Rankings: Global 20

Law360’s Global 20 profiles the 20 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise. Winning firms are selected based on how much they’ve expanded outside their home countries and the breadth, volume and sophistication of their cross-border work.
  • June 30, 2015

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued to flaunt its bona fides as a cross-border powerhouse this year, engineering an impressive array of multibillion-dollar transactions while also shepherding scores of high-stakes global investigations to once again cement its role as one of Law360's Global 20.

  • June 29, 2015

    Global 20: White & Case

    Whether facilitating complex cross-border mergers across 11 countries or fighting antitrust battles on behalf of pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer Inc. and Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceuticals, White & Case LLP attorneys know how to think globally, making the firm an easy choice for Law360’s 2015 Global 20 list.

  • June 26, 2015

    Global 20: Allen & Overy

    Allen & Overy LLP deployed its massive reach to seal another year of lucrative cross-border deals, from 21st Century Fox’s $9.3 billion sale of European media properties to British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC, to British Imprerial Tobacco's £4 billion ($6.3 billion) acquisition of iconic American cigarette brands, landing it atop Law360’s Global 20.

  • June 25, 2015

    1 Global Firm Dominates In Latin America

    One law firm has more attorneys throughout Latin America than all of the other firms on Law360's Global 20 list combined, giving the firm a leg up as it looks to gain a foothold in the emerging market.

  • June 25, 2015

    For Global Firms, South Africa Is The Place To Be

    Global 20 firms looking to plant a flag in a new country chose South Africa more frequently than anywhere else in the past two years, as the nation has emerged as a crucial hub for global players looking to help clients tap into burgeoning economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • June 24, 2015

    Magic Circle Firms Shun The Hottest Markets In The US

    U.S. firms can't get into Houston and Silicon Valley fast enough, but the Magic Circle firms on Law360's Global 20 are steering clear — and for good reason.

  • June 24, 2015

    Global 20 European Growth Isolated To Proven Markets

    Aggressive expansion in London and Paris is the main driver of attorney head count growth in the European Union for the Global 20, according to Law360 data, as firms choose to throw their resources in Europe at those two markets rather than expand into smaller cities.

  • June 24, 2015

    Global Powerhouse Firms Retreat From China

    While all of the firms in Law360's Global 20 have outposts in China, several reduced their head counts there over the past year as law firms struggle to make a profit from practicing in the world's second-largest economy.

  • June 23, 2015

    The Global Hot Spots Of 2015

    Singapore, France and the United Arab Emirates are just a few of the major growth areas for international law firms in 2015, with firms looking to boost their attorney counts in those countries thanks in part to a rise in international arbitration, cross-border deals and energy developments in Southeast Asia.

  • June 23, 2015

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2015

    For the fifth straight year, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms that had the biggest global presence and handled the largest, most significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year. Here, we reveal this year's Law360 Global 20.

  • June 23, 2015

    The 5 Firms That Made The Biggest Global Gains

    Through a bevy of mergers and acquisitions and robust hiring sprees, five firms stood out this year for making the biggest gains in their global head counts, according to Law360's Global 20 data.

  • June 23, 2015

    Ambitious Global Firms Must Have Roots In These Cities

    Law360's Global 20 firms may call the world their home, but they all agree that there are some places everyone needs to have a little pied-a-terre in order to be taken seriously.

  • August 28, 2014

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling LLP

    Winning an eye-popping $50 billion arbitration award against the Russian government probably would have been enough to land Shearman & Sterling LLP a spot on Law360's Global 20, but the firm also racked up a slew of other cross-border accomplishments over the past year that helped in the effort.

  • August 27, 2014

    Global 20: Mayer Brown

    Following more than a decade of aggressive growth, Mayer Brown LLP has nearly half of its attorneys based outside the U.S., allowing the firm to guide game-changing deals and projects, like the $5.4 billion Panama Canal expansion, and landing it on Law360’s Global 20.

  • August 26, 2014

    Global 20: King & Spalding

    A decadelong expansion effort has pushed King & Spalding LLP into emerging legal hot spots like the United Arab Emirates and Singapore while producing lucrative work for its energy, finance and global disputes practices, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 for the third time.

  • August 25, 2014

    Global 20: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has been in the thick of headline-grabbing news all over the world over the past year, from shepherding Nokia Corp. through Microsoft Corp.’s $7.2 billion mobile business acquisition to compelling Kuwaiti-based Combined Group Contracting Co. to pay a $10 million arbitral award to AP Holdings Southaven LLC, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.

  • August 22, 2014

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    Collaboration across its world-spanning offices on Brightstar Corp.'s sale of a majority stake to SoftBank Corp. for $1.26 billion, Darling International Inc’.s $2.1 billion acquisition of Netherlands-based Vion Ingredients and numerous other transactions and disputes has landed K&L Gates LLP on Law360's Global 20.

  • August 21, 2014

    Global 20: Linklaters

    U.K.-based Linklaters LLP crafted a first-of-its-kind multibank securitization program for major financial clients and advised companies on billion-dollar cross-border transactions between Asia, Europe and the Americas, all while eyeing a U.S. expansion, earning a spot on Law360’s Global 20.

  • August 20, 2014

    Global 20: Squire Sanders

    From complicated cross-border transactional work including a $1.8 billion deal involving Ashland Inc. to international arbitration disputes on behalf of sovereign governments, Squire Sanders — which recently linked up with Patton Boggs LLP — more than earned itself a spot on Law360's Global 20.

  • August 19, 2014

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    Having expanded its operations around the globe in recent years, Latham & Watkins LLP has turned its attention to integrating its 32 offices with an eye toward offering clients the most comprehensive and efficient service wherever they are in the world, landing the firm on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • August 18, 2014

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    While other firms consider retrenching, Hogan Lovells shows no signs of retreating from an aggressive plan to strike into emerging global legal markets, boosting its presence in Africa and Latin America and piloting a series of cross-border transactions and disputes that helped earn it a fourth consecutive spot among Law360’s annual Global 20.

  • August 15, 2014

    Global 20: Dentons

    Dentons guided Chinese exploration company MMG Ltd. in the $5.8 billion purchase this year of the Las Bambas mine in Peru — one of the largest copper mines in the world — in a series of high-profile international transaction work that also includes its representation of the Republic of Ghana in a $1 billion bond issue, landing it on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • August 14, 2014

    Global 20: Norton Rose Fulbright

    In the past year, Norton Rose Fulbright attorneys around the world have helped steer a $3.2 billion port project in Jakarta, Indonesia, a merger that created the largest bank in Africa and financing for the construction of Quebec's first diamond mine, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • August 13, 2014

    Global 20: Herbert Smith Freehills

    From representing Apple Inc. in the Australian portion of its global patent war with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to advising energy, pharmaceutical and media giants on multibillion-dollar, cross-border deals, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's litigation and transactional reach has earned it a spot on Law360's Global 20.

  • August 12, 2014

    Global 20: Jones Day

    Steering Tokyo Electron Ltd. through its pending $29 billion tie-up with Applied Materials Inc. — the first merger ever between U.S. and Japanese public companies — and beating back a $1.6 billion claim against Texas Keystone Inc. in London helped land Jones Day on Law360's Global 20 list for the fourth time.