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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 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.

  • July 19, 2012

    Global 20: Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

    With a strong focus on international litigation — most famously as the stalwart firm behind Chevron Corp.'s battle to escape an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador — and a firmly held belief that slow and steady wins the race, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has earned itself a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the first time.

  • July 18, 2012

    Global 20: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Though Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's international profile has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade, the firm's expansion had been meticulously planned, enabling its successful overseas work with clients ranging from Microsoft Corp. to the French government, and earning it a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second straight year.

  • July 17, 2012

    Global 20: Latham & Watkins

    Never let it be said that Latham & Watkins LLP rests on its laurels. After a six-year period of intense growth that saw the megafirm launch 13 offices on three continents, Latham spent the last 12 months mining its carefully constructed global framework for blockbuster multijurisdictional work that earned the firm splashy headlines and a spot on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 16, 2012

    Global 20: Mayer Brown

    Mayer Brown LLP's global reach has allowed the firm to advise clients like Genel Energy International on a $4.2 billion merger as well as Tunisia's central bank on a $500 million offering, landing the firm in Law360's Global 20.

  • July 13, 2012

    Global 20: Sidley Austin

    Meeting the growing demands of their clients by maintaining presence in key international commercial, financial and regulatory centers — highlighted by a 30-year stint in Asia — while maintaining the philosophy of a single, unified firm has earned Sidley Austin LLP a spot on Law360's Global 20 for the first time.

  • July 12, 2012

    Global 20: King & Spalding

    A strategic focus on bringing its strongest practice areas to carefully selected markets has fueled King & Spalding LLP's recent successful expansion into places like Dubai, Singapore and Moscow and has secured the firm a spot on Law360's Global 20 for the first time.

  • July 11, 2012

    Global 20: Skadden

    If Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has strategy to its global growth — and it must, with among the highest per-partner profits on Law360's Global 20 list — it's something along the lines of this: Colonize slowly, and carry a very big client roster.

  • July 10, 2012

    Global 20: Jones Day

    With new offices in Brazil, Germany and three cities in Saudi Arabia and an expansion of its Singapore office under way, Jones Day continues to increase its already significant global presence, earning a spot as one of Law360's Global 20 for the second year in a row.

  • July 9, 2012

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    Only two years after the historic merger that created the firm, Hogan Lovells is achieving major success on the global landscape by facilitating high-profile international transactions and delivering major regulatory victories, earning a spot among Law360's Global 20 for the second consecutive time.

  • July 6, 2012

    Global 20: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

    Having worked on some of the past year’s largest and most high-profile global transactions, from Petrobras SA’s $6 billion bond offering to Greece's sovereign debt restructuring, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has secured a spot on Law360’s Global 20 for its second consecutive year.

  • July 5, 2012

    Global 20: Freshfields

    Over the past year, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has shepherded clients through the financial storm battering all of Europe, fought land expropriation in South America and helped seal multibillion-dollar deals in Asia, just three reasons the firm is on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 3, 2012

    Global 20: Baker & McKenzie

    Operating globally for the past half century, Baker & McKenzie LLP has more than 3,800 attorneys deeply embedded in 43 countries, allowing the firm to handle tough cross-border deals like Ecolab Inc.'s $8 billion merger with Nalco Holding Co. and landing it on Law360's Global 20 for the second straight time.

  • July 2, 2012

    Global 20: DLA Piper

    Formed through a 2005 merger with global expansion in mind, DLA Piper has swelled into an international powerhouse whose ambition and focus in the past year has spun out new offices and alliances in key markets, earning it a spot on Law360's Global 20 list for the second consecutive year.

  • June 29, 2012

    Global 20: White & Case

    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.