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Linklaters - London
  • One Silk Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 8HQ
  • Tel:(020) 7456 2000
  • Fax:(020) 7456 2222
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  • www. linklaters.com
  • Senior Partner: Robert Elliott
  • Managing Partner: Simon Davies
  • Global Head of Corporate: Jeremy Parr
  • Global Head of Finance & Projects: Jim Rice  
  • Global Head of Commercial: Arnaud de La Cotardière
  • Number of partners worldwide: 450
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 2200
  • International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington DC

Firm Overview:
Linklaters LLP is a leading global law firm, supporting clients in achieving their strategies wherever they do business. The firm uses its expertise and resources to help clients pursue opportunities and manage risk across emerging and developed markets around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking:

Comprehensive experience spanning the fields of banking and finance, including acquisition and leveraged finance, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, financial structuring, high yield, real estate finance, trade and emerging markets finance, restructuring and insolvency and asset finance.

Capital Markets:
Expertise across international capital markets, covering: debt, equity, equity-linked, regulatory capital, liability management, high yield, RMB financings, derivatives and structured financings.

Competition/Antitrust:
Expertise in competition law, merger control, state aid, public procurement, utility regulation, market investigations, cartels, abuse of dominance and any related litigation. Specialist lawyers in key jurisdictions in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Corporate & M&A:
Advice on finance and commercial transactions including complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, major listings on stock exchanges around the world, joint ventures, restructuring and privatisations.

Corporate Tax:
Expertise across all tax aspects of corporate transactional (including private equity), finance (including structured finance), international tax planning, contentious, real estate and investment funds work.

Employment, Pensions & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment issues, pensions, for both trustees and companies, covering contentious, advisory and transactions and share plan, tax and legal advice including plan design and structure, tax (both individual and corporate), regulatory issues, trusts and data protection.

Employment & Incentives:
Global advice on all employment and incentives matters. Employment work includes regulatory investigations, restructurings and redundancies, governance, board/senior executive appointments, terminations, disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination issues. Global share plans expertise covers areas such as plan design and structure, corporate transactions, regulatory issues, governance, trusts and corporate/individual tax.

Energy & Infrastructure:
Advice across the resources sectors: oil and gas, petrochemical, power, renewables, mining projects, water, PPP/PFI projects - project financing, acquisitions, joint ventures, refinancing, funds, commodities trading and finance, hybrid and structured financing, regulatory advice and all other aspects of energy and infrastructure-related advice.

Environment & Climate Change:
Advice on all aspects of environmental and climate change regulation, carbon trading, sustainability and governance, the allocation of environmental assets and risks in M&A, project finance, funds and real estate, and regulatory and environmental dispute resolution.

Financial Regulation:
Advice on financial markets and their regulation for investment and commercial banks, international fund managers and private equity houses.

Insurance:
Expertise across all aspects of the insurance sector including M&A, joint ventures, rights issues, securitisations, demutualisations, complex capital markets transactions, reorganisations, portfolio transfers and regulatory.

Intellectual Property:
Expertise in contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property rights.

Investment Management:
Global expertise advising sponsors, investors and service providers on all aspects of structuring, establishing, marketing and investing into private and listed investment funds and investment management arrangements across asset classes, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, debt, hedge and other alternatives, asset managers and on the establishment, operation and transactions involving investment management businesses.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Dispute resolution services in a wide range of areas including litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR. Sectors of experience include litigation in banking, competition and antitrust, derivatives and structured products, fraud and white-collar crime, insolvency, contentious tax, energy and infrastructure disputes, regulatory investigations, pensions, property and finance.

Pensions:
Advises both trustees and corporates on the full range of pensions issues, including tailored funding solutions, regulatory, governance and investment issues.

Private Equity:
Expertise in all aspects of the industry, from establishing the fund and making investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including restructuring advice, to exiting from those investments.

Real Estate:
Expertise in all aspects of real estate sector work including: premium real estate investment, M&A, development and leasing advice, sale and leasebacks, joint ventures, real estate funds, financing and tax, real estate investment trusts, construction advice, planning/ zoning law, policy and practice, rent review and real estate-related disputes.

Restructuring & Insolvency:
Leading expertise across an exceptional spread of transactions covering a wide range of jurisdictions and complexities, including debt restructuring and rescheduling, equity capital raising and restructuring, distressed M&A activity, debtor advisory work, formal insolvency procedures and contingency planning and investigation, asset tracing and insolvency litigation.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
Expertise in commercial and regulatory advice on outsourcing; data protection; IT, e-commerce, telecoms, satellites, media and broadcasting. International Work: International work is handled in all commercial languages and local languages of countries in which Linklaters has offices.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Corporate Tax
  • Employment & Incentives
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Financial Regulation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Projects
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Branches

  • One Silk Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2Y 8HQ
  • Tel (020) 7456 2000
  • Fax (020) 7456 2222
  • DX 10 London City EC3
  • Website : www.linklaters.com

Corporate/Commercial - Africa-wide

What the team is known for A strong bench of lawyers in offices worldwide. Leads on a wide range of matters in sectors such as mining, energy, telecoms and financial services. The firm's 2013 alliance with South African firm Webber Wentzel boosts its capability in Southern Africa, and an office in Lisbon aids the firm's work in lusophone countries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "We admired their thoroughness and ability to turn over vast volumes of work in a short space of time."

Client service: "It was a very positive experience by all accounts and converted me into a fan of Linklaters!"

Work highlights Advised Standard Chartered Private Equity on various investment and transactional matters, including the acquisition of a 65% stake in the Union Bank of Nigeria alongside the Chandler Corporation.

Assisted Absa Group with English law advice on its combination with the majority of Barclays' African operations, a deal involving nine African jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Jacobs takes a lead role in some of the firm's most significant transactional instructions, including the Absa/Barclays matter above. Sources commend his level of activity in the market, especially in the mining sector.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Private Equity, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, De Beers, Goldfields.

Dispute Resolution - Africa-wide

What the team is known for Activity in disputes across a wide geographical area in Africa. An office in Lisbon is also a boost to the firm's work in lusophone areas. The team's caseload includes particularly significant work in the mining sector.

Notable practitioners  

Françoise Lefèvre is the head of the litigation and arbitration practice in Brussels, while Nuno Ferreira Lousa leads the team in Portugal. They are the key contacts for Africa-related disputes.

Projects - Africa-wide

What the team is known for Trilingual capability thanks to leading roles played by the firm's London, Paris and Lisbon offices. Its strengths in Southern Africa are boosted by the firm's 2013 alliance with Webber Wentzel. Instructions stem from a wide range of sectors, with oil and gas, power and renewable energy being especially busy of late. The team is also a go-to group for top mining clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Local knowledge: "Legally they're first-class, and they are very commercially minded and very helpful in dealing with different languages and cultures." 

Work highlights Advised Eni on the proposed development and project financing of an LNG project.

Acted as international counsel to the government of the Republic of South Africa on its renewable energy IPP programme.

Advised De Beers on the revision and renewal of its commercial and policy documentation.

Notable practitioners  

The "top-notch" Bertrand Andriani is regarded as a leading lawyer for large and complex financings, and sources commend his work on African projects such as the financing of the expansion of the Jorf Lasfar IPP in Morocco.

Leading transactional mining lawyer Charles Jacobs receives excellent feedback on his participation in key matters in the African market.

Andrew Jones "has huge experience in power projects in developing countries." He took a lead role in the firm's representation of Azito Energie in project financing for the expansion of the Azito Power Station in Côte d'Ivoire.

Significant clients Griffiths Energy, Ophir Energy, Aggreko, Glencore Xstrata.

Banking & Finance - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Maintains its reputation as a pre-eminent force in the banking and finance markets across the Asia-Pacific region. Is much in demand for its strength in acquisition and leveraged finance. Has bolstered its presence in Australia and South-East Asia following its intergrated alliance with Allens.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They have got offices and a presence in different jurisdictions, so we will get answers when we have local legal issues."

Expertise: "They can provide us with appropriate advice based on a lot of experience on both the business and legal sides. They have especially wide expertise regarding overseas regulations."

Work highlights  Assisted a number of major international banks and financial institutions on a USD1.5 billion revolving credit facility to Reliance Industries, an Indian conglomerate company.

Advised Bright Food Group on the GBP1.2 billion acquisition of 60% of the share capital of Weetabix, which involved a refinancing of the existing acquisition debt.

Notable practitioners 

Philip Badge in Singapore is a key contact.

Significant clients  Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, Nomura Capital Investment.

Capital Markets - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Dominant force in the market with exceptional strength in debt, equity, securitisation and work in derivatives and structured products. The firm utilises its international network to provide a truly regional offering, tackling work in China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, India and Thailand.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "We think Linklaters has more breadth and depth than most other firms. The team has several people who really know what they're talking about. They provide coherent advice and support throughout the project."

Regional capability: "Across the region they're a top firm for capital markets work. Consistent quality and a good work ethic; you can call up, and they always have the right people on deals."

Work highlights Acted for issuer PRC Ministry of Finance in a sovereign bond offering worth CNY23 billion. This was the largest ever offshore renminbi bond transaction and the first time the Ministry of Finance listed its sovereign debt on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Advised the underwriters of Sony's USD1.85 billion zero coupon convertible bond offering, one of the largest equity-linked transactions in Asia.

Representing the joint sponsors and underwriters on Wison Engineering Investment's USD216 million Hong Kong listing.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Malcolm is the head of debt and equity capital markets in China and is based in Hong Kong. Kevin Wong is head of the capital markets practice in Singapore. Liew Chin Chong leads the derivatives and structured products practice and Mary Matson is head of securitisation, both of whom are also based in the Hong Kong office.

Significant clients Sinochem, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings, HSBC, Credit Suisse.

Corporate/M&A - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Enjoys top-notch reputation for corporate matters due to the fine co-ordination between its European and Asian offices. Acts for a broad range of clients that includes international banks, insurance companies and mining giants. Particularly notable for its representation of Chinese companies in significant cross-border acquisitions. Further commended for its private equity capability thanks to its strength in financing and capital markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "I really thought they did a very good job: proactive and solution-oriented. It is easy for lawyers to just repeat what the law says, but they can look at it from a business angle and offer commercial solutions."

What's new? Stuart Bedford relocated back to the firm's Singapore office from Hong Kong.

Work highlights Represented Sumimoto Mitsui Banking in making a USD1.56 billion investment into Indonesian commercial bank Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional.

Advised Minmetals Resources on purchasing Anvil Mining for USD1.3 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Head of global M&A Matthew Middleditch is a partner of the Hong Kong office. Hiroya Yamazaki is the main contact for Japan along with Hyung Ahn in South Korea.

Significant clients Rakuten, Jardine Matheson, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products, Standard Chartered Bank, RRJ Capital, Primavera.

Projects - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Active on a range of different projects globally involving Asian clients, with strong experience in representing project lenders. Its alliance with Allens has further strengthened its involvement in key jurisdictions such as Vietnam and Australia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market reputation: "A solid pedigree on the project finance front."

Bench strength: "Very down-to-earth people doing very high-quality work."

What's new? Christopher Bradley relocated to the Singapore office from Tokyo.

Work highlights Acted for China Development Bank on the USD2.54 billion multi-sourced project financing for the Surgil gas-to-petrochemicals project. The Uzbekistan-based development is valued at USD4 billion.

Represented China Development Bank in its EUR350 million financing to a coal-fired mine-mouth power plant in Stanari, in Republika Srpska.

Notable practitioners  

Hong Kong-based regional managing partner Stuart Salt is highly regarded for his long experience in project finance, and praised for his "practical, commercial viewpoint." His recent work highlights include acting for the lenders on financing a greenfield refinery development in Gabon. 

Thomas Ng acts out of Beijing on a range of power projects located around the world. He recently acted for China Development Bank on the financing of a mine-mouth power project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sources say: "He has a good ability to conduct analysis and gives executive summaries very well." 

Significant clients BP, China Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea, CNOOC.

Capital Markets - Austria

Foreign Desks 

Linklaters' Frankfurt office has a dedicated Austria desk that assists clients with the full range of Austrian-related capital markets mandates. The lawyers' considerable experience on such mandates is further consolidated by close links to domestic Austrian firms. High-profile clients include HSBC and UniCredit Bank Austria.

Marco Carbonare acts on US-governed debt and equity matters on the Austrian market from Frankfurt. Sources praise his extensive knowledge of the Austrian market.

Herbert Harrer is admired for his equity experience, and is developing a notable presence in the debt market as well.

Peter Waltz "is just superb," according to enthusiastic sources. He regularly acts for banks, often on the debt side. He advised the joint lead managers, Citi, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, on Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank's issue of EUR1 billion subordinated government-guaranteed notes due 2022.

Banking & Finance - Belgium

David Ballegeer assists lenders and borrowers with a range of major transactions. He is described as a solution-oriented practitioner: "You really feel he is working towards a result. He is highly experienced, and proposes alternatives and makes you reflect. He makes a risk assessment if a position has to be taken and dares to speak what he thinks."

The highly praised Charles-Antoine Leunen recently joined the firm from Freshfields. His key areas of activity include project and infrastructure finance, as well as complex restructurings. One source notes: "He is very client focused and commercially driven, which makes it a pleasure to work with him." 

Etienne Dessy leads the department's financial regulation activity, offering extensive knowledge of the Belgium and EU level frameworks. His practice encompasses banking, derivatives and funds, as well as issues relating to market abuse and payment services.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

The "absolutely excellent" Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke is noted for his extensive experience in competition and state aid.

Leading partner Gerwin Van Gerven is highly rated for his broad expertise and tactical skill. According to a source, "he develops a perfect factual knowledge of the file, even in highly technical areas." "He is miles ahead," adds another.

Wolfgang Deselaers is considered "an impressive lawyer with outstanding skills and a direct and decisive approach." His practice encompasses high-profile merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel cases, and he frequently handles mandates with German aspects.

Clients say Bernd Meyring "takes care of the customer, proposes solutions and gives practical advice." He advises on European and German competition matters, recently assisting Volkswagen with its acquisition of MAN. He frequently handles cartel work and assisted Del Monte with an appeal against a decision in the banana cartel investigation.

Swedish and European competition law expert Jonas Koponen recently advised Johnson & Johnson on the Phase II review of its proposed acquisition of Synthes. He is praised by clients for his strategic intelligence.

Christian Ahlborn is based in the firm's London office and is qualified in Germany and the UK. In addition to handling complex M&A, he is well versed in state aid and has significant experience of advising on notifications to the European Commission.

Paris-based Olivier d'Ormesson heads the firm's French competition and antitrust practice. He is noted for his EU and French competition law knowledge and is well respected in both Paris and Brussels. His practice covers state aid, merger control and abuse of dominance.

Since publication, Olivier d'Ormesson has left this practice.

Corporate/M&A - Belgium

Antwerp-based Jean-Pierre Blumberg co-heads the firm's global M&A group. He is commended for his management skills and excellent commercial understanding: "He knows our industry and the issues we are dealing with very well, and therefore knows whether something is urgent or not – he is able to assess what our real needs are."

François De Bauw has considerable experience in areas including M&A and ECM. Sources also particularly highlight his corporate finance expertise.  

Clients say Paul Van Hooghten is a "hands-on lawyer who gets fully involved in the transaction, understanding our objectives, finding alternatives and co-ordinating his team. He has a clear focus on results."

Arnaud Coibion is described as a commercial lawyer who "comes up with creative solutions to accommodate our business' needs." He is additionally praised for his "diplomacy and quick understanding."

Eric Pottier is noted for his combination of technical expertise and pragmatism. One interviewee draws attention to his "really concrete advice on how to handle and solve problems."

