Silk Street’s finest storm the deal tables

This week, The Lawyer brings you a round-up of the City’s biggest deals in June. It has been a particularly busy month on Silk Street, with Linklaters storming Thomson Reuter’s UK and global rankings. The firm took the top spot worldwide by value, advising on $21.1bn (£14bn) of deals. In the UK, it took second place beneath German firm Hengeler Mueller, raking in a grand total of $13.5bn in deal value.

That’s largely thanks to its work for Vodafone, which instructed Linklaters on its €7.7bn (£6.6bn) takeover of German telecoms and media group Kabel Deutschland. The move creates a £9.8bn telecoms giant.

Linklaters was also one of the eight firms advising on the high-profile bidding to take Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) private. The firm is working alongside Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Jones Day and others to advise a consortium on its £3bn offer for the Kazakh miner supported by major shareholder Kazakhmys.

Expect more Linklaters news to emerge as the IPO of Royal Mail continues to unfold, with the firm advising underwriters Goldman Sachs and UBS. And with the firm also set to take a leading role on Schneider Electric’s takeover bid of £3.3bn UK engineering firm Invensys, Linklaters’ winning streak looks set to continue.