Infobox Law Firm
firm_name = Linklaters
headquarters =
num_offices = 30
num_attorneys = 3,000
practice_areas = General practice
revenue = profit ₤1.12 billion
date_founded = 1838 (London)
company_type = LLP
homepage = []

Linklaters LLP is a UK-based global law firm, which advises some of the world’s leading organisations on transactions and operations. Linklaters has 30 offices in 23 countries, and is one of the five members of the so-called "Magic Circle" of prominent UK law firms. Over the past decade, Linklaters has undergone a major transformation from an English law firm to a leading global firm. Today, Linklaters has around 540 partners and 2,400 qualified lawyers, more than 60% of whom are based outside the UK.

It is the world's second largest law firm by revenues (2006 figures). [ [ The Lawyer Global 100] from "The Lawyer" published in association with "The American Lawyer" in November 2006]

On 1 May, 2007, Linklaters converted to a Limited Liability Partnership.


Linklaters was founded in 1838 as Dods & Linklater. In 1920, the firm merged with Paine, Blyth & Huxtable, creating Linklaters & Paines.

Ten years ago, Linklaters was predominantly an English law firm with small domestic operations in a number of overseas jurisdictions (Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Singapore, and Tokyo). In 1996, the firm pursued a strategy of global expansion to meet the increasing demand for premium, multi-jurisdictional legal advice. Since then, it has built a formidable global practice through organic growth and a series of mergers and joint ventures. In 1998, Linklaters & Alliance was formed with four other European law firms: De Bandt, van Hecke, Lagae & Loesch; De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; Lagerlöf & Leman, and Oppenhoff & Rädler.

Over the next five years Linklaters merged with three of these firms in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and Sweden, as well as merging with firms in the Czech Republic and Poland and opening offices in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Budapest, Bucharest, Bratislava, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, Rome, São Paulo, and Shanghai.

During this period, Linklaters formed a joint venture with the premier Singapore practice, Allen & Gledhill, to create Linklaters Allen & Gledhill, and a co-operation with Brazilian firm Lefosse Advogados.

On April 1, 2005, when new laws came into effect in Japan, permitting multi-national partnerships, Linklaters created Japan’s first fully-merged law firm practising Japanese, English, and US law, meaning that Linklaters found itself among the few global firms in Japan who can provide international and domestic advice from a single source. Linklaters opened its newest office in Dubai in February 2006, building on its thirty-year track-record of advising clients in the Middle East, in response to clients’ increased focus on the Middle East and a growing demand for premium legal advice from clients operating in the region.

Main practice areas

Chambers & Partners ranks Linklaters as a top-tier performer in more than 50 practices—more than any other law firm.

*Capital Markets
*Competition / Antitrust
*Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions
*Employee Incentives
*Environment & Planning
*Financial Markets
*Intellectual Property
*Investment Management
*Litigation & Arbitration
*Private Equity
*Real Estate & Construction
*Technology, Media & Telecommunications


Linklaters has 20 sector groups operating on the same global basis as its practice area support.

*Aerospace & Defence
*Energy and Utilities
*Food & Beverage
*Infrastructure and Construction
*Leisure and Hotels
*Media & Entertainment
*Real Estate
*Transport and Logistics



* [ Record Spanish IPO gifts Freshfields and Linklaters roles on €4bn bank flotation]
* [ Linklaters scores $18bn IPO trio as Russia taps the market]
* [ Linklaters fields multijurisdictional team for landmark Indian IPO]
* [ Linklaters set to recruit senior M&A partner for Italian push]
* [ Linklaters celebrates Dubai launch]
* [ Linklaters hires Ereira from Freshfields]

External links

* [ Official Site]

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