Dispute Resolution - Belgium

Sources consider Françoise Lefèvre one of the top litigators in Belgium, noting her strength in international and domestic litigation and arbitration. She is described as an "excellent lawyer with a lot of strategic insight." 

According to an interviewee, Joost Verlinden is "tough, thorough and someone you can talk to. He's also multilingual and understands other cultures – he's an asset to the firm." He recently advised Ineos on a dispute with a Turkish pipeline producer.

Recently promoted partner Stefaan Loosveld focuses on regulatory disputes and restructuring and insolvency. He is praised for his knowledge of the financial regulator and regulatory procedures.

Banking & Finance - Central & Eastern Europe

Jarosław Miller is a finance and projects partner in Warsaw. Trevor Clark, Toby Grimstone and Mirthe van Kesteren are members of the CEE desk.

Corporate/M&A - Central & Eastern Europe

Warsaw-based Daniel Cousens regularly handles CEE-wide M&A transactions, with a particular focus on matters relating to Poland, Ukraine and Turkey.

The "incredibly knowledgeable" Dominic Sanders heads the corporate/M&A department in Moscow. He is widely recognised as a leading individual offering an outstanding depth of knowledge in Russia and the rest of the CIS.

Berlin-based Christopher Bremme previously practised in Warsaw and Prague, and has considerable experience of acting on CEE mandates.

Projects - Central & Eastern Europe

London-based Ian Andrews is an expert in multi-jurisdictional transportation projects, with a strong track record on CEE transactions. He is well known for his knowledge of Czech infrastructure deals. 

Moscow managing partner Matthew Keats heads the energy and infrastructure practice group. He advises on major oil and gas transactions in CEE and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Daniel Tyrer in the London office handles a variety of energy financing transactions and has a particular focus on CEE. Clients appreciate that "he is focused, easy to talk to and approachable."

Banking & Finance - China

The "very hands-on" Nathalie Hobbs is commended by international banking clients for her "ability to think a few steps ahead." She specialises in cross-border syndicated loans and structured and leveraged financing. Having been based in Paris for 19 years, she is particularly well placed to advise on transactions involving France.

Head of banking and projects in Asia, David Irvine represented the consortium of banks financing the USD688 million privatisation of hotel chain 7 Days Group. One impressed source says: "You do feel that David is looking out for his clients and is keen to build a strong relationship with them." 

Counsel Nicola Wong is recognised by clients for her strong drafting and negotiation skills. She offers general banking advice and assists with various types of structured finance transactions, including cross-jurisdictional syndicated loans.

Foreign Desks Linklaters' Hong Kong team continues to advise on a range of Korean financing transactions, working closely with colleagues in the recently opened Seoul office. The firm is frequently instructed by Korean sponsors and lenders on out-bound project financing, and is also noted for its structured and leveraged finance capabilities. David Irvine is a key contact for the practice.

Capital Markets - China

Teresa Ma is known for her extensive deal activity, which led one commentator to remark that she is "omnipresent in equity capital markets." Drawing on her many years' experience in both capital markets and M&A, she is able to advise corporates and financial institutions on a range of equity transactions. Lately, she acted for the joint sponsors and underwriters of Wison Engineering's global offering and Hong Kong listing, valued at approximately HKD1.674 billion.

Asia capital markets head Andrew Malcolm receives particular praise for his work on debt transactions. Sources view him as a "very sound, very impressive practitioner." He recently advised the global co-ordinators, lead managers and bookrunners on a series on renminbi-denominated bonds issued by China Guangdong Nuclear Power. 

Jeremy Webb advised lead managers Deutsche Bank, UBS and HSBC on Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing's USD500 million convertible bonds issue. Clients describe his ethos as "dedicated, market-driven and proactive." He also receives praise for his debt work in China and in the Philippines.  

William Liu handles a range of DCM matters, with recent highlights including advising the PRC Ministry of Finance on the Hong Kong law aspects of its CNY23 billion sovereign bond. Clients characterise him as "commercial, solution-focussed and able to think outside the box when faced with difficult situations."

Christopher Kelly's practice spans M&A and capital markets. On the securities side, he has advised on several high-profile IPOs of late. Sources describe him as an "outstanding individual with great commercial and legal awareness."

Jon Gray is involved in a number of cross-border capital markets transactions, particularly in the debt sphere. Much of his work involves Japan - for example, he advised the underwriters Citi, Morgan Stanley and Barclays on Japanese and international offerings of Aozora Bank's common stock, valued at more than JPY146 billion. 

According to sources, David Ludwick stands out for his debt work and is "one of the most active" lawyers in this field. He recently acted for Barclays, BOCI and Citi on the USD2 billion offering of 3.875% notes due 2022 by CNOOC Finance. 

Sim Hwang Hwa has a strong reputation for DCM matters. Clients approve of his approach, stating that "he's very commercial and he listens to what we have to say." One client remarked on his cross-border experience as a particular asset, saying that "it's wonderful to have a lawyer who has experience doing deals in the UK, Hong Kong and Mainland China."

US securities expert Pam Shores is applauded by clients, with sourcing stating that "she really has a good feel for the priorities of in-house lawyers." She regularly advises clients on US issuances.

Associate Samantha Kim concentrates her practice on Korea-related capital markets deals, and also has experience in M&A and project finance.

Associate Daniel Kwon is a key member of the Hong Kong office's South Korea desk. He is praised by clients for his skill at managing multiple deals, as well as the high standard of his drafting.

Hyung Ahn heads the firm's newly-opened Seoul office, following a number of years based in Hong Kong. Among his most recent highlights, he advised Korea Development Bank, Woori Bank and Hana Bank on Doosan Infracore's USD500 million offering of senior capital securities, the first hybrid issuance by a Korean company.

Robert Cleaver is credited with a "great ability to guide clients through the idiosyncrasies of the Hong Kong market." He advised London-based international jeweller Graff Diamonds on its proposed Hong Kong listing, valued at a potential USD1 billion. He speaks Afrikaans, Dutch and English.

Commentators describe Craig Dally as an "extremely good practitioner" who provides sound advice in a highly efficient manner. He assisted placement agents Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and UBS with a placement of new shares by CLP Holdings, valued at USD976 million.

Foreign Desks The firm's South Korea desk continues to support international clients wishing to access the Korean market. It has 30 years' experience in Korea, and many of the desk's lawyers have previously worked for domestic Korean law firms. In capital markets matters, it acts for several leading underwriters, as well as key Korean issuers such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai. Hyung Ahn is the main contact.

Capital Markets - China

Chin-Chong Liew maintains an outstanding reputation amongst market sources for his derivatives and structured products work. He led the team advising a number of international banks in respect of the draft and final clearing rules and agreement in respect of the Shanghai Clearing House. According to one source, "he's very knowledgeable and accessible, and remains very empathetic to the client both in terms of the specific advice required as well as their overall expectations. He also ensures that client service is provided to a very high standard."  

Andrew Malcolm is the firm's Asia head for capital markets and a "very well-known and respected practitioner," according to sources. His work spans debt capital markets and derivatives, with recent highlights including advising BOCI Asia, China Development Bank Corporation, ABCI Capital and other financial institutions on China Guangdong Nuclear Power’s CNY1.5 billion bond issue. 

Counsel Mary Matson is regarded as a pioneer in the field of Asian securitisation with experience that includes South Korea. She is currently head of securitisation in the firm's Hong Kong office and is said by peers to be "fantastic to work with." She is highly experienced in credit card and trade-related receivables.

Victor Wan was promoted to partner in 2011, and has quickly established himself as an impressive figure in both securitisation and derivatives matters. One client remarked of him: "He is technically exceptional in terms of his legal capabilities and expertise. I'd also definitely describe him as a rising star; he is a phenomenally hard-working, client-conscious lawyer who has already amassed a huge amount of experience." He recently advised ING on its role as the swap issuer in a USD500 million securitisation for a Korean originator.

Counsel I-Ping Soong enters the rankings this year, having been recommended by clients as a lawyer who is "very knowledgeable on the derivatives side" and able "to suggest workable solutions." He was part of the team that advised the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on establishing a central counterparty for clearing OTC derivatives. 

Competition/Antitrust - China

Clara Ingen-Housz joined the firm in October 2013. She has a growing reputation in the Hong Kong antitrust space, having advised on a number of major matters while at her previous firm. Among such mandates, she advised a major US food flavouring company on the merger control aspects of a USD150 million acquisition in China. Clients praise her practical and clear advice. 

Beijing-based counsel Yuan Cheng co-leads the group, and is active on many of its most significant matters. Sources commend his experience, technical ability and dedication. He speaks English and Mandarin.

Practice co-head Fay Zhou is well regarded by both clients and peers. Sources highlight her prior experience working at MOFCOM, as well as her responsiveness and ability to pick up issues quickly.

Corporate/M&A - China

An "extremely versatile" adviser, Teresa Ma works with some of the biggest names in China on M&A and capital markets matters. She is also acknowledged for her depth of experience. She recently acted for Chinese food group Bright Food in its GBP1.2 billion acquisition of a majority interest in Weetabix Food.

Fang Jian is lauded as "one of the most prominent and active lawyers in this area." He recently advised Wuhan Iron & Steel on its acquisition of a tailored international blanks business from ThyssenKrupp, a transaction valued at EUR260 million. He often acts for major financial institutions.

Matthew Middleditch is credited as a leading practitioner for corporate and transactional matters, particularly in insurance and banking. Peers say that "he is held in high esteem by us in both Hong Kong and London."

Betty Yap is "well known and respected in the market," and active on Chinese and international transactions including M&A, foreign direct investment and private equity.

Christopher Kelly acts on a variety of transactions, but is particularly prominent in the natural resources sector, where he is lauded for possessing "great mining industry knowledge." Clients identify him as a "thoughtful, commercial and practical" lawyer.

Simon Poh impresses clients with his creativity in negotiation. He recently acted for Chengdu Tianqi Industry on its CAD848 million takeover of Talison Lithium.

"A distinguished counsel who helps to close deals," Peggy Wang is noted for her work on private equity and other major transactions. 

Peter Goes has maintained close links with Dutch clients since moving to Beijing. Recent work highlights include cross-border acquisitions and investments.

Foreign Desks The team in Hong Kong works closely with the firm's Seoul practice. It recently assisted Korean fashion and retail group E-Land on the USD170 million acquisition of K-Swiss, and advised a group of investors, led by Affinity Equity Partners, on the USD1.1 billion acquisition of a significant interest in South Korean insurance company Kyobo Life Insurance. Christopher Kelly has been involved in a number of South Korean transactions and is a key contact for clients.

Dispute Resolution - China

Marc Harvey heads the firm's global litigation practice from Hong Kong. He has experience across a wide spectrum of commercial litigation, with recent standout matters including leading on a number of high-value claims on behalf of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) against a common Korean counterparty. The largest of these claims was in the region of KRW353 billion. Interviewees consistently praise Harvey, with one stating: "I think he is exceptional, an outstanding litigator in all respects. He is pragmatic, very bright, gives you a sense of assurance in tough times, is always available and never panics under pressure."

Melvin Sng receives mandates from many of the firm's major financial institution clients. For example, he defended Ernst & Young in proceedings brought by the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC) concerning the production of working papers during a cross-border audit. He also has expertise in contentious financial services regulatory matters and insolvency litigation. One satisfied client described him as "user-friendly, efficient and knowledgeable."

London-based Michael Bennett is described by sources as "seriously very good," and a "clever, sensible counsel." He has experience across the full range of commercial litigation, as well as internal and regulatory investigations. He is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, and practised in the firm's office there between 1998 and 2000. 

James Gardner was a partner in the firm's Hong Kong office between 2003 and 2007. He has strength in cross-border commercial litigation and regulatory investigations. Sources describe his greatest strength as being his commitment to client service, his intelligence and the fact he has an "extraordinary grasp of the complexities of the problems we've been trying to resolve," yet remains able "to recall them in simple and clear teams."

Gavin Lewis  garners praise for both his commercial disputes and regulatory compliance work. Sources report that he is "a stand-out solicitor who is both highly proficient at the law and excellent at strategy," also noting that he "has considerable common sense and is very agreeable to deal with." 

Dispute Resolution - China

This arbitration team has considerable sector expertise relating to financial institutions, energy, mining and industrials. Greater China head Marc Harvey is the main contact for all contentious issues. Newly promoted partner Jelita Pandjaitan's current caseload also features numerous arbitrations, including a matter on behalf of two subsidiaries of commercial forest plantation operator Emerald Plantation Holdings (formerly Sino-Forest Corporation).

Tom Lidstrom is now based in the London office after several years in Hong Kong. He has considerable experience in high-stakes arbitrations and continues to attract plaudits for the breadth of his commercial experience. He is fluent in English and Swedish.

Energy & Natural Resources - China

James Douglass recently acted for Rosneft in its Chinese joint venture with CNPC. Sources say he is "good at managing the whole team," and identify him for his work on transactions in the oil and gas space. He also has significant experience in project finance.

Commentators are impressed with Christopher Kelly's extensive knowledge of the mining industry and his ability to handle transactional work. He is qualified to practise in England and Wales, Australia and Hong Kong.

Projects - China

Eminent practitioner Stuart Salt is "always looking to move things forward" in a deal, according to sources. Based in Hong Kong, his practice covers all of Asia. He is particularly noted for work in Vietnam, where highlight matters includes acting for the sponsors to the Vung Ang II Thermal Power Project on its project financing.

James Douglass advises a range of clients on major international projects and transactions in the energy sector. Recent work includes advising China Development Bank on the USD2.54 billion project financing for an Uzbekistani petrochemical project. He is also highlighted for his work in Turkey.

Thomas Ng recently acted for Stategrid in relation to its acquisition of a significant interest in ElectraNet. He has also represented Chinese parties involved in major projects in Europe. Clients identify him as a reactive and analytical practitioner.

James McLaren is noted for his expertise in Mongolia, where clients praise his "great industry knowledge and understanding of client motivations." Recent work highlights include a raft of project financing, project development and transactional work in power and mining. Interviewees describe him as "responsive and commercially aware."  

Banking & Finance - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Prominent lenders practice that is also well-regarded for work with corporates on the borrower side. Teams in London, Paris, Germany, Madrid and Moscow act as key drivers. Services bolstered by complementary expertise in corporate, capital markets and regulatory. Principle areas of focus include acquisition finance, syndicated loans and leveraged finance, with additional expertise in trade finance, asset finance and real estate finance. Noteworthy experience in high-yield bonds with US expertise based in European offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "The lawyers are always available, the quality of work was consistent and they worked really hard to turn things around in a tight timeframe."

International capability: "Being an international law firm gives it an advantage - it's got access to support in other countries. We prefer it for international projects."

Work highlights Instructed by Bank of America Merill Lynch and other lenders on the provision of loan facilities totalling USD16.8 billion to Rosneft. This was to finance Rosneft's acquisition of BP's stake in TNK-BP.

Notable practitioners  

Gideon Moore is head of the London banking and finance team and Carl-Peter Feick is the key partner for Germany. Bertrand Andriani is head of the practice in Paris. Other key contacts include Moscow-based Michael Bott and Pedro De Rojas in Madrid.

Significant clients Commerzbank, Crédit Agricole, Macquarie, RBS, UniCredit.

Capital Markets - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation in debt, equity and structured finance, with top-tier teams throughout  Western Europe as well as Russia and Poland. Also currently handling sovereign debt deals for Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Well known for its strength in the MTN field while equity expertise covers international IPOs, block trades and rights issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

Commercial awareness: "I struggle to fault them - we're very demanding and we have a high volume of work. I almost feel like they're an extension to my team."

Technical ability: "They get the mix right across the board, a good MTN practice and a good emerging markets practice."

