2015 Global 100

2015 Global 100: Top-Grossing Law Firms in the World

The American Lawyer

The Global 100 has settled into a pattern of steady growth. Average revenue rose 4.5 percent, while profits reached record levels. A new No. 1 displaces perennial Global 100 leaders DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie as the world’s highest-grossing law firm.


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THE FEATURES:
 
Overview: A Smooth Ride for Global 100 Firms
By Chris Johnson
After a long, bumpy journey, the Global 100 reaches cruising altitude. But while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner have rebounded, that's due in part to declining head count.
 
By Chris Johnson
Is it time to pull back in China? Give up on Russia? Is Africa really the next big thing? Law firm leaders give candid assessments of the risks and potential in five key emerging markets.
 
American Firms Say Willkommen to German Laterals
By Julie Triedman
US firms have set their sights on Germany, raiding their international rivals and shaking up that country’s lateral market.
 
 
By MP McQueen
Volatile currency rates can have a big impact on global law firm revenue and partner compensation. Who’s been hit hardest—and how firms are coping.
 
By MP McQueen
When it comes to building law firm brands, challengers continue to make progress against established, old-line firms, Acritas’s annual client awareness survey shows.
 
ALSO:
The Global Legal Awards
By Chris Johnson and Michael Goldhaber
We recognize the most important cross-border work of the year in four categories: citizenship, disputes, finance and mergers and acquisitions.
 
Here's encouraging news: Post-recession, the world's top-grossing firms have achieved solid and steady growth.
 
THE CHARTS:

Most Revenue
Gross revenue for the world’s 100 largest law firms reached almost $93 billion in 2014.

Most Profits Per Equity Partner
Profits per partner among Global 100 firms grew almost 6 percent, jumping to $1.7 million.

Most Revenue Per Lawyer
Average revenue per lawyer among the highest-grossing Global 100 firms was up by 5.4 percent in 2014.

Most Lawyers
Total lawyer head count at Global 100 firms edged downward, to 111,735.

Most Global
Global 100 firms continue to expand their geographic reach, with half having offices in eight countries or more.

 

By the Numbers: Emerging Opportunities
As US firms focus more attention and resources on overseas markets, what kind of returns are they getting?

Interactive: Where in the World?
Law firms structured as Swiss vereins have the greatest global reach, but traditional firms are experiencing wanderlust as well.

Methodology
How we produce The Global 100 survey.

 

 

 

 

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