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50 Most Influential Law Firms in the World

Nov, 21, 2017

UpSlide has been analyzing the Legal sector to discover the 50 Most Influential Law Firms in the World.

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Presenting UpSlide’s 50 Most Influential Law Firms in the World…
We based our research on the following criteria: their power, their influence, the magnitude of their deals, their revenue, their history, the leadership of founding partners and the size of the firm.

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Allen & Overy – Arsene Taxand – Ashurst – Baker Mckenzie – Berwin Leighton Paisner – Bird & Bird – Bredin Prat – Browne Jacobson – Capstan Avocats – Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle & Associés – Cazals Manzo Pichot – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton – Clifford Chance – Clyde & Co – CMS – Cornet Vincent Segurel – Cravath, Swaine & Moore

D-J

Davis Polk – Dentons – DLA Piper – Eversheds Sutherland – EY Société d’Avocats – Fidal – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – Fromont-Briens – FTPA – Garrigues – Gide – Hengeler Mueller – Herbert Smith Freehills – Hogan Lovells – Irwin Mitchell – Jones Day

L-Z

Latham & Watkins – Linklaters – Loyens & Loeff – LPA-CGR – Norton Rose Fulbright – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe – Pinsent Masons – PwC Société d’Avocats – Kirkland & Ellis – Racine – Saint Georges Avocats – Shearman & Sterling – Simmons & Simmons – Skadden – Slaughter and May – Squire Patton Boggs – Taj – Taylor Wessing – Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz – White & Case


Clifford Chance Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Clifford Chance | Website | Linkedin

In 1987 Coward Chance and Clifford Turner merged to form the law firm in Europe and in 2000, Clifford Chance undertook an international merger with Germany’s Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster and New York-based Rogers & Wells. The combination of the three firms’ geographic footprint and breadth of expertise created the world’s first global law firm.

Clifford Chance has 3000 lawyers and 6200 colleagues in 25 countries worldwide and was recently recognised as No.1 in the Chambers Global Top 30. Clifford Chance achieved their highest global revenue earning £1390 Million, with an annual growth of 3% in 2016. Clifford Chance saw particularly strong growth in the Americas (13%) and Asia (9%). Clifford Chance has made up 24 lawyers to its partnership around the world – the firm now has a 19% female partnership around the world, up from 15% five years ago. Clifford Chance has been named Global Law Firm of the Year 2017 at the Who’s Who Legal Awards in 2017.

In London, 400,000 square foot of office space in Canary Wharf was sub-let to Deutsche Bank and was a major factor in cost reductions. The ‘Continuous Improvement’ programme, first launched in London in 2013 to help lawyers identify inefficiencies in the way they work saved the firm £7 Million during the last financial year in operational costs. The programme has now expanded to Europe and Asia.

Standout deals for the firm included advising the Anheuser-Busch InBev shareholders on the financing of their bid for SAB Miller, the biggest brewing takeover in history; acting for Poste Italiene on its IPO, the biggest in Europe in 2015 and representing Sainsbury’s on its successful bid for home retail group. Clifford Chance also advised on the sale of Americana, the largest M&A deal in the middle east in 2016.

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Hogan Lovells Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Hogan Lovells | Website | Linkedin

In 1970, Hogan & Hartson became the first major firm devoted exclusively to providing pro bono legal services. At the time of the merger, Lovells was a London-based international law firm with over 300 partners and around 3,150 employees operating from 26 offices in Europe, Asia and the United States. Hogan & Hartson and Lovells announced their agreement to merge on 15 December 2009.

Hogan Lovells’ revenue grew by 6% to £1.53 Billion in 2016 and the firm generated roughly 52% of its turnover in the Americas, with London and Continental Europe making 41% and Asia and the Middle East another 7%. London revenue growth outperformed the firm globally, rising 7% to £282 Million.

Hogan Lovells opened no new offices in 2016, though it moved some back-office operations to Louisville. Globally, revenue per lawyer grew by 2% to £588,106, with Hogan Lovells adding the equivalent of 93 full-time lawyers last year, taking its total lawyer count to 2,609.

Major deals for Hogan Lovells in 2016 included advising SABMiller when Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired it for £85.26bn; advising Dell on the £2.47 Billion sale of its tech services division, and advising Lockheed Martin on a £3.98 Billion plan to spin off and sell an information systems business. The firm also noted several pro bono successes. It worked pro bono on a £19.12 Billion settlement for black Secret Service agents who accused the government of discriminatory hiring practices.

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Jones Day Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Jones Day | Website | LinkedIn

Jones Day was founded as Blandin & Rice in 1893 by two partners in Ohio. In 1986, the international expansion of Jones Day began when the firm merged with boutique law firm Surrey & Morse with international offices in New York, Paris, London and Washington.

Jones Day is recognised as one of the most elite law firms in the world, ranking 1st in the U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2017. Jones Day is a truly global law firm based in the United States and has 2,500 lawyers across 44 locations worldwide and is ranked number one globally in M&A league tables. Jones Day is also a trusted adviser to around half of the Fortune 500 including General Motors, Goldman Sachs and Verizon.

Jones Day’s global M&A Practice advised on these big deals: Reynolds American’s acquisition by British American Tobacco Plc in a deal valued at £49 Billion, Linear Technologies’ £14.8 Billion acquisition by Analog Devices, Parker Hannifin’s £4.3 Billion acquisition of CLARCO and Total’s £3.2 Billion sale of specialty chemical affiliate Atotech to The Carlyle Group.

Jones Day prides itself on its compensation structure. Unlike many of its peer firms, Jones Day does not pay a year-end or mid-year bonus and instead compensates associates entirely with salary. The firm has been thrust into the national spotlight by the most high-profile client in its history – Donald Trump. Jones Day partner Donald McGahn, who was previously a member of the Federal Election Commission, served as counsel for the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign and was later nominated to serve as Trump’s White House Counsel. At least 14 Jones Day attorneys were appointed to work for the Trump administration as of March 2017.

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DLA Piper Best Law Firms in the World 2017 Top 50

DLA Piper | Website | Linkedin

DLA Piper’s origins can be traced back to Thomas Townend Dibb (1807–1875) and Sir Charles Lupton OBE (1855–1935). Following the link with Alsop Wilkinson in 1996, the firm was then known as Dibb Lupton Alsop until around the year 2000, when the name was shortened to DLA. Piper Rudnick was the result of a 1999 merger between the Baltimore-based Piper & Marbury and Chicago-based Rudnick & Wolfe. At the time, the merger was the largest law firm merger in history. In July 2004 UK-based law firm DLA LLP and Baltimore-based law firm Piper Rudnick announced their intention to merge on 1 January 2005.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa. Clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. DLA Piper has been named “Game Changing Law Firm of the Past Ten Years” by the FT Innovative Lawyers awards. For the seventh consecutive year, DLA Piper earned the number one ranking globally for overall deal volume in 2016, per merger market’s league tables for legal advisors. DLA Piper’s international partnership has reported a 4% increase in revenues for the 2015-16 financial year. The firm has also reported a 2.5% profit increase to £159.4 Million, and a 3% profit per equity partner rise to £693,000. For the firm 2015-16 PEP stands at £908,000, up 2% from £890,000.

In April 2013, DLA Piper announced a ground-breaking new three-year partnership with UNICEF, £6.5 Million, aimed at strengthening the protection of children around the world. DLA is currently undergoing a cut of UK support staff, as back-office functions are moved to its shared services centre in Warsaw. The firm is set to cut up to 200 business support jobs in the UK, amounting to up to 18% of its 1,100 UK support staff.

DLA Piper has advised Goldman Sachs Bank USA, HSBC Bank plc and Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited on their financing of Tottenham Hotspur’s new, multi-purpose, 61,500 seat stadium. The financing package consists of a £400,000,000 development term loan and a £25,000,000 revolving credit facility. In the first three months of the year, DLA Piper advised on more completed renewable energy deals than any other firm. The completed transactions included several greenfield solar transactions in Australia, the most significant of which was a 110 MW PV portfolio in New South Wales that closed at US$176 million.

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Allen & Overy Best Law Firms in the World Top 50

Allen & Overy | Website | LinkedIn

A&O opened its doors on a remarkably inauspicious day, January 1, 1930, at the start of what we now know was to be the Great Depression.  Fortunately for A&O, George Allen and Tom Overy came from their previous firm, Roney & Co.—which they left because they were generating a large portion of the billings and receiving a small portion of the compensation—with a number of good clients that would get the firm on its feet. The firm’s first big break came when King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in December 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson. In the early 1960’s Allen & Overy seemed to be humming.  A 1962 book, Anatomy of Britain, identified it as one of the top four firms in the City, the other three being Linklaters & Paines, Slaughter and May, and Freshfields.

During the year A&O advised on 1,500+ deals globally, over 25% more than its closest rival. Allen & Overy has 44 offices worldwide with 5055 people and 523 partners in 31 countries. A&O is the only firm to have advised more than £1 Trillion worth of deals in each of the past five years. GBP revenue for 2016 was up 2/3% from 2015 to  £1.31 Billion.

32,000 hours spent on pro bono and community investment work by A&O lawyers globally A&O contributed £1.59 Million to Amref Health Africa so far. In 2014 Allen & Overy was named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the FT. It is the only firm to have won this three times and to be ranked in the top three of the FT Law 50 since it began in 2006.

Some of the biggest deals by A&O were a Syndicate of 20 lenders on the £75 Billion loan facility for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s bid for SAB Miller plc – the largest commercial loan in the history of the global loan markets. A&O advised the arrangers of Ferrari NV’s £2.5 Billion financing about its demerger from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. A&O advised Coca-Cola Iberian Partners on its £23 Billion three-way merger with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke, to form Coca-Cola European Partners.

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Linklaters Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Linklaters | Website | Linkedin

In 1838 John Linklater entered a partnership with Julius Dots and that is how the history of a leading multinational law firm began. For most of the twentieth century, Linklaters was predominately a domestic British corporate law firm with only a small number of overseas offices. However, after merging with many of Europe’s leading law firms Linklaters opened new offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Rome, Shanghai and many other cities all over the world. In 2005, after Japan enacted laws to allow certain international law firms to open offices in the country, Linklaters created Japan’s first fully merged law firm practising Japanese, English and US law. In 2012, Linklaters entered into an alliance with the top-tier Australian law firm Allens. Thus, now the company works all around the world with its headquarters traditionally in London.

