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Baker & McKenzie LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 4,004
  • Gross Revenues: -$1,981,967,296
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $580,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,090,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Baker & McKenzie is an international firm based in Chicago. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size, with 3,805 attorneys Baker & McKenzie is the largest law firm in the United States. With gross revenues in 2010 of $2,265,000,000, the firm is the number one law firm on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. firms based on revenue. Baker & McKenzie has ranked in the top three of the Am Law rankings since 1985. In the 2011 Global 100 rankings, Baker & McKenzie ranked first in terms of revenue. Baker & McKenzie practices a wide range of corporate and commercial law, including international intellectual property, technology and communications law, cross border transactions, and global structuring and integration. The firm has more than sixty offices in forty-one countries world wide.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 2 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 2 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 1 0 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 97 16 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 44 -20 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 70 -9 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 84 -3 Summer programs

In the News

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

New hires and lateral moves in this week's column.

New UK Tax Rules for LLPs Hit Nonequity Partners

Chris Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 20, 2014

To skirt the new regulations, law firms are asking salaried partners for capital contributions.

Asia Deal Digest: April 17, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 17, 2014

* White & Case and Linklaters lead on $5.85 billion Chinese mine acquisition in Peru* Chinese retail group turns to Simpson Thacher for its takeover of a British department store chain* Milbank advises the government of Sri Lanka on a third sovereign bond offering

Sidley Renews Pitch for China in Vitamin Makers' Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

With two Chinese companies facing a $157 million price-fixing verdict, the Chinese government is reasserting its position that the litigation should never have gotten off the ground because the defendants were acting at its behest.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Scott Morehouse joins Sheppard Mullin's real estate, land use and environmental practice as partner in the Costa Mesa, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

With Growth in Mind, Dentons, Others Eye Africa

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

Global 100 legal giant Dentons is the latest international firm to bet on Africa's growing economic power, announcing Wednesday its opening of new offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg by joining forces with South African alliance firm KapdiTwala and revealing plans to launch another outpost in Francophone Africa later this year.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ingredion Inc.'s Christine Castellano

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Christine Castellano supervises 19 attorneys in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Roughly half of the work involves transactions, 30 percent employment law and 20 percent litigation.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

Haier America Hires Samsung Alum to Be Top Lawyer

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

Looking within the electronics industry, the Chinese company hires an attorney with deep risk and litigation experience.

End of Heenan Blaikie a Sign of Canada's Changing Times

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Dentons, Baker & McKenzie seize the chance to boost their Canadian offices with Heenan hires, while DLA passes on opening in Canada.

Newsmakers: Week of March 31

: Texas Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Bret Madole has joined Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas as a partner in and leader of the firm's corporate practice. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

The Churn: White House Official Joins Kilpatrick, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

The White House's former associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement is now part of Kilpatrick Townsend's Native American affairs team; Faegre adds two labor and employment attorneys in Chicago; and the former U.S. Steel general counsel joins Fox Rothschild.

Asia Deal Digest: March 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Latham advising Georgina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron mine on largest project financing ever* Clifford Chance and Freshfields on Temasek's proposed $5.7 billion investment in Hong Kong retail group A.S. Watson* Malaysian telecom giant Axiata turns to Sidley for a major Indonesian acquisition

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

HAP Investments has added general counsel, McCarter & English has added two partners and Joshua Friedman has been elected president of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Norberto Quintana joins Holland & Knight's financial-services practice as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Hong Kong Looks Beyond Lost Alibaba IPO

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's decision to hold what's expected to be the world's largest initial public offering since Facebook in New York instead of Hong Kong was long anticipated. But the company's recent final decision, which coincided with announcements of U.S. listings by other leading Chinese tech companies, has nevertheless swiftly renewed anxieties about Hong Kong's future as an IPO destination.

DC Lateral Moves Roundup

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Proskauer Rose and Miles & Stockbridge grabbed lawyers from Crowell & Moring. A partner left Williams & Connolly for Zuckerman Spaeder. And a bankrupcty group went to Baker Donelson.

