Global 20: Baker & McKenzie

By Bill Donahue (July 3, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT) -- Operating globally for the past half century, Baker & McKenzie LLP has more than 3,800 attorneys deeply embedded in 43 countries, allowing the firm to handle tough cross-border deals like Ecolab Inc.'s $8 billion merger with Nalco Holding Co. and landing it on Law360's Global 20 for the second straight time.

"We are not the typical U.S. firm from Wall Street," said Eduardo Leite, chairman of the firm's global executive committee. "We don't fit that model. We are completely global, from our culture to our structure to our footprint."

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