Linklaters employs over 2,000 lawyers across 29 offices in 20 countries. In 2016 Linklaters became the world’s fourth highest-grossing law firm, and the most profitable member of the Magic Circle. In the UK, the firm has top-tier rankings across many practice areas, including corporate/M&A, capital markets, banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, antitrust and tax. In the 2012 Global Elite Brand Index, Linklaters was named the third strongest global law firm brand.

Linklaters describes itself as “A committed firm of globally minded lawyers”. Its goal is to stay entirely focused on its clients. That’s why Linklaters has already won UK-India Awards, Legal 500 UK Awards and the IFLR Asia Awards in 2017. Linklaters has fielded a multi-jurisdictional team to advise L’Oréal, the world’s leading beauty company, on the £877 Million exclusive negotiations about the sale of The Body Shop to Brazilian cosmetic company, Natura Cosméticos SA.

It always pays to have a real political view on the events that happen all over the world. To celebrate LGB&T Pride month, Linklaters has, for the first time, changed the lighting scheme of its London office to rainbow colours. The reception area will be lit with the Pride rainbow for the duration of June. As they say “We are passionate about creating an environment in which our LGB&T colleagues around the world can bring their whole selves to work and where every employee is valued for their talent”. Linklaters has also been recognised for its leadership on workspace gender equality through being named in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

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Dentons Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Dentons | Website | Linkedin

The main feature of Dentons is the fact that it has no headquarters, though it is a multinational law firm. It is the world’s largest law firm measured by number of lawyers, and the world’s 6th-largest measured by 2015-2016 revenues. It was founded in March 2013 by the merger of SNR Denton, Fraser Milner Casgrain and Salans. Dentons subsequently merged with the Chinese law firm Dacheng in 2015. Dentons is ranked as one of the world’s top 20 Global Elite law firms by a survey of in-house counsel around the world. Dentons’ main practice areas include: Capital Markets, Intellectual Property, International Trade and many others.

Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons has more than 136 offices across more than 50 countries, with approximately 7,700 lawyers. The firm’s main offices are primarily based in Beijing, London and Washington D.C. In December 2016, Dentons launched in Australia and Papua New Guinea by combining with the Australian law firm Gadens.

Dentons’ global turnover for 2015 has increased by 66.2 per cent to £1.523 Billion. The £8.7 Million increase in turnover at the LLP, which covers a spread of offices including London, Milton Keynes, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Tashkent, was led by a strong performance in the banking, TMT and real estate practices in the UK while Middle East offices saw a double-digit growth rate. The LLP’s net profit of £34 Million resulted in a profit per equity partner of £502,000 – a 23% increase on 2013/14.

As for the recent news, Dentons has advised the shareholders of German automotive supplier MT Technologies GmbH on the sale of 100 percent of their shares. The majority of shares, 94.9 percent, were sold to AC Industrial Technology Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Singapore. In addition, London-Dentons’ UK-based lawyer Naomi Pryde has been named as one of the top 100 Rising Stars in the ‘We Are The City Awards 2017’. Naomi is one of just five legal professionals to make the list in this year’s awards.

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CMS Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

CMS | Website | Linkedin

CMS has over 1000 partners and 70 offices across Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia. The company is present in 39 countries and 64 cities. CMS is one of the ten largest law firms in the world. On 20 June 2017 CMS announced its revenue of nearly $1 Billion for 2016, which is a year-on-year growth of 4.1%. Also, 48 new partners were added in global promotions round. Cornelius Brandi, Executive Chairman of CMS, commented, “In 2016, we saw several global developments that are set to shape the upcoming years: the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the presidential election in the United States and accelerated technological progress, to name just a few. With our focus on client relations, international reach and the quality of our growing team, we remain well positioned to deliver further benefits to all our clients in 2017.”

CMS is acknowledged by the Legal 500 directory as the number 1 UK law firm for the hotel industry since 2004. On 14th January 2016 – The CMS International Private Equity team, together with CMS teams in Slovenia, Serbia and other jurisdictions, advised Polish private equity fund Innova Capital on the acquisition of the Slovenian Trimo Group, a leading European provider of complete solutions for building envelopes and steel facade systems.

‘Your World First’ is the strategy that makes CMS one of the best law firms in the world. All CMS lawyers, both those they recruit and those they train in-house, are focused on providing quality advice and quality service. CMS recruit value and nurture top talent and through regular, independent evaluations, they identify opportunities to make improvements in their service and feed this back to their lawyers.

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Browne Jacobson Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Browne Jacobson | Website | Linkedin

Browne Jacobson was founded in 1832. It is a national law firm in the UK with offices in Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham. It offers services across a number of key sectors: public, health, insurance, brands, retail, technology, education, financial services and international. It has over 820 employees, with over 440 lawyers of which 109 are partners. The firm works with regional, national and international clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

For 2015-16, the firm announced a record turnover of £64.3 Million, which is a 9% increase in work. In 2017 the firm has already been awarded many times in different nominations. As they say “We believe in being judged by what our people have achieved and not what we say”, that’s why they have been awarded at the Manchester Legal Awards, Birmingham Law Society Awards and Solicitors Journal Awards 2017 to name just a few.

“Browne Jacobson has an impressive and extremely well-connected international network of associate law firms, which has been key when we have had multi-jurisdictional matters”. This is a quote from Chamber’s article in 2015. As for the recent news, two lawyers from national law firm Browne Jacobson have been ranked as leading patent professionals in the sixth edition of IAM Patent 1000 – 2017, a guide to the world’s leading patent professionals and firms.

Browne Jacobson has advised Baxi Heating on its acquisition of Packaged Plant Solutions (PPS) for an undisclosed consideration. Browne Jacobson’s award winning corporate finance team has successfully advised on the secondary buyout of Addo Food Group backed by leading mid-market private equity investor LDC and Fullbrook Thorpe Investments LLP.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | Website | Linkedin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was formed in 2000 by a three-way merger between Freshfields (UK), Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund (Germany) and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber (Germany and Austria). This unprecedented merger of equals brought together more than 270 years of experience, dating back to 1743 in the UK and 1840 in Germany. The headquarter of the company is in London. It is a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. Freshfields is the oldest firm within the Magic Circle and is reported to be the oldest international law firm in the world. Nowadays it advises the Bank of England.

Freshfields is the top ranked law firm in European, UK and Asia-Pacific M&A. As for 2015, it is the only magic circle firm to feature in the top five law firms in the world by deal value and is the highest ranked law firm by value in European M&A. In Thomson Reuters’ UK M&A charts for 2014, Freshfields closed 91 transactions worth over £90 Billion, over 50% more by value than the second-ranked law firm. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reported a 6.6% increase in revenue to £1.327 Billion for the last financial year as profit also grew 7.5%.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has announced that the firm is advising Alitalia on its’ US restructuring. The Italian airline sought Chapter 15 protection in US Bankruptcy Court in New York on June 13, 2017. Freshfields has won ‘Capital Markets Team of the Year’ at the Financial News Legal Services Awards Europe 2017. The awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the achievements of law firms, teams and individual lawyers working in financial markets.

Freshfields has represented German energy company E.ON in its complaint against the nuclear fuel tax law before the German Federal Constitutional Court. The judges agreed with the firm’s argument that the German parliament did not have the requisite power to introduce the tax and declared it unconstitutional. This is the first time a tax law has been retroactively rendered null and void due to a lack of legislative competence.

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Irwin Mitchell Best Law Firms in the World UpSlide Top 50

Irwin Mitchell | Website | Linkedin

The firm was founded in 1912 by Walter Irwin Mitchell. With a concentration on criminal law, he aimed to provide the highest quality legal services to the general public from his small legal practice in Sheffield. In 2012, Irwin Mitchell became one of the first companies to be approved as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), allowing it to plan for growth and take advantage of the opportunities created by the changing legal landscape.

Irwin Mitchell is a firm of solicitors in the United Kingdom, established in Sheffield in 1912. Since the merger with Thomas Eggar in 2015, the firm now has 16 offices across 15 British cities. The firm has more than 180 partners, 900 associates, consultants, senior advisors and other fee-earners, employing over 2,100 people in total. The company was ranked the 17th largest UK-based law firm in terms of worldwide revenue in the 2014/2015 year with a turnover of £210.6 Million.

Leading law firm Irwin Mitchell has advised on a multi-million-pound fundraising for AIM-quoted SME software company K3 Business Technology Group plc. The Manchester-based firm revealed its plans earlier this month for a £7.5 Million share placing through finnCap with institutional investors and a £1 Million open offer to shareholders. The fundraising was announced on 12 June and is conditional on shareholders’ approval at a general meeting on 4 July.

Irwin Mitchell always replies to the changes in the legal sphere that occur every single day, that’s why Leeds-based commercial solicitor Claire Stockill at law firm Irwin Mitchell has been invited to speak at a prestigious marketing conference which takes place later this month in Barcelona. Claire will address an audience, which will include senior decision-makers from companies including Ralph Lauren, Amazon, Deliveroo and Chelsea Football Club, to explain what the forthcoming new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will mean for the way they use email to market to their customers in the future.

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Bird & Bird | Website | Linkedin

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners in 28 offices worldwide. Well known for its intellectual property work, in recent years the firm has undertaken expansion in many areas of commercial law, across selected industry sectors. These sectors include automotive, aviation and aerospace defence and security, financial services, technology and communications, energy & utilities, retail & consumer, life sciences & healthcare, media, entertainment and sport. Fifteen years ago Bird & Bird had an office in London with small offices in Brussels and Hong Kong. After a period of rapid international expansion, today it has 28 offices across 19 countries. Of the firm’s 28 offices, 21 were launched since 2000 and well over half of the firm’s partners are based outside the UK.

The firm reported revenue of approximately £300 Million in 2015-16, up 5.7% from the previous year. Bird & Bird collected four awards at the Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2017, held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London. The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in the legal profession, as well as those law firms which set the standard for supportive female working practices across Europe.

Bird & Bird has advised the management team of Nordic online travel agent, Etraveli, in relation to the recent acquisition of the company by private equity investor CVC Capital Partners. The deal was made public on 20 June. In addition, Bird & Bird has yet again secured a great set of results in the latest edition of the IAM Patent 1000 guide to patent practice. In addition to 14 jurisdictional rankings, which is 1 up on last year with the new addition of Australia, the team also received a prestigious international ranking and an outstanding 38 individual lawyer recognitions, making Bird & Bird the most ranked firm in the guide.

