stock market listings (including SPACs) and financing. He has been involved in a large number of high-profile transactions, including the cross-border merger of Unilever, the sale of Philips Domestic Appliances to Hillhouse, the demerger of CarNext from LeasePlan and the sale of Unilever's tea division to CVC.

Under the leadership of Jan Willem de Boer, Linklaters Amsterdam has been the fastest growing law firm in the Netherlands over the past five years, with its primary focus always being on the quality of service. Guido will continue in this vein and focus on those parts of the Dutch legal market in which Linklaters, as an international firm with 31 offices in 21 countries, can distinguish itself.

Expectations regarding the quality and speed of international legal services continue to increase.

"As an international firm, Linklaters is in an excellent position to advise clients and work on cases at the high end of the market and we are therefore able to offer legal talent a challenging and attractive working environment", says Portier.

Jan Willem de Boer looks back on nine great years:

"The office is in excellent shape. Now that we are in calmer waters after the pandemic, I think this is the right moment for a change of leadership. I am convinced that Guido will lead the firm in the interests of both our clients and our entire team, and will continue to work towards our joint success."

De Boer himself will concentrate again on his role as a partner within the corporate law practice.

Linklaters strengthens Intellectual Property practice with London partner hire

Mo, 16.05.2022 - 13:51

Linklaters has strengthened its global IP practice with the appointment of intellectual property and technology specialist, Paul Joseph, who joins the firm as a partner based in London. The move reflects Linklaters’ continued investment in its IP offering and supports the growth of the Firm’s rapidly developing technology sector.

Paul Joseph joins Linklaters from Norton Rose Fulbright where he was a partner. He started his career working at Freshfields for ten years before moving to RPC where he was made partner in 2012. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020. His practice includes IP/technology disputes, as well as advising on complex, high-value, international transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. He also brings extensive experience in the technology, fintech, telecoms and retail sectors.

Julia Schönbohm, Global Head of TMT/IP and Global Co-Head of Technology at Linklaters, comments:

“We are excited to have Paul on board, supporting the continued targeted growth of our IP offering in response to high demand from clients. His transactional and disputes work, and his tech sector expertise, make him a great fit for the team and complement the global bench strength of our TMT/IP practice.”

Linklaters announces new National Managing Partner for Bangkok

Mo, 16.05.2022 - 03:44

Linklaters is pleased to announce that Wanwisar Nakarat has been appointed as National Managing Partner of the firm’s Bangkok office, effective 1st May. During her four-year term, Wanwisar will also sit on Linklaters’ Asia Executive Committee, responsible for key management decisions that help shape the firm’s strategy and vision across the Asia region.

Wanwisar is widely recognised as a leading law practitioner in Thailand and has been with Linklaters for over 24 years, after joining as a trainee in 1998. Specialising in Energy & Infrastructure, she supports leading Thai corporates on their cross-border transactions and overseas deals involving acquisitions and investments, project development and financing. 

Wanwisar Nakarat replaces banking partner Pichitpon Eammongkolchai, who has held the role since 2016.

 

Linklaters announces two senior leadership appointments in Singapore

Fr, 13.05.2022 - 10:32

Linklaters is pleased to announce the appointment of Melvin Sng as Senior Partner, and Jonathan Horan as National Managing Partner, of the firm’s Singapore office, effective 1 May 2022. As Senior Partner, Melvin will be responsible for deepening the firm’s relationship with its clients and key stakeholders in the region whilst working closely with Jon in his role overseeing the firm’s strategy and vision for Southeast Asia. During his four-year term, Jon will also sit on Linklaters’ Asia Executive Committee, responsible for key management decisions that help shape the firm’s strategy and vision across Asia.

Melvin is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer with over 20 years’ experience practising in Asia. He is the Senior Partner of the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice in Asia and also co-heads the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice in the region.

Jon is an international capital markets specialist with extensive experience across Asia, working in our Hong Kong and Singapore offices for over 15 years. He advises underwriters, issuers, investors and trustees on the full range of capital markets products. Jon is increasingly involved in the development of digital asset fundraising, advising Asia-based digital offerings, securities issuers and platform operators.

