The Global 100

The Global 100 - Most Profits Per Partner

Profits Per Partner among Global 100 firms averaged $1.53 million in 2012, an increase of 0.7 percent. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz remains at the top of this chart, with a PPP of almost $5 million. Seventy firms topped $1 million, down from 74 last year. American firms constitute the top six, and are nine of the top 10 firms. Slaughter and May is the highest-ranking non-American firm, coming in at number seven. White & Case made the biggest jump this year of 14 spots, going from 42 last year to 28 this year.

This chart ranks the most profitable firms on our Most Revenue and Most Lawyers charts, which combined have a total of 119 firms. To be eligible for this chart, a firm had to appear on one of those two charts. Figures for U.S. firms were obtained from The Am Law 100. All other firms were surveyed directly. Profits per partner is rounded to the nearest $5,000, and gross revenue is rounded to the nearest $500,000. Click here for more on the methodology used to create this and other charts in the Global 100 package.

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Footnotes:
† Gross revenue based on most recent fiscal year.
* Vereins and European Economic Interest Groups (EEIGs) differ structurally from other Global 100 firms, especially in regard to profit sharing.
1 Ashurst and Blake Dawson merged their Asian operations to form Ashurst Australia in March 2012 ahead of their vote for global merger in October 2013.
2 Herbert Smith joined with Freehills to form Herbert Smith Freehills in October 2012. Their financials are a full-year pro forma based on seven months of official results.
3 Ashurst and Ashurst Australia have a proposed vote for a global merger in October 2013.
4 Fully participating equity partners only.
5 SNR Denton joined with Fraser Milner Casgrain and Salans in March 2013, creating the Dentons verein. Results are for the legacy operation only.
6 Merged with Norton Rose in June 2013 to form the Norton Rose Fulbright verein. Results are for the legacy operation only.
7 Baker & Daniels joined with Faegre & Benson to form Faegre Baker Daniels in January 2012.