The world keeps getting more and more interconnected, and law firms that are able to smoothly navigate international waters across dozens of practice areas are extremely valuable. Cross-border legal work is complex, and the firms that do it well deserve recognition as the global powerhouses that they are.
Law360 (sub. req.) has announced the latest edition of their list of the top 20 global law firms. Their methodology, described below, attempts to find the firms that are truly able to compete in the international legal market:
Firms are ranked based on five factors: the percentage of the firm’s attorneys located outside its home country; the number of offices outside the firm’s home country; the number of countries where the firm has at least one office; the practice area breadth of the firm’s cross-border and international work; and the size and complexity of the firm’s cross-border and international work.
Here are the top 5 firms of the 2019 Global 20:
1. Baker McKenzie
1. White & Case
3. Allen & Overy
4. Norton Rose Fulbright
5. DLA Piper
Click here to see the next 15 firms on the list.
White & Case once again snags the top spot on the list, but this time shares its glory with Baker McKenzie, a firm that was ranked at #12 on last year’s Global 20. That’s quite the leap in just one year’s time, so way to go!
Money makes the world go round, and these firms are definitely keeping it spinning. Digging further into the data reveals that these 20 firms combined have offices in 276 cities in more than 100 countries on six continents and every single one has an office in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Beijing.
Congratulations to all the firms on the list!
Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2019 [Law360 (sub. req.)]
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