Work highlights Advised HSBC and Deutsche Bank on a EUR206 billion liability management transaction relating to bonds issued or guaranteed by the Hellenic Republic.

Acted for Turkish oil refiner Tupras on its USD700 million corporate bond issuance. The bonds were listed on the UKLA's Official List.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Levy heads the equity and debt markets group in the UK. Kurt Dittrich is a key contact in Germany.

Significant clients JPMorgan, Citi, Deutsche Bank, RBS, Barclays.

Competition/Antitrust - Europe-wide

What the team is known for London and Brussels offices handle high-end and broad competition work, including significant merger control proceedings, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance matters. Offers notable capability in key member state jurisdictions, including Germany, Spain, France and, increasingly, the Netherlands. Assists clients with follow-on actions and European litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "The team was excellent at developing the right strategies and tactics for interacting with the competition law authorities."

Work highlights Advised Glencore on its acquisition of the remaining stake in Xstrata, involving merger clearance across Europe and multiple other jurisdictions.

Assisted Air France-KLM with the worldwide investigations into alleged cartels in the air cargo sector, including the European Commission investigation, and the related actions in the English High Court and the Netherlands.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Cutting leads the global practice from London and Eamonn Doran leads the UK team. Gerwin Van Gerven heads the Brussels practice and is a standout name in the market. Olivier d'Ormesson is a leading name in France.

Significant clients Air France-KLM, BP, Glencore, Nestlé, Microsoft.

Corporate/M&A - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Extremely strong throughout Europe, with a slew of top-ranked offices in France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Spain. Thanks to its tremendous international reputation, it is highly sought after for big, pan-European M&A transactions requiring excellent co-ordination and is regularly seen on prominent cross-border deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Would be among our top picks for large European deals."

Work highlights Advised BP on the sale of its 50% share in TNK-BP to Rosneft, the major Russian integrated oil and gas company.

Notable practitioners  

London-based Jeremy Parr heads the global corporate practice at the firm.

Significant clients RBS, BP, Vodafone, Rio Tinto, Lloyds Banking Group.

Data Protection - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Highly regarded Brussels and London offices, with recognised expertise in data protection matters in areas including financial services, insurance, energy and IT. Experience of handling BCR applications, data breaches and general compliance matters.

Work highlights Advised News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee on high-profile issues including the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Notable practitioners

Notable contacts for the practice include John Crozier and Tanguy Van Overstraeten, based in London and Brussels respectively.

Significant clients Barclays, KPMG, Hyatt Hotels, RBS, Deloitte.

Dispute Resolution - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Exceptional dispute resolution offering in key European jurisdictions including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia. Handles cross-border litigation and arbitration cases on behalf of pharmaceutical, banking, energy and telecoms clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: "The partner remains very close to the client, which is important. You don't get sent to the junior but deal directly with the partner."

Work highlights Represented a European satellite operator in a claim brought by another European satellite operator in ICC arbitration proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Brussels-based Françoise Lefèvre is the global head of litigation and arbitration.

Significant clients BBVA, Deutsche Post DHL, OHL, Banco Español de Crédito, BNP Paribas.

Intellectual Property - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Best known for handling IP-driven transactions, and for its highly regarded capabilities in cross-border pharmaceutical litigation. Provides worldwide IP strategy advice and audits to leading fashion brands. Key teams in the UK and Portugal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "Often involved in massive multinational matters."

Work highlights Advised Janssen Biologics on patent revocation proceedings in the UK and co-ordinated related proceedings in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the USA and Canada.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Karet leads the London IP group.

Significant clients Lise Charmel, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Intel, Pfizer, BP.

Projects - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Tremendous transactional and financing expertise within the projects and energy sphere. Extremely strong in oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects throughout Europe and Africa. Also known for its renewables practice. Standout teams in the UK, France, Germany and Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They stand out globally for both quality and size."

Work highlights Advised Verbund on its EUR3 billion asset swap with E.ON, selling its Turkish business and acquiring participation in hydroelectric power plants throughout Germany and Austria.

Advised the lenders on the Caspian Pipeline Companies pipeline expansion project financing.

Notable practitioners  

London-based Bruce White heads the global project finance practice. Further key contacts include Bertrand Adriani in Paris and Matthew Keats in Moscow.

Significant clients Glencore, BP, Sakhalin, GDF SUEZ, Société Générale.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Substantial pan-European restructuring and insolvency practice, including standout offices throughout most of Western Europe as well as Russia and Poland. Active on both the bank and company sides, with tremendous multinational experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Industry knowledge: "We use this firm for complex and key transactions. The lawyers get really involved with the deal and the client, and produce high-quality work. They have a global vision of our company and provide added value."

Bench strength: "It has real strength and depth, and is capable of running high workload restructurings better than anyone I have come across."

Work highlights The Spanish and UK teams recently advised Iberotravel Vacations, as the Spanish parent company of Orizonia travel group, on the capital restructuring of its corporate group.

In Germany, the team represented a group of banks, including Commerzbank, in relation to the Praktiker restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Tony Bugg in London is the firm's global restructuring head. Kolja von Bismarck, Andrea Arosio and Aymar de Mauléon de Bruyéres are key contacts in Frankfurt, Milan and Paris respectively.

Significant clients PwC, RBS, UniCredit, Lloyds, Ernst & Young.

TMT - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Well known for advising technology and telecoms clients on complex cross-border corporate transactions. Global telecoms outsourcings and data protection are core areas of expertise. Noted teams in the UK and Belgium.

Work highlights Advised Orix on its EUR2.15 billion acquisition of Robeco, negotiating a transitional IT services agreement.

Linklaters' Brussels, London, Amsterdam, Munich and New York offices advised Goldman Sachs International and JPMorgan on a EUR4 billion capital raise by Dutch IT and telecoms provider Koninklijke KPN.

Notable practitioners  

The key contacts for telecoms are Tanguy Van Overstraeten in Brussels and Roger Barron and Julian Cunningham-Day in London. Florian Drinhausen in Frankfurt and Elisabet Lundgren in Stockholm are contact persons for the technology practice.

Significant clients Vodafone, HSBC, Citi, KPMG, MasterCard.

Banking & Finance - France

Department head Bertrand Andriani has recognised project finance expertise: "For financing and project financing we work with Andriani - he's the go-to guy in Paris." He also has extensive experience of handling leveraged and structured finance matters as well as syndicated loans.

Clients describe key partner Kathryn Merryfield as "excellent: extremely able, conscientious and available." She specialises in acquisition and syndicated finance. She is UK-qualified and previously practised in London.

Leading banking and finance partner Nathalie Hobbs recently relocated to the firm's Hong Kong office after years working in the Paris office. She speaks fluent French.

Capital Markets - France

Finance lawyer Patrice Doat advises on covered bonds, securitisation and issuances. He gains plaudits from sources, with interviewees describing him as "one of the best in this area," and "a great lawyer who is very nice to deal with."

Bertrand Sénéchal is admired for his "strong presence on the market." His practice covers equity and debt, and he has significant experience in matters related to Yankee bonds and high-yield issuances. He joined the firm in Autumn 2013.

Bertrand Andriani is "an excellent all-round finance lawyer," according to interviewees. His practice covers banking and finance but also includes capital markets transactions, where he has experience in structured finance and derivatives products.

Veronique Delaittre specialises in debt instruments. She is held in high esteem by her clients, with one commenting: "I hold her in very high regard; I've always enjoyed working with her." 

Luis Roth receives praise from clients: "He's hands-on and I trust his judgement. He has good business acumen and doesn't just offer legal advice." Recent deals include advising the bookrunners on Danone's inaugural Yankee bond offering. 

Corporate/M&A - France

Marc Loy remains a highly respected practitioner. He advised GDF SUEZ on its EUR7.9 billion cash offer for 30% of International Power.

Bruno Derieux is popular among his contemporaries, with one describing him as “a standout lawyer and a stellar individual.” He counts multinational corporations and financial institutions among his clients.

Alain Garnier has broad experience of M&A matters in the areas of banking and insurance. He advised AXA on the acquisition of HSBC's property and casualty insurance businesses in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico.

Foreign Desks The Turkey desk handles mandates in M&A, capital markets, banking and energy and infrastructure projects. Its lawyers are recognised for their expertise in deals involving the financial services sector. Alain Garnier is the key contact.

Since publication, Marc Loy has left Linklaters.

Dispute Resolution - France

Matthieu de Boisséson maintains a solid reputation as both arbitrator and counsel. Market observers describe him as a well-respected practitioner.

Clients value Pierre Duprey, saying: "He's amazing: he's very poised, analyses things in depth and is able to defend his cases calmly and effectively." He also sits as both arbitrator and counsel.  

Roland Ziadé works as both counsel and arbitrator. Sources speak highly of him, noting: "He's very present in the community. He knows the rules very well and is extremely adept, honest and unbiased." He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous cases involving Middle Eastern parties or seats. He splits his time between Paris and Abu Dhabi.

Dispute Resolution - France

Arnaud de La Cotardière has a broad practice advising top clients on contractual and commercial matters, amongst others. His work includes director’s liability, contract law, stock market regulation and white-collar crime cases. 

Projects - France

Bertrand Andriani's activity in this area focuses on the financing aspects of projects in France, the Maghreb region and civil law-based African countries. He is fluent in French, English, Italian and Spanish. 

Foreign Desks The Paris team constitutes a large part of the firm's Africa practice owing to its expertise across the francophone and civil law jurisdictions, particularly throughout West and Central Africa and also across North Africa. In projects, the Africa group offers significant sectoral expertise, having worked on landmark mining, oil and gas, commodities, power, telecommunications and industrial projects. Bertrand Andriani is a key contact.

The Turkey desk handles mandates in M&A, capital markets, and banking and financial services, as well as projects. Sectors of notable projects expertise include oil and gas, renewable energy and mining, as well as major infrastructure matters. Alain Garnier and Marc Petitier are the key contacts.

Restructuring/Insolvency - France

Practice head Aymar de Mauléon de Bruyères advises stakeholders of distressed companies on restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Clients describe him as "a very talented litigation lawyer who is good at negotiations and keen to find innovative solutions." 

Tax - France

Practice head Edouard Chapellier has notable expertise in cross-border transactional mandates. Clients appreciate his "detailed and clear advice," and another market source describes him as being "among the most talented tax lawyers in France."

Interviewees praise Thomas Perrot's "thorough understanding of international taxation and his ability to quickly grasp the needs of his client." He has experience in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and matters linked to financial instruments. 

Banking & Finance - Germany

Carl-Peter Feick focuses his practice on corporate acquisitions, public takeovers and LBOs.

Eva Reudelhuber recently advised on the debt restructuring of Basler Group with the goal of stabilising long-term business operations. She is highly experienced in acquisition and project finance and syndicated lending.

Clients describe Marc Trinkaus as "a very good lawyer with a user-friendly approach." In recent months he has advised on the financing of Melrose's public takeover of Elster.

Julian Zaich recently advised private clinic operator RHÖN-KLINIKUM on the covering of its borrowing requirements, raising a EUR350 million revolving credit facility for another five years. He specialises in syndicated lending and leveraged finance.

Frankfurt-based Antje-Irina Kurz is German-qualified and also admitted to the Luxembourg Bar as avocat à la cour. She has extensive experience in advising on banking supervisory law and investment funds, and has advised Luxembourg insurance companies on insurance supervisory law.

Capital Markets - Germany

Highly regarded for his work in the German and Austrian markets, Herbert Harrer is described by sources as "the top equity capital markets guy at Linklaters." A client reports: "He is highly recognised in the market and one of the leading players in Frankfurt for ECM. He's very professional, very knowledgeable, and always available night and day." His recent work highlights include advising Berenberg Bank on a new share issue and capital increase connected to the restructuring of Praktiker.

Sources recognise Peter Waltz as a leading lawyer for debt transactions, saying: "When it comes to convertible bonds and equity-linked work, he is one of the top choices. A go-to person for his broad capacity in this field." His recent mandates include advising on the private placement of 4 million preferred shares of Volkswagen as well as the issue of a EUR2.5 billion subordinated mandatory convertible bond.

The last twelve months saw structured finance specialist Kurt Dittrich advise Commerzbank on a EUR5 billion structured covered bond programme.

Laurenz Uhl recently led the structured finance team in its advice on the transfer of assets from WestLB (now Portigon) to Erste Abwicklungsanstalt.

Marco Carbonare remains a visible presence in both debt and equity capital markets, recently advising on the intended listing and spin-off of the lighting business of Siemens. An Austrian lawyer and co-head of the firm's Austria desk, he also advises on the international aspects of several capital markets deals, displaying notable expertise in the Austrian market.

Foreign Desks Linklaters' Frankfurt office has a dedicated Austria desk that assists clients with the full range of Austrian-related capital markets mandates. The lawyers' considerable experience on such mandates is further consolidated by close links to domestic Austrian firms. High-profile clients include HSBC and UniCredit Bank Austria. Marco Carbonare is a key contact.

Corporate/M&A - Germany

Esteemed practitioner Hans-Ulrich Wilsing is praised for his corporate advisory and transactional offering. His recent highlights include representing Douglas Holding in its public takeover by Advent International.

Ralph Wollburg remains one of the most highly regarded figures in the German market. A recent mandate saw him advise E.ON on the increase of its stake in MPX.

M&A specialist Achim Kirchfeld recently formed part of the team advising ThyssenKrupp on its disposal of steelworks in Brazil and the USA.

Clients describe Rainer Traugott as "a great negotiator and a very likeable person who offers excellent quality." His recent mandates include advising Siemens on its acquisition of Invensys' railway business.

Christopher Bremme previously worked for Linklaters in Warsaw and Prague. In the last year he has worked with a number of high-profile energy companies in the CEE region, recently advising German utilities company RWE on the auction of its 100% stake in Saale Energie.

Klaus Marinus Hoenig is a highly experienced practitioner in the M&A field, noted for his negotiation skills and strategic mindset. He has notable international experience, with a particular focus on India and Japan. His recent India-focused work includes advising Indian services provider Infosys on the acquisition of the Swiss holding company Lodestone in a CHF330 million deal, while on the Japan side he has advised the Japanese LIXIL corporation on a record EUR4 billion investment in GROHE. 

Having studied in Montréal, Ulrich Wolff has extensive experience in advising Canadian clients. A recent example of such work is his advisory role for the Public Sector Pension Investment board of Canada on its EUR1.5 billion acquisition of Hochtief AirPort.

Christian Ahlborn is qualified in Germany and the UK. In addition to advising on complex international M&A transactions, he is well versed in state aid and has significant experience of handling merger notifications to the European Commission in Belgium. He practises from the London office.

Brussels and Düsseldorf partner Wolfgang Deselaers is considered "an impressive lawyer with outstanding skills and a direct and decisive approach." His practice encompasses high-profile merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel cases.

German-qualified Alexander Kolb currently works in the firm's Madrid office and often acts on matters relating to Germany. He receives strong client feedback: "Beyond his technical knowledge, he's very analytical and comes up with solutions in complicated situations. We work with Linklaters because of him."

Clients say Brussels partner Bernd Meyring "takes care of the customer, proposes solutions and gives practical advice." He advises on European and German competition matters, recently advising Volkswagen on its acquisition of MAN. He frequently handles cartel work and assisted Del Monte with an appeal against a decision in the banana cartel investigation.

Dispute Resolution - Germany

Department head Rupert Bellinghausen is recommended for high-level product liability disputes, with one interviewee saying: "His work is really excellent." Bellinghausen has recently advised on international product recall cases.

Alexandros Chatzinerantzis represents clients in both litigation and arbitration disputes. His recent activity includes international arbitration work in the energy sector.