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Taylor Wessing | Website | Linkedin

Taylor Wessing LLP is a global law firm with 33 offices internationally. The Firm has around 400 partners and 1200 lawyers worldwide. The company was formed as a result of a merger of the British law firm Taylor Joynson Garrett and the German law firm Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler, retaining the first name of each. In 2002 Taylor and Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler merged to become Taylor Wessing.

In March 2012 RHT Law in Singapore formally joined Taylor Wessing (RHTLaw Taylor Wessing) and in May 2012 Austrian firm e|n|w|c merged adding a further eight offices over six new jurisdictions. The firm has been using the name “Taylor” for over 230 years. In 2013 the firm was named Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. An office in Jakarta was also established through a co-operation agreement with Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners, one of Indonesia’s leading firms.

Taylor Wessing has posted a 4.4% increase in UK revenue to £126.6 Million in 2015-16 and a slight increase in profit per equity partner (PEP) from £767,000 to £770,000. As for the recent news, International law firms Taylor Wessing and Latham & Watkins have advised Farfetch, the online community of the world’s best fashion boutiques and global brands, on the company’s strategic partnership with e-commerce giant JD.com. This deal will create a premiere platform for luxury e-commerce across China and provide a gateway to a £62 Billion market.

International law firm Taylor Wessing has advised mobile marketing firm MOBKOI on its acquisition by You & Mr Jones, the global ‘brandtech’ group, which has taken a majority stake in the company for an undisclosed sum. Taylor Wessing is a great and successful company and, as they say: “Our priority remains to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the next decade. Investment in our people is central to our strategy and ongoing success. Ultimately, it’s a connection with great people that our clients care about. But we also need to be in their markets, delivering an efficient service, so strengthening our international capability and investing in technology remain at the heart of our strategy too.”

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Norton Rose Fulbright | Website | Linkedin

Norton Rose Fulbright is an international law firm, with more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in 58 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. It was formed by the merger of UK-based Norton Rose and US-based Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013. Norton Rose Fulbright achieved a top five ranking in Acritas’ Sharplegal 2015 Global Elite Brand Index. February 21, 2017, Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke agreed to merge into a combined firm known as Norton Rose Fulbright, with about 4,000 lawyers and annual revenue around £2 Billion.

Norton Rose Fulbright is the global legal advisor to the McLaren Group and a corporate partner of the McLaren Honda Formula 1 team. Norton Rose Fulbright has posted global revenues of £1.16 Billion for the 2015-16 financial year. The figure is 3% down on the total of £1.12 Billion reported last year. However, in a statement, the firm said its figures are “very susceptible” to currency exchange moves and that if like-for-like exchange rates were used, this year’s performance would represent a 4.6% increase.

In 2014, the firm launched an office in Rio de Janeiro, its 55th office worldwide. More recently, it began bolstering its headcount in the US, hiring a 17-lawyer public finance team from Sidley Austin in June. The move saw it open in California for the first time. Norton Rose Fulbright has announced pay increases for junior lawyers. Newly qualified (NQ) lawyers at Norton Rose will now receive £75,000, up 4% on last year’s figure of £72,000.The new rate brings the firm in line with Macfarlanes and Travers Smith, both of which have also boosted NQ pay to £75,000 for 2017-18. First-yearas trainees at Norton Rose will now be paid £44,000, up 5% from £42,000, while second years will be paid £48,000, up 2% from £47,000.

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has successfully advised Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) in defending a landmark appeal by Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Egyptian National Gas Holding Company (EGAS). Besides, it has advised on numerous ECM deals where funds raised exceeded £1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2017 in the London market.

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Herbert Smith Freehills | Website | Linkedin

Herbert Smith Freehills is an international law firm co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. It was formed on the 1st October 2012 by a merger between the United Kingdom-based Herbert Smith, a member of the “Silver Circle” of leading UK law firms, and Freehills, one of the “Big Six” law firms in Australia. Globally pre-eminent in litigation and an international leader in corporate and finance, Herbert Smith Freehills consistently ranks as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. In the 2016 Global Elite Brand Index for law firms, Herbert Smith Freehills was named equal 12th. In 2013-2015, BRW named the firm as Australia’s best professional services firm with revenue over £150 Million.

In 2015, Herbert Smith Freehills overtook Slaughter and May to become the law firm with the most FTSE 100 clients, representing 39 of the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalization. According to a report by The Lawyer in 2016, the firm is the most popular adviser to FTSE 100 companies on High Court or Court of Appeal cases in the United Kingdom.

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has announced a 7% increase in revenue for 2015-16 and a 5% rise in profit per equity partner (PEP).The results take the firm’s turnover to £870 Million, up from £815 Million, while PEP has increased to £840,000, up from £801,000 in 2014-15.

The firm has reported all of its results on a currency-neutral basis for the third year running, so it is likely that the actual rise in both PEP and revenue will be slightly smaller than stated. According to LLP accounts filed with Companies House, HSF posted a small decline in revenue for the 2014-15 financial year, from £796.9 Million to £793.4 Million – a dip of 0.4%. However, on a currency-neutral basis, the results reflect the third year of growth.

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Squire Patton Boggs | Website | Linkedin

Squire Patton Boggs is an international law firm with 46 offices in 21 countries. It was formed in 2014 by the merger of multinational law firm Squire Sanders with Washington, D.C. based Patton Boggs. It is one of the 30 largest law firms in the world by total headcount and gross revenue, twelfth largest firm in the UK by revenue, and one of the top 10 by the number of countries occupied. It is also one of the largest US-headquartered law firms in Asia. Its largest offices are in Washington, London and Cleveland, each having more than 100 lawyers.

Squire Patton Boggs is currently the third-largest lobbying firm in the U.S. after Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. The lobbying arm, long managed by Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., is currently managed by former United States Senators John Breaux and Trent Lott.

Squire Patton Boggs edged total revenues closer to the £1 Billion mark and posted average partner profits of nearly £1 Million in 2016, in what Steve Mahon, the firm’s global managing partner, called its “best year ever”. The firm’s Corporate team in Leeds won “Legal Team of the Year” at the 2017 Yorkshire Rainmaker Awards. This is the second consecutive year that the team has won this award. Organised by “The Business Desk”, the annual awards for the corporate finance community were announced at a dinner at the Queens Hotel in Leeds. In addition to winning Legal Team of the Year, the firm also won “International Deal of the Year” for advising Vp on its acquisition of Australian firm TR Pty.

Squire Patton Boggs has advised Clipper Logistics plc, a leading provider of value-added logistics solutions and e-fulfilment to the retail sector, on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Tesam Distribution Ltd for a consideration of £11.75 Million. Tesam is a provider of a variety of warehousing and distribution services to the retail sector. The business, which operates from three sites in and around Peterborough, totalling more than £1.1 Million square feet of space, was established in 1984 and employs 250 people.The Squire Patton Boggs team advising Clipper Logistics was led by Leeds Corporate partner Adam Hastings, assisted by Mae Salem (Corporate), Peter Morley and Emma Perez (Tax Strategy & Benefits), Ian Hartley (Real Estate) and Louise Martin (Labour & Employment).

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Ashurst | Website | Linkedin

Ashurst LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom and a member of the ‘Silver Circle’ of leading UK law firms. Ashurst is the UK’s 11th largest law firm by revenue, according to the latest Legal 100 table by Legal Business. It has 28 offices in 16 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America and employs around 1,700 legal advisers. Its principal business focus is mergers and acquisitions, corporate and structured finance. The firm has also practised in other areas including investment funds, antitrust, energy, transport and infrastructure, intellectual property, IT, dispute resolution, financial services, tax, real estate, regulatory, telecommunication and employment.

Ashurst has posted falling revenue and profit per equity partner (PEP) for the second year running, with PEP falling to an 11-year low. The firm’s turnover has dropped by 10% to £505 Million in 2015-16, down from £561 Million last year. PEP has plunged further still, with partners to take home an average of £603,000, 19% down from last year’s figure of £747,000.

Ashurst has retained 95% of its 20-strong second-year trainee cohort, with 19 of those in London accepting permanent newly-qualified (NQ) solicitor contracts at the firm. All offers the firm made were accepted by the candidates, with 13 heading to NQ positions in the firm’s corporate division, while three moving to roles in finance and the disputes practice.

Ashurst is advising Berendsen plc, the FTSE 250 textile, hygiene and safety solutions business on its recommended £2.17 billion acquisition by Elis SA, a French public company with operations in Europe and Latin America. The transaction is being structured as a scheme of arrangement and Berendsen shareholders would, on completion, receive a mixture of cash and Elis shares.

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Clyde & Co | Website | Linkedin

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on five core sectors: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure and transport. The firm employs 1,400 lawyers in 48 offices in every global region, including Latin America, Africa, Europe, the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the UK. In 2016, Clyde & Co was the 60th largest law firm in the world with revenues of over $683 million. Clyde & Co was named Law Firm of the Year 2016 by the British legal publication The Lawyer, and Transatlantic Law Firm of the Year in 2017 by leading legal sectors publications The American Lawyer and Legal Week.

Clyde & Co has posted an impressive 13% increase in turnover, topping last year’s 9% revenue boost amid a year of slow growth for many LB100 firms. Turnover was up to £447.3 Million on last year’s £395 Million while profit per equity partner (PEP) climbed to £665,000 from £600,000. The firm has expanded over the past 12 months boosting its headcount to 3300 globally across 45 offices. Alongside its merger with six office Scottish firm Simpson & Marwick in September of last year, the firm has also acquired a 30 lawyer team from Sydney based Lee & Lyons.

The firm continues to expand as Clyde & Co gears up to open the doors to its new Miami office in July with the acquisition of five partners strong, 40 lawyer litigation firm Thornton Davis Fein. The team will be joined by Clyde & Co partner Ricardo Lewandowski who will relocate to the new office from London to launch a Latin American service in Miami.

Clyde & Co has released its 2017 Middle-East Deal Study, which shows that, while the number of deals has remained consistent, deal values have dropped. The third edition of this annual report, which is the only one of its kind in the region, observes trends and developments in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and joint ventures (JV) market by analysing data from 78 corporate transactions on which Clyde & Co worked during the past 18 months in the Middle East and compares this to previous years’ data.

