Global 20 firms have strategically widened — and narrowed — their maps, navigating their way into a handful of key international markets. Here, Law360 looks at the locations where powerhouse firms need to be.
Four law firms are leading BigLaw’s global march, making the biggest gains in international office openings in the industry over the past year through mergers and acquisitions and by opening outposts in locations from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to Mexico City.
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.
Dentons' “polycentric” approach to growth and rapid expansion in China, the U.S. and various other markets across the globe have helped the firm become the world’s largest by attorney count this year, and landed it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Norton Rose Fulbright has leveraged expertise in multiple industries to win favorable rulings from U.K. courts for several Lloyd’s syndicates in litigation stemming from a shipwreck off the South African coast and to help oil refiner Delek US Holdings Inc. acquire a stake in Alon USA Energy Inc. in a $572 million deal, earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued to flaunt its bona fides as a cross-border powerhouse this year, engineering an impressive array of multibillion-dollar transactions while also shepherding scores of high-stakes global investigations to once again cement its role as one of Law360's Global 20.
Whether facilitating complex cross-border mergers across 11 countries or fighting antitrust battles on behalf of pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer Inc. and Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceuticals, White & Case LLP attorneys know how to think globally, making the firm an easy choice for Law360’s 2015 Global 20 list.
Allen & Overy LLP deployed its massive reach to seal another year of lucrative cross-border deals, from 21st Century Fox’s $9.3 billion sale of European media properties to British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC, to British Imprerial Tobacco's £4 billion ($6.3 billion) acquisition of iconic American cigarette brands, landing it atop Law360’s Global 20.
One law firm has more attorneys throughout Latin America than all of the other firms on Law360's Global 20 list combined, giving the firm a leg up as it looks to gain a foothold in the emerging market.
Global 20 firms looking to plant a flag in a new country chose South Africa more frequently than anywhere else in the past two years, as the nation has emerged as a crucial hub for global players looking to help clients tap into burgeoning economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.