Klaus Saffenreuther attracts praise from clients for his "strong leadership qualities." He advised Barclays on an internal investigation regarding the financial crisis-induced destruction of hedge fund capital and allegations of fraud against external fund management.

Clients hold Laurenz Schmitt in high regard for his economic skill as well as his legal expertise: "He can deal with big figures and is very good at playing with numbers, which makes him a very important part of the team."

Restructuring/Insolvency - Germany

Kolja von Bismarck has an outstanding reputation in the insolvency market, thanks to his "co-operative, innovative and solution-oriented approach." Significant recent cases include advising Commerzbank, Deutsche Postbank and Raiffeisen Bank International on the financial restructuring of German DIY retailer Praktiker.

Clients appreciate Sven Schelo as a "pragmatic, knowledgeable and target-oriented" lawyer, who is active on a range of domestic and cross-border restructuring matters. Sources state: "He always chases a positive outcome."

Tax - Germany

Key partner Jens Blumenberg continues to enjoy an excellent reputation in the market for his advice to blue-chip companies. His recent work includes assisting clients with fund formation, transfer pricing, tax audits and fiscal court proceedings.

Wilhelm Haarmann joined Linklaters in 2013 and enjoys a reputation in the market as an "impressive individual with a strong network."

Market observers consider Martin Lausterer a superb tax litigator, recommending him, especially at the EU level, "without reservation." His practice also covers a range of transactional matters.

Clients recommend Oliver Rosenberg for his combination of "deep but broad knowledge, understanding of our business, creativity and realistic risk assessment," adding: "He always drives for a solution." Rosenberg recently acted for Verbund on a complex asset swap with E.ON involving Turkish businesses and hydro power plants in Germany and Austria.

Andreas Schaflitzl's practice covers transactional and ongoing corporate tax advice, as well as audits and opposition proceedings. Clients describe him as "well-connected, with a great deal of expertise at his disposal."

Clients appreciate Florian Lechner's "goal-oriented but also practical" approach. He advised the investors who recently acquired the major stake in GBW from Patrizia.

Munich-based Rainer Stadler advises on tax-driven M&A transactions and fund structuring. Clients admire his ability to "find pragmatic solutions."

Banking & Finance - Global-wide

What the team is known for Distinguished banking and finance practice across a notable international network covering EMEA and the Americas. Comprehensive expertise focusing on acquisition finance, syndicated loans and leveraged finance, with experience in high-yield bonds. Bolstered by strong practices in linked areas such as corporate and restructuring. Offers Islamic finance expertise via several offices, with key hubs in London, Singapore and the UAE.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capacity: "The international background of the lawyers is very important to us."

What's new? Islamic finance specialist Neil Miller joined the firm as global head of Islamic finance from KPMG. He has a long background in the sector both in-house and at leading law firms.

Work highlights Advised the lenders, including Barclays, Commerzbank, HSBC and Royal Bank of Canada, on a syndicated loan facility to Melrose for its acquisition of Elster Group and for refinancing of Melrose's debt.

Acted for Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding on the establishment of its sukuk programme. 

Notable practitioners

Key London contacts include global head of banking Gideon Moore and global head of finance and projects Jim Rice. Jeff Norton is one of the key contacts in the New York office. David Irvine is the new head of banking and projects in Asia and specialises in leveraged, acquisition and structured finance. New hire Neil Miller leads the global Islamic finance practice from the Dubai office.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Citibank, GDF SUEZ, Glencore, Goldman Sachs.

Capital Markets - Global-wide

What the team is known for A demonstrable authority in capital markets with an impressive global footprint stretching from its headquarters in London, dominating through Europe and strong across Asia. The firm displays equal dexterity across the debt, equity, securitisation and structured finance disciplines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Bench strength: "The partners are always present and available but you know you can also rely completely on the associates."

Work highlights Advised HSBC and Deutsche Bank in connection with a EUR206 billion liability management transaction relating to bonds issued or guaranteed by the Hellenic Republic.

Advised the Utrecht branch of Rabobank on its issue of subordinated notes worth USD1.5 billion.

Notable practitioners London-based Richard Levy is the head of the equity and debt capital markets group. Carson Welsh is a key partner in the debt field and is based in London, as is James Harbach, the head of the structured finance group, who also specialises in securitisation. Andrew Malcolm heads the Asian capital markets team and is based in Hong Kong.

Significant clients JPMorgan, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Glencore, The Royal Bank of Scotland.

Climate Change - Global-wide

What the team is known for Advises governments, financial institutions and energy utilities on emissions trading, regulatory frameworks and CDM projects. Also well placed to handle renewables project financings and green energy products trading.

Work highlights Advised the Department of Energy & Climate Change on contractual, regulatory and structuring aspects of the first UK national Emissions Allowance auction programme conducted by Intercontinental Exchange.

Notable practitioners 

London-based partner Chris Staples is a prominent figure in the carbon trading market and is praised for his "great mind for incredibly complex carbon transactions." He specialises in climate change regulations and emission trading.

Competition/Antitrust - Global-wide

What the team is known for Recognised for its long experience in advising on competition and antitrust matters across Europe, including its practices in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Also successful in China. Handles complex cases across all areas of competition, such as merger control, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and state aid.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "We have worked through competition issues in a number of jurisdictions and the quality of its representation has been uniformly good."

Work highlights Lawyers from Belgium and China advised EQT and Swedish investment company Investor on merger notifications across ten jurisdictions, relating to Baxter International’s acquisition of Gambro.

Represented Air France-KLM in worldwide cartel investigations in the air cargo sector. Lawyers from the USA, UK and French offices worked on the matter. 

Notable practitioners 

Christopher Bellamy QC is global chairman of the practice, and London-based Michael Cutting is the global practice head. 

Significant clients Actavis, BlackRock, BP, Dentsu, Glencore.

Corporate Investigations - Global-wide

What the team is known for A strong base of practitioners throughout Europe defending clients worldwide in fraud, anti-corruption and anti-bribery investigations involving the DOJ and SFO. The firm also assists its clients with compliance programmes in relation to international anti-corruption regulations.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are meticulous." 

Work highlights Advised liquidators Grant Thornton on fraud investigations relating to the winding up of Saad Investment Company and other Saad companies.

Notable practitioners

Michael Bennett is based in London and is a main contact for fraud.

Significant clients RBS, BAE Systems, BP, Zolfo Cooper.

Corporate/M&A - Global-wide

What the team is known for Outstanding global M&A practice, sought after for the biggest and most complex cross-border transactions in the market. Noted for the breadth and depth of its international network, with clients quick to praise its seamless integration. Fields market-leading teams across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "The breadth of Linklaters came into play for us. The firm has a very deep bench - when we had a question about a specific jurisdiction, Linklaters was able to pick up the phone and talk to their office in that country.”

International capability: "Linklaters is able to give us global coverage when transactions involve multiple jurisdictions.” 

Work highlights Advised Glencore on the USD70 billion merger of equals between Glencore and Xstrata. Both the London and Hong Kong offices were involved.

Assisted Siemens with its GBP1.742 billion acquisition of the international automated rail business of Invensys, a transaction involving the London, Munich, Madrid, New York, Sao Paulo, Brussels and Frankfurt offices.

Notable practitioners

London-based Jeremy Parr heads the firm's global corporate/M&A practice.

Data Protection - Global-wide

What the team is known for Expertise in handling data protection matters for clients in the financial services, retail and technology sectors, amongst others. Leads much of its work from its highly regarded offices in Brussels and London, while drawing expertise as needed from its wide network of offices in Europe and the rest of the world.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They have an extensive footprint and a great clientele."

Notable practitioners 

Tanguy Van Overstraeten in Brussels is a key contact for the practice.  

Significant clients Barclays, KPMG, Hyatt Hotels, RBS, HSBC.

Dispute Resolution - Global-wide

What the team is known for First-class London litigation practice, and excellent dispute resolution capacity across continental Europe. Strong presence in China, where the firm has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Handles cross-border litigation and arbitration cases on behalf of banking clients and corporate entities from a variety of sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm relishes the work we put their way and we have settled into a very good working relationship. It is hard to think of anything they could improve on."

Work highlights The Hong Kong office assisted the administrators of Lehman Brothers whilst co-ordinating several proceedings in Korea.

Notable practitioners

Hong Kong-based Marc Harvey is the global litigation practice head. Christa Band and John Turnbull are key members of the London office, and Arnaud de La Cotardière is the key contact in Paris.

Significant clients UBS, HSBC, Ernst & Young, Emerald Plantation Holdings, BlackRock.

Insurance - Global-wide

What the team is known for Strength across the board in financial services transactions, supporting an excellent insurance M&A practice, particularly in Europe and Asia. Both debt and equity capital markets are also pillars of the practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They worked around the clock, leveraging off the different time zones involved, and the service was absolutely seamless."

Pragmatic advice: "They were very pragmatic, commercially minded, and solution-seeking."

Work highlights Acted for Charoen Pokphand on its acquisition of a 15.57% stake in Ping An Insurance from HSBC Insurance Holdings.

Advised HSBC on its USD2.1 billion disposal of its banking and insurance operations in Panama to BanColombia.

Advised Groupama on the GBP116 million sale of Groupama Insurance Company to Ageas, and on the GBP25 million disposal of its interests in Lark Group.

Notable practitioners

Victoria Sander in London and Wolfgang Krauel in Munich co-head the firm's global insurance practice.

Significant clients Ageas, AXA, IAG, Prudential, RSA. 

Investment Funds - Global-wide

What the team is known for A deep bench of funds experts worldwide, especially throughout Europe and Japan, and activity across a range of asset classes. Maintains its reputation as a leading authority in the real estate funds space and attracts a healthy market share of private equity fund-raisings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I would strongly recommend them for the overall level of responsive client service, and practical guidance that they provide."

Industry knowledge: "They were very responsive and their knowledge of market practice was great."

Work highlights Acted for Goldbridge Capital Partners on the structuring and formation of a master fund and two sub-funds, investing in distressed debt.

Advised Perella Weinberg Partners on the raising for its second European real estate fund with a target of GBP1.25 billion.

Advised Prologis on its EUR2.4 billion joint venture with Norwegian government pension fund manager Norges Bank Investment Management.

Notable practitioners

Scott Bowie in New York is global head of investment management. London-based Jonathan de Lance-Holmes heads the firm's UK team, while Hermann Beythan is a go-to practitioner in Luxembourg.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, APG Asset Management, Cinven, Aviva, ProLogis.

Outsourcing - Global-wide

What the team is known for Advises top-flight clients on both standalone outsourcing deals and M&A-related work. Engaged by a number of major public sector entities, as well as banking and energy clients.

Work highlights Assisted BP with a major finance and accounting outsourcing relating to supplier and customer payments as well as production revenue accounting services.

Notable practitioners

Department head John Crozier is based in London, along with key contact Marly Didizian.

Significant clients BP, Barclays Bank, PwC, HSBC, Citi.

Private Equity - Global-wide

What the team is known for Benefits from a strong network of offices in Europe and Asia to advise key private equity players on their various acquisitions and disposals. A dynamic team that offers additional strength in financing and restructuring, providing clients with a full breadth of services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "I like the culture of Linklaters: you get the same quality across all offices and it's easy for them to call colleagues in other jurisdictions. It's a really global firm."

Work highlights Acted for 3i on its sale of Xellia Pharmaceuticals to Novo for USD700 million.

Represented Global Infrastructure Partners on its USD1.93 billion acquisition of a 35% stake in Terminal Investment from Mediterranean Shipping.

Notable practitioners

Nick Rees recently took over as the head of the firm's private equity practice, following the departures of Ian Bagshaw and Richard Youle. Madrid-based Alejandro Ortiz is another key contact for private equity.

Significant clients Oaktree Capital Partners, Montagu Private Equity, Bridgepoint Capital, The Carlyle Group, L Capital.

Projects - Global-wide

What the team is known for Unquestionable global presence combined with market-leading expertise in international infrastructure and energy projects. Continues to demonstrate standout abilities across the board in oil and gas, power and mining, with its financing skills particularly noted by sources. Partners from Hong Kong, Moscow and London frequently lead on mandates from CEE to Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They're top-tier - absolutely. One of the leading firms for large-scale, multi-tranche complicated project financings."

Work highlights Advised ENI on the proposed development and financing of a major LNG project in Mozambique.

Acted for Repsol on the sale of LNG assets in Canada, Angola, Trinidad and Tobago and Peru.

Notable practitioners 

Based in London, Bruce White leads the firm's global project finance group, while Jeremy Gewirtz and Charles Jacobs are key contacts for power and mining respectively. In Hong Kong, David Irvine is a key contact for work in Asia, while Matthew Hagopian heads the US and Latin American teams, dividing his time between London and New York.

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Grupo Schahin, BP, Dow Chemical, JBIC.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Global-wide

What the team is known for Major restructuring practices in all of the key European jurisdictions, with further notable teams in Hong Kong and Bangkok. A popular choice for creditor-side work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

Technical ability: "They have visionary leadership that is backed up with strong delivery and excellent legal insight."

Industry knowledge: "We use this firm for complex and key transactions. The lawyers get really involved with the deal and the client, and produce high quality work. They have a global vision of our company and provide added value."

Work highlights Continues to advise the bank lenders on the USD2 billion Petroplus restructuring.

Acted as foreign counsel for Kodak on its Chapter 11 proceedings. 

Advised eircom on its EUR4 billion debt restructuring, involving lawyers in London, Luxembourg, New York and Amsterdam.

Notable practitioners  

Tony Bugg leads Linklaters' restructuring group from London. 

Significant clients PwC, RBS, UniCredit, Lloyds, Ernst & Young.

Tax - Global-wide

What the team is known for An exceptional global group highlighted for its consistently high-quality international network. Handles a wide array of cases, including private equity, M&A, tax advisory and tax litigation. Predominantly active across Western Europe, with a powerful London group as well as notable expertise in Belgium, Germany, France and elsewhere.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "An extremely high-quality offering with impressive depth of coverage."

What's new? New alliance with South African firm Webber Wentzel expands Linklaters' global reach for tax advisory work. 

Work highlights Advised Cookson Group on structuring and implementing its EUR2 billion demerger, in a transaction that affected over 30 jurisdictions.

The UK team acted for Julius Baer on its GBP850 million acquisition of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s private wealth management business outside the USA, involving co-ordination with over 20 countries.

Notable practitioners
Gordon Warnke is the global tax head, based in New York. Yash Rupal is the London practice contact, while Édouard Chapellier heads the Paris team. Other contacts include Sebastian Benz in Düsseldorf, Henk Vanhulle in Belgium and Victor Matchekhin in Moscow.

Significant clients Cookson Group, Actavis Group, Vodafone, Julius Baer.

TMT - Global-wide

What the team is known for Heavyweight corporate team whose global TMT practice is underpinned by hubs of expertise throughout Europe. The firm's presence in the Asia-Pacific market was augmented by its alliance with Allens in 2012.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They are pragmatic and commercial. They are always the guys I look to work with if I have a choice."

What's new? Linklaters entered into an alliance with South Africa's Webber Wentzel in February 2013, allowing access to the African firm's TMT resources.

Work highlights Advised the Vodafone Group on its GBP1.04 billion acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide.

Notable practitioners  

Global chair John Crozier is based in London, where he is joined by fellow technology specialist Richard Cumbley and telecoms contact Julian Cunningham-Day. Tanguy Van Overstraeten is a go-to name for Brussels, Christian Hey handles technology work in Frankfurt and José Giménez is a telecoms practitioner in Madrid.

Significant clients Barclays Bank, Vodafone, Zain, BP, Citi.

