Many large legal firms have international status. Some of them have attracted so much attention of the media and colleagues that they became the world leaders by revenue. These companies represent the interests of the most powerful corporations, such as General Motors, Motorola and Siemens. And this is yet not a complete list of their names.
Baker & McKenzie (United Kingdom)
Baker & McKenzie was founded more than 60 years ago, its staff comprises 4,000 lawyers, and it works in 42 countries. Its customers are the most prestigious companies of the world.
When dealing with clients, the firm never forgets its high values and attaches great importance to consistency and responsibility. For three years it has been heading Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, a list of leading law firms of the world, carried out by by Acritas.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (USA)
Skadden is an international company, which traces its history since 1948. Its headquarters are located in the US. Forbes acknowledged Skadden as most powerful law firm on Wall Street. Since 2001, the magazine has been calling it the best in the country.
DLA Piper (United Kingdom)
The headquarters of DLA Piper are located in the United Kingdom. The company works in more than 30 countries and has 4200 lawyers. It has no equal to DLA Piper when we compare revenues.
In 2012, the company ranked fifth highest in Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index for its exceptional services.
Allen & Overy (United Kingdom)
Allen & Overy is another behemoth from the legal world. It has awards in such categories as “Best Law Firm of the Year,” “Labor Law Firm of the Year,” “Insurance Law Firm of the Year” and “International Firm of the Year”.
A&O has 42 offices in 29 countries. The number of its clients is more than 5000.
Linklaters (United Kingdom)
The history of Linklaters counts 175 years. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom. It works in 20 countries. Currently Linklaters provides legal services in the areas of corporate, banking and tax law, as well as in real estate, crisis management, private equity, investment management and healthcare.
Clifford Chance (United Kingdom)
Name Clifford Chance is one of the best-known in the legal industry. This company operates in 25 countries.
Clifford Chance appeared in 1987 after a large merger. Since that time, it has been maintaining long-standing relationships with clients and offers them a wide range of legal services. Its activities include capital markets, litigation and dispute resolution.
Latham & Watkins (USA)
Latham & Watkins was founded in 1934 in Los Angeles and expanded rapidly in the international arena. Today Latham successfully represents the interests of well-known companies. In 2007 Latham & Watkins first American firm has earned more than $ 2 billion. It has numerous awards for example, “Law Firm of the Decade” and “The most respected company.”
Kirkland & Ellis (USA)
International Kirkland & Ellis Company operates in the field of commercial law and provides services related to litigation, taxes, corporate transactions and intellectual property rights.
Among the prominent clients are United Airlines, Intel, Samsung Electronics, Siemens, Motorola and General Motors.
Sidley Austin (USA)
Sidley Austin provides specialized services in the area of litigation in 19 cities around the world. One of the first customers of the company was Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s widow. 1700 lawyers work in Sidley Austin. The company has always been in the focus of the legal industry and has received many awards. In 2012, Sidley was recognized as the law firm of the year in the areas of litigation and the capital markets.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (United Kingdom)
The headquarters of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are situated in London. This transnational corporation has 27 offices in 17 jurisdictions: European, Asian and Middle East as well as in the United States.
The company was founded in 1743, and since its beginning Freshfields has gained many awards, which helped it to get into the top 10 largest law firms according to SPEAR’S. The company is among the world leaders by revenues. In the 2012/2013 fiscal year, it amounted to 2.092 billion dollars.