The Churn: Crowell Adds and Loses, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Crowell & Moring gains one partner and loses two others, McDermott Will & Emery makes two IP partner hires and a pair of Wilson Elser lawyers jump to New Jersey's Wolff & Samson.

Home Sweet Home and General Jurisdiction

Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

In their International Litigation column, Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky of Baker & McKenzie discuss jurisdiction of foreign corporations, explaining how the Supreme Court, in 'Daimler v. Bauman', recently undertook separating the standards for specific and general jurisdiction, giving prominence to a separate standard for general jurisdiction—the "at home" test.

Asia Deal Digest: March 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Alibaba confirms New York IPO with Simpson Thacher at the helm* Allen & Gledhill and WongPartnership on Temasek-led bid to acquire commodities trader Olam* Latham leads on Indian travel site's $126.5 million Nasdaq share offering

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

Berwin Leighton Enters Myanmar Alliance

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The firm is partnering with Yangon-based Legal Network Consultants.

In Practice: Ground Rules for Going Global

Lothar Determann : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

From signing up local distributors and suppliers to complying with foreign IP and privacy codes, tech firms face numerous legal challenges when taking a product international.

Asia Deal Digest: March 13, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

* MoFo advises Singapore's GLP on its $1.4 billion purchase of Brazilian warehouse space* Chinese auction house Poly Group turns to Clifford Chance for $331 million IPO* Davis Polk and Skadden on Tencent's strategic alliance with online retailer JD.com.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

Newsmakers: Week of March 10

: Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

David L. Evans of Benbrook, judge of the 48th District Court in Tarrant County, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as presiding judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region for a four-year term. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Insider Trading Case Marks Latest Mixed Verdict for SEC

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 07, 2014

The latest came on Thursday in an insider trading case against Andrew Jacobs, a former executive at The Hershey Co., and his brother Leslie Jacobs.

The Churn: Dentons Continues Heenan Blaikie Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Dentons hires a total of 46 attorneys from failed Canada firm Heenan Blaikie; Akerman adds three new litigators in its month-old Chicago office; and a former White House adviser joins Akin Gump.

Baker & McKenzie Acting for Mt. Gox on Tokyo Bankruptcy

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Tokyo District Court has accepted the troubled bitcoin exchange's civil rehabilitation application, in which Mt. Gox will be granted protection from creditors while it seeks a buyer.

Hausfeld

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Despite having only two dozen lawyers in the United States, Michael Hausfeld's self-titled law firm punches above its weight. The plaintiffs boutique isn't afraid to take on firms far larger than its size and deliver results, especially in antitrust litigation.

In-House Counsel Profile: Potbelly Corp.'s Matthew Revord

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Matthew Revord joined Potbelly in 2007 and remained its sole attorney until senior counsel Bahi Okupa joined to assist with the company's initial public offering.

Six Critical Issues Facing Onshore LNG Projects

Natalie Regoli and Brian Polley : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Global liquefied natural gas projects are booming, and construction of onshore LNG facilities is a hot topic. Lawyers for operators and contractors should consider certain recurring themes in large-scale, onshore, stick-built LNG projects.

Survey: Skadden Strongest U.S. Law Firm Brand Again

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

In its third annual look at which U.S. law firms have the strongest brand recognition among corporate clients, research company Acritas has again placed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the top of the list, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.

New Partners 2013-2014

: Daily Business Review : January 03, 2014

The listing is based on submissions from area law firms that responded to a DBR survey.

Unrest in Ukraine Ripples Through Global 100 Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2014

Baker & McKenzie, Chadbourne & Parke, Clifford Chance, Dentons, DLA Piper and Squire Sanders have all seen business at their offices in Kiev grind to a halt this month amid clashes between opposition forces and security services loyal to former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Six firms announce new hires, while Sheppard Mullin, Baker & McKenzie and Stroock announce new partners.