Banking & Finance - India

Based in Singapore, Philip Badge is described as "extremely experienced" with a "very good reputation in the market." His recent highlights include advising Standard Chartered Bank and its Hong Kong branch on a EUR150 million term loan facility to finance Amtek Auto Group's acquisition of certain companies and assets from the Neumayer Tekfor Group. Standard Chartered Bank acted as the arranger, and its Hong Kong branch acted as the facility agent and security agent in the transaction. Philip Badge also co-heads the firm's Indonesian banking and finance team.

Narayan Iyer is a banking partner in the firm's London office. He receives glowing reviews from clients, who praise his "problem-solving attitude" and appreciate his in-depth understanding of both English and Indian law.

This firm has handled high-value financings involving Indian companies within the IT, energy and petrochemicals sectors, amongst others. Singapore-based Philip Badge and London-based Narayan Iyer are the key contacts for this practice area. Across the corporate and finance sectors, the team has a total of 28 partners working on India-related matters.

Capital Markets - India

Singapore-based Dean Lockhart maintains his reputation as an expert on convertible bonds, having recently advised Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays as joint lead managers on Jaiprakash Associates' issue of 5.75% convertible bonds, valued at USD150 million. Based in Singapore, he is active in the wider region, particularly in the Philippines.

The firm's India practice continues its 'best friends' relationship with Indian law firm Talwar Thakore & Associates and has 28 partners with a clear India focus. Most of the lawyers handling capital markets transactions are based in Singapore and Hong Kong. The team maintains a long-standing reputation in this practice area, especially for its expertise in convertibles and derivatives work. Dean Lockhart in Singapore is the main point of contact.

Corporate/M&A - India

Sandeep Katwala heads the India practice from the firm's London office. He has a distinguished track record advising multinational corporations on their investments in India and is praised for his ability to understand both the international and Indian context of deals.

William Kirschner joined the firm's Singapore office in 2013. He is particularly noted for his strong private equity practice but also possesses expertise in dealing with public M&A transactions. Sources note his long-standing involvement in this market and praise his "commercially minded" approach. He is also active in Indonesia, advising international corporations on their investments in the country.

London-based partner Paul McNicholl has sound experience on cross-border M&A, including assisting global corporations on inbound investments into India. He is also the co-head of the firm's global food and beverage group.  

New partner Savi Hebbur recently advised Indian oil and gas corporation Reliance Industries on its USD450 million joint venture with Russian petrochemical company Sibur, as well as assisting its subsidiary Reliance Exploration and Production, with its USD304 million sale of interests in Kurdistan's Rovi and Sarta oil exploration blocks. Sources highlight that he is "regarded highly" in this market.

Klaus Marinus Hoenig is "well known in Germany for India-related work," confirm sources. Based in Düsseldorf, he heads the firm's India desk and recently led the team advising the Indian software company Infosys on the CHF330 million acquisition of Lodestone Group.

This firm represents high-profile Indian companies from a range of sectors, including energy, chemicals and IT. Key clients include Infosys and Reliance Industries. The Indian corporate and finance team comprises 28 partners and is headed up by London-based Sandeep Katwala, who is the primary contact for this practice area.

Projects - India

Philip Badge is cited for his experience in the banking and finance sector and for his project finance expertise in particular. Operating from the firm's Singapore office, he assists with projects across the region, including India and Indonesia. He recently acted for the arrangers of a USD275 million loan to Indian company JSW Steel to finance the redemption of its foreign currency convertible bonds. 

Corporate & Finance - Indonesia

Singapore-based Philip Badge is co-head of the firm's Indonesian banking and finance practice. He has a strong reputation in the market and is noted for his syndicated loan and project finance work. He is experienced in representing international clients, including Standard Chartered, which he advised on a USD50 million mezzanine facility for Nusa Persada Indonesia.    

Kevin Wong heads the firm's Indonesian capital markets team and is a "prominent practitioner in the region." He represented a group of major international banks in a USD3 billion dual-tranche offering as part of the Republic of Indonesia's recently enlarged global MTN programme.

Stuart Bedford is a highly experienced M&A practitioner and co-heads the firm's Indonesian practice. He is described by one source as "a deeply commercially minded individual." He recently advised BlackRock on the USD1.5 billion secondary offering by CVC of shares in Matahari Department Store.

Recent arrival to the team William Kirschner is noted for his focus on private equity transactions. He has represented many leading international investors across Asia, especially in Indonesia and India. 

Sophie Mathur is an M&A lawyer who focuses on private equity transactions and joint venture arrangements. Commended for her "technical ability and commercial acumen," she advised Standard Chartered on its investment in Trikomsel, an Indonesian mobile phone retailer.

This Singapore-based team has a long history of representing both international investors and major Indonesian clients. The firm's capabilities have recently been enhanced by its global partnership with Allens, as well as its association with Indonesian firm Widyawan & Partners. It advises clients on a number of practice areas, most prominently in the energy and resources, private equity and telecoms sectors. Sophie Mathur is a key contact and co-head of the Indonesia practice group.

Corporate/M&A - Israel

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a growing presence in the Israeli market. An impressive brand that attracts leading clients, including some of Israel's leading groups. High-end, high-profile acquisitions are complemented by related financings and restructurings.

Work highlights Represented a number of international banks on a EUR1 billion MTN programme.

Notable practitioners

David Ereira and David Avery-Gee head the London-based Israel group.

Significant clients Delek Group, Teva, Bank Hapoalim, Playtech, Strauss Group.

Banking & Finance - Italy

Widely regarded as one of the most experienced practitioners in the market, Andrea Arosio receives exceptional feedback: "He is extremely smart in negotiations and fantastic at executing the deal." A recent work highlight saw him act on the EUR1.5 billion Banca IMI and Natixis financing for control of Impregilo.

UK-law expert Davide Mencacci is "intelligent, articulate and truly on the cutting edge of structuring," affirm interviewees. In a key deal he advised Guala Closures on issuing EUR275 million senior secured floating-rate notes.

The "hard-working and service-oriented" Francesco Faldi has broad expertise, including in structured finance, restructuring, leveraged finance and real estate finance.

Recently promoted to counsel, Alessandra Ortelli draws praise for her technical nous and proactive approach.

Tessa Lee  focuses on UK-law matters and project finance, and recently assisted the South African Ministry of Treasury with implementing a renewable energy programme. Sources agree that she is "calm, bright and comprehensive."

Capital Markets - Italy

Dario Longo is an undisputed top-rated lawyer for securitisation, heading the firm's structured finance practice. Interviewees are quick to praise him: "He is extremely prepared, attentive to detail and reliable, and has excellent communication skills."

Claudia Parzani is a central player in the firm's market-leading ECM practice. She rises to the top of the rankings this year thanks to superb client feedback: "She has developed very strong expertise over the years, but remains approachable and clearly accessible."

US-law expert Teresa Triglia acts as counsel and has extensive experience in IPOs and other securities offerings by non-US companies in Italy, the Middle East and Southern Europe.

Corporate/M&A - Italy

Department head Giovanni Pedersoli specialises in advising banks on complex cross-border M&A transactions. He rises a tier in the rankings thanks to praise for his "calm and considered approach," as well as his international capabilities.

A new entry to the rankings, Pietro Belloni is described as "good at balancing legal risks with commercial opportunities," as well as being "delivery-focused."

Qualified in Italy and in England and Wales, Manila Rainò remains a prominent figure in the energy sector, recently working as part of the team acting for BP America on the sale of BP Solar assets in Spain and Italy.

Dispute Resolution - Italy

Alessandro Villani's addition to the practice has certainly made an impact, as confirmed by his inclusion in this year's rankings. Clients appreciate his commercial acumen and strategic approach: "He is good at forming relationships with clients and strategising; he avoids problems and gives the right evaluation of risks."   

Restructuring/Insolvency - Italy

Interviewees agree that managing partner Andrea Arosio "sees beyond what needs doing and not only answers the client's questions, but anticipates potential issues." As one of Italy's foremost banking and finance lawyers, he is highly sought after by principal investors, financial sponsors and lenders. 

Francesco Faldi is widely acknowledged as a visible market player and well liked by clients, and rises in the rankings. "He is extremely hard-working and works unimaginable hours," asserts one client. 

UK-qualified Davide Mencacci is active on restructurings that have a UK-law component. "If you have a complicated issue then he knows how to solve it," states a market expert. 

Banking & Finance - Japan

Christopher Bradley works out of the firm's Singapore office, and sources appreciate his client-focused attitude. He recently advised Nomura Capital Investment and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in their role as mandated lead arrangers for Permira's JPY58 billion acquisition of Akindo Sushiro.

Capital Markets - Japan

Peter Frost is highly regarded for his expertise in corporate hybrid transactions, MTN programmes and exchangeable bonds. Clients appreciate his international perspective, commenting: "He'd be the first person I'd want to call for UK-related transactions."  

Co-head of the practice Kozo Sasaki is highly rated within the market and is particularly experienced in samurai bond issuances. He is also admitted in New York and has a strong international background. 

Clients comment that Motoyasu Fujita "has abundant experience and his opinions are clear." He specialises in bond repackaging, structured equity transactions and securitisation.

Jon Gray, who is based in Hong Kong, is involved in a number of cross-border capital markets transactions. His clients include investment banks, private equity funds, and issuers in the USA and Japan.

Corporate/M&A - Japan

Hiroya Yamazaki recently advised Nippon Steel & Sumikin Metal Products on its formation of a joint venture in Vietnam with Sumitomo Corporation and Bacviet Steel, as well as other minority stakeholders. Interviewees say: "He is very helpful and professional; he knows his clients well and is a trusted advisor to us."

David Holdsworth is based in London. Having worked in the firm's Tokyo office, he continues to travel to Japan frequently and regularly advises Japanese clients on cross-border transactions. He was the lead partner advising Dentsu on its acquisition of a 20% stake in the UK-headquartered Aegis Group, as well as its bid for the outstanding shares. 

Corporate & Finance - Kazakhstan

Mirthe van Kesteren is joint head of the firm's Kazakhstan desk and head of the group's London-based emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice. Her CIS expertise extends beyond Kazakhstan to Russia, Ukraine and other key markets. Sources single her out as a "great finance partner consistently involved in Kazakhstan-related deals, and a pleasure to work with." Recent highlights include advising Kazakhmys on its USD1 billion pre-export finance debt facility.

Foreign desks This ten-partner London desk is one of the key practices outside Kazakhstan for transactions relating to that jurisdiction. It enjoys an excellent reputation among major corporate clients and financial institutions all over the world, with one client commenting: "They are very good in terms of both client service and legal knowledge, as well as very responsive." Sectors of deep expertise include oil and gas and mining, and the firm has a distinguished track record in practice areas such as capital markets, corporate/M&A, banking and project finance. The desk is also able to draw on the resources of the firm's Moscow office. For example, both offices were involved - with the London office taking the lead - in the firm's advice to the lenders on a USD500 million project financing for the expansion of the Caspian Pipeline system. Other key clients include Kazakhmys, Halyk Savings Bank of Kazakhstan, Eurasian Development Bank and Deutsche Bank. Mirthe van Kesteren is a key contact.

Banking & Finance - Latin America-wide

Despite ending its co-operation agreement with Brazilian local firm Lefosse Advogados, Linklaters remains a notable player in this market. Michael Bassett is the key client contact.

Capital Markets - Latin America-wide

According to sources, Conrado Tenaglia "is very systematic and always takes care to protect the client in any transaction." They go on to say: "He's very good at discussing potential problems with the business team and he is 100% committed to everything." He was previously based in the firm's Spain office and is quickly attracting a loyal following in Latin America.

Corporate/M&A - Latin America-wide

São Paulo office head Alberto Luzárraga has close to three decades' experience in cross-border M&A and is a highly respected figure among fellow practitioners. Sources say: "He has a good, business-oriented approach and comes up with practical solutions." He advised the shareholders of Chilean investment bank Celfin Capital during its high-profile merger with Brazil's BTG Pactual.

Projects - Latin America-wide

Practice head Matthew Hagopian has a particular focus on the Colombian, Chilean and Mexican markets. Sources acknowledge his work on large-scale deals in the region and describe him as "a brilliant attorney."

Capital Markets - Luxembourg

Of counsel Janine Biver's extensive experience in both bank finance and capital markets is highlighted. Her recent activity includes advising on major bond programmes.

The "brilliant" Patrick Geortay heads the practice. He is praised for his expertise in structured finance and for his timely and accessible approach.

Nicki Kayser is described as an "excellent lawyer who is really good to work with." He recently advised Guala Closures on a EUR275 million note issue.

Corporate/Commercial - Luxembourg

The Frankfurt-based Antje-Irina Kurz is qualified in Luxembourg as well as Germany. She has extensive experience advising on banking, insurance and fund-related issues.

Investment Funds - Luxembourg

"Very respected individual" Freddy Brausch co-heads the firm's global investment management group. He is noted by clients for his considerable industry knowledge and work advising regulatory bodies.

Hermann Beythan is appreciated for his technical skills and consistency: "He is a very experienced and reliable lawyer. If you ask for his advice, you know it will be excellent."

Emmanuel-Frédéric Henrion specialises in complex UCITS products. His recent activity includes advising ORIX Corporation on its acquisition of Robeco from Rabobank.

Corporate & Finance - Malaysia

Foreign Desks This Malaysian desk is based in Singapore and best known for acting on all the major IPOs in Malaysia during 2012. Sector strengths include private equity, energy and resources and insurance. Kevin Wong and Sophie Mathur lead the practice.

Capital Markets - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Strength across the Middle East, particularly in innovative capital markets transactions. Expertise in both equity and debt capital markets mandates. Additional experience handling complex derivatives and Shari’a-compliant products.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "One of the few firms that has a dedicated partner and team."

What's new? Linklaters entered into a co-operation arrangement with Abdulaziz AlGasim in Saudi Arabia, further enhancing its capability in the country.

Work highlights Advised Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding on the creation of a MYR3 billion sukuk structure established in Malaysia. Also acted on the debut issue of a MYR300 million sukuk due in 2017 under the same programme.

Notable practitioners  

Equity capital markets practitioner Scott Campbell leads the regional corporate practice. He was active on Al Noor Hospitals Group's listing on the LSE. Sources say: "His reputation precedes him. He is very switched-on with this work." 

Richard O'Callaghan specialises in complex debt and equity transactions, as well as Islamic finance. He is praised for his work on hybrid capital securities. He advised the managers on the issue of USD1 billion sukuk certificates by ADIB Capital Invest 1.

London-based Jason Manketo has extensive experience advising on equity capital markets and US securities law. In the Middle East he focuses on the Gulf Cooperation Council region but also represents corporate and investment banking clients across EEMENA (Emerging Europe, the Middle East and North Africa).

Significant clients SCB, HSBC, Emaar, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Batelco.

Corporate/Commercial - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Making great strides in the financial sector, advising major regional and international banks on big-ticket M&A mandates. Held in high esteem for its first-rate international network, which contributes to a broad swathe of transactional activity across the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "We are very happy with them – they really stand out." 

Work highlights Acted for Bahrain Telecommunications Company on its USD680 million acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications' Monaco & Islands division.

Advised Julius Baer Group on its CHF860 million acquisition of Bank of America Merrill Lynch's global wealth and investment management business outside the USA.

Advised RBS on the transfer of RBS N.V.'s UAE and DIFC business to RBS plc.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Campbell is a leading authority on M&A and capital markets mandates, with sources saying he attracts "a lion's share of the complex work" in these areas. He is particularly active on acquisitions and disposals in the telecoms and banking sectors.

Significant clients Investment Corporation of Dubai, Dubai Aluminium, GDF SUEZ, Dubai World, Oger Telecom.

