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Firm Lawyers 1999-2000* Predicted Size in 2001
Clifford Chance 2,029 3,100
A perennial runner-up to Skadden, Arps in revenue and Baker & McKenzie in number of lawyers, Clifford Chance is poised to take the top spot in both categories next year.
Linklaters 1,360 2,200
After its merger with Oppenhoff & Radler on January 1, Linklaters will almost double in size. Only three other firms in the world will be larger.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 1,397 1,871
Freshfields has shot up the revenue chart in the last three years to the number five slot. Look for the upward trajectory to continue as revenue from its new German partners gets added in.
White & Case 1,030 1,194
Second only to Baker & McKenzie in number of global outposts, White & Case is counting on this year’s merger with Germany’s Federsen Laule Ewerwahn Scherzberg Finkelburg Clemm to keep it high on the charts.
Lovells Boesebeck 897 1,288
Lovells’s merger with Boesebeck Droste should lift it out of the middle of the pack in revenue and into the top ten by size.
Denton Wilde Sapte 462 750
The Denton Hall-Wilde Sapte merger might not have produced a monster firm, but Denton Hall management is redoubling its global growth plans, and will likely land a spot on the 2001 charts.
Coudert Brothers 452 700
Despite its cosmopolitan constellation of offices, Coudert has never made the Global 50 charts. Its merger with Germany’s Schurmann & Partners should help make next year a first.
Borden Ladner Gervais 590 600+
Canada’s megafirm McCarthy T�trault finally has a rival. Five firms from five provinces merged in February to create the formidable Borden Ladner. Look for it to secure a place in next year’s rankings by size.
The Aussies too small big enough
Consolidation has caught on in a big way in Australia. Two new contenders- Freehills (formerly Freehill Hollingdale & Page) and Clayton Utz – have followed the Down Under trend to forge national partnerships. The move makes them top prospects for next year’s list.

*Numbers are for fiscal year 1999/2000. See methodology on page 82 for complete definitions.

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