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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.
  • July 31, 2018

    Global 20: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP demonstrated its breadth of international work in the past year by advising private equity firm Mid Europa Partners in a significant health care deal in central Europe and representing North America’s football association in corruption investigations against FIFA, once again securing a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 30, 2018

    Global 20: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown has watered its global roots by breaking ground on new offices in Tokyo and San Francisco this year, while continuing to help clients work on innovative deals such as the first green bond sale by a pension fund on a global scale, solidifying its place on Law360's Global 20 list. 

  • July 27, 2018

    Global 20: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has continued its focus on innovation in the last year, working on deals like $250 million in financing for digital banking alternative Revolut and advice to Zodiac Aerospace’s board on its €8.5 billion acquisition by French aerospace company Safran SA, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 26, 2018

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has racked up many achievements abroad over the past year— including the largest initial public offering by a South American business in seven years and a restructuring of a European company doing business on five continents — and also added two Texas offices, landing the U.S.-based firm back on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 25, 2018

    Global 20: Dechert

    Dechert LLP used its international network to take on deals like a South Korean chipmaker’s $3.5 billion buy-in on a Toshiba business and a Chinese auto products company’s joint venture with a Luxembourg-based partner, securing a spot yet again on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 24, 2018

    Global 20: Dentons

    Dentons boosted its global presence over the last year by continuing to grow at a rapid pace while opening offices in places including the Netherlands and Myanmar, cementing its spot on Law360’s Global 20 for another year.

  • July 23, 2018

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    Reed Smith LLP helped the owners of the V.C. Summers nuclear facility secure a $2.2 billion cross-border settlement from Toshiba and represented BSG Resources Ltd. in a $10 billion suit against financier George Soros and his Open Society Foundations over revoked Guinea iron ore mining rights, just two of the accomplishments over the past year that landed the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 20, 2018

    Global 20: Eversheds Sutherland

    Eversheds Sutherland demonstrated its international reach over the past year, representing Shell in its $217 million acquisition of a stake in a solar plant developer and advising a Deutsche Bahn group member in its successful bid to provide services for a California high-speed rail project, landing the firm among Law360’s Global 20.

  • July 19, 2018

    Global 20: Baker McKenzie

    Since April 2017, Baker McKenzie has closed six multinational deals worth $1 billion or more, including Servier Laboratories’ $2.4 billion purchase of Shire PLC’s oncology business and Post Holdings’ £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) acquisition of Weetabix, keeping the firm at its long-held spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 18, 2018

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has been working hard across the globe this year, handling both sides of Disney’s massive $71.3 billion bid for 21st Century Fox and whittling down a lawsuit over the government-toppling corruption scandal at Brazil’s Petrobras to a $3 billion settlement, to earn a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 17, 2018

    Global 20: Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP has maintained a cohesive team of attorneys in offices across the globe who guide billions of dollars in government infrastructure financing for projects like Dubai’s Route 2020 along with high-value initial public offerings, once again earning a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 16, 2018

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells established a new office in Boston and helmed major legal victories with international implications, including securing a landmark patent decision at the U.K. Supreme Court and winning an uphill battle against “Putin’s banker,” earning the firm a spot once again on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 13, 2018

    Global 20: Linklaters

    From playing a key role in Takeda’s $62 billion takeover of Shire PLC to its work on a $4 billion infrastructure deal in Africa, U.K.-based Linklaters LLP blazed new trails around the globe over the past year and earned a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 12, 2018

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    Latham & Watkins LLP flexed its international muscle over the past year, advising on Spotify’s nontraditional placement on the New York Stock Exchange and Toshiba’s win in an antitrust suit that saw other defendants settle for nearly $200 million combined, landing the firm on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 11, 2018

    Global 20: Herbert Smith Freehills

    Herbert Smith Freehills used its global reach to help clients connected to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and to defend RBS in a high-profile action brought by thousands of investors over its £12 billion rights issue, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 10, 2018

    Global 20: Norton Rose Fulbright

    Norton Rose Fulbright continues to handle cross-border matters in several industry sectors, from guiding Tesco in its $220 million energy combination with Nabors to successfully defending a banking executive in the JPMorgan “London Whale” case, winning the firm a place for the sixth consecutive year on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 9, 2018

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has managed the fallout for Volkswagen in 60 countries stemming from the diesel emissions scandal and steered Starbucks’ $1.3 billion buyout of its East China business last year under the firm’s strategy of global partnership, meriting it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 6, 2018

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper relied last year on its global presence to help strike one of the largest deals by a China-based company after the Asian nation imposed stricter controls on overseas investments, helping land it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list for the eighth consecutive year.

  • July 5, 2018

    Global 20: Allen & Overy

    Allen & Overy LLP attorneys from dozens of international offices collaborated this past year to oversee three of the six largest cross-border mergers and multibillion-dollar bond issuances in China, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2018

    What makes a law firm truly global? What does it take to handle the biggest and most complex cross-border matters? These firms know. Here, Law360 reveals its eighth annual ranking of the firms with the most international clout.

  • July 4, 2018

    How Smaller Firms Can Go Global Without Going Bankrupt

    Setting up shop across the globe may seem impossible for smaller law firms, but it can be done — and it's not the only way to get business overseas. Here, Law360 looks at what firms should think about when deciding whether, and how, to go global.

  • July 4, 2018

    Global Law Firms Bulk Up In Europe As Brexit Approaches

    With Britain less than a year from exiting the European Union, firms on Law360’s Global 20 have begun pushing deeper into the countries remaining in the bloc, adding offices and industry specialists in a shift that could rebalance how BigLaw works in the region.

  • July 4, 2018

    Global 20: White & Case

    Working across far-flung offices to secure hundreds of billions in deals that include Eastern and central Europe’s largest-ever telecom transaction while also fielding major cross-border disputes, White & Case LLP again earned a spot on Law360’s Global 20.

  • October 10, 2017

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    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.

  • October 6, 2017

    Global 20: Paul Hastings

    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.