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Eversheds Sutherland | Website | Linkedin

Eversheds Sutherland LLP is a global multinational law firm headquartered in London. It is one of the 50 largest law firms in the world. Eversheds was originally established in 1988 by a four-way merger between Manchester-based Alexander Tatham & Co, Sheffield-based Broomheads & Neals, Norwich-based Daynes Hill & Perks and Birmingham-based Evershed & Tomkinson.

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Eversheds was in late-stage merger talks with the U.S. firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The merger created the 39th largest firm by revenue globally and pushed Eversheds into the top 10 law firms in the UK. On June 1, 2017, Eversheds Sutherland and Harry Elias Partnership (HEP) merged to become Eversheds Harry Elias in Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.

Eversheds has reported revenue growth of 7% to £405.5 Million for 2015/16. The increase follows a year of flat turnover for the firm after last year it posted £380.7 Million in revenue; up less than 1%.This firm’s 2015/16 results include the integration of its German arm into Eversheds’ LLP, adding approximately £20 Million to the firm’s topline. The firm reported profit per equity partner (PEP) of £742,000, which is essentially flat from the year prior, off profits at £87.5 Million.

In recent months the firm won spots on panels including that of US car rental giant Avis and French defence multinational Safran. In its latest promotions round, Eversheds made up 26 partners globally, including four in its London office. Recent deals for the firm include advising on the sale of £150 Million worth of shares of Secure Trust Bank by investment firm Stifel. Fellow mid-tier firms have seen slower growth this year compared with 2014/15. Addleshaw Goddard reported it had passed the £200 Million mark with revenues up 5% to £201.8 Million this year. Meanwhile, Pinsent Masons also saw more subdued growth compared to the previous year, reporting revenue up 5% to £382.3 Million and PEP up 2% to £550,000.

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Pinsent Masons | Website | Linkedin

Pinsent Masons LLP is an international law firm which specialises in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. The firm ranks among the top hundred law firms in the world by turnover. Pinsent Masons LLP has over 400 partners, a total legal team of around 1,800 people and more than 2,500 staff. More than 500 of the firm’s staff are based in its international headquarters in the City of London.

Pinsent Masons were named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in 2016 by respected industry magazine Legal Business and ‘Law Firm of the Year’ 2016 at the Legal Week British Legal Awards. In 2015 it was named ‘The Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe’ by the Financial Times. The firm has 22 offices across Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Pinsent Masons, is seeing increased benefits from its 2012 McGrigors merger and its growing international offering, is the latest law firm to reveal a strong performance for the 2014/15 financial year with profits per equity partner (PEP) growing by a third and double-digit revenue growth. The firm improved its profitability with turnover up 12% from £323 Million to £362 Million but PEP soaring 33% from £403,000 to £538,000. Pinsents’ managing partner John Cleland, who took over the role on 1 May, told Legal Business the results were a return on the strategic investments the firm had made over the last few years, including its merger with Scottish law firm McGrigors.

International law firm Pinsent Masons are advising IP Group plc on its launch of IP2IPO Australia and a proposed capital raise of up to £266.6 Million. The deal, which will see the FTSE 250 IP commercialisation company work alongside nine leading Australian and New Zealand research universities. Pinsent Masons are also advising IP Group on a potential £1.3 billion combination with AIM quoted Touchstone Innovations. A merger with the UK company, which invests in pioneering technology companies and licensing opportunities in and around London, Oxford and Cambridge, would see IP Group substantially diversify its global portfolio.

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Simmons & Simmons | Website | Linkedin

Founded in 1896 in London, Simmons & Simmons has become a truly international law firm. As early as in 1962, Simmons & Simmons was the first law firm from the City of London to venture to Brussels, establishing an office in 1962. Today, Simmons & Simmons has an extensive network of international offices that employ half of its around 1200 lawyers and that spreads around Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Simmons & Simmons’s vision is to be a leading global law firm in each of its sector focuses, which include notably asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences and technology and media and telecommunications. The firm is particularly well recognized for its works in hedge funds, being acknowledged as a tier 1 firm in the sector by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In 2017, it was awarded the HFM European Hedge Fund Services Award for best client service and the AsianInvestor Asset Management Award as Best law firm for Asset Management.

In the context of the UK decision to leave the European Union, Simmons & Simmons has developed a specific expertise, launching a site offering information regarding the legal implications of Brexit and its key issues for the transition of businesses. Construction & Engineering has also emerged as an important area of competence. In July 2017, the firm launched their Africa Mining Database directed at investors and financiers. The firm is also known for its role as supporter of emerging artists, having collected modern and contemporary art for more than 30 years.

Simmons & Simmons client list includes top investment banks and financial conglomerates, more than half of the top 60 European hedge fund managers and 13 out of the 20 US hedge funds managers, as well as many FTSE100 and Fortune Global 500 companies. The firm was recently celebrated for its project finance deal, Solar Storm, by IFLR Europe who named it the 2017 Project Finance Deal of the Year for its degree of innovation. Other standout deals for the firm include the Lynx Resources debt raise, a 2,400MW/130MIGD independent water and power project in Qatar for Mitsubishi and TEPCO, and a USD 2 Billion Broadcast Deal on behalf of Perform Group’s internet TV service, DAZN.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner | Website | Linkedin

London law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner was founded in 2001 after the merger of generalist law firm Paisner & Co and Berwin Leighton, specialized in litigation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and tax. As one of the fastest growing top-20 UK law firms, the firm has been ranked as one of the top ten law firms for innovation in Europe by the Financial Times. Its 800 partners, consultants and lawyers are present in 14 international offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Since 2004, Berwin Leighton Paisner has been recognized 8 times as Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, The Lawyer Awards, and the International Law Office Client Choice Awards. In 2015, the Financial Times named Berwin Leighton Paisner one of the top five “legal game changer of the last decade”. Most recently, the firm has been ranked one of the best performing law firms for social mobility by the Social Mobility Employer Index. Berwin Leighton Paisner is also known for its vision in matters of diversity and inclusivity, having been acknowledged in 2017 by the Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s diverse client base contains over 50 Global Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, over half of the world’s top 20 banks, prominent public sector bodies and private clients. Prominent clients include Tesco, Standard Chartered, National Grid, Land Securities, Blackstone, Balfour Beatty, Allianz, ITV, Goldman Sachs, AIG, The Financial Times and Lloyds Banking Group.

Berwin Leighton Paisner acts in over 70 different legal disciplines. The firm’s predominant areas of work include real estate and infrastructure, financial institutions, energy and natural resources, telecommunications and media and technology. Recently Berwin Leighton Paisner has acted for PPHE Hotel Group on the sale and leaseback of the Park Plaza London Waterloo, assisted managed services provider Streamwire on the purchase of market rival EACS, and advised Bank 11 on a €450 million vehicle securitisation.

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Slaughter and May | Website | Linkedin

Founded in 1889 in London, the firm is a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. Slaughter & May counts today 115 partners and around 1170 employees, providing advice in 24 practice areas and 18 industry sectors. In 1974 the firm opened an office in Hong Kong. More recently, Slaughter & May established offices in Brussels (2007) and Beijing (2009). The firm is known as one of the most profitable law firms in the world.

The firm’s main practice areas are Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Tax, Competition and Regulatory, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Intellectual Property and Information Technology. Slaughter & May represents more London Stock Market clients, FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies than any other London law firm, as the Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide of 2017 shows.

The firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice group was honoured in 2016, being awarded the FT Innovative Lawyers Award. The same year, the Competition and Restructuring practice was in turn recognized as the Team of the Year by the Lawyers Awards, while the firm’s Tax practice earned the title of UK Tax Firm of the Year. Notable deals include the Softbank Group’s USD 31 billion purchase of ARM Holdings, for which Slaughter & May won the Japan Law Award 2017 for M&A Deal of the Year for North Asia, while the firms takeover of BG Group on behalf of Shell was named Deal of the Year by the Financial News Awards for Excellence in 2016

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EY Société d’Avocats | Website | Linkedin

EY Société d’Avocats is a member of the Ernst & Young Global Limited network and was registered at the Hauts-de-Seine Bar. With more than 500 lawyers and tax specialists in 13 offices in France, the firm focuses its expertise on tax law, social law, business law and the management of international mobility. It has an international network in more than 110 countries.

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Arsene Taxand Best Law Firms in the World

Arsene Taxand | Website | Linkedin

Arsene Taxand was founded in 2004 by Frédéric Donnedieu de Vabres et Olivier Vergniolle as the first French business law firm that chose to specialize exclusively in tax law, in order to offer their clients a unique tax expertise with an international approach. This specialization allows the firm to be on top of developments in matters of tax law and to offer innovative solutions to its clients. Thanks to its reputation as experts the firm competes today with most bigger firms.

The firm has experienced rapid growth since 2004, it has today 20 partners and more than 76 tax associates. The firm’s success is closely tied to the Taxand network, created only 18 months after the firm itself. It forms a partnership among 400 tax partners and over 2000 tax advisors in 40 countries, allowing Arsene Taxand to respond to its client’s international needs with ease.

The firm’s know-how and practice groups include corporate tax management, M&A and private equity, real estate, transfer pricing, customs and duties, litigation and tax investigation, local and indirect taxes. The firm has also developed strong competences in environmental issues.

Notable deals of the renowned boutique firm include the acquisition of Montefiore on behalf of Isabel Marant and its main shareholders, the sale of Infopro Digital for Apax Partners and Bridgepoint, as well as the sale of client Casino’s Big C activities in Vietnam.

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Fidal | Website | Linkedin

Created in 1922, the firm now has more than 1400 lawyers and partnerships in 150 countries. Fidal is the biggest business law firm in France and the second biggest in continental Europe, both in matters of size and revenue, having earned €332,8 million in 2016.

Due to its size, Fidal advises an impressive number of 80 000 companies and business leaders. Thanks to their expertise, Fidal succeeds in assisting not only international groups but also mid-sized companies. This flexibility is achieved particularly through its strategy of offering proximity services. To this end, the firm is divided into 12 regional directorates that supervise 90 offices all over France.

Fidal offers its client both legal counsel and litigation services. In accordance with its mission to offer its services to a broad spectrum of clients, Fidal has created in 2017 a mobile application dedicated to legal and tax news, which completely adapts to the needs of each individual client. In June 2017, the firm was awarded the Opéra Award for this innovative new form of communicating with clients. This is not the first time Fidal has been recognized for its innovation. In 2013, Fidal received the prestigious Opéra Award for its innovative use of social media. Communication being one of the main means of interacting with clients and potential clients, Fidal also has a blog dedicated to new issues in law, that are analyzed and then presented in a way that is understandable to the wide public.