Asia Deal Digest: February 27, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

* Skadden guides Holland's Vitol on $2.6 billion acquisition of Shell assets in Australia* Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chinese copper recycler on Hong Kong IPO* Wilmer and Amarchand team for $110 million Web hosting acquisition in India

Asia Deal Digest: February 20, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

* Weil and MoFo on Chinese consortium's $2.5 billion logistics investment* Clifford Chance advising China's Dongfeng Motor Group on a proposed $1.1 billion investment in French automaker Peugeot* Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker & McKenzie on $1.37 billion Aussie utility deal

Baker & McKenzie Launches in Myanmar

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2014

Sydney partner Chris Hughes will lead the new Yangon office, the third opened in the country by a U.S. law firm.

Firms Advising on Proposed Aussie Utility Merger

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2014

Sydney-based AGL Energy proposed $1.37 billion acquisition of state government-owned Macquarie Generation may face a tough time winning approval from antitrust regulators.

Mexican Energy Reforms=Big Business for Texas Energy Firms

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Energy lawyers in Texas are vying to inform clients and potential clients about the progress of energy reforms in Mexico that soon will give foreign energy companies opportunities to invest in energy projects in Mexico.

DOJ Criminal Division Nominee Outlines Enforcement Priorities

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Veteran white-collar defender Leslie Caldwell told Congress last week she would apply criminal laws with equal force if confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

New Deals

Sara Randazzo : New York Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co. is jumping on the at-home beverage-making trend by agreeing to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for producing cold drinks that would likely compete with current market leader SodaStream.

Baker & McKenzie, Dentons Add 35 Heenan Blaikie Refugees

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

The collapse of Heenan Blaikie has more lawyers from the storied national Canadian firm finding new homes. On Wednesday, Baker & McKenzie confirmed its hire of a 13-lawyer corporate, tax and banking and finance team in Toronto, while Am Law 100 and Swiss verein rival Dentons was in negotiations to take on an additional 22 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie, which saw talks break down earlier this week with DLA Piper.

In-House Counsel Profile: Cupertino Electric Inc. general counsel Jan Kang

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Who's Afraid of China's NDRC?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Last year was a year of record fines imposed by Chinese antitrust regulators, particularly the National Development and Reform Commission. Many of those fines were handed out to foreign multinationals. The secrecy of the process and suspicions of political motives have raised alarm bells in the international business community about how China plans to wield its now five-year-old Antimonopoly Law.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Dentons' U.S. Arm, Flat Revenue and Slight Rise in Profits

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Two months after the collapse of its planned combination with McKenna Long & Aldridge and nearly a year after a three-way merger with Paris-based Salans and Toronto-based Fraser Milner Casgrain, Dentons reported Monday that gross revenue was essentially flat for its U.S. arm in 2013 and profits per equity partner were up 4.8 percent.

White-Collar Defender Leslie Caldwell Up For Prosecutor Job

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 10, 2014

Leslie Caldwell spent the last decade defending Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in criminal matters. On Tuesday, the Senate takes up her nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she'd be on the other side of the courtroom.

Reed Smith Dubai Chief Joins Singapore's Drew & Napier

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Lee Chau Ee, Reed Smith's Dubai managing partner since 2011, will lead a construction and engineering practice for Drew & Napier.

Skadden Adds Fizz to Coca-Cola's Make-At-Home Drink Deal

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to pay $1.25 billion for a stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and the opportunity to develop a countertop system for making cold beverages. Baker & McKenzie is advising Green Mountain on the transaction.

Baker & McKenzie Brings Aboard Melbourne Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

Finance specialist Martin Irwin was formerly a partner with Herbert Geer.

SEC Suffers Latest Trial Setback in Life Partners Case

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

Both sides are claiming victory after a mixed verdict in the Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud case against the Texan financial services firm Life Partners Holdings Inc. Can Patton Boggs and Baker & McKenzie persuade the judge to make it a clean defense win?

