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 24, 2016

    Global 20: White & Case

    White & Case LLP blazed trails in the past year as a client-driven international law firm through high-profile cross-border deals, formidable lateral hires and a strategic growth plan to increase its attorney headcount in New York and London that planted the firm near the top of Law360’s Global 20.

  • June 23, 2016

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper was one of the most aggressive law firms in terms of global office openings over the past year while it also handled a slew of complex cross-border deals, landing a spot among Law360’s Global 20 for the sixth consecutive year.

  • June 22, 2016

    Global 20: Allen & Overy LLP

    Allen & Overy LLP enlisted attorneys stationed around the globe to clinch another year of lucrative transactions, including helping brewing giant AB InBev fund its $100 billion-plus acquisition of SABMiller and assisting on a $27 billion, three-way merger that created the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, landing the firm atop Law360’s Global 20 for the second consecutive year.

  • June 22, 2016

    3 Reasons For The Lull In Cross-Border Firm Mergers

    Despite the rapid globalization of their clients, law firms haven't been as quick to spread their wings internationally, at least when it comes to combining with other firms across borders. Here, experts give Law360 three reasons why cross-border law firm mergers have been rare in recent years.

  • June 22, 2016

    DLA Piper, Allen & Overy Dominate EU

    DLA Piper and Allen & Overy LLP reign over Europe with more than 1,900 attorneys each spread across the continent, eclipsing the other top firms on Law360's Global 20 with a focus on providing worldwide services out of London.

  • June 21, 2016

    5 Survival Tips For The Globe-Trotting Lawyer

    Being a corporate lawyer is a demanding enough vocation, but when your work spans the globe, you must confront an extra layer of complexity, nuance and simple inconvenience along with reaping the reward of becoming a culturally deft citizen of the world. Here, lawyers from Law360's Global 20 law firms spill their strategies for successfully managing a cross-border practice.

  • June 21, 2016

    The Global Hot Spots Of 2016

    Brazil, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have emerged as top hubs for international law firm expansion in 2016, amid a climate of increased capital investment, infrastructure projects, and mergers and acquisitions activity.

  • June 20, 2016

    Firms Must Plant Roots In These Cities To Compete Globally

    Global 20 firms have strategically widened — and narrowed — their maps, navigating their way into a handful of key international markets. Here, Law360 looks at the locations where powerhouse firms need to be.

  • June 20, 2016

    4 Firms Lead The Pack In Global Expansion

    Four law firms are leading BigLaw’s global march, making the biggest gains in international office openings in the industry over the past year through mergers and acquisitions and by opening outposts in locations from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Mexico City.

  • June 20, 2016

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2016

    For the sixth straight year, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms that have the biggest global presence and handled the largest, most groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.

  • July 27, 2015

    Global 20: Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP earned a spot among Law360's Global 20 by handling some of the year's flashiest M&A work — like helping AstraZeneca Inc. beat back an unsolicited $118 billion takeover bid by Pfizer Inc. — and some of the toughest cross-border investigations.

  • July 24, 2015

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    K&L Gates LLP notched a $575 million court victory in London on behalf of the Central Bank of Ecuador, guided bankrupt U.S. retail giant Brookstone Co. Inc. during its sale to Chinese investors and launched an international effort to combat an outbreak of “revenge porn,” landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 for the fifth straight year.

  • July 23, 2015

    Global 20: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP has championed several complex cross-border deals in the last year, including France-based Altice SA’s €7.4 billion ($8.1 billion) acquisition of PT Portugal SGPS SA, as the Global 20 firm continues expanding far outside its Chicago origins.

  • July 22, 2015

    Global 20: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has played key roles in major deals worldwide over the past year, including a transformational $80 billion hydroelectric project in Africa and a $1.6 billion investment in Chinese auto-information website Bitauto, winning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.

  • July 21, 2015

    Global 20: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has made its mark this past year all over the world, from steering Merck KGaA’s $17 billion purchase of Sigma-Aldrich Corp. to helping investment firm United Capital Partners Group resolve a dispute in its $1.7 billion sale of Russian social network VK.com Ltd., earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.

  • July 20, 2015

    Global 20: Herbert Smith Freehills

    Governments across the world have regularly called on Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for international arbitrations and investigations, and with its work on a deal that equated to Germany's largest takeover and Italy's biggest acquisition, the firm has both proven its cross-border heft and earned a place among Law360’s Global 20.

  • July 17, 2015

    Global 20: Squire Patton Boggs

    Few firms saw their global reach expand more over the past year than Squire Patton Boggs, which spawned from the merger of two of the world’s most prominent firms to become a powerhouse in Washington, Europe and the Middle East, and landed itself a spot among Law360’s Global 20.

  • July 16, 2015

    Global 20: Curtis Mallet-Prevost

    From representing Venezuela in an over $30 billion dispute with ConocoPhillips to advising China’s commerce ministry on major trade battles, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP has become major power player in international arbitrations, deals and trade, landing the firm on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 15, 2015

    Global 20: Dechert

    Dechert LLP guided Forward Pharma in its $220 million initial public offering — one of last year's biggest biotech IPOs — and advised software maker Kofax Ltd. in its $1 billion sale to printer maker Lexmark International Inc., landing Dechert a spot among Law360's Global 20.

  • July 14, 2015

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    From advising Liberty Global PLC on the creation of a first-ever tracking stock under English law for its operations in Latin America and the Caribbean to handling project development and finance work in challenging jurisdictions like Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Shearman & Sterling LLP has earned a place among Law360's Global 20.

  • July 13, 2015

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    By guiding Siemens AG and Allergan Inc. through complex and contentious multibillion-dollar deals, scoring major court victories for the London Metal Exchange, and recruiting a world-class entertainment and media practice, Latham & Watkins LLP has powered its way up Law360’s Global 20 list for 2015.

  • July 10, 2015

    Global 20: Baker & McKenzie

    With offices in 47 countries, Baker & McKenzie LLP has a track record of skillfully managing major transactions that span the globe, including work on two multibillion-dollar deals for Merck & Co. Inc. last year, landing it a spot among Law360's Global 20 for the fifth year in a row.

  • July 8, 2015

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    Leveraging legal muscle across more than 45 offices worldwide in deals like General Electric Co.'s approximately $23 billion sale of its global real estate portfolio and Novartis AG's $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's oncology business has landed Hogan Lovells LLP for a fifth consecutive place among Law360’s annual Global 20.

  • July 7, 2015

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    With its work on blockbuster cross-border deals such as Actavis Inc.'s $66 billion acquisition of Allergan PLC and Medtronic Inc.'s nearly $50 billion tie-up with Covidien PLC, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has secured a slot on Law360's Global 20 for the fifth straight year.

  • July 6, 2015

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper is a firm with a global backbone that has spent the past year making meaningful inroads in Latin America and Canada, two carefully planned moves that further boost its significant presence around the world and land it a spot among Law360’s Global 20.