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Fromont-Briens | Website | Linkedin

Fromont Briens was created in 1993. The firm which to date has 180 lawyers in two offices, in Paris and in Lyon, specializes in employment and labour law, dedicating specific practice groups to issues of company retirement, AD&D, long term disability, employee savings and stock option schemes and URSSAF assessments and adjustments. In 2013, the firm’s revenue already exceeded 30 million euros.

In 2016, Fromont Briens won the prestigious award Lauréat du Palmarès for the fourth time for its Paris office and for the second time for its Lyon office, being recognized in both instances as best employment law firm. It is also recurrently recognized as the leading firm in Chambers Global and Legal 500.

The firm seeks to offer quality service through rigorous technical know-how and a creative culture.  Its strategy is threefold and consists in growth through internal advancement of lawyers to partnership, assuring extensive firm knowledge management, and participation of its lawyers in doctrinal developments, through the frequent publication of articles.

Fromont Briens’ client base consists of both middle-sized companies and big French groups. The firm is also capable of tackling international questions with ease, as it became a member of the global employment and labour law network Littler Global in 2016. Littler Global was created by the American law firm Littler Mendelson PC and connects more than 1300 attorneys in 75 offices. The network’s mission is to allow its lawyers to offer the same level of quality advice throughout every jurisdiction.

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LPA-CGR best Law Firms in the World

LPA-CGR | Website | Linkedin

The French business law firm LPA-CGR was founded in 2016 from the merger of a big French full-service firm, Lefèvre Pelletier & associés and CGR Legal, a boutique firm specialized in renewable energies. After its merger, the firm has 160 lawyers and 40 partners, and a combined revenue of more than 44 million euros.

Having a profoundly international reach, the firm has offices in Europe (Munich), Asia (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Dubai) and Africa (Casablanca, Douala). It offers advice to its clients in all legal areas, with particular expertise in matters of environmental law. Most recently, the firm grew its M&A and finance team and created a Japan desk at its Paris office.

The young firm seeks to innovate both in its strategy as a law firm and the advice it offers to its clients, under the concept of Smart Law. The Smart Law concept followed by LPA-CGR seeks to develop three aspects. First, to enhance collaboration between specialist lawyers in order to provide a global and strategic vision for the client’s long-term goals. Second, to support innovation and creativity so as to adapt for future evolutions in the law. Third, to improve the agility of its lawyers, which should constantly seek to find new solutions and be on top of technical evolutions.

In 2017, LPA-CGR has been ranked at the top of French environmental law and litigation forms by Chambers Europe and Legal 500. It was also awarded the prize for best firm in Environmental law by the Trophées du Droit organized by Leaders League.

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24. Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle & Associés Best Law Legal Firms in the World

Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle & Associés | Website | Linkedin

Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle was founded in 1986 by three partners, Jean-Huges Carbonnier, Edouard de Lamaze and Michel Rasle, and regroups under the same umbrella several law firms which combined offer the necessary expertise to function as an all service firm for companies, financial institutions, investment funds, regional governments and company directors. The group works as an integrated firm, but with the benefit of its different structures and resources.

Around 80 lawyers work under the Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle brand, mainly in Paris. The group is also present in Lyon and Lille, and internationally in Belgium (Brussels) and Algeria (Alger). Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle is also a member of an international alliance of law firms Marcalliance. Founding partner Edouard de Lamaze sits at the board of the international alliance that comprises 14 members in 13 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Originally, the firm’s practice concentrated on three main areas: public and environmental law, intellectual property law and litigation in matters of finance and real estate. It has since evolved to a full service firm with a balanced practice between litigation and pre-litigation work.

In 2017, Carbonnier Lamaze Rasle was ranked by Legal 500 EMEA in Administrative and Public Law, Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation, and Media and Entertainment. Notable deals include the firm’s representation of pharmaceutical company Innothera in its purchase of capital shareholding in a company specialized in intelligent medical equipment.

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Cornet Vincent Ségurel Best Legal Law Firms in the World

Cornet Vincent Segurel | Website | Linkedin

Cornet’s founding firm, Ségurel, was created in 1972 in Nantes as a litigation and transaction firm that soon after its creation opened offices in Paris, in 1984. Through a partnership in 1992 and a merger in 2003, the firm became today’s Cornet Vincent Ségurel in 2003. Besides its implementation in Paris and Nantes, it also established offices in Rennes, in 2010, Lille, in 2012, and Bordeaux, in 2016. Most recently, in 2017, Cornet Vincent Ségurel created an office in Lyon, bringing its number of lawyers up to 160 in its 6 offices. In 2016, Cornet Vincent Ségurel’s revenue was about 26 million euros.

The all-service firm seeks to offer its clients advice both in their daily management and at complex operations. While the firm will determine one lawyer to accompany the client in all matters, the issues themselves are handled by a flexible and responsive team of different specialists, with the purpose of offering a transversal expertise across different practice groups and sectors. Their expertise in most of their practice areas is frequently recognized by French and international reference guides.

Cornet Vincent Ségurel’s client base is diverse. The firm supports industrial and services company groups, middle size companies, financial institutions, investment funds, public authorities, associations, foundations and, for some private clients their most important issues. Due to Cornet Vincent Ségurel’s transversal expertise, they are able to advise clients that come from a wide range of sectors (banking and financial services, real estate, retail, agricultural and cooperatives, automobiles, digital economy / new technologies, transport, and tourism).

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Hengeler Mueller | Website | Linkedin

Hengeler Mueller is a German law firm of about 240 lawyers, 86 of whom are partners. The firm maintains offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Brussels, London and Shanghai. The firm was created in 1990 when Hengeler Kurth Wirtz (founded 1901 in Düsseldorf) and Mueller Weitzel Weisner (founded 1947 in Frankfurt) merged. It has been recognised in the top tier of firms in the fields of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, finance, private equity and structured finance, particularly in synthetic securitization. The firm maintains strong ties with Slaughter and May (United Kingdom), Bonelli Erede Pappalardo (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (the Netherlands) and Uría Menéndez (Spain). The firm’s revenues were € 218 million in 2016.

Hengeler Mueller’s first ever public takeover bid in Germany, was advising Texaco on the acquisition of Deutsche Erdöl-Aktiengesellschaft in 1966. They also represented Deutsche Telekom in its €5.5 billion disposal of cable regions to US-based Liberty Media. Issuer counsel along with Slaughter & May to €7 billion initial public offering of Siemens’s car parts division. Represented Deutsche Bank against a €2 billion damages claim by Kirch Group.

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Loyens & Loeff | Website | Linkedin

Loyens & Loeff was created in 2000 through a merger between the tax law firm Loyens & Volkmaars and part of the law firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke.

Loyens & Loeff N.V. (L&L) is a prominent law firm headquartered in Rotterdam. It has offices in the Benelux and Switzerland, as well as in major international financial centres. The firm has about 1.400 employees, including more than 800 legal and tax lawyers. The firm’s practice areas include administrative law, banking and finance, competition, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, employment, taxation, arbitration, and intellectual property.

Its clientele include Dice Holdings, Inc., GMAC Financial Services, Super de Boer N.V., Corio, General Atlantic LLC, and Dresdner VPV N.V. Loyens & Loeff N.V. was founded in 2000 and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands with additional offices in Geneva, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Frankfurt, Germany; New York, New York; and Brussels, Belgium.

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Garrigues | Website | Linkedin

In 1941, two brothers, Joaquín and Antonio Garrigues Díaz-Cañabate, founded J&A Garrigues. During the second half of the 20th century, J&A Garrigues played an active role in Spanish legal life and played host to reforms to the country’s legislation, particularly during the transition to democracy, placing the firm in an ideal position to dominate the legal services market. In 1997 it merged with Arthur Andersen and became Garrigues & Andersen. In March 2002, with the disappearance of the Andersen Worldwide network, the firm became independent, and today it operates under the name of Garrigues. In 1991 the company set up the Portuguese Legal Group, along with other firms from Portugal, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Garrigues’ Portuguese practice has been operating since January 2005 through Garrigues Portugal, which incorporated the firm Leónidas, Matos & Associados. In 2013, Garrigues took the first step towards opening its own office network in Latin America. In 2017 Fernando Vives was re-elected executive chairman of Garrigues for five-year term.

Garrigues is a law firm with offices in Spain, Portugal, London, New York, and 9 other countries earning a revenue of €172.10m in 2016. As of July 2015, Garrigues was the second largest law firm in turnover in Continental Europe. Garrigues also encompasses a prestigious learning centre, Centro de Estudios Garrigues, which offers various postgraduate courses in different legal areas, including tax law, and the Garrigues Foundation, which promotes legal research.

A ‘big name in the M&A sector’, Garrigues houses one of the largest corporate teams in the country and ‘its lawyers are professional, responsible and have a personal approach’. Mónica Martín de Vidales and Alvaro López-Jorrín co-head the practice and recent work highlights include advising Coca-Cola Company on the €20bn cross-border merger of three European subsidiary bottler companies to form Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP). Fernado Vives and Renata Mendaña are both noted.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton | Website | Linkedin

Founded in 1946 by four former partners from the Wall Street firm Root Clark Buckner and Ballantine, Cleary Gottlieb is remarkable for its prescient, early foray into Europe. Expanding beyond its New York and DC offices, the firm set up shop in Paris in 1949, making the strategic choice to hire local lawyers who were partially trained in the United States. The decision to award these foreign lawyers equal partnership gave Cleary a unique advantage in terms of its international presence.

A leading international law firm with 16 offices located in major financial centres around the world, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP has helped shape the globalisation of the legal profession for more than 60 years. Cleary Gottlieb received Chambers & Partners’ inaugural International Law Firm of the Year award.  The firm is organised and operated as a single, integrated global partnership (rather than a US firm with a network of overseas offices), and employs approximately 1,200 lawyers from more than 50 countries and diverse backgrounds who are admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions around the world.

The firm was among the first international law firms to hire and promote non-US lawyers as equal partners around the world. The firm’s clients include multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, as well as domestic corporations and financial institutions in the countries where the firm’s offices are located. Although each of the firm’s 16 offices has its own practice, the “one firm” approach to the practice of law offers clients in any office the ability to access the full resources of all of its offices and lawyers worldwide to the extent their matters so require.