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Andrea Barach joins Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz's business department as partner in the Nashville office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Will Firms Head Into Malaysia?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Malaysia will soon open its legal market to foreign law firms, in the hopes that they can help turn Kuala Lumpur into the leading global center for Islamic finance. But with established global legal and financial hub Singapore virtually right next door, many lawyers wonder if a Malaysia office is really necessary.

Muddy Waters in the Land of Section 1782

Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky : New York Law Journal : January 31, 2014

In their International Litigation column, Baker & McKenzie's Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky use the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court's lone Section 1782 decision to discuss the significant uncertainty that remains concerning an issue spawned by that decision.

Asia Deal Digest: January 30, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 30, 2014

* Stephenson Harwood guides a Vietnamese budget airline in for a $9 billion jet order* Weil advises Lenovo and Cleary guides Google on their $2.9 billion smartphone deal* Cleary has its turn acting for Lenovo on its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM's low-end server business

New York and the U.N.: A Unique Connection

Glenn G. Fox and Albert Bloomsbury : New York Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Glenn G. Fox, Chair of the International Section, and Albert Bloomsbury, Co-Chair of the Committee on International Contract and Commercial Law, write: In 2009, the section adopted as one of its key missions monitoring the development of international law at the United Nations.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group has agreed to purchase a blood-testing unit from health care giant Johnson & Johnson in a deal worth $4.15 billion.

Is the New Back Office Off Shore?

Sherry Karabin : Law Technology News : January 21, 2014

As law firms strive to cut costs, more are choosing to offshore their document processing and complex support services.

As Many Am Law Firms Get Top LGBT Score, Some Don't Rate at All

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2014

Released last month, the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Corporate Equality Index gave perfect scores to 81 Am Law 200 firms based on the quality of their LGBT-related policies. At the same time, more than 60 firms failed to make the HRC list after not participating in the group's survey.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

New additions and promotions at fourteen firms.

Will the Asia Shakeout Ever Come?

By Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 20, 2014

What's the solution to the overly competitive market for legal services in Asia? Many international law firms in Asia are simply counting on their weaker rivals to eventually give up and go home, leaving a bigger pie for everybody else. But Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin says they shouldn't bet on that scenario.

The Churn: Hogan Lovells Launches in Sao Paulo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Hogan Lovells opens its second Brazilian office with a lateral hire from Clifford Chance; Holland & Knight and Littler both beef up in Portland, and Pryor Cashman adds a prominent sports attorney and agent.

Hire a Bingham Partner for $220 an Hour!

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 16, 2014

Even brand name firms have cheap partners in their stables.

Latham, Cravath Lead on $4.15 Billion J&J Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group is purchasing a blood-testing unit of Johnson & Johnson in a deal worth $4.15 billion. Latham is advising Carlyle on the purchase, while Cravath is lead counsel to Johnson & Johnson. Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields also landed roles advising J&J.

Asia Deal Digest: January 16, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 16, 2014

* Cleary and Sidley lead on $16 billion Suntory-Beam deal* Paul Hastings advising Chinese meat processor Shuanghui on a planned $6 billion IPO* Stephenson Harwood helps budget airline VietJet buy $800 million in jet engines

Dechert Adds One Hong Kong Litigator, Loses Another

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie litigation partner Kareena Teh will be coming aboard at Dechert as current Asia litigation head David Chu leaves to launch a new practice for Proskauer Rose.

Troutman Sanders Adds Hong Kong Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2014

Rossana Chu was previously a partner in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie.

Spain's Distressed Economy Offers Bargains to Investors

Susan Hansen : Focus Europe : January 14, 2014

Five years after the fiscal crisis, there's still plenty of economic pain in Spain. But some law firms see opportunity, too.

New Chairman at Steptoe Eyes the Future

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

With just over 400 lawyers, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is neither large nor small, not wildly profitable or struggling to get by. For new executive committee chairman Philip West, who took the helm Jan. 1, the question now is whether being in the middle is enough.

