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The average head count for Global 100 firms was just over 1,000 lawyers in 2010. Nine firms have over 2,000 and two have over 3,000. U.S. and U.K. firms dominate the chart: Sixty-nine are American and 16 are British, though four of those are structured as vereins. Rounding out this year’s list are six Australian, three Canadian, three French, two Spanish, and one Dutch firm. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2010 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. Vereins do not include a home country. Click
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¹ Hogan & Hartson joined with Lovells in May 2010 to form the Hogan Lovells verein.
² Norton Rose joined with Deacons Australia to form a verein, effective January 2010. It also joined with law firms Ogilvy Renault and Deneys Reitz Inc, effective June 2011. Results here do not include the June mergers.
³ Squire, Sanders & Dempsey joined with Hammonds to form a verein, effective January 2011. Results are for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey premerger.
⁴ Merged with Nicholl Paskell-Mede, effective September 2011, and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, effective November 2011. Results are for Clyde & Co premerger.
⁵ Sonnenschein joined with Denton Wilde Sapte in September 2010 to form the SNR Denton verein. Results are for the legacy U.S. operation only.
⁶ Firm dissolved on March 15, 2011.
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