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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 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.

  • June 30, 2016

    Global 20: Baker & McKenzie

    Anchored by an immense global footprint, Baker & McKenzie LLP soared to new heights over the past year, guiding deals that spanned more than 100 countries, deepening its penetration abroad through new recruits and pioneering initiatives, to land among Law360’s annual Global 20. 

  • June 29, 2016

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells LLP has continued its role as an international heavy hitter in the past year by opening new offices in Australia and working with clients such as SABMiller in its $107 billion merger with Anheuser-Busch, landing the firm a sixth consecutive place among Law360’s annual Global 20.

  • June 28, 2016

    Global 20: Norton Rose Fulbright

    In the past year, Norton Rose Fulbright has guided the $9 billion acquisition of Russia's largest gold producer, an Australian bank's $1.2 billion issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities and the $317 million purchase of Bristol-Myers Squibb's late-stage HIV research and development assets, earning it another spot on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • June 27, 2016

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continues to keep up its reputation as an international powerhouse, striking billions of dollars in deals and leading companies in multinational investigations from its 26 foreign offices, once against securing the Magic Circle firm a place on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • June 24, 2016

    Global 20: White & Case

    White & Case LLP blazed trails in the past year as a client-driven international law firm through high-profile cross-border deals, formidable lateral hires and a strategic growth plan to increase its attorney headcount in New York and London that planted the firm near the top of Law360’s Global 20.

  • June 23, 2016

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper was one of the most aggressive law firms in terms of global office openings over the past year while it also handled a slew of complex cross-border deals, landing a spot among Law360’s Global 20 for the sixth consecutive year.

  • June 22, 2016

    Global 20: Allen & Overy LLP

    Allen & Overy LLP enlisted attorneys stationed around the globe to clinch another year of lucrative transactions, including helping brewing giant AB InBev fund its $100 billion-plus acquisition of SABMiller and assisting on a $27 billion, three-way merger that created the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, landing the firm atop Law360’s Global 20 for the second consecutive year.

  • June 22, 2016

    3 Reasons For The Lull In Cross-Border Firm Mergers

    Despite the rapid globalization of their clients, law firms haven't been as quick to spread their wings internationally, at least when it comes to combining with other firms across borders. Here, experts give Law360 three reasons why cross-border law firm mergers have been rare in recent years.

  • June 22, 2016

    DLA Piper, Allen & Overy Dominate EU

    DLA Piper and Allen & Overy LLP reign over Europe with more than 1,900 attorneys each spread across the continent, eclipsing the other top firms on Law360's Global 20 with a focus on providing worldwide services out of London.

  • June 21, 2016

    5 Survival Tips For The Globe-Trotting Lawyer

    Being a corporate lawyer is a demanding enough vocation, but when your work spans the globe, you must confront an extra layer of complexity, nuance and simple inconvenience along with reaping the reward of becoming a culturally deft citizen of the world. Here, lawyers from Law360's Global 20 law firms spill their strategies for successfully managing a cross-border practice.

  • June 21, 2016

    The Global Hot Spots Of 2016

    Brazil, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have emerged as top hubs for international law firm expansion in 2016, amid a climate of increased capital investment, infrastructure projects, and mergers and acquisitions activity.

  • June 20, 2016

    Firms Must Plant Roots In These Cities To Compete Globally

    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.

  • June 20, 2016

    4 Firms Lead The Pack In Global Expansion

    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.