Islamic Finance - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Substantial experience representing the different parties involved in high-value capital raisings. Especially renowned for its roles in sukuk issuances due to firm-wide strength in debt capital markets. Maintains an enviable client portfolio of international and regional banks.

Work highlights Acted for the joint lead managers and co-lead mangers in ADIB Capital Invest 1's USD1 billion issue of Additional Tier 1 Capital Certificates. 

Advised Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding on its MYR3 billion Islamic sukuk programme.

Notable practitioners 

Neil Miller joined the Dubai office in April 2013 from KPMG to lead the global Islamic finance group and is recognised by peers for his Islamic finance capabilities. He has seasoned experience assisting clients with Shari'a-compliant aviation and shipping finance as well as sukuk issuances. 

Significant clients Dubai Islamic Bank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Union National Bank.

Projects - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for A dynamic and well-regarded regional competitor, with significant experience advising banks on projects in the transport, infrastructure and power sectors. A Dubai-led team makes its presence felt in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Oman.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "A very strong practice with experienced local practitioners."

Notable practitioners  

Sarosh Mewawalla receives widespread recognition for his high-calibre experience in the oil, petrochemicals and LNG sectors. He advises commercial and Islamic lenders on finance deals.

General Business Law - Myanmar

Linklaters operates its Myanmar practice primarily from Bangkok, taking advantage of a steady stream of Thai interest in Myanmar, as well as serving other companies from across the globe. The practice is well established, with particularly noted strengths in energy and natural resources work. It is also strong in telecommunications work, and recently advised a major multinational operator on its prospective investment and joint venture in this sector. Stuart Bedford is a key contact for the practice.

Banking & Finance - Netherlands

Martijn Koopal is the office's key partner for project finance, and additionally covers leveraged, structured and property finance. He recently took a lead role on the financing of the A1/A6 PPP road project.

Capital Markets - Netherlands

Pim Horsten comes highly recommended for his debt capital markets expertise. One client comments: "He thinks critically but in the interests of the client." He was instructed by Rabobank on a EUR500 million note issue by Delta Lloyd Life Insurance.

Alexander Harmse is described as a "very pragmatic and really hard-working" practitioner. He has a mixed practice but is particularly recognised for his equity capital markets work. He was recently involved in an accelerated bookbuild offering by NSI, advising ING and Rabobank as joint global co-ordinators and ABN AMRO as joint bookrunner.

New York-qualified lawyer Peter Voorhees is appreciated for his approach to client service: "He is always willing to help out, even after the deal has closed." He advised ING as issuer on its first Rule 144A covered bond issue, with an aggregate value of USD1.5 billion.

Since publication, Peter Voorhees has left this practice.

Since publication, Peter Voorhees has left this practice.

Corporate/M&A - Netherlands

Jan Willem de Boer is highly praised for his transactional experience and commitment to clients. He recently led the team advising CGGVeritas on its EUR1.2 billion acquisition of Fugro's geoscience business. Clients enthuse: "He is very experienced and deal-savvy. He has strong business experience and focuses on the most important things, giving very sound and practical advice."

Pieter Riemer receives excellent feedback from sources. Clients note that "he is very quick to grasp the issues and has a very broad view of what the problems are and how to solve them."

The "dedicated and hard-working" Henk Arnold Sijnja has a highly respected transactional and advisory practice. He assisted trading and services company BayWa with its EUR125 million acquisition of grain trading company Cefetra.

Dutch-qualified partner Peter Goes is based in Beijing and frequently advises on Dutch law issues linked to private equity and general M&A deals.

Dispute Resolution - Netherlands

"Rising star" Daniella Strik continues to build the litigation practice and is described as "very talented and very good to co-operate with." She has recently advised on a number of matters related to the high-profile Ageas/Fortis nationalisation.

Kate Lalor is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and spent a number of years practising there before moving to the Netherlands. She regularly advises on commercial arbitration proceedings.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Netherlands

Paul Kuipers is valued by clients for his straightforward and calm approach: "He is a no-nonsense lawyer - there were many stressed situations, but he was able to take them in his stride." He advised senior lenders RBS and Lehman Commercial Paper on the financial restructuring of Endemol.

Tax - Netherlands

Department head Olaf Kroon provides tax advice on a wide range of transactions. He recently advised Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Securities on KPN's EUR4 billion capital raise.  

Corporate & Finance - Philippines

Dean Lockhart of the Singapore office recently advised the joint managers and bookrunners on JGSH Philippines' issuance of USD750 million 4.375% guaranteed notes due 2023. He continues to represent a solid client base of international financial institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hong Kong partner Jeremy Webb regularly handles international securities transactions for clients based in Asia. He advises on Eurobond offerings, IPOs and private equity matters.

Foreign Desks Practitioners from the firm represent inbound clients on various acquisitions. They are experienced in handling overseas securities listings for local clients. The team is noted for its experience in working with financial institutions in the securities offerings by the government. Dean Lockhart in the firm's Singapore office is a key contact for clients. 

Banking & Finance - Poland

Head of department Jaroslaw Miller is regarded as one of the top banking and finance lawyers in Poland, with sources commenting: "For us, he guarantees quality and he is absolutely focused on finding solutions."

UK-qualified partner Adrian Horne specialises in banking and projects. He regularly advises on the English law aspects of cross-border transactions in Poland and the wider region. Sources highlight his problem-solving ability and calm approach.

Capital Markets - Poland

Head of the banking and finance department, Jaroslaw Miller is greatly esteemed for his skilful handling of a wide range of debt capital markets.

Corporate/M&A - Poland

Cezary Wisniewski "is very well prepared and has a great knowledge that evokes trust," say sources.

Marta Bleszynska earns praise for her engagement in transactions and her conciliatory approach. She "did an excellent job and really helped the negotiations to go forward," commented one client.

Daniel Cousens regularly handles corporate matters related to Turkey and Ukraine.

Dispute Resolution - Poland

Zbigniew Kruczkowski wins acclaim from both clients and peers for his long-standing experience as a litigator.

Anna Cudna-Wagner has notable experience in working for banks and financial institutions. She is “very responsible and creative,” confirm clients.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Poland

Universally acclaimed as "one of the best lawyers in the Polish market,” Jaroslaw Miller is highly praised for his ability "to give comfort to the banks.” Interviews also confirm that he demonstrates "a conciliatory approach and is focused on finding solutions rather than creating confrontation.”

Tax - Poland

Mikołaj Bieniasz heads the tax department, which advises clients on a broad range of matters, including VAT, structured finance, transfer pricing and capital markets cases

Banking & Finance - Portugal

According to peers, practice head Pedro Siza Vieira is "outstanding. He goes straight to the point and has great negotiation skills."

New partner Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho is qualified in Portugal and the UK, and has years of experience in project finance and structured products.

Clients appreciate Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo's "strong knowledge, experience and focused approach. He understands our point of view and reflects it in the wording of the contract. He gives sound advice in terms of what is usual in a contract and what aspects we should insist on."

Capital Markets - Portugal

Practice head António Soares remains a highly admired market figure, with clients describing him as "very experienced, knowledgeable and resourceful."

Corporate/M&A - Portugal

Practice head António Soares stands out for his experience and expertise. Peers consider him "a brilliant lawyer," and clients describe him as "highly knowledgeable and experienced: he inspires a lot of confidence." 

Marcos de Sousa Monteiro earns praise for his expertise in this area: "He is experienced and flexible, and shows a good balance between emotional and professional abilities. He also has strong negotiation skills," say clients.

Dispute Resolution - Portugal

Nuno Ferreira Lousa makes quite an impact in the market, with clients saying: "He has a clear view of the legal framework on all fronts."  

A recent addition to the team, Ricardo Guimarães earns accolades for his expertise in public law litigation.

Projects - Portugal

Clients praise Pedro Siza Vieira: "He is a brilliant lawyer and amazing for administrative and financing contracts. He also has great commercial awareness." 

New partner Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho has vast experience in handling projects in Africa. Clients describe him as "very supportive and helpful; he gives great advice and works well with colleagues from other departments to provide well-rounded opinions."

Corporate/Commercial - Qatar

What the team is known for A busy banking practice advising on transactions in Qatar and the region. Strong relationships with Qatari clients, particularly advising on strategic outbound corporate investments.

Notable practitioners  

Dubai partners Richard O'Callaghan and Scott Campbell head the firm's Islamic finance and corporate teams respectively. Abu Dhabi-based partner David Martin is active on outbound transactions for Qatari entities.  

Significant clients International Bank of Qatar.

Banking & Finance - Russia

UK and US expert Michael Bott commands an outstanding market reputation due to extensive experience and a wide skill set. He led on the most commented-on matter of the year, the Rosneft/TNK-BP deal. Sources say that "he is one of the best lawyers working in our segment of the market."

Dmitry Suschev advises on a wide range of banking and finance matters, and has recently worked on loan facilities for Rosneft and Vnesheconombank. Market commentators highlight that "he is very good at the technical issues of Russian law."

London-based Mirthe van Kesteren co-heads the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) desk and has extensive experience in the emerging markets.

Capital Markets - Russia

Described by a source as the "jewel in the crown of Russian ECM," Dmitry Dobatkin is a leading individual with a fantastic reputation for his expertise across the full range of capital markets work.

Andrew Burge is known in the market as a very strong debt capital markets individual. Market commentators are impressed: "He's extremely knowledgeable and a standout individual."

Sources recommend Alexandra Karachourina as a "very hard-working and smart" individual. She works not just on equity and debt capital markets, but also on privatisations, public M&A and regulatory capital transactions.

Highlighted for his good securitisation and derivatives expertise, Andrei Murygin is described as a "very knowledgeable and technical lawyer."

Jason Manketo, who works on a variety of cross-border capital markets transactions, acts on Russian deals from the London office. He recently co-led on the secondary public offering of Sberbank.

Cecil Quillen is a London-based adviser, frequently acting with the Moscow team on Russian debt and equity deals. He recently advised for the joint lead managers on the USD7 billion triple-tranche bond issued by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

Corporate/M&A - Russia

The highly regarded Dominic Sanders has a broad practice covering corporate and financial matters. Back in Moscow after a brief stint in London, he heads the department and is widely recognised as a leading individual offering an outstanding depth of knowledge in the CEE, Russia and the rest of the CIS.

Grigory Gadzhiev is recommended as a "commercial, sensible and calm" negotiator. He focuses on the oil, gas and electricity sectors, and his excellent experience includes acting as one of the leading partners on the sale of BP's stake in TNK-BP.

Maintaining a very strong reputation, Denis Uvarov works for both international and domestic clients on high-value corporate matters. He recently led Sberbank's acquisition of Denizbank.

Hugo Stolkin works between London and Moscow and is recommended as a bridge between the common law and Russian law, as demonstrated by his recent experience co-leading BP's disposal of a stake in TNK-BP.

UK-based Daniel Tyrer routinely advises on joint ventures, acquisitions, project financings and acquisition financings. He also handles Russia-based transactions in the oil and gas, power, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors.

Energy & Natural Resources - Russia

Grigory Gadzhiev is a highly regarded practitioner who routinely handles corporate and M&A mandates for large energy corporates.

Managing partner of the Moscow office Matthew Keats heads the energy and infrastructure practice group.  He advises on major oil and gas transactions in CEE and the CIS.

London-based Daniel Tyrer handles a variety of energy financing transactions. Clients appreciate that "he is focused, easy to talk to and approachable." 

Restructuring/Insolvency - Russia

Michael Bott heads the Moscow banking team and has an excellent reputation for his restructuring and insolvency work. Sources describe him as "a very clever lawyer, with many years of solid deal experience."

Tax - Russia

Department head Victor Matchekhin is a "skilled and seasoned lawyer, who is highly technically experienced," say sources. Matchekhin's abilities on international tax transactions are also highlighted.

Corporate/Commercial - Serbia

Foreign Desks This London-based world-class M&A practice is adept at advising clients in a range of jurisdictions. This expertise extends to Africa, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Turkey. Ian Andrews and Francis Kucera co-head the desk.

Banking & Finance - Singapore

Head of practice Philip Badge has a well-respected international banking practice with substantial acquisition, project and structured trade finance experience. He has a broad coverage of the region, and is particularly focused on Indian and Indonesian matters. He lately advised Standard Chartered Bank on a EUR150 million term loan facility funding Amtek Auto Group's acquisition of the German auto component company, Neumayer Tekfor Group. Clients report that he is "a very smart lawyer who identifies issues very quickly and is a very good man to have on your side." 

Commentators appreciate Christopher Bradley's negotiation skills, logical approach and responsiveness. He is best known for his work on LBOs and project financing, and offers particular expertise in relation to Japanese-related matters, having previously been a partner in Tokyo for five years. Standout mandates in the last year include acting for a large consortium of lenders on a USD1.5 billion revolving facility agreement for Reliance Industries.

Foreign Desks Lawyers in Singapore work alongside colleagues around the world to offer Indian banking and finance expertise. Team members recently advised Standard Chartered Bank on a USD700 million facility to finance Reliance Globalcom's investment in an undersea cable network. The deal involved upsizing an earlier USD500 million facility, an equity subscription agreement and security over assets based in multiple jurisdictions. Philip Badge is a leading member of the team.

Capital Markets - Singapore

Dean Lockhart has been based in Asia for over 15 years, and receives considerable recognition for his handling of deals originating in India and the Philippines. Of late his work has included counselling BDO Capital & Investment and Credit Suisse Securities on a USD300 million notes issuance by Carmen Copper, a subsidiary of Philippine mining group Atlas Consolidated Mining & Development.

Kevin Wong heads the team's Indonesia-focused capital markets practice. He recently acted for the joint arrangers on a USD1.75 billion update to the Republic of Indonesia's global MTN programme. He is considered by sources as a "smart individual and a strong lawyer" with considerable experience on deals across the Asia-Pacific region.

Foreign Desks The India desk continues to be involved in an impressive range of high-profile IPOs, follow-on offerings and bond issuances. Clients benefit from its ongoing 'best friends' relationship with prominent Indian law firm Talwar Thakore & Associates. Recent highlights include guiding Religare Health Trust through its USD450 million Singapore IPO. 

The Singapore team is also particularly focused on the Philippines market. It handles a range of transactions, but is best known for securities work. It advised Citigroup Global Markets, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) and HSBC on JGSH Philippines' issuance of USD750 million guaranteed notes.

The main contact for India and Philippines work is Dean Lockhart.

Corporate/M&A - Singapore

William Kirschner is a recent addition to the team, who is described as an "extremely good M&A lawyer." He has experience advising international corporate clients, private equity houses and investment banks on matters across the region, particularly in Singapore, India and Indonesia.

Sophie Mathur is well respected by sources, who report that she "has a great bedside manner with clients, and is always listening and helping us with our objectives," and is "a strong lawyer with great success in managing transactions." She has a considerable Indonesian element to her work, and clients include Standard Chartered Private Equity and Ingenico.

Foreign Desks The Singapore office acts on substantial corporate/M&A matters throughout the region. It works together with colleagues globally on India-related work, with particular renown for representing financial services clients in M&A deals. William Kirschner is a significant addition to this group and a key contact for India M&A matters.

Since early 2012, the Indonesian desk has benefited from a formal alliance with domestic firm Widyawan & Partners. In one notable highlight, the group advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on its USD1.56 billion acquisition of a stake in Indonesian commercial bank, Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional. 

The Malaysian desk is best known for capital markets mandates, acting on many of the major IPOs in the country in 2012. Sector strengths include private equity, energy and resources, and insurance. Kevin Wong and Sophie Mathur lead the practice from Singapore.

The Singapore office also has Myanmar expertise. Together with other lawyers globally, the Myanmar group offers particular strength in the energy and natural resources and telecommunications spheres.

