Reed Smith LLP advised on a $3.6 billion merger between Chinese shipping companies and continued to represent Bank of New York Mellon in the Argentine and Puerto Rican bond default litigation, all while adding new offices in Miami and Europe — accomplishments that landed the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Paul Hastings LLP has continued to grow its global footprint over the past year, working out of its new Sao Paulo office to guide Brazil’s Braskem S.A. through a record Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case while representing Samsung Electronics in South Korea’s largest-ever outbound M&A transaction, earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Sidley Austin LLP’s focus on international growth is reflected in its work on Athene Holding LLC’s massive $1.24 billion initial public offering along with its addition of 21 private equity-focused partners in London and opening of a new Munich office, once again landing the firm a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Mayer Brown LLP leveraged its global reach over the past year to advise on Yum Brands’ spinoff of its mainland China business and Hong Kong-listed GR Properties’ post-Brexit acquisition of a central London office building, helping land the firm a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
New York-based Shearman & Sterling LLP introduced new practice areas in privacy and emerging growth while engaging in first-in-kind, high-value transactions in Latin America and Asia, once again earning a spot on Law360’s 2017 Global 20 list.
K&L Gates LLP has landed on Law360’s Global 20 list once again, with the firm representing clients in every corner of the world on transactions worth billions of dollars while striving to seamlessly integrate its offices to offer the benefit of both local knowledge and global expertise.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has worked to build a specialized practice focused on technology, energy and finance issues, supporting a range of clients from governments pursuing major energy projects in Africa to Nordic companies navigating the risk environment in western markets, helping land the firm on Law360's Global 20 list.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has maintained its place on Law360’s Global 20 list for the fourth year in a row, again proving itself an international powerhouse through its representation of Goldman Sachs International and Societe Generale against a Libyan government wealth fund, among other large cases and deals.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP continued building on its global roots this year, landing work on major cross-border transactions like GM’s European business sale as well as sovereign debt offerings for Iraq and South Korea to earn a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued this year to flex its muscle as a cross-border powerhouse, advising on a slew of multibillion-dollar deals and guiding companies through high-stakes investigations and litigation to once again land the Magic Circle firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Eversheds Sutherland, which formed in 2016 when U.S.-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP combined with the U.K.’s Eversheds LLP, advised on a $23 billion U.K. energy infrastructure project and a $2 billion Libyan construction dispute, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Latham & Watkins LLP worked its way back onto Law360’s Global 20 list after a year of continent-spanning work representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Vista Oil & Gas, among others, in deals and offerings that were sometimes firsts of their kind in the client’s homeland.
In the past year, Dechert has provided Brexit-related advice across a spectrum of practice areas, guided WhiteWave Foods through competition issues pertaining to its acquisition by Danone and defended Ecuador against arbitration brought by a ConocoPhillips subsidiary, again earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Squire Patton Boggs continued to demonstrate the dominance of its global platform in recent months, handling cross-border matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars and nabbing high-profile hires such as former Speaker of the House John Boehner to once again land among Law360’s Global 20.
Norton Rose Fulbright continued to expand its global presence in the past year while playing a key role in groundbreaking mining projects in Guinea, helping land the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Hogan Lovells may have slowed its expansion, but the depth of its staff has served it well over the last year in complex and labor-intensive matters like Libor litigation, securing it a place in Law360's Global 20 for the seventh year running.
While DLA Piper’s sprawling international presence allows it to oversee multibillion-dollar acquisitions like Qualcomm’s purchase of NXP Semiconductors, it also helps the firm fully respect and embrace an array of local cultures, earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list for the seventh consecutive year.
Allen & Overy LLP churned out another year of industry-leading deal volume that includes work on worldwide firsts like Mozambique’s $25 billion Coral South liquid natural gas megaproject, earning its fifth consecutive spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Dentons continues to shine on the global stage as the firm’s expansion into areas including the Netherlands and Latin America over the past year cements its status as the world’s largest law firm, helping earn it a spot on Law360’s Global 20.
Whether guiding U.K.-based Unilever’s acquisition of popular Latin American toiletry brands or steering other complex cross-border transactions, Baker McKenzie has once again emerged as a legal leader on all six continents it serves, landing the firm a spot on this year’s Global 20 list.
White & Case LLP continued to broaden its global presence in recent months, working on hundreds of mergers and acquisitions worth hundreds of billions of dollars and focusing on a five-year growth strategy as it earned the top spot on Law360’s Global 20.
As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.
A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.
When it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones, some firms stand out from the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its seventh annual ranking of the firms with the biggest international presence.
Australia, Brazil and Germany have emerged as premier hubs for global law firm expansion in 2017, fueled in part by increased anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil, infrastructure investment in Sydney and the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.