Cleary has continued to be involved in high-profile corporate matters close to home and abroad, such as in Actavis’ $70.5 billion white knight acquisition of Allergan, and Medtronic in its $42.9 billion acquisition of global healthcare products company Covidien. The firm also represented SABMiller in its historic $108 billion merger with multinational brewing company AB InBev, and advised The Dow Chemical Company on the antitrust aspects of its $130 billion merger of equals with DuPont.

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Shearman & Sterling | Website | Linkedin

Shearman & Sterling LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in New York City, United States earning €221.25m in revenue in 2016. The firm’s lawyers come from 80 countries and speak more than 60 languages. Nearly one-half of the firm’s lawyers practice outside the United States.

Shearman & Sterling was founded in 1873 by Thomas Shearman and John William Sterling, who concentrated on litigation and transactional matters respectively. In post-war Germany, Shearman & Sterling helped German companies such as Siemens and BASF restructure their debts and re-emerge as credible exporters to the United States. The firm is well known for its ability to compete in key legal markets, particularly in Germany where its mergers and acquisitions practice is preeminent and in the United Kingdom, where it fields one of the largest London offices of a non-UK law firm. In East Asia, Shearman & Sterling was one of the first firms to grasp the future strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific region, establishing offices in Hong Kong in 1978, followed by Beijing, Singapore and Shanghai.

Shearman & Sterling has attained recognition in several legal publications and industry rankings for its work in the United States and internationally across a range of practices areas, including: dispute resolution/litigation, international arbitration, project finance, public international law, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Shearman & Sterling advised OneLNG on the agreement to establish a joint venture with a wholly owned subsidiary of Ophir Energy plc to facilitate the development, financing and operation of the Fortuna FLNG Project in offshore Equatorial Guinea. They also advised long-time client Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited in its proposal to acquire Advised the Dow Chemical Company in its $18 billion acquisition of specialty chemicals manufacturer Rohm & Haas, the subsequent restructuring of that deal and then the sale of Morton Salt.

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Baker Mckenzie Best Law Firms in the World Legal

Baker Mckenzie | Website | Linkedin

Co-founding partner Russell Baker opened his early practice Baker & Simpson in Chicago in 1925 upon his graduation. Baker had early exposure to the Spanish language and other cultures, and his firm provided legal services to Chicago’s growing Mexican American community. In 1949, the firm relaunched with John McKenzie, who took charge of the litigation practice, and Baker built an international practice. Through the 1950s, the firm’s client roster expanded. Baker McKenzie became an international firm beginning in 1955, when a lawyer in Venezuela contacted Baker McKenzie about opening a joint venture office in Caracas. Within the next three years, offices were opened in Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, New York and São Paulo. In 2001, the Firm employed 3000 attorneys and had $1 billion in revenues. In 2005, the firm received a large boost when some 70 partners and other legal staff from the New York office of the disbanding international firm Coudert Brothers joined Baker McKenzie.

Baker McKenzie, founded as Baker & McKenzie in 1949, is a multinational law firm. As of August 2016, it is ranked as the second-largest international law firm in the world by headcount with 13,000 employees including 6,045 fee earners and 4,600 lawyers on a full-time equivalent basis in 77 offices across 47 countries. It is also ranked as the second largest law firm in the world in terms of revenue with US$2.62 billion in annual revenue in FY2016. It is the largest international law firm in Asia Pacific, Continental Europe and Latin America. In December 2016 and as part of a major visual identity change, Baker & McKenzie re-branded and dropped the ‘&’ from its name to become Baker McKenzie.

In October 2006, Unilever chose the firm to manage its global trademark portfolio, the largest in the world with over 160,000 registrations. It was the first time a multinational company outsourced its trademark management to a law firm on such a large scale. In July 2013, co-founding partner Russell Baker was named one of American Lawyer’s top 50 innovators for pioneering ideas and initiatives that changed the world of big law. In August 2014 Baker McKenzie revealed it was the first law firm to break through the $2.5bn revenues barrier since the financial crisis and it was the largest firm in the world by headcount.

In 1999, Christine Lagarde was elected chair of the global executive committee, the first woman to lead Baker McKenzie; she was chair for five years. In 2004, Forbes listed Lagarde as No. 76 in its list of “Most Powerful Women in the World.” She then served as France’s Minister of Finance. In June 2011, she was elected as the first woman to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Globally (as of FY16), 40 percent of the firm’s lawyers, 30 percent of its partners, and 19 percent of its leaders, are women and it continues to partner with organizations such as the 30% Club, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Women for Women International, and The NEXUS Institute.

The Firm advised on some of the world’s most important deals and cases during the year, including: Japan-based Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company on its acquisition of US-based StanCorp Financial Group for $5 billion. Also Morocco’s €3.7 billion “Merger of the Decade”: advising pan-African investment fund SNI on its combination with LafargeHolcim to produce LafargeHolcim Maroc, the largest industrial company listed in Morocco and the second-largest cement-manufacturer in Africa.

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Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Best Law Firms in the World Legal

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WLRK was founded in 1965 by Herbert Wachtell and Jerry Kern, who were shortly afterwards joined by Martin Lipton, Leonard Rosen, and George Katz. The firm rose to prominence during a time on Wall Street in which many brokers and investment bankers started their own small companies. The firm is known for its skill in mergers and acquisitions. One of the founding partners, Martin Lipton, invented the so-called “poison pill defence” during the 1980s to foil hostile takeovers. Working both sides of the mergers and acquisitions game, Wachtell Lipton has represented blue-chip clients like AT&T, Pfizer, and JP Morgan Chase. The firm is also known for its skill in business litigation, and has handled many of the precedent-setting Delaware corporate governance cases.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a law firm which operates out of a single office in New York City. The firm also ranks at the top of other various surveys, including the Vault.com Associates Survey, and was ranked as the Most Prestigious Law Firm to Work For by the AveryIndex. Per the National Law Journal’s 2017 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz has 244 attorneys and is the 176th largest firm in the United States.  With $765,000,000 in gross revenue in 2016, the firm placed 44th on The American Lawyer’s 2017 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2015 Global 100 survey, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz ranked as the 45th highest grossing law firm in the world.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz stands outs for its expertise in REIT and real estate mergers and acquisitions, and the team was once again active in various multibillion-dollar deals. Practice co-head Adam Emmerich advised Regency Centers on its $15.6bn merger with Equity One and acted for the special committee of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust in its merger with Colony American Homes. In another significant transaction, Emmerich and Ronald Chen represented Javelin Mortgage Investment in its acquisition by Armour Residential REIT. The team’s sector expertise in hospitality and gaming was also in evidence, with practice co-head Robin Panovka advising Gaming and Leisure Properties on its acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment’s real estate assets. All named attorneys are named in New York.

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Kirkland & Ellis Best Law Firms in the World Legal

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In 1909, two young attorneys, Stuart G. Shepard and Robert R. McCormick, teamed up to form the Chicago-based partnership that would eventually become Kirkland & Ellis. McCormick was an “innovative and forceful lawyer” who had also served with distinction in World War I. By 1920, McCormick had become so active in the business affairs of the Chicago Tribune that he left the Firm to take over as the Tribune’s publisher.

Over the course of his career, Kirkland attracted some of the firm’s largest clients. Often described as a brilliant trial lawyer, he served as chief counsel to the Tribune and other newspapers in various cases that became landmarks in free speech and libel law. Ellis joined the firm as a young associate in 1915. Ellis assisted Kirkland in many of his most famous trials, in which they defended clients such as Standard Oil Company, the Associated Press, the Chicago Board of Trade, among others. The duo made legal history in a landmark libel suit brought by Henry Ford in 1919, during which Ellis pioneered the defence of “fair comment,” which is today a basic right of free speech.

Although Kirkland & Ellis began as a firm focused on freedom of the press and antitrust litigation, the firm has grown into an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1,900 attorneys and 12 offices around the world.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is the world’s second-highest grossing law firm, with $2.65 billion in annual revenues. Kirkland is widely considered to be one of the world’s most elite law firms, and its private equity, restructuring, and intellectual property groups are largely regarded as industry leaders.

Kirkland has made headlines for its hiring in recent years, bringing in high-profile partners in areas like M&A, energy, intellectual property, government investigations and enforcement work, and appellate litigation. In 2016, Kirkland made a splash by bringing on top appellate litigation boutique Bancroft PLLC, adding former Solicitor General Paul Clement and firm founder Viet Dinh to their ranks. Kirkland has also recently expanded its presence around the world, notably in New York, London, and Hong Kong, and opened its thirteenth office in Boston in 2017. Kirkland has also been lauded for helping its lawyers leave. Its alumni program is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in BigLaw. The program aims to create lifelong relationships with Kirkland attorneys, and involves networking events, mentoring, CLE programs, an alumni website, and career coaching and job banks to help lawyers past and present land new opportunities.

For more than 30 years, Kirkland has provided significant financial support to leading law and business schools. In 2015, Kirkland made a gift nearing $5.5 million to endow a fund to support the University of Chicago Law School’s Corporate Lab, which provides students with real-world experience and teaches the “building blocks” of corporate law. Kirkland partners and the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation have also recently made large-scale financial contributions to Stanford Law School, the University of Michigan Law School, Northwestern University School of Law and Columbia Law School.

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Racine Avocats Best Legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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Racine is a French independent business law firm established in 1981 with headquarters in Paris. Racine also has offices in other main French cities such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Strasbourg, in Belgium (Brussels) and in Lebanon (Beirut).

With almost 180 lawyers among whom 69 are partners, Racine is a full-service law firm providing its clients with both legal advice and litigation services across a wide range of practice areas including mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, tax, real estate and construction, labour, competition and distribution, IT, IP, insolvency and public law.

Racine represents investors and corporate clients ranging from SMEs to large listed corporations who operate business in most economic sectors. Racine has always focused on the know-how of its staff, the most up-to-date technologies and the quality of its human relations. With its dynamic view of the role of the lawyer, the ingenuity and conviviality of its teams, and its use of the latest technologies, Racine is often viewed by its clients as an atypical firm, whose purpose strives to familiarize itself with the line of business and culture of each of its clients.

Racine has recently increased its capacity to deal with cross border matters through the hiring of several partners and associates with significant international experience and/or personal background. Racine recently changed its branding and visual identity and used UpSlide to help complete this process.

