The average head count for Global 100 firms was just over 1,100 lawyers in 2011. One-third (34) of the firms have over 1,000 lawyers. U.S. and U.K. firms dominate the chart: Sixty-seven are American and 16 are British, though seven of those are structured as vereins or EEIGs. Rounding out this years list are six Australian, five Chinese, three French, two Canadian, two Spanish, and one Dutch firm. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2011 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 of 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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1 Joined with Ogilvy Renault and Deneys Reitz in June 2011 and with MacLeod Dixon in January 2012. Norton Rose was designated as U.K. for home country (the firm was founded in and managed from the United Kingdom) even though the biggest concentration of lawyers is in Canada.
2 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey joined with Hammonds to form the Squire Sanders verein in January 2011.
3 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal joined with Denton Wilde Sapte in September 2010 to form the SNR Denton verein.
4 Merged with Freehills to form Herbert Smith Freehills in October 2012. Results are for Herbert Smith premerger.
5 Mallesons Stephen Jaques joined with King & Wood to form the King & Wood Mallesons verein in March 2012. Results are for legacy operation only.
6 Beachcroft merged with Davies Arnold Cooper to form DAC Beachcroft in November 2011.
7 Merged with Herbert Smith to form Herbert Smith Freehills in October 2012. Results are for Freehills premerger.
8 Ashurst and Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia) merged their Asian operations in March 2012 ahead of a proposed global merger in 2014.
9 Salans was designated as France for home country (the firm was founded in and managed from France) even though the biggest concentration of lawyers is in Poland.
10 Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia) and Ashurst merged their Asian operations in March 2012 ahead of a proposed global merger in 2014.