New Chairman at Steptoe Eyes the Future

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

With just over 400 lawyers, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is neither large nor small, not wildly profitable or struggling to get by. For new executive committee chairman Philip West, who took the helm Jan. 1, the question now is whether being in the middle is enough.

Report: DLA Piper Expanding African Network to Algiers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Racing to capitalize on deal work tied to Africa's abundance of natural resources, Am Law 100 firms are opening offices and forging alliances across the booming continent. Now DLA Piper, the world's largest firm by gross revenue and attorney head count, is headed Algiers, the capital of energy-rich Algeria.

Asia Deal Digest: January 9, 2014

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

* Gibson Dunn advising Hong Kong teleco on proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of local rival* Allen & Gledhill, Simpson on GIC's $2.8 billion buyout of Blackstone's stake in a London development* King & Wood Mallesons and Johnson Winter on a proposed Aussie natural gas merger

Egyptian Unrest Causes British Firm to Flee Cairo

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Four months after The Am Law Daily checked in on Am Law 100 and other leading foreign firms with offices in tumultuous Cairo, London-based Trowers & Hamlins has decided that Egypt's ongoing civil unrest is too much to bear.

The Asia 50

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The Asian Lawyer presents our second annual survey of the Asia Pacific region's largest law firms, both international and domestic.

Attorney Fee-Shifting Bid in Vitamin C Antitrust Case Is Slashed by U.S. Judge

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

Eastern District Judge Brian Cogan credited the plaintiffs firms for the "high quality" of their work, but determined that all of the lawyers costs and a good chunk of their fees had already been covered by earlier settlements with codefendants.

The Score: The Lawyers Who Help Make Bowl Season Happen

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

With college bowl season upon us, The Am Law Daily decided to review the tax filings made by the nonprofits that stage the big-ticket events to determine which law firms have a hand in the festivities.

UGA Names King & Spalding Partner to Direct Legal Affairs

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 31, 2013

After a national search, the University of Georgia has chosen King & Spalding partner Michael Raeber as its executive director of legal affairs, effective Feb. 1.

Three Firms on Thai Telecom Fund's $1.8 Billion IPO

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2013

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters all had roles in the creation and initial public offering of True Corp. Pcl.'s new telecom infrastructure fund.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 26, 2013

Cozen O'Connor, Dentons, Ropers Majeski and Connell Foley have each announced new additions, while Thompson Hine has elected a new partner.

Cold Remedy: Am Law 100 Firms Load Up on Pharma M&A

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2013

Pharmaceutical M&A got a late-year shot in the arm, with nearly $10 billion in deals involving major industry players like AstraZeneca and Bayer as 2013 came to a close. A bevy of Am Law 100 firms led by Covington, Kirkland, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, and Weil have grabbed lead roles on the transactions.

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

Big Firm Tie-Ups Abroad Keep 2013 Merger Mania Alive

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

The U.S. set a record for law firm mergers in 2013, even if a few late year unions failed to materialize. Now large firms in the U.K., Canada and South Africa firm are getting into the act, with four notable combinations announced this week.

Asia Deal Digest: December 12, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2013

* Total goes in-house for a $3.6 billion New Guinea oil and gas deal* Freshfields takes the lead on planned $2.8 billion China Everbright Bank IPO* Allens and Clifford Chance on $1 billion U.S.-China lithium joint venture

Amid Deal Doldrums, Energy M&A Still Flows to Some Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Though the volume of energy-related M&A transactions has dipped to a nine-year low, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case are closing out 2013 by grabbing leading roles on a spate of big deals tied to the industry.

Holiday Cards: Electronic or Printed?

Gina F. Rubel : The Legal Intelligencer : January 10, 2013

It is that time of year again when the conversation focuses on whether law firms and other businesses should send printed holiday cards, electronic holiday cards or a mix of both.