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Davis Polk & Wardwell Best Legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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The firm traces its origins to Gunthrie, Bangs & Van Sinderen, founded in 1849 by Francis S. Bangs, an opponent of Tammany Hall. The firm changed its name several times to account for new partners, using names such as Bangs, Stetson, Tracy, and McVeigh and Stetson, Jennings & Russell. The firm takes its current name from three 20th century partners: John W. Davis, Frank Polk, and Allen Wardwell. Davis, a former U.S. Solicitor General and the 1924 Democratic presidential nominee, made 139 oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court, most infamously in Brown v. Board of Education, in which he represented South Carolina in defense of racial segregation. In 1971, the firm promoted to its partnership at Davis Polk & Wardwell its first woman, Lydia Kess.

Davis Polk is a global law firm. Davis Polk ranks among the world’s preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, litigation, antitrust, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, intellectual property, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk’s flair for the international is well-established. The firm has expanded across Europe, opening its Paris office in 1962, its London office in 1973, and its Madrid office in 2001. In 2007, Davis Polk opened an office in Beijing, its third Asian office after Hong Kong and Tokyo. The firm’s seventh international office, in São Paulo, opened in 2011.

Davis Polk emerged swinging from the 2008 economic downturn, gobbling up resulting M&A and restructuring work while its PPP continued to rise-all without dumping or driving away loads of associates. From advising on unprecedented transactions in the banking industry (such as counselling Citi on its $306 billion loss-protection agreement with the U.S. government) to the largest-ever IPO by a U.S. issuer-counselling the underwriters on the $23.1 billion IPO of GM-Davis Polk knows how to successfully weather the storm. Known for their elite trial work in general commercial, white-collar, securities, IP and antitrust, they successfully argued in the Second Circuit on behalf of the 33 underwriters of the Facebook IPO in an action seeking disgorgement of over $100 million; achieved back-to-back wins for Comcast in patent litigation against Sprint, including appellate affirmances overturning a $27.6 million jury verdict in favour of Sprint; and obtained declinations for Cisco in SEC and DOJ investigations into potential FCPA breaches related to business activities in Russia.

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Latham & Watkins best legal law firms in the world upslide

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Dana Latham and Paul Watkins founded Latham & Watkins in January 1934 in Los Angeles, California. Latham’s practice focused on US state and federal tax law and he eventually served as Commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under President Dwight Eisenhower. Watkins’ practise focused primarily on labor. Although Latham & Watkins began with a focus on labor and tax law, the firm has grown into an international, full-service law practice with highly regarded practices in transactional, disputes and regulatory areas. Jack Walker became the firm’s managing partner in 1988 and set out to grow the firm. Latham & Watkins expanded into San Francisco, London, Moscow, Hong Kong and New Jersey. Robert Dell took over as managing partner in 1994. Dell’s tenure has been marked by the firm’s international growth. Dell retired at the end of 2014, and was succeeded by William Voge, a long time project finance partner at the firm.

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. As of 2017, it is the world’s highest-grossing law firm, with US$2.823 billion in annual revenue, and is widely considered one of the most prestigious law firms in the world.

Latham was ranked as the #1 firm in the Am Law 100 rankings for 2017. In 2015, the firm received 31 top ten rankings across a range of corporate and finance categories in The American Lawyer’s 2015 rankings. The results included four #1 rankings in the areas of high-yield debt, IPOs and equity investments, with strong results in other practices, including M&A, project finance, bankruptcy and REITs.

Latham is also recognized as one of the highest-paying law firms in the world with profits per partner in the most recent year exceeding US$2.9 million. First-year associates are paid a salary of US$180,000, with additional merit-based bonuses bringing total compensation to approximately $195,000. Summer associates are paid the same salary as first-year associates, although their compensation is prorated over ten weeks (amounting to US$3,470 per week).

Latham represented the lead agents and arrangers in the financing of Anthem, Inc.’s acquisition of Cigna Corporation, a milestone transaction that The Banker reported is “set to create the largest US health insurer by membership numbers and accelerate the industry’s consolidation in the country from five national players to three.” A cross-border Latham team represented Botox-maker Allergan in fending off a high-profile hostile takeover bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in alliance with the Pershing Square hedge fund, sparking “an epic corporate battle” that ultimately culminated in Allergan’s acquisition by Actavis valued at $73 billion at closing.

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Skadden Best Legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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The firm was founded in New York by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in 1914. In 1981 Peggy L. Kerr became Skadden’s first female partner. In 1985 Skadden ranked as one of the U.S.’s three largest law firms. In 2011 Joseph Flom, the last living name partner, dies.

Serving clients in every major financial center, Skadden is one of the world’s leading law firms, with 22 offices and approximately 1,700 attorneys earning $2.4 Billion in 2016. The firm’s diversified practice enables it to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of corporate law. With more than 50 distinct areas of practice, the firm’s attorneys provide a broad range of legal services across a spectrum of industries. In 2015 the firm topped the global M&A tables, after its lawyers took on 293 deals worth over $1 trillion – that’s nearly a quarter of the global market share.

With three Jewish immigrants as its founding fathers, Skadden has always held diversity close to its heart. And the London office continues this tradition, with a third of its associates belonging to an ethnic minority, and nearly half of its partners the first in their family to attend university. In 2016 it pinched K&L Gates’ head of corporate crime, Elizabeth Robertson, to steer the firm’s London-based government enforcement and white-collar crime practice.

Recent highlights show the scope of the department’s reach: Skadden’s arbitration lawyers have represented Vodafone during a $4.33 billion investment treaty dispute against the government of India; defended the government of South Sudan against a claim brought by Sudan’s state-owned oil company, Sudapet; and secured a victory for NTT DOCOMO – Japan’s largest telecoms company – in a $1.2 billion arbitration against Tata Group’s holding company. The firm’s made headlines for taking on mega squabbles between oligarchs, namely the $6 billion Berezovsky v Abramovich case and the $2 billion Pinchuk v Bogoliubov & Kolomoisky one. It’s also helped the French network of banks, Crédit Agricole, to strike a settlement with the US Attorney’s Office after a seven year long sanctions investigation, and represented the lead claimant (tobacco giant Philip Morris) in a judicial review challenge against the UK government’s plain packaging law – one of the biggest challenges to be considered in the English courts.

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Cravath Swaine & Moore Best Legal and Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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The firm arose from two predecessor firms, led by William H. Seward and Richard M. Blatchford. In 1854, these firms merged to form the firm of Blatchford, Seward & Griswold. Named partner Samuel Blatchford had been appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1882 by President Chester Arthur, and served for 11 years until his death. Named partner Seward later served as both Governor and then Senator from New York. As Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln, Seward kept Britain and France from intervening during the Civil War by threatening war, supported the 1865 passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, and in 1867, under Andrew Johnson, he negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia in a transaction contemporaries derisively called “Seward’s Folly.” In 1944, after a series of name changes, the name Cravath, Swaine & Moore was established and has not been altered since.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP (known as Cravath) is an American law firm based in New York City, with an additional office in London. The firm was founded in 1819. It is widely considered one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. Unlike others, Cravath has remained relatively small. Its approximately 500 lawyers are located primarily in the New York Office, with just a few dozen in the London office, which opened in 1973. In 2015, Cravath was ranked eighth in The American Lawyer’s annual listing of highest profits per partner. Cravath was ranked 52nd on the Am Law 100, which lists the firm by revenue. The 2014 gross revenue was $648m. Revenue per lawyer was $1.465m and profits per partner were $3.365m.

In November 2014, Cravath handled three M&A transactions in one day, spanning advertising, spirits, and pharmaceutical industries; and acted as legal advisor in a recently announced deal backed by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway Inc that will create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. Other significant representations have included legal work necessary to form NBC, United Airlines in its merger with Continental Airlines, the world’s largest airline, to Unilever in its acquisition of Alberto-Culver. In 2010, its litigation department won summary judgment for Morgan Stanley on its breach of contract claim against Discover Financial Services. In a subsequent settlement, Discover agreed to pay Morgan Stanley $775 million to resolve the litigation.

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Bredin Prat Best legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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Bredin Prat is a French law firm of over 180 lawyers. Founded in 1966, it is one of the largest law firms in Europe. Bredin Prat maintains partnerships with BonelliErede (Italy), Hengeler Mueller (Germany), Slaughter and May (United Kingdom), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (the Netherlands), and Uría Menéndez (Spain).

Today, Bredin Prat is dedicated to staffing its transactions and matters with a limited number of associates per partner.  The ratio of associates to partners is among the lowest in the market– a testament to the firm’s commitment to excellence. Bredin Prat’s lawyers have very diverse backgrounds, reflecting the firm’s keen interest in fostering diversity in its legal teams. Associates, with an average seniority between 2 to 7 years within the firm, can assist clients on transactional work as well as on litigation matters. Three-quarters of Bredin Prat’s partners are “recommended lawyers” under Chambers Europe and Global2017.

Bredin Prat has strong regulatory expertise and expertly handles strategic M&A involving the public sector. The practice advised Agence Française de Développement on a strategic partnership with CDC. The three-lawyer team is also representing Uber in challenging French legislation in court. Bredin Prat recently assisted Korian with obtaining a €1.3bn credit facility and advised Rothschild & Co on a €110m facility in connection with its acquisition of Banque Martin Maurel. The practice is led by Raphaële Courtier, Samuel Pariente, and the ‘very experienced’ Karine Sultan, who is ‘a good guide in determining an acceptable position for all parties to a transaction’.

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Saint Georges Avocats Best Legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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Saint Georges Conseil is in Paris, France and offers assistance, representation, advice, and defence in several areas of specialization in transactions, mediation, and litigation. Mr. Xavier-Philippe Gruwez is an attorney with the Paris Court of Appeal with more than 20 years of professional practice and activity as an attorney at the Bar of Paris, more than ten of whom are Associates at Law firm Saint-Georges Avocats. Since 2003, the law firm has been representing clients in both routine and complex matters, developing effective solutions to meet their goals and objectives while working to secure a positive outcome for their legal needs.

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Gide Best Legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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Gide Loyrette Nouel is an independent French law firm with headquarters in Paris which made €106.14m in revenue in 2016. It is one of the rare international leading law firms to have originated in continental Europe rather than the UK or USA. Though Pierre Gide’s legal practice began as early as 1920, the firm was itself founded in 1957 by Gide, Jean Loyrette and Philippe Nouel after the Paris Bar amended its rules allowing lawyers to form associations and practice in a collective.