Jonathan Horan takes over from banking partner, Christopher Bradley, who has held the role since 2016, and will be retiring later this year after 25 years with the firm.

ISDA, Linklaters and S&P Global Market Intelligence Announce Intention to Enable Data Sharing Between ISDA Create and Counterparty Manager

Mi, 11.05.2022 - 08:40
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA), Linklaters and S&P Global Market Intelligence have announced their intention to make the ISDA Create contract negotiation platform available within S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Counterparty Manager service, giving firms the ability to easily access full details of their contractual relationships in digital form from a single location.

Counterparty Manager allows users to exchange information when opening a trading relationship and includes ISDA Amend, an online tool that enables market participants to modify multiple ISDA Master Agreements and share regulatory representations with counterparties. As part of the initiative, users of either platform will be able to view a complete digital record of all the relationship and contractual data exchanged and/or created on either platform. 

Users of Counterparty Manager will also be able to access the full online negotiation and execution functionality of ISDA Create by adding an annex to their existing S&P Global Market Intelligence Counterparty Manager user agreement. 

Katherine Tew Darras, ISDA’s General Counsel, said:

“The linking of ISDA Create and Counterparty Manager is a logical extension of the ISDA Amend collaboration that started 10 years ago. This initiative will allow firms to gain a comprehensive, umbrella view of any contractual relationship in digital form, which can then feed directly into collateral, risk and other systems. This will help facilitate further automation and efficiency in derivatives markets, while reducing risk and the potential for error.” Doug Donahue, CreateiQ board member and Capital Markets Partner at Linklaters, said:
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with ISDA and IHS Markit/S&P Global Market Intelligence to create game-changing technology solutions for our industry, starting with ISDA Amend 10 years ago. This initiative will create an integrated, end-to-end solution for operationalizing institutional data, from client onboarding through to trading agreements. It is a natural next step on the path that ISDA has put the derivatives industry on, testament to its forward-thinking vision of a digital future for financial markets.”Lansing Gatrell, Managing Director, Counterparty Manager & Regulatory Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence:
“Customers rely on S&P Global Market Intelligence to manage their client onboarding and lifecycle management processes for both simple and complex contract negotiations and amendments. The aim of the planned inclusion of ISDA Create’s functionality in Counterparty Manager’s Onboarding Accelerator and Request for Amendment modules is to help enable information sharing between counterparties via a single point of entry.”ISDA Create is an online solution to help financial institutions draft, negotiate and execute derivatives documents online, including the ISDA Master Agreement, ISDA variation margin documentation and account control agreements for certain custodians. It is powered by Linklaters’ proprietary technology platform, CreateiQ. Additional information relating to ISDA Create is available on ISDA Create | Powered by CreateiQ.  
 

Linklaters implements global menopause policy

Di, 10.05.2022 - 16:24

Linklaters has introduced a global menopause policy and support package for colleagues across the firm who are directly or indirectly impacted by the menopause.

 

The policy aims to raise awareness and outlines the enhanced support and resources available at the firm for those affected by the menopause. Building on the firm’s commitment to its supportive and inclusive culture, the package includes:

 

  • Expanding the firm’s menopause support group globally, facilitating open discussions and encouraging people to share experiences

  • Introducing an e-Learning module for people across the firm with management or supervisory responsibilities

  • Creating a dedicated resource hub to raise awareness, educate and support those experiencing the menopause, as well as those supporting a partner or family member

  • Rolling out a market leading app, Peppy Health, providing online menopause support in the UK

  • Enhancing its UK PMI scheme with AXA Health to cover specialist consultations for conditions relating to the menopause

 

Jessamy Gallagher, Executive Committee Champion for Age & Life Stage at Linklaters, comments:

 

“Menopause symptoms can have a detrimental impact on anybody living with them, and their working lives are not exempt from that. It can also indirectly affect anyone, including those supporting a partner or family member living through the menopause.