Quartet of Private Equity Deals Yield Roles for Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2013

Baker & McKenzie, Drinker Biddle, Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright, Skadden and Womble Carlyle led the way as several large firms landed lead roles advising buyout shops BC Partners, Odyssey Investment Partners, Permira and Thoma Bravo on nearly $3.9 billion in transactional work around the Thanksgiving holiday.

O'Melveny Adjusts to Changing Asia Market

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 02, 2013

The shifting market, a series of departures and leadership changes—in the U.S. as well as Asia—have raised questions about the firm's Asia strategy. But chairman Bradley Butwin insists that O'Melveny's commitment to Asia is as strong as it ever was.

Continental Breakfast: Paul Rawlinson, Baker & McKenzie

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : January 02, 2013

American Lawyer chief European correspondent Chris Johnson meets regularly with senior figures in the legal world at their favorite breakfast joints to chew over the industry's tastiest talking points. Johnson's guest this week is Baker & McKenzie's new London managing partner, Paul Rawlinson. On the menu: the firm getting tough in London, what clients really want, and impromptu karaoke.

Asia Deal Digest: November 28, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

*Skadden acts on U.S. IPO for Chinese classified advertising site 58.com*WongPartnership advises real estate developer Ascendas on new Indian property fund*Rahmat Lim & Partners and Allen & Gledhill advise Sime Darby Motors on Vietnamese acquisition

November Flurry Propels 2013 to Law Firm Merger Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

With five weeks left, 2013 is already a record-setting year for tie-ups involving U.S. law firms. The Am Law Daily caught up with legal consultants Ward Bower and Tony Williams to discuss the continuing trend toward consolidation here and abroad.

Mayer Brown JSM Adds Real Estate Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Real estate specialist Ricky Yiu was previously a partner in the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie.

Deal of the Week: Energy + Equity = Excellent Acquisition

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2013

Texas lawyers at Baker & McKenzie represented Rimrock Midstream of Dallas in its recent acquisition of the El Dorado Storage Terminal from a subsidiary of Houston's Enbridge Energy Partners.

November Flurry Propels 2013 to Law Firm Merger Record

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2013

With five weeks left, 2013 is already a record-setting year for tie-ups involving U.S. law firms. And as the latest spate of deals pushed the total number of mergers announced so far to 78—past the previous high of 70 set in 2008—The Am Law Daily caught up with legal consultants Ward Bower and Tony Williams to discuss the continuing trend toward consolidation here and abroad.

Asia Deal Digest: November 21, 2013

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 21, 2013

*Morrison & Foerster guides Global Logistics Properties on creation of $3 billion fund*Simpson Thacher leads Chinese gaming company Boyaa Interactive's $127 million IPO*Gadens advises PanAust on majority-stake purchase in Papua New Guinea gold and copper mine

Enforcing Arbitral Awards That Have Previously Been Annulled

Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky : New York Law Journal : January 20, 2013

In their International Litigation column, Lawrence W. Newman and David Zaslowsky of Baker & McKenzie write: If an arbitration award is annulled in the courts of the country where the arbitration took place, can it nevertheless be enforced by the courts of another country? A recent decision in the Southern District of New York addressed and answered that very question.

Hong Kong Firm Deacons Hires New Tax Head

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 19, 2013

Lee Travis Benjamin was previously a special counsel at Baker & McKenzie.

Hogan Lovells Adds South African Firm Routledge Modise

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2013

The merger gives Hogan Lovells its first physical office in Africa as the firm looks to expand in that hot legal market. Routledge Modise, which has 120 lawyers and 40 partners, was an alliance firm of U.K. firm Eversheds until the two firms went their separate ways last year due to client conflicts.

License to Drill

Carlos Harrison : Daily Business Review : January 18, 2013

From Mexico to Brazil, firms eagerly await energy reforms that will spawn big deals, big returns for clients in Latin America.

Locking Down Legal Problems in a Global Supply Chain

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 18, 2013

In an increasingly globalized and regulated economy, the supply chain can be fraught with risk. A new Baker & McKenzie study sets out a framework for companies to follow when dealing with third-party vendors, offering best practices for global risk management.