The firm currently employs some 1,200 people, spread out over 18 offices in 15 countries. It numbers more than 600 attorneys and legal consultants, including 100 partners, covering 40 different nationalities. The current Senior Partner is Baudouin de Moucheron and the current Managing Partner is Stéphane Puel. Both were elected in January 2012.

The firm is one of the few French-based firms to maintain its independence and to develop a strong international network and brand name. From its origins, the firm and its partners have always maintained a cross-border orientation. Named partner Pierre Gide was admitted to the solicitor’s roll in London. In 1967, the firm launched its international practice with an office in Brussels. To help build its international credentials, the firm retained former French foreign minister Hubert Védrine in 2003.

Though the firm has a large roster of foreign and multinational clients, it has also remained a French operation, representing some 38 of the CAC 40 companies. Gide Loyrette Nouel is a member of the international network Lex Mundi, which brings together more than 160 independent law firms.

Gide represented Pernod Ricard in its €5.6 billion acquisition of the V&S Group including Absolut Vodka from the Government of Sweden (March 2008). It also provided legal counsel to The Linde Group in its €4 billion sale of its forklift division to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Goldman Sachs (November 2006).

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FTPA Best Legal Law Firms in the World UpSlide

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Founded in 1972, FTPA is one of the leading independent business law firms in France. It has offices in Paris and London. FTPA now counts almost 60 lawyers, including 23 partners. At FTPA, lawyers are united by their common passion for law. Together they practice in different areas of law to provide concrete and creative solutions to the issues their clients face.  The firm acts both in France and abroad. It opened a new office in London in September 2016 and has two foreign desks, an Iranian desk and a Turkish desk.

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Capstan Avocats Best legal and Law Firms in the World

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Capstan is the recognised go-to firm for matters pertaining to employment law in France. Be it for counsel, litigation, or related to human resources management, the firm’s 200 lawyers assist numerous leading companies. Capstan Avocats provides day-to-day support for numerous companies on the CAC 40 and SBF 120, as well as several thousand companies from all occupational sectors, of any size and in all regions. The firm also has an in-depth knowledge of the local economic and social fabric and the competent jurisdictions, thanks to its 9 offices in France. Moreover, Capstan Avocats advises its French clients across the world through Ius Laboris. In 2015, the firm has initiated Start with Capstan, a special offer dedicated to growing companies.

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In 1901 two Wall Street lawyers, Justin DuPratt White and George B. Case, contributed US$250 each to launch White & Case. White graduated from Cornell Law School in 1890 and Case graduated from Columbia Law School in 1897. The firm benefited from the founders’ relationship with J.P. Morgan & Co. financier, Henry Davison. During World War I, the British and French governments hired J.P. Morgan & Co. to purchase war materials in the United States on their behalf. White & Case handled the legal work, writing contracts with nearly 1,000 US suppliers and this resulted in a high volume of legal work for the firm. Colonel Joseph Hartfield joined the firm in 1905 and later headed the firm from the early 1950s until 1964. He was one of the first Jewish lawyers to reach the pinnacle of a major New York firm. In 1954, White & Case represented the sellers in the US$51.5 million sale of the Empire State Building, one of the largest real estate transactions in New York City history.

White & Case LLP is an international law firm based in New York City earning €285.61m in revenue in 2016. White & Case is well known for its expertise in M&A, international arbitration, and project finance. White & Case ranked #1 in the world in M&A league tables for law firms in 2016 and the Global Arbitration Review ranked White & Case as the #1 law firm for international arbitration in 2016. The firm has expanded beyond New York, opening offices in leading cities in the US and around the world, and it has practice groups in emerging markets including Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. White & Case has 40 offices in 28 countries around the world.

In 2010, White & Case created a Global Pro Bono Practice which is led by Ian Forrester, QC, an EU law litigator and a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. The Global Pro Bono Practice focuses on three areas – providing access to justice, promoting the rule of law and serving the world’s leading non-governmental organizations. Recent highlights include helping an African nation develop its mental health legislation and a database of human trafficking cases in almost 150 countries compiled by nearly 200 White & Case lawyers worldwide. White & Case has also advised on five debt-for-nature swaps in Costa Rica and Indonesia since 2006, totalling US$100 million.

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Taj Best Legal Law Firms in the World Deloitte UpSlide

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Taj is is a Deloitte network entity and one of the leading French tax and law firms and has 470 practitioners, including 57 partners. In France, Taj has offices in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Marseille. As a Deloitte network entity, the firm’s experts work together with over 38,000 Deloitte tax and legal practitioners in more than 150 countries. This membership is key to meeting clients’ needs outside France. To serve its clients globally, Taj regularly accesses the tools and methodologies of the global tax and legal practice of Deloitte.

Taj serves 90% of the companies listed on the CAC 40 and 94% of French groups quoted in Global Fortune 500. Taj assists clients with the design and execution of global tax and legal strategies. Taj is specialised in a wide range of both domestic and international tax and legal work for multinational corporations, international financial institutions and sovereign governments. Taj provides clients with legal and tax assistance and advice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganisation and structuring in France. Its lawyers also have cohesive experience of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

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pwc avocats best legal law firms in the world upslide

PwC Société d’Avocats | Website | Linkedin

PwC Société d’Avocats was founded in 1971 and is a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, a company incorporated under English law, and is part of the international network of French and foreign entities carrying out their professional services under the PwC brand, present in more than 158 countries and federated by Values shared by all its members.

PwC Aviation Law firm benefits from PwC International Limited’s international network of 200,000 employees in 157 different countries. The firm specializes in assisting French and foreign clients in business law, tax law and social law. Prior to March 5, 2015, the law firm of PwC Lawyers was called Landwell & Associés. The purpose of this change of name was to benefit from the notoriety of PWC International Ltd but also to distinguish the firm within the network.

The firm has 500 lawyers, located in Neuilly-sur-Seine and nine regional metropolises. PwC Société d’Avocats regularly publishes books and studies on tax, legal and social issues. The current CEO is Michael Jaffe, a lawyer with the Hauts-de-Seine and New York bar, and specializes in employee savings, asset taxation, personal taxation and the management of international mobility.

Landwell & Associés, which became PwC Avocats, intervened in 2014 on the sale of Vinci Park. Similarly, the firm’s transaction teams helped Ingenico, (world leader in integrated payment solutions) on the legal, social and tax aspects of the acquisition of GlobalCollect (the payment service provider specializing in Recovery and financial regulations).

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50 Best Law Firms in the World orrick upslide

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe | Website | Linkedin

Orrick traces its roots to the year 1863, when the German Savings and Loan Society was organized, with John R. Jarboe as its general counsel. In 1885, Jarboe, along with colleagues Ralph J. Harrison and W.S. Goodfellow, founded the law firm Jarboe, Harrison & Goodfellow. In 1901, Goodfellow formed a new partnership with Charles Eells, creating the firm Goodfellow & Eells. William Horsley Orrick joined the firm in 1910, and after Stanley Moore joined the firm in 1914, the firm’s name changed to Goodfellow, Eells, Moore & Orrick. During the 1930s the firm played a major role in helping to finance the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. It not only helped structure the bridge’s financing, but also defended the bonds’ validity when challenged by interests opposed to the bridge’s construction. Sutcliffe replaced Orrick as the firm’s managing partner in 1947, a position he held for more than 30 years. In 1980, the firm’s name was changed to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Orrick is one of the few California firms to have reached critical mass of over 200 attorneys in New York. Its East Coast ambitions were assisted when it acquired 40 lawyers and their litigation practices from Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine in 1998. The firm expanded internationally in 2005 at the expense of the now-defunct law firm Coudert Brothers. Orrick doubled its London office with the addition of the Coudert team and opened offices in Moscow, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai with Coudert Brothers professionals. Also in 2005, the firm laid the foundation for its emerging companies practice with the addition of a team from the Venture Law Group (VLG).

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm founded in San Francisco, California. Orrick traces its roots back to 1863, making it the second-oldest continuously operating law firm in San Francisco after Tobin & Tobin (now Weintraub Tobin), and the second-oldest privately held company in San Francisco after Levi Strauss & Co. Orrick is focused on serving companies in the technology, energy & infrastructure and financial sectors globally. The firm has over 1000 lawyers worldwide in more than 25 offices, with more than 200 attorneys in each of its two largest offices in San Francisco and New York City.

Law360 named Orrick to its Global 20 list for the fifth time in 2016, citing the firm’s global strategy focused on the finance, energy and infrastructure and technology sectors. Financial Times named Orrick North America’s most innovative law firm in its 2016 report, “North America Innovative Lawyers.” The American Lawyer chose Orrick corporate partner Stephen Venuto as “Dealmaker of the Year” for advising Instagram on its $1 billion acquisition by Facebook. (April 2013). Orrick was named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers in 2016 for the eighth time.

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The boutique law firm was founded in 2014 in Paris by Thomas Cazals (Jones Day) and Maxence Manzo (Clifford Chance). Both founders were joined at the end of 2014 by Romain Pichot (Courtois Lebel) and Bertrand de Saint Quentin (Mayer Brown). In just under three years, the law firm has succeeded in becoming a leading independent firm in the French tax law market.

Cazals Manzo Pichot is an independent French law firm dedicated to tax law, with special emphasis on M&A transactions structuring and tax litigation. Cazals Manzo Pichot’s 7-lawyer team offers a highly specialized expertise in tax law. It is most importantly well-known for its know-how in Mergers & Acquisitions transaction structuring and tax litigation and is today considered the leading independent tax firm in France. Cazals Manzo Pichot has also set up a large domestic and international network in Paris, the UK, Luxembourg, Spain, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and Lebanon, that allows the firm to assist its clients in other jurisdictions and other legal areas.

In 2017, Chambers & Partners ranked the tax firm as “Leaders in their Field”. In 2016 the firm was also identified as a leader in M&A, private equity, tax and tax litigation by Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit. Cazals Manzo Pichot is known to clients for its pragmatic and innovative approach.

Cazals Manzo Pichot AARPI advised numerous M&A acquisition deals for a value between €30m and €150m in various sectors such as, for example, high-tech, industrial, real estate, pharmaceutical and leisure. Cazals Manzo Pichot’s clients, that are selected exclusively on recommendation, include companies, investment funds and private entities. In international matters the firm relies on a network of foreign partner firms. Notable deals include acquisitions on behalf of RAD-x, the purchase of SantéVet by Columna Capital, investments for iM Square in France and the United States, and the structuring of Nicox’ joint venture with GHO Capital.

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Author: Charlotte Leboucher