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.
  • 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.  

  • August 11, 2014

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    Thanks to a continued focus on growing key offices within its already far-reaching global network as well as landing work on myriad major matters around the globe, DLA Piper has again earned a spot on Law360’s Global Top 20 list.

  • August 8, 2014

    Global 20: Baker & McKenzie

    From financing a large-scale urban redevelopment project in London to guiding the sale of a Thai wholesaler via a Dutch trading group, Baker & McKenzie LLP facilitated more cross-border deals in 2013 than any other law firm in the world, earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list for the fourth year in a row.

  • August 7, 2014

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    With its work from a €40 billion ($53.4 billion) merger of global cement producers to juggling simultaneous deals between Lenovo Group Ltd. and International Business Machines Corp. and Google Inc., Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has landed a spot on Law360's Global 20 for the fourth straight year.

  • August 6, 2014

    Global 20: Allen & Overy

    Global powerhouse Allen & Overy LLP showed its financial prowess in guiding in an innovative $9 billion takeover for Orascom Construction Industries SAE and flexed its cross-border muscle in market-leading transactions, earning it a spot among Law360’s Global 20.

  • August 5, 2014

    Global 20 Firms Follow Clients Into FCPA Hot Zones

    As Law360's Global 20 move into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act hot zones, they won't just be worrying about keeping their clients out of regulatory trouble — they'll also have to make sure they stay above the crossfire of foreign bribery schemes themselves.

  • August 5, 2014

    Global 20: White & Case

    With a focus on offering consistent service to international companies across the globe, White & Case LLP recently helped Toshiba Corp. fend off price-fixing claims in the U.S. and guided Saudi Aramco in a joint venture with Dow Chemical Co. to build a $20 billion chemical complex, landing the firm at the top of Law360's Global 20.

  • August 5, 2014

    For Global Firms, Asia Is The Place To Be

    This year's Global 20 law firms have expanded into the far-flung and once-unthinkable locales of Myanmar and Kazakhstan in a race to beat out their legal competitors.

  • August 5, 2014

    The 25 Cities Where Aspiring Global Firms Should Be

    Law360's Global 20 firms take different approaches to how they handle their money, growth and culture. But they agree on one thing: location, location, location. Here, we reveal the 25 places around the world you need to be in if you want to be a global big dog.

  • August 4, 2014

    Legal Barriers In China, Brazil Won’t Slow Firms’ Expansion

    Global law firms aren’t letting prohibitions on practicing local law stop them from opening offices in countries like China and Brazil, rushing to meet the needs of their international clients while betting that the markets will eventually become big money generators.

  • August 4, 2014

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP flaunted its cross-border prowess through a series of high-stakes competition reviews for some of Europe's showpiece transactions in the last year, including guiding the $4.3 billion sale of Avio SpA to General Electric Co., to land the firm at the top of Law360's Global 20.

  • August 4, 2014

    Firms Ditch Headquarters To Win Global Clients

    The reach of international business is inspiring more international law firms to reject home office headquarters in favor of a “world citizen” mentality they hope will promote cohesion among far-flung partners and better mirror their globalized clients. 

  • August 4, 2014

    Law Firms Question Whether European Offices Are Worth It

    A number of Law360's Global 20 firms have recently closed outposts in European cities because they are unwilling to wait for the recovery in the transactional market seen in London and elsewhere to reach smaller legal markets on the continent, legal consultants said.