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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.
  • August 14, 2013

    Global 20: Allen & Overy

    Allen & Overy LLP led the largest ever public financing for a gas project in Australia, advised on the creation of the landmark free financial market in Abu Dhabi and built on its longtime track record as a powerhouse innovator for financial deals, landing it among Law360's Global 20.

  • August 13, 2013

    Global 20: Davis Polk

    By helping Chinese companies and others make unprecedented overseas acquisitions, fending off multiple investigations of alleged sanctions violations for an Italian bank and beefing up its Hong Kong and London offices, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has earned a spot among Law360's Global 20 law firms.

  • August 12, 2013

    Global 20: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has represented clients in high-risk, billion-dollar litigation in some of the thorniest jurisdictions in the world, while continuing to expand its litigating and deal-making prowess from London and Dubai to Singapore and Beijing, earning it a spot on Law360’s annual Global 20 list of groundbreaking international law firms.

  • August 9, 2013

    Global 20: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has laid the groundwork for continuing growth in the burgeoning African market — where it's advising on an $80 billion hydroelectric power project — in addition to launching a Brussels office and helping Europe's biggest regulated gas company land an $11 billion credit line, landing itself on Law360's Global 20 list for the third straight year.

  • August 8, 2013

    Global 20: Norton Rose Fulbright

    Strained by demands from clients who expect diverse offerings and deep expertise around the globe, Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP this year sealed a blockbuster combination that substantially broadened their international reach, landing them a spot among Law360's Global 20.

  • August 7, 2013

    Global 20: Sidley Austin

    Sidley Austin LLP has had a global presence for decades and it continued its carefully plotted growth around the world last year, especially in Asia, where it invested heavily in its Singapore office and helped Chinese clients navigate the U.S. legal and regulatory system, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second year in a row.

  • August 6, 2013

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    The past year has seen K&L Gates LLP make a major push into the Asia-Pacific region by establishing new footholds in Australia and South Korea while further developing its formidable stateside practice as the firm continues to climb the ranks in its third straight appearance on Law360's Global 20.

  • August 5, 2013

    Global 20: King & Spalding

    King & Spalding LLP's strict adherence to a strategic growth plan centered around building up its strongest practice areas in select markets has spurred its recent expansions in London, Paris, Singapore and the Middle East, securing the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 for the second time.

  • August 2, 2013

    Global 20: Squire Sanders

    For Squire Sanders, expansion into the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East wasn't an incidental strategy, but part of a long-standing mission that helped land the firm its inaugural spot among Law360's Global 20.

  • August 1, 2013

    Global 20: Baker & McKenzie

    The philosophy behind the ever-expanding international practice of Baker & McKenzie LLP — whose complex cross-border work and path-breaking forays in Peru and Southeast Asia have landed it among Law360's Global 20 for the third consecutive year — may boil down to the marketing truism "think global, act local."

  • July 31, 2013

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells has surged ahead with its plan to grow in the world's key legal markets following the huge merger that created the firm three years ago, opening a Brazil location and advising on a string of major deals around the world that helped land the firm a place among Law360's Global 20 for the third consecutive year.

  • July 30, 2013

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    DLA Piper thrives on sealing highly complex deals that have multiple countries at the table, but when it comes to its global expansion strategy, the firm, which is enjoying its third consecutive year on Law360's Global 20 list, keeps it simple — closely watching the world's G-20 economies and emerging markets like Latin America and Africa.

  • July 29, 2013

    Global 20: Skadden

    With a host of recent, high-profile transactional work across the globe and a continued focus on expanding its international presence to meet the needs of clients, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has landed itself on Law360's Global 20 for the third straight year.

  • July 26, 2013

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    With a penchant for closing highly complex, cross-border deals by drawing on its deep bench in offices around the world, Latham & Watkins LLP has earned a spot on Law360's Global 20 for the third year as it continues to expand its reach in Europe by eschewing the top-down approach for a more decentralized, collective structure.

  • July 25, 2013

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling LLP was one of the first major U.S. firms to develop a global presence and has earned praise for handling a slew of high-profile international matters in a six-week span from December to January, but it has a simple recipe for expansion: Grow gradually and prudently.

  • July 24, 2013

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    From the $55 billion tie-up of two Russian oil giants to the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings of Nortel Networks Corp., Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's work on complex, high-profile issues throughout the world has earned it a place in Law360’s Global 20 for a third consecutive year.

  • July 23, 2013

    Global 20: White & Case

    White & Case LLP landed itself a spot near the top of Law360's Global 20 list for the third year in a row by doing what it's done for decades: offering clients a global network of deeply entrenched attorneys who can handle the toughest international work in project finance, antitrust and many other practice areas.

  • July 22, 2013

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP continued its push into the high-growth markets of Southeast Asia this year by opening an office in Singapore, and guided Switzerland’s Xstrata PLC through an antitrust gauntlet in China to complete a $34 billion merger with Glencore International PLC, earning the firm a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list for the third year in row.

  • July 19, 2013

    Law360's Global 20 Firms Blaze New Trails Worldwide

    For the third straight year, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms that had the largest global presence and were involved in the biggest, most complex and most diverse array of cross-border matters over the past year.

  • July 27, 2012

    Global 20: O'Melveny & Myers

    With a deep bench of bilingual attorneys, the transactional team at O'Melveny & Myers LLP has spent the last year at the helm of Asian deals ranging from Chinese IPOs to Turkish private equity fund closings, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the first time.

  • July 26, 2012

    Global 20: Paul Hastings

    Paul Hastings LLP has cultivated relationships with some of the biggest companies in the world on their home turf, putting feet on the ground in both established and emerging markets and plugging clients into its worldwide network of litigation and transactional experts, earning it a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second straight year.

  • July 25, 2012

    Global 20: Weil Gotshal & Manges

    Whether implementing trailblazing new bankruptcy law in the U.K., fast-tracking a blockbuster $37.8 billion takeover of a U.S. energy company, or sealing up the second-biggest biotech deal in history, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is regularly breaking new ground in markets across the world, earning it a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second straight year.

  • July 24, 2012

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    Years of legwork preceded Shearman & Sterling LLP’s sprawling global expansion, a strategy most emblematic in the decades the firm spent working with Brazilian companies before opening in Sao Paolo and eventually representing underwriters in the historic $1.95 billion initial public offering by Brazilian investment bank Banco BTG Pactual in 2012, keeping the firm on Law360's Global 20 list since 2011.

  • July 23, 2012

    Global 20: Reed Smith

    Helping to facilitate transactions in every corner of the globe — including billion-dollar, cross-border deals for Federated Investors Inc. and China's Winsway Coking Coal Holdings Ltd.  — the team at Reed Smith LLP earned itself a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second year in a row.

  • July 20, 2012

    Global 20: K&L Gates

    A robust international expansion effort that included opening new offices on four continents since last April and a global culture of interconnectedness has earned K&L Gates LLP a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second straight year.