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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.