The Global 100

The Global 100 - Most Global

Average head count for Global 100 firms was 1,169 lawyers in 2012, an annual growth rate of 5.3 percent.  Thirty-nine of the 100 firms have more than 1,000 lawyers. U.S. and U.K. firms continue to dominate the chart: Sixty-four are American and 14 are British. Rounding out this year’s list are eight Chinese, five Australian, three Canadian, two French, two Spanish, one Brazilian, and one Dutch firm. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2012 calendar year.

Firms are international if 40 percent or more of their lawyers work outside the home country. Firms are national if no more than 45 percent of their lawyers are in one region. The home country designation for international, verein, and EEIG firms is based on which country contains the most lawyers. Click here for more on the methodology used to create this and other charts in the Global 100 package.

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Footnotes:
† Firms ranked by percentage of lawyers outside the firm's home country.
* Vereins and European Economic Interest Groups (EEIGs) differ structurally from the other Global 100 firms, especially in regard to profit sharing.
1 Merged with Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013 to form the Norton Rose Fulbright verein. Results are for the legacy operation only.
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 SNR Denton joined with Fraser Milner Casgrain and Salans in March 2013, creating the Dentons verein. Results are for the legacy operation only.
5 King & Wood joined with Mallesons Stephen Jaques to form the King & Wood Mallesons verein in March 2012.
6 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.
7 Merged with Norton Rose in June 2013 to form the Norton Rose Fulbright verein. Results are for the legacy operation only.
8 Baker & Daniels joined with Faegre & Benson to form Faegre Baker Daniels in January 2012.
9 Salans joined with Fraser Milner Casgrain and SNR Denton in March 2013, creating the Dentons verein. Results are for the legacy operation only and are from Legal Week.