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The Global 50 charts compare the world’s law firms on the bases of gross revenue, number of lawyers, and profits per partner. We compile the charts in conjunction with London’s Legal Business. Because foreign law firms differ in structure from American law firms, direct comparison is difficult. The following are the most important steps we have taken to level the playing field. Firms are identified as international if 40 percent or more of their lawyers are working outside the home country. Firms identified as national have no more than 45 percent of lawyers located in any one region of the home country. For additional caveats, please see the footnotes to each chart. MOST REVENUE This chart ranks firms by the gross revenue for fiscal year 1999-2000. For U.S. firms, revenue figures are obtained from The Am Law 100, published in the July issue of The American Lawyer. For British firms, revenue figures are obtained from The Legal Business 100, published in the September issue of Legal Business. Revenue for British firms was converted to U.S. dollars, with one pound equaling $1.60. Gross revenue figures have been rounded to the nearest $500,000. MOST LAWYERS This chart ranks firms by the average number of full-time equivalent lawyers at the firm in its most recent completed fiscal year. Lawyer numbers for British, Canadian, and Australian firms include recently graduated law students who are not yet fully licensed but who function and charge time like junior associates. Lawyer numbers and branch office totals reflect only those within a single partnership and do not include affiliations, networks, or those in separate partnerships, even if they operate under a single name. PROFITS PER PARTNER Firms that are presented on the “Most Revenue” and “Most Lawyers” charts are ranked on this last chart by average profits per partner for the most recent past fiscal year. Profits per partner figures are from The Am Law 100, published in the July issue of The American Lawyer. Figures for British firms are from The Legal Business 100, published in the September issue of Legal Business. Profits and revenue for British firms were converted into U.S. dollars with one pound equaling $1.60. Gross revenue was rounded to the nearest $500,000.

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