A Southeast Asian Hedge?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2013

High growth in places like Malaysia and the Philippines continues to draw the attention of international firms. But can a practice focused on such markets really make up for slower growth in China and beyond?

McKenna-Dentons Vote Deadline was Thursday

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 15, 2013

Thursday was the last day for the partnerships of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge to vote on a potential combination between the two firms. The boards of both firms had approved the combination and then put it to their respective partnerships for a vote, the firms jointly announced Oct. 29.

Representing Corporate New Jersey

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2013

Ashurst Advises Crown on $1.4 Billion Sydney Casino

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

The Australian gaming and entertainment has struck a deal with the New South Wales government.

Little Clout for GCs at Chinese Companies

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2013

A survey conducted by Baker & McKenzie and the China University of Political Science and Law found Chinese companies keeping "in-house lawyers at arm's length."

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

* Vinson & Elkins on CNPC's $2.6 billion Peruvian oilfield buy* MoFo and Wilson Sonsini take the lead on a $917 million Chinese semiconductor deal* Clifford Chance helps MSG giant Ajinomoto buy into the Turkish sauce market

WongPartnership Launches Malaysian Alliance

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 12, 2013

The Singapore firm has agreed to work with 10-lawyer Kuala Lumpur firm Foong & Partners.

McKenna Merger Sparks Internal Doubts

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 11, 2013

The potential combination between global megafirm Dentons and Atlanta's McKenna Long & Aldridge has hit a snag, according to a McKenna partner.

Hunton & Williams Adds Bangkok Tax Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 08, 2013

Chinawat Assavapokee, previously a partner with Baker & McKenzie, advises on tax issues relating to foreign direct investment and other cross-border transactions.

Asia Deal Digest: November 7, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 07, 2013

* Skadden, Russell McVeagh advise on New Zealand's largest-ever IPO for Meridian Energy* Baker & McKenzie guides a Chinese conglomerate buying a Hong Kong bank for $1.5 billion* A Dubai commodities firm turns to Stamford for a Singapore reverse merger

Baker & McKenzie Advises CTBC on Japan Acquisition

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 05, 2013

The Taiwanese financial services group has offered to buy a majority stake in Tokyo Star Bank for $527 million.

D.C. MOVES

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2013

Baker & McKenzie on $1.5 Billion Hong Kong Bank Buy

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2013

China's Yue Xiu Group is planning to acquire a majority stake in Hong Kong's family-owned Chong Hing Bank.

Gadens Ordered to Pay Tax Client $5 Million

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2013

An Australian court had ruled in July that the Sydney law firm provided negligent tax advice to John Symond, the founder of Australian mortgage lender Aussie Home Loans.

Privacy Pitfalls Lurk for Medical Apps

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 01, 2013

When the Problem Crosses Borders

Angela Hunt : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2013

A giant affiliate, based in London, handles employment disputes all over.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2013

GrayRobinson merges with trial firm Hirschhorn & Bieber; the former managing partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's Asia practice joins investment bank Moelis & Co.; and Cozen O'Connor launches an international arbitration practice..

A Q&A with the General Counsel for Southwest Airlines

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark Shaw is the vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years, and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions.

Transactions and Aircraft Leasing Top Agenda for Southwest Airlines GC

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark R. Shaw is the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions. In that role, one of his primary areas of responsibility was aircraft finance and lease transactions.

The Experts

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2013

The New York Law Journal thanks our legal columnists who have been contributing to the Law Journal from the 1960s to the present day.

Dentons, McKenna Execs Okay Tie-Up, Partner Votes Set

Sara Randazzo and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2013

The boards of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge have given their respective blessings to a proposed union that would join the two, and partners on both sides will vote on the matter within the next two weeks, firm representatives confirmed late Tuesday.

Baker & McKenzie Adds Tokyo Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 28, 2013

M&A specialist Jeremy White was previously a counsel at Allen & Overy.