 

People should not have to navigate the menopause in silence. I hope that our policy and enhanced support will encourage open discussion and further strengthen our culture of openness and our commitment to caring for our people at every stage of their lives.”

 

The menopause policy and enhanced support package will reinforce Linklaters’ Gender and Age & Life Stage strategies by helping to retain and support women of all ages into senior roles.

 

In 2021, Linklaters also introduced specific and designated support for those undergoing Fertility Treatment, or who may have experienced pregnancy or baby loss. The firm’s ambition is to be ‘best in class’ for Diversity & Inclusion in the legal sector and it is committed to being home to a culture that supports colleagues’ health and wellbeing.

 

Find more information about the firm’s global Diversity & Inclusion strategy, across its six core strands of diversity – gender, race & ethnicity, social mobility, age & life stage, LGBT+ and disability – here.

Linklaters partners with Temasek Polytechnic on student internship programme in Singapore

Di, 10.05.2022 - 04:40

Linklaters, through its business teams function, has collaborated with Temasek Polytechnic, a leading institution of higher learning in Singapore, for their Student Internship Programme (SIP).

The SIP is a compulsory module taken by final year students pursuing the law and management diploma at Temasek Polytechnic. Linklaters’ participation provides students the exposure to a wide range of career options, alongside a legal career path.

In addition to obtaining legal practice experience, the 16-week internship will also provide students with insight into the day-to-day operations of Linklaters’ business teams in the firm’s Singapore office. Students will have the invaluable opportunity to gain real work experience within the business teams function, including business development & marketing, human resources and finance.

Social mobility is one of the global priorities of Linklaters’ diversity and inclusion strategy. This internship programme is a key initiative to achieving the firm’s goal of cultivating the next generation of talent, regardless of background, identity and circumstance, by increasing opportunities available to students in the early stages of their career development.

 

Linklaters bolsters regional corporate/M&A offering with Widyawan & Partners’ hire of Teguh Arwiko in Indonesia

Mo, 09.05.2022 - 05:06

Linklaters’ formal association firm in Indonesia, Widyawan & Partners, today announced the hire of Teguh Arwiko, who has joined as a partner in the corporate practice, based in Jakarta.

Teguh joins Widyawan & Partners from Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, (in association with Herbert Smith Freehills), where he was a partner.

Teguh is an Indonesia-qualified corporate lawyer specialising in advising corporates, and private equity and sovereign wealth funds on public and private M&A and JVs, with a particular focus on the financial services, TMT/digital economy and real estate sectors. His arrival will further strengthen the firm’s public M&A capabilities and financial services and tech sectors offering, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to deliver best in class support in these rapidly growing areas.

Partner Adrian Pranata at Widyawan & Partners, commented:

“We are thrilled to welcome Teguh into our corporate practice. Teguh is an established practitioner in the corporate/M&A space, and his depth of experience will be invaluable in further strengthening our capability and client service offering in the fast-growing Indonesian economy.”

Partner David Holme at Linklaters, who is currently on secondment as Senior Foreign Legal Advisor with Widyawan & Partners’ Jakarta office, commented:

“Teguh is a stellar addition to Linklaters’ Southeast Asia network through our longstanding association with Widyawan & Partners. Teguh comes with a wealth of experience advising Indonesian and international clients. We look forward to working hand in hand to deliver a seamless client service to all of our clients in the region.”

Linklaters advises the finance provider on the financing for CVC’s acquisition of Neolith

Fr, 06.05.2022 - 12:30

Linklaters has advised the finance provider on the financing for CVC’s acquisition of Neolith.

Neolith, pioneer in the creation of sintered stone and a global leader with business in over 100 countries, leads the ongoing process of transformation in the stone surfaces industry with innovative and sustainable solutions that combine design and functionality for a wide range of applications; from kitchens, bathrooms and designer furniture to building façades and coverings for the most cutting-edge architecture projects.

The Linklaters team was led by Leveraged Finance partners Chris Medley and Rohan Saha, managing associate Tarini Wettimuny and associate Guan Koi Khor.