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.
  • September 19, 2017

    Global 20: Norton Rose Fulbright

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    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.

  • September 15, 2017

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    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.

  • September 14, 2017

    Global 20: Allen & Overy

    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.

  • September 13, 2017

    Global 20: Dentons

    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.

  • September 12, 2017

    Global 20: Baker McKenzie

    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.

  • September 11, 2017

    Global 20: White & Case

    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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2017

    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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Where The Global 20 Are Bolstering Their Ranks

    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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Global Firms Snap Up India Work With Liberalization In Limbo

    International law firms play a crucial role in India despite being barred from practicing there, and some say opening up the country’s legal industry wouldn’t drastically change how they do business.

  • July 20, 2016

    Global 20: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP continues to expand its substantial international presence in the finance, technology, energy and infrastructure sectors, with 14 of its 25 offices on foreign soil and recent work in Africa advising the world’s largest energy project underway, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 19, 2016

    Global 20: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn has been expanding its work in international transactions, especially in London and Asia, and its determination to bolster its offerings despite uncertainty around the Brexit vote and volatility in Asian financial markets has secured the firm’s return to Law360’s Global 20 list after a two-year absence.

  • July 18, 2016

    Global 20: Mayer Brown

    With the ability to handle the most complex cross-border situations and with recent groundbreaking deals for Yum Brands and Beijing Enterprises under its belt, Mayer Brown has proven in the last year that, although it has one of the lowest office counts on Law360's Global 20 list, its reach is extensive.

  • July 15, 2016

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    Reed Smith LLP's international network of offices have coordinated to fend off bondholder attacks against BNY Mellon in the Argentina bond default litigation and to seal billions of dollars of transactions for clients in China and elsewhere, helping land the firm on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 14, 2016

    Global 20: Paul Hastings

    Between an Asian practice ready to capitalize on the region’s growing international presence, an established European arm headlined by a deep London office and a new Sao Paolo branch poised to thrive in a top emerging market, Paul Hastings LLP easily earned a place on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 13, 2016

    Global 20: Dechert

    In the past year Dechert LLP represented Celgene Corp. in a record-shattering life sciences licensing deal, guided billons in debt offerings by Egypt and other states and advised 18 of the 20 largest global asset managers, putting it among Law360’s Global 20 for the third time.

  • July 12, 2016

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's attorneys have once against scored a spot among Law360's Global 20, displaying a commitment to internationalism with historic capital markets offerings, complex cross-border deals and a penchant for throwing their support behind sovereign nations in disputes, markets and even global soccer matchups.

  • July 11, 2016

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    K&L Gates LLP slid easily into Law360’s Global 20 list by seeing rapid growth in recently opened offices, effectively managing a rise in cross-border operations that required communication across more than a dozen offices worldwide, and growing the firm's cross-disciplinary platform.

  • July 8, 2016

    Global 20: Herbert Smith Freehills

    Hot off another year of growing profits fueled by a spate of dealmaking, complex corporate financings and defense of big-name financiers including RBS from billions of dollars’ worth of arbitral claims and lawsuits, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has made Law360’s Global 20 list for the third straight year.

  • July 7, 2016

    Global 20: Dentons

    Dentons has been on track for world domination over the last year and change, merging with big firms in China, the U.S., Luxembourg, Australia and Mexico, opening offices in Milan and Johannesburg, and tripling the firm's global attorney headcount — feats worthy of a spot among Law360's Global 20.

  • July 6, 2016

    Global 20: Skadden

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has grabbed global headlines over the past year, guiding The Coca-Cola Co. in its $13.9 billion sale of a Keurig Green Mountain stake to JAB Holding Co. and helping Credit Agricole SA settle allegations of facilitating foreign clients' illegal transactions, to earn a spot among Law360’s Global 20.

  • July 5, 2016

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling LLP, a 40-year stalwart in the Middle East, this past year increased its regional presence and played a key role in the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Global Market, all while handling numerous first-of-its-kind matters around the world, once again earning a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 1, 2016

    Global 20: Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs has continued to expand its global presence, securing one of the largest firm mergers during the first half of 2016, representing a Chinese creditor as it steered U.S. bankruptcy proceedings for a $3.5 billion project to the Bahamas, and again earning a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.