Energy & Natural Resources - Singapore

Formerly in Tokyo, Christopher Bradley is considered a "sensible, realistic and practical" adviser. He has an extensive financing practice, though he also recently acted for the sponsor on the development of an ammonia and urea facility in Gabon. Sources say he is "very client-centric."

Philip Badge is described as "a good, solid practitioner" and is singled out for his work on project financing in India. His practice also covers structured finance and asset finance.

Foreign Desks Linklaters is highlighted for its strong track record on projects and energy work in India, including for its recent involvement on acquisitions in the oil and gas sector. In infrastructure, the Singapore team recently acted for Standard Chartered on the USD700 million financing of an under-sea cable. Philip Badge is a key contact for India work.

Banking & Finance - South Korea

Linklaters recently established a presence on the ground in Seoul, though it has over 30 years' experience working in South Korea, and has built up strong relationships with blue-chip clients. Stephen Le Vesconte is a key contact for the banking and finance practice.

Foreign Desks This Hong Kong-based desk has a strong reputation for advising significant Korean clients on outbound investment and finance matters in the energy and infrastructure spheres. It recently acted as global counsel for the lenders, including the Export-Import Bank of Korea, on the USD1.4 billion multicurrency financing of the expansion of the Jorf Lasfar coal power plant in Morocco. 

Capital Markets - South Korea

Hyung Ahn heads the firm's Seoul office, and enjoys a solid reputation on cross-border capital markets matters. He recently advised the credit facility providers on Doosan Infracore's USD500 million issuance of senior capital securities. Clients report that he is highly commercially aware.

Associate Samantha Kim in Hong Kong is noted for her expertise on Korean capital markets deals. Her broad regional practice also includes M&A and project finance work.

Hong Kong associate Daniel Kwon is gaining a strong reputation in the capital markets field. Sources highlight that he is "technically skilled and proficient both at transaction management and at document drafting and everyday legal guidance." 

Mary Matson is based in Hong Kong where she heads up the securitisation team. She advises on the securitisation of assets such as commercial property, residential mortgages, and performing and non-performing loans in Korea, as well as elsewhere in Asia.

Foreign Desks The firm's Korea desk in Hong Kong continues to support clients wishing to access the Korean market. It has 30 years' experience in this jurisdiction, and many of the group's lawyers have previously worked for domestic Korean law firms. A highlight matter saw the team advise the dealers on the Korea Exchange Bank's issuance of USD 3.125% fixed rate notes. Hyung Ahn in Seoul is a key contact.

Corporate/M&A - South Korea

Foreign Desks This firm has a long history of assisting Korean companies, traditionally from its Hong Kong-based Korea desk. It now works in conjunction with the firm's new Seoul office, which was established in May 2013. The team advises international clients investing into Korea as well as on outbound investments, and has been particularly active of late representing private equity houses. A key point of contact is counsel Kyungseok Kim.

Banking & Finance - Spain

Financial services regulation expert Sebastián Albella assisted Lloyds TSB with the sale of its Spanish retail business to Banco Sabadell.

UK-qualified Ben Crosse earns excellent client feedback: "He's quick and arrives at the right solution in a short timeframe. He's also commercial and understands what is and isn't a priority. He can do both new deals and restructuring which is very useful in the current economic climate in Spain."

Practice head Pedro de Rojas receives excellent feedback: "Exceptional; the best in town. He's got extremely deep knowledge of the sector, is hard-working and massively dedicated. He's tempered, balanced and can endure situations in which others lose their temper."  

Federico Briano heads the capital markets UK practice. He advised the joint global co-ordinators and bookrunners on Banco Popular's EUR2.5 billion rights issue.

Juan Barona advised Centerbridge Partners on the financing of its acquisition of a majority stake in loan servicer Aktua.

Managing director Íñigo Berrícano is well regarded for his financial services regulatory practice. He advised Julius Baer on the acquisition of Bank of America Merrill Lynch's wealth management business in Spain.

Financial services regulation specialist Paloma Fierro was promoted to partner in May 2013. She advised Truck & Bus on its indirect acquisition of a 13.35% stake in Scania Finance Hispania, as well as 17.37% of the voting rights in the company.

Sources say of Cosme Colmenero: "It's always straightforward working with him; you can trust him in negotiations, you know that you will be able to come to an agreement." 

New York-based partner Conrado Tenaglia regularly advises on Spanish cross-border corporate matters.

Capital Markets - Spain

Regulatory and corporate expert Sebastián Albella impresses commentators: "He solves problems instead of just pointing them out and produces excellent-quality work."

All-round capital markets specialist Íñigo Berrícano earns warm praise from clients: "He's extremely smart and commercial. He knows how to listen to the client, when to follow and when to lead. He is pleasant to work with."

Sources say of English law capital markets partner Federico Briano: "He has a great deal of experience. Not many are as specialised as he is in capital markets and English law." 

Jorge Alegre was part of the team that advised the bookrunners on Iberdrola's EUR525 million bond issue.

New York-based banking partner Conrado Tenaglia regularly advises on Spanish matters.

Corporate/M&A - Spain

Senior consultant Jaime Zurita remains a key practice member. He was recently part of the team representing Dinosol Supermercados and its lenders in the sale of Dinosol’s retail business in the Canary Islands.

Practice head Alejandro Ortiz receives excellent client feedback: "He's fantastic. He's able to respond to all types of questions in record time and is available 24/7."

Commentators single out Sebastián Albella for his know-how: "He stood out; he's extremely good and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Spanish corporate law and regulatory environment."

German-qualified Alexander Kolb currently works in the firm's Madrid office and often acts on matters relating to Germany. He climbs the ranking following strong client feedback: "Beyond his technical knowledge, he's very analytical and comes up with solutions in complicated situations. We work with Linklaters because of him."

Banking partner Juan Barona also handles corporate matters. A client says: "He's a solution finder, one of the best lawyers in Spain. He's pragmatic and tries to resolve the deal by working with the other side." 

Dispute Resolution - Spain

Francisco Málaga climbs the rankings following widespread positive feedback: "He has a great deal of experience and is a very good negotiator. He knows how to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement." 

Energy & Natural Resources - Spain

Public law expert José Giménez has vast experience in litigation and contentious issues. Sources admire his in-depth market knowledge and regulatory expertise.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Spain

Restructuring expert Pedro de Rojas "has a great deal of knowledge and a lot of versatility in negotiations. He is constructive and provides alternative solutions," say clients.

Refinancing expert Juan Barona has an outstanding track record acting on behalf of financial institutions.

Tax - Spain

Javier García-Pita has been highly active this year in transactional work, most notably Centerbridge's acquisition of Aktua. Clients admire his expertise: "I haven't seen a lawyer in Spain able to structure deals like him; he is very creative and an extraordinary lawyer."

Banking & Finance - Sweden

Per Nyberg heads the department. The team acts for banks, sponsors and corporates on domestic and international mandates, working closely with the London office.

Capital Markets - Sweden

Fredrik Lindqvist "knows the crucial issues to focus on and really listens to the client," say sources. He is experienced across a range of equity transactions.

Corporate/M&A - Sweden

Practice head Fredrik Lindqvist "has the experience to know what to focus on," say impressed clients. They add: "The client is always number one for him, and he's a pleasant person to work with."

Roger Johnson heads the private equity team and receives praise for his negotiation skills and pragmatism. "He does not spend time focusing on everything but lets us steer him in the direction we want to follow," report clients.

Elisabet Lundgren "does an excellent job and creates a great working atmosphere," according to market sources. She handles private M&A transactions, with a notable focus on the healthcare, TMT and industrial sectors.

Employment expert Charlotte Demegård divides her time between the London and Stockholm offices, and regularly co-ordinates cross-jurisdictional matters.

Swedish and European competition law expert Jonas Koponen is praised by clients for his strategic intelligence. He is a member of the Swedish Bar.

Banking & Finance - Thailand

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai heads the team. He was lead partner on a Big C Supercenter USD1.1 billion facility, to be used to refinance existing debt.

Wilailuk Okanurak is a well-known and respected name in financing. She is best known for her project financing expertise.

Corporate/M&A - Thailand

Wilailuk Okanurak is a highly experienced corporate adviser who has been active in the petrochemical, telecoms and banking sectors over the past year. She took the lead on representing Northstar in its purchase of a stake in Thai Credit Retail Bank, a matter valued at THB650 million. 

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai is a multi-skilled practitioner who is rated for his expertise in corporate, finance and real estate. 

Projects - Thailand

Experienced practitioner Wilailuk Okanurak acts on transactions and debt restructuring related to major projects. She has recently been involved with the BTS Rail Transit Growth Infrastructure Fund, advising both the fund and its underwriters.

Corporate/M&A - Turkey

Warsaw-based Daniel Cousens is a UK-qualified lawyer who regularly handles corporate and private equity matters related to Turkey.

Foreign Desks Linklaters has long been active on transactions in Turkey. It assists with corporate/M&A, capital markets, banking and project finance, as part of a full-service offering. The group is also often busy on energy and infrastructure matters. Tom O'Neill heads the Turkey desk from the London office.

The firm's Paris office also has a Turkey desk, led by Alain Garnier. This desk offers advice across the full spectrum of business law.

Projects - Turkey

Foreign Desks Linklaters has acted on major projects and energy deals in the Turkish market for many years. It often assists with project financing, acquisition financing and refinancing of projects, and advises sponsors and project managers. Tom O'Neill heads the Turkey desk in London, whilst Alain Garnier and Marc Petitier are the key contacts for the Turkey desk in Paris. The Paris office assists with projects and energy, M&A and banking.

Beijing-based James Douglass has a wealth of experience relating to project financing in Turkey.

Banking & Finance - UK

Global head of banking Gideon Moore is "far and away one of the best lawyers in terms of client relationships. He is extremely good at managing people and difficult situations," according to satisfied sources.

Clients appreciate Nick Syson's knowledge and commercial acumen, identifying him as a go-to figure "in a situation where you need a smart, good lawyer who knows all the deals you've just done. He will get you there in a way that works for everyone." He advised Deutsche Bank and UniCredit Bank as arrangers on the amend and extend of Alliance Boots' senior syndicated loan facilities, totalling GBP8.27 billion. 

Adam Freeman is widely praised by market observers. His practice covers leveraged and acquisition finance transactions of all kinds, and he is particularly notable for his work on behalf of financial sponsors.

Brian Gray's collaborative style wins approval from sources, who single him out as being "very, very able as a consensus builder and very collected – he can really construct a solution when there's a chasm between the parties. That's how he's able to deliver value for all sides." He has recently been advising the banks extending approximately GBP1.5 billion syndicated term and revolving debt facilities to Melrose. 

Sources describe Philip Spittal as an "innovative and dynamic lawyer who tries to find alternative approaches to challenges." He acted for Lloyds on a EUR700 million term loan facility provided to DS Smith for the acquisition of SCA Group's packaging division.

David Ereira is widely regarded as a "standout individual" in the acquisition finance and restructuring spheres.

Jeremy Stokeld is an experienced partner who maintains a broad practice encompassing structured and secured financing and syndicated lending. He operates on both a cross-border and domestic basis.

Key client Lloyds recently mandated Stuart Thomas to advise on amendments to USD700 million loan facilities extended to Lonmin. He is "highly diligent and dedicated, providing consistent and focused advice and support throughout transactions," according to one impressed interviewee.

Mirthe van Kesteren co-heads the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) desk and has extensive experience in the emerging markets.

James Martin is noted as a "very responsive" member of the banking and finance team, specialising in particular in transactions across the UAE.  

Milan-based Tessa Lee focuses on English and Welsh law matters and project finance, and recently assisted the South African Ministry of Treasury with implementing a renewable energy programme. Sources agree that she is "calm, bright and comprehensive."

Davide Mencacci is based in the firm's Milan office and is "intelligent, articulate and truly on the cutting edge of structuring," affirm interviewees. In a key deal he advised Guala Closures on issuing EUR275 million senior secured floating-rate notes.

Adrian Horne operates out of the firm's Warsaw office and recently assisted HSBC as mandated lead arranger on the EUR210 million financing of Cinema City Group.  

New partner Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho is dual-qualified in Portugal and in England and Wales, and has years of experience in project finance and structured products.

Clients describe key Paris partner Kathryn Merryfield as "excellent: extremely able, conscientious and available." She specialises in acquisition and syndicated finance. She is England and Wales-qualified and previously practised in London.

Moscow-based Michael Bott commands an outstanding market reputation due to extensive experience and a wide skill set. He advises UK clients on transactions with Russian banks and sources say that "he is one of the best lawyers working in our segment of the market."

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity - UK

The "fantastic" Charles Jacobs is highly regarded for his expertise in the mining sector. He acts as head of the firm's global mining team, and handles IPOs, capital raising and other corporate matters for clients in this field. He is especially well regarded for his Africa-wide expertise.

Commentators are keen to praise Jason Manketo's "complete focus and dedication to driving all aspects of a transaction forward." He is noted for his capacity to handle ECM matters concerning both the USA and Russia. He recently co-led on the secondary public offering of Sberbank.

Tom O'Neill heads Linklaters' Turkey desk, and is a specialist in ECM matters. He advises underwriters and issuers, and focuses on corporate finance and securities offerings. 

Cecil Quillen advises on ECM and DCM, focusing primarily on cross-border high-yield debt offerings. He is particularly well known for his Russian DCM expertise, and he recently advised the joint lead managers on the USD7 billion triple-tranche bond issued by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

Patrick Sheil is a US-qualified partner who has a key focus on ECM in Africa and both debt and equity matters concerning jurisdictions in the Middle East.

All-round Madrid-based capital markets specialist Íñigo Berrícano earns warm praise from clients: "He's extremely smart and commercial. He knows how to listen to the client, when to follow and when to lead. He is pleasant to work with."

Federico Briano heads the UK capital markets practice in the firm's Madrid office. He advised the joint global co-ordinators and bookrunners on Banco Popular's EUR2.5 billion rights issue.

Moscow-based partner Andrew Burge is known for his strong debt capital markets practice and expertise in the UK market. Market commentators are impressed: "He's extremely knowledgeable, a standout individual."

John Lane is a "very capable, intellectual lawyer" who is "quickly able to come up with smart solutions when a problem arises." He is adept at handling both domestic and international ECM matters, and notably handled the high-profile GBP2.6 billion Direct Line IPO.

Keith Thomson wins praise for "his skill in managing highly sophisticated and complex cases." He has particular expertise in advising on equity, debt and equity linked transactions in the European markets, and also offers a wealth of emerging markets experience, including in Thailand, India, Turkey and Indonesia.

Head of the equity and debt markets group Carson Welsh is "extremely strong on the regulatory capital side," according to interviewees. He recently advised HSBC and Deutsche Bank in connection with a EUR206 billion liability management transaction relating to bonds issued or guaranteed by the Hellenic Republic.

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives - UK

Simon Firth is a recognised authority in the derivatives space, and sources note that "he's the expert's expert," adding that "he's always available and turns work around immediately." He was part of the team advising PwC in connection with issues arising out of the Lehman Brothers administration.

Pauline Ashall is seen as a "highly effective" partner, who "gives a fantastic service, always delivers for her firm" and "comes up with a lot of innovative solutions." She is knowledgeable across all types of derivatives transactions, and has been working with Simon Firth on the Lehman Brothers matters.

Michael Canby wins praise for his "prompt assessment of complicated problems and his ability to create solutions" which sources find "amazing." His extensive capital markets expertise includes a particular focus on note programmes, CDOs and OTC derivatives.

Julian Davies acted for Peel Ports Group with regard to its GBP1.5 billion refinancing, which involved the establishment of a whole-business securitisation debt platform and a substantial restructuring of swaps. He has substantial experience in advising on project bonds, with a particular focus on structured utility bonds. Interviewees highlight his "very positive can-do attitude" and his pleasant demeanour.

