White & Case LLP long ago forged a reputation as a globe-trotting firm, expanding overseas while attracting top international talent, and its headline-grabbing work in 2011 — including some of the world’s largest project finance deals — has landed it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list for the second year in a row.
For the second year in a row, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise.
With 34 offices in 17 countries, Jones Day has expanded its footprint across the globe by bringing a unified approach to how it handles local and international work and forming deep relationships with clients like Procter & Gamble Co. and SAP AG, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.
A series of smart mergers helped Reed Smith LLP quickly expand its international capabilities and offer superior cross-border support to some of the world's largest multinationals — including Johnson & Johnson, General Electric Co., Bank of America Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. — in 22 offices across three continents, winning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 list.
With 18 offices around the world, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP has leveraged its early strength in Asia's key financial centers to handle groundbreaking transactions like China Construction Bank Corp.'s $9.2 billion rights issuance, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.
Tapping into the power of its 37 offices around the world, K&L Gates LLP has coordinated major cross-border transactions and complex litigation for clients including Poland's Treasury, entertainment behemoth Walt Disney Co. and Asian technology giant HannStar Display Corp., landing the firm a spot among Law360's Global 20.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has 24 offices around the world hardwired to anticipate and solve clients’ needs, whether it be guiding Renren Inc.’s $743 million initial public offering or Landis & Gyr AG’s $2.3 billion sale, earning the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorneys in nearly two dozen offices across three continents have worked seamlessly together to close high-profile deals such as Sanofi-Aventis SA's takeover of Genzyme Corp. and General Electric Co.'s joint venture with the Aviation Industry Corp. of China, earning the firm a spot among Law360's Global 20.
Founded more than a century ago in San Francisco, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has in two decades grown to span 16 time zones, giving it the reach to help clients like China Development Bank and Microsoft Corp. in multibillion-dollar cases and earning it a spot on Law360's Global 20.
Latham & Watkins LLP takes a team approach to profits and staffing, pulling attorneys from 31 offices to handle complex international transactions for clients like Spain's Repsol YPF SA, Russia's Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods OJSC and the government of Qatar, landing the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP's organic growth strategy and consistent level of quality as it expands worldwide has made it one of the the go-to firms for historic transactions, including Brazilian oil titan Petrobras' recent $67 billion global equity offering, earning it a spot among Law360's Global 20.
Mayer Brown LLP's mergers with established firms worldwide have given it on-the-ground global expertise, enabling its lawyers to collaborate on major deals including Caterpillar Inc.'s $8.6 billion planned acquisition of Bucyrus International Inc., earning it a spot among Law360's Global 20.
With international roots dating back to the early 20th century, Shearman & Sterling LLP has long hired attorneys to practice in their native regions, allowing the firm to offer unique expertise to multinational clients such as Brazil's JBS SA in its $800 million purchase of U.S.-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp., placing it among Law360’s Global 20.
Like many global firms, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP practices across the Northern Hemisphere; unlike most, it's done extensive work in Africa, including a groundbreaking, international $1.75 billion bond issue for South African state utility Eskom Holdings Ltd., placing it among Law360’s Global 20.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has helped clients complete some of the most complicated cross-border deals of the past year, including its representation of Swedish pharmaceutical company Nycomed International Management GmbH in its €9.6 billion ($13.5 billion) sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., Japan's largest drug company, placing it among Law360’s Global 20.
Since deciding in 1996 to expand its presence beyond the U.K., Linklaters LLP has grown to 2,500 attorneys in 19 countries and developed the infrastructure necessary to handle complex international transactions and challenging assignments like handling the insolvency of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., putting the firm among Law360's Global 20.
The headline-making merger last year that created Hogan Lovells gave rise to a firm with tremendous international reach and resources to handle complex cross-border matters, like Ford Motor Co.’s divestiture of Volvo Car Corp. to a Chinese buyer, putting it among Law360’s Global 20.
White & Case LLP eyed foreign shores from its inception 110 years ago, and after it expanded to Paris in 1926, the firm went on to establish an enviable global presence, enabling it to shepherd clients through complex multijurisdictional matters — like Norwegian shipping company Stolt-Nielson SA’s bitter bid-rigging battles — and earning it a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.
Clifford Chance LLP's lockstep compensation structure and rigorous partner selection process help ensure seamless service across 32 offices in 22 countries for clients like Kraft Foods Inc., which the firm advised on its $19 billion acquisition of Cadbury PLC, earning it a spot on Law360's Global 20 list.
Norton Rose LLP, which in 2010 became the first large international law firm to expand into Australia, has more than 2,600 lawyers in 23 countries working in concert on complex cross-border transactions such as the Gorgon natural gas venture, earning it a spot on the Law360 Global 20 list.
Conceived as a global law firm, Baker & McKenzie boasts more than 3,700 lawyers in 69 offices spread across 40 countries, giving the firm the multijurisdictional expertise to take on complex cross-border matters like Abbott Laboratories' $3.8 billion acquisition of the domestic business of an Indian generics company and earning it a spot on the Law360 Global 20 list.
With more than 76 offices and an army of at least 4,000 lawyers across the world, DLA Piper can wrap itself around international corporate clients — as it did for Pfizer Inc. when the drugmaker had to divest global assets in its $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth, which helped earn the firm a spot on the Law360 Global 20 list.
For the first time ever, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms that stand out as preeminent global outfits.