The "extremely good" James Harbach comes highly recommended for his strength in the area of mortgage-backed securities. He heads up the firm's structured finance group and represents corporates, financial institutions and investment banks in complex financings and restructurings.

Paul Lewis is a derivatives and structured securities specialist, with notable experience of equity-linked securities, synthetic CDOs and repackaged notes. He has recently been particularly active in matters involving credit CPPI products.

According to interviewees Vinay Samani is a "trusted adviser" who has a wealth of experience in structured products. He focuses on advising on OTC and securitised derivatives, bond issuances and CDOs, for issuers and investment banks.

Deepak Sitlani wins praise for his "very measured, thought-out approach," while sources also note that "he can simplify things and is very easy to deal with." He is experienced across the complete range of OTC derivative asset classes, including credit and strategic corporate equity.

Sources describe Michael Voisin as "someone that we have a lot of confidence in," noting that "he has a good way with clients and obviously has a vast amount of experience." He is an expert in derivatives, and has recently been active advising on clearing issues for a number of major swap dealers.

Anne Hoe advises on a range of securitisation projects, such as whole-business deals. Her expertise also spans synthetic transactions, credit-linked notes and other types of asset-backed transactions.

Mark Brown receives plaudits for his "superb service, great product knowledge and very timely delivery of advice." He is head of the firm's Islamic derivatives practice, and has significant experience in the Middle East, in countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Jim Rice maintains a long-established reputation in the industry and is highly regarded for his extensive experience across the spectrum of securitisation and structured finance.

Since publication, Anne Hoe has retired from this practice.

Competition/European Law - UK

Viewed as "a strategic thinker and an excellent resource for clients," Michael Cutting continues to attract a multitude of clients. He is praised for his knowledge of the energy, water and construction industries.  

Michael Sanders is seen as "a very astute character with a good tactical sense" who is lauded as a "fantastic litigator." His expertise extends to damages claims, cartels and appeals.

Christian Ahlborn is dual-qualified in Germany and in England and Wales. In addition to handling complex M&A concerns, he is well versed in state aid issues and has significant experience of advising on notifications to the EC in Belgium.

Nicole Kar is highly admired by clients, who say: "She adds value" and "clearly understands the client's commercial imperatives and strategy." One source adds that "her energy, drive and work delivery are second to none." Kar has been lead partner on the team's advice to Anglo American for several years.

Simon Pritchard is singled out as an "outstanding merger control expert." He is widely recognised by peers, with his experience of working at the OFT seen as making him a valuable asset.

Paula Riedel is praised for her ability to "provide concise articulation of complicated issues" and clarity in potentially ambiguous situations. She is highly experienced with merger control issues.

Eamonn Doran brings an experienced head to market investigations and merger control matters. He also demonstrates an understanding of state aid issues.

Senior statesman Christopher Bellamy continues to contribute to the work of the team with expert advice across a range of complex competition matters.

Corporate/M&A - UK

Charles Jacobs is a "charismatic lawyer with a knack for negotiation," whose "clarity of thought and methodical approach to deals transcend talent and is more of a gift," sources enthuse. He has represented clients in many of the highest-profile deals of the year. His practice has a particular focus on Africa and recent highlights include advising Absa on the strategic combination of Barclays African operations with Absa, valued at USD2.1 billion.

Jeremy Parr is "calm and considered," "easy to get on with" and "technically very good," sources say. He is the global head of M&A.

Richard Godden is "an incredibly smart and capable lawyer," market sources say. He has notable expertise in takeover transactions.

Owen Clay recently advised long-standing Linklaters client Britvic on its GBP1.4 billion merger with AG Barr. He receives particular praise from sources for his work in the oil and gas sector.

David Holdsworth has "deep legal knowledge" and is "highly solution-minded and entrepreneurial," clients say. His recent highlights include advising Dentsu on its GBP3.2 billion recommended cash offer for Aegis.

Savi Hebbur has built up an excellent reputation through his representation of Indian and international corporates in "very significant transactions relating to India." As a result, he is considered to "understand India and how to do deals there." In a recent highlight, he advised Reliance Industries on its joint venture with Sibur for the purpose of setting up a USD450 million butyl rubber plant.

Sandeep Katwala has over 20 years' experience in advising on transactions with an Indian bent, acting for both Indian corporates and conglomerates, and leading international companies. Sources attribute his outstanding success partly to his ability to understand the Indian context of deals, as well as the international.

Paul McNicholl's India-related work has been focused on assisting global corporations on their high-value investments in the jurisdiction. He has substantial experience in aiding clients with their cross-border M&A transactions.

Manila Rainò is dual-qualified in Italy and England and Wales. She regularly advises clients on Italian matters, including BP America on the sale of solar assets in Italy.

Daniel Tyrer routinely advises on joint ventures, acquisitions, project financings and acquisition financings. He also handles Russia-based transactions in the oil and gas, power, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors.

Foreign Desks A world-class M&A practice that is adept advising clients in a range of jurisdictions. This expertise extends to Africa, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Turkey.

Dispute Resolution - UK

Christa Band is described as a "mightily impressive" litigator by one satisfied interviewee. She maintains a broad commercial litigation focus, with particular emphasis on work emanating from the banking and financial services sector.

The "excellent" John Turnbull is highly prized by clients for his litigation skills. One interviewee notes: "When he gets involved he adds significant value."

Proficient in banking, international trade and professional negligence disputes, Andrew Hughes is noted as being "dedicated" and "very focused on the outcome he secures for his client." 

Hong Kong-qualified Michael Bennett is renowned in the market as a "clever, sensible guy" with a reputation for being "seriously very good." He handles corporate and regulatory investigations alongside his general commercial litigation practice. Clients benefit from his Chinese expertise.

Praised for his client-handling skills, James Gardner is also an expert in Chinese law, being qualified in Hong Kong and having practised there for a number of years. Clients highlight his "extraordinary grasp of the complexities of the problems we have been trying to resolve" and "ability to recall them in simple and clear terms."

Tom Lidstrom is an experienced international arbitration lawyer who practised in China for many years. Clients also celebrate his broad commercial expertise.

Employment - UK

Managing associate Charlotte Demegård splits her time between Stockholm and London. She advises clients on employment issues arising out of both jurisdictions.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK

Clients are quick to affirm that Jeremy Gewirtz "is invaluable as a senior partner on more complex energy deals." He acted for the borrower, Carrington Power, on the GBP650 million financing of an 880 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant.

The past year saw John Pickett advise a consortium of lenders on the 270 MW Lincs Wind Farm project. One observer noted that "John is a very good practitioner who's strong on representing banks and has a good reputation in this market."

Matthew Hagopian is admired by sources for his "strong financing background." He is identified as having particular expertise in the Latin American market. 

Andrew Jones acts as co-head of the firm's Africa group and also oversees the mining sector group. He is described as having "huge experience in power projects in developing countries."

Daniel Tyrer regularly handles Russia-based transactions in the oil and gas, power, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors. Clients appreciate that "he is focused, easy to talk to and approachable." 

Intellectual Property - UK

Ian Karet is a "very sharp" and "highly versatile" practitioner who focuses on patent litigation but is able to turn his hand to commercial IP concerns as well. He has been advising Intel in relation to ongoing smartphone litigation over phones featuring Intel chips.

Nigel Jones concentrates his practice on patents, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields. He recently acted for Janssen Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy on defending a patent revocation action.

Projects - UK

Jeremy Gewirtz focuses on advising sponsors and lenders in the energy space. He advised Carrington Power in a GBP650 million project financing of a power plant in the UK. Sources say: "Technically he is really, really strong and he doesn't get caught up in things that aren't important."

Matthew Hagopian is dual-qualified in the USA and in England and Wales, and focuses on energy project financings. Sources praise his "really in-depth knowledge of the industries he works in," and say: "His main focus is oil and gas, specifically liquid natural gas; he really understands the market and what's going on in the world."

John Pickett is noted for his renewables practice, and also operates in the power sector. Sources say: "He has a very pragmatic side and is able to take into account what the market will and won't take."

Charles Jacobs is a well -respected figure with a huge depth of experience working on projects across Africa. He heads up the global mining team at the firm and has been involved in some of the biggest deals in the sector in recent years.  

London-based Ian Andrews is an expert in multi-jurisdictional transportation projects, with a strong track record in CEE deals. He is well known for his knowledge of Czech infrastructure deals.

Andrew Jones acts as co-head of the firm's Africa group and also oversees the mining sector group. He is described as having "huge experience in power projects in developing countries." 

Daniel Tyrer handles a variety of energy financing transactions and has a particular focus on CEE. Clients appreciate that "he is focused, easy to talk to and approachable." 

Restructuring/Insolvency - UK

Tony Bugg is highly valued as "he has a commercially driven approach to strategy." Sources describe him as "thorough, thoughtful, strategic and hard-working." He regularly acts for administrators in complex insolvency deals.

Richard Holden is a "calm, measured, insightful and strategic" practitioner. He has considerable experience of this market and has acted on some of the largest restructuring deals of recent times.

Viewed as a seasoned adviser by sources, David Ereira is acknowledged for his ability to "provide very wise counsel" to his clients. He recently advised Zolfo Cooper on its role as temporary administrator to AB Bankas Snoras.

Rebecca Jarvis attracts praise for being "very smart and crisp in her advice." She has a wide-ranging restructuring practice advising the full breadth of market clients.

Senior partner Robert Elliott still acts as a contact for the firm's key clients, who value his wide experience of the restructuring market.

Tax - UK

Sources say UK tax group head Yash Rupal is "very intelligent and practical – a real go-to adviser." He frequently advises clients on a range of corporate tax matters including contentious issues. He was the lead partner advising the Cookson Group on a complex demerger including the structuring and reorganisation of the company.

Interviewees say Martin Lynchehan is "a very, very good tax lawyer – he is the guy if you have a difficult VAT issue." He handles both indirect and direct tax and has particular expertise in real estate and financing transactions.

Mark Kingstone leads the firm's investment funds tax team. Recent highlights have included a high volume of mergers and acquisitions work, acting for clients including Julius Baer and BP.

Lynne Walkington regularly handles the full range of transactional tax matters. Her recent experience includes mergers and acquisitions, demergers, reorganisations and restructurings. Key clients include Vodafone.

Dominic Winter is a valued corporate adviser who regularly handles structured finance transactions and corporate M&A deals. He is also experienced in representing clients in tax disputes with HMRC.

Michael Hardwick remains a valued adviser at the firm. His wealth of experience in the field has been called upon throughout the UK tax reform process.

Banking & Finance - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 23 other qualified

What the team is known for A regional presence advising clients and financial bodies in transactions with either conventional or Islamic finance structures. Expertise across the financial services sector ensures this firm is one of the first choices for clients operating in the UAE.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

Client service: "They provided excellent support." 

Work highlights Advised Bahrain Telecommunications in regards to a USD650 million bridge facility from BNP Paribas Fortis and Citibank, used to fund the acquisition of the Monaco & Islands division of Cable & Wireless.

Advised a consortium of lenders on USD1.75 billion senior unsecured syndicated credit facilities for Dubai Duty Free to fund the expansion of Dubai International Airport. It comprised a conventional term facility and two Islamic facilities.

Notable practitioners  

James Martin specialises in bank finance, where he acts for lenders, arrangers and sponsors. He leads the Middle East practice on all areas of bank lending, including conventional bilateral and syndicated finance, alongside Islamic finance structures. Sources comment he's "very responsive" and "a good pair of hands." 

Of counsel Neil Miller is a relatively new addition to the Linklaters team, joining in 2013 from KPMG. He holds excellent credentials in the Islamic finance field, advising on Shari'a-compliant asset finance, real estate and aviation investment funds and sukuk programmes. Clients call him "one of the really good Islamic finance lawyers we dealt with."

Significant clients Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, HSBC, Bahrain Telecommunications, Barclays Capital.

Capital Markets - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department 
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advising an enviable roster of corporate clients and investment banks and displaying particular proficiency acting on the lender side of transactions. It is often called on to act on international deals due to its impressive global network.

Work highlights Advised a syndicate of dealers and joint lead managers lead by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on an update to a USD7.5 billion MTN programme and a USD750 million issuance of senior notes.

Advised a set of joint lead managers led by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on a USD billion issue of Shari'a-compliant capital sukuk certificates. The proceeds gained were then reinvested into ADIB through a mudaraba structure.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Campbell is highly rated for his expertise in equity capital markets and receives equally high praise for his expertise in M&A matters. He has handled a number of significant IPOs in the UAE.

Richard O'Callaghan is a high-profile debt capital markets lawyer with extensive experience in handling matters relating to Saudi Arabia. 

Paul Kruger is based in both the New York and Abu Dhabi offices. He has extensive cross-border debt experience.

Significant clients SCB, HSBC, Citi, Batelco.

Corporate/M&A - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Extensive expertise handling high-value M&A deals across many Middle Eastern jurisdictions. Active in the outbound investment market, with a strong portfolio of regional clients and sovereign wealth funds. Also advises on inbound investments across a multitude of sectors.

Work highlights Acted for Bahrain Telecommunications on its USD680 million acquisition of Cable & Wireless's Monaco & Islands division.

Advised RBS on the transfer of RBS N.V.'s UAE and DIFC business to RBS plc.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Campbell heads the practice and is an unmistakable leader in the M&A sphere. His skills are greatly appreciated by his high-profile international clientele, who say: "He's a standout in this market - definitely a pre-eminent corporate lawyer."

In the Abu Dhabi office, David Martin leads on many of the firm's key deals, and frequently acts for sovereign wealth funds. He is singled out by clients for his responsiveness.

Foreign Desks The firm's corporate and finance teams regularly act on deals in Qatar, as well as assisting Qatari clients with outbound investments.  

Significant clients Investment Corporation of Dubai, Dubai Aluminium, GDF SUEZ, Dubai World, Oger Telecom.

Banking & Finance - USA

Co-head of the banking practice Jeff Norton has a wealth of experience in financial transactions. Recent highlights include representing health insurance company WellPoint in a USD3 billion unsecured 364-day bridge term loan credit facility transaction.

Michael Bassett is a "very knowledgeable guy - he always responds, never panics or misses a beat," reports one impressed source. He is adept at handling cross-border transactions - particularly those with a Latin American element.

According to sources, Conrado Tenaglia "is very systematic and always takes care to protect the client in any transaction." They go on to say: "He's very good at discussing potential problems with the business team and he is 100% committed to everything." He was previously based in the firm's Spain office and is quickly attracting a loyal following in Latin America.

A UK and US expert, Michael Bott is based in Moscow and commands an outstanding market reputation due to his extensive experience and his wide skill set. He led on the most commented-on matter of the year, the Rosneft/TNK-BP deal. Sources say that "he is one of the best lawyers working in our segment of the market."

Investment Funds - USA

Scott Bowie is highly respected for his well-established private equity funds practice. He is able to advise across the board on investment management issues, and his reputation attracts some of the largest names in the industry onto his client roster.

Projects - Vietnam

Hong Kong-based regional managing partner Stuart Salt was involved in advising the project sponsors on the financing of the Vung Ang II Thermal Power Project. Sources note his "practical, commercial viewpoint" and say he is "always looking to move things forward." 

Foreign Desks The firm has a strong projects offering, strengthened by Linklaters' alliance with Allens, which has an office in Vietnam. The team is active on a number of prominent power matters, recently representing project company Vinh Tan 3 Energy Joint Stock Company in its USD2.5 billion Vinh Tan 3 thermal power project. Regional managing partner for Asia, Stuart Salt has significant experience in Vietnam and is a key contact for clients.