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Global 100: Firms Ranked by Most Revenue

Gina Passarella Cipriani | September 25, 2017

Gross revenue for The Global 100 grew by 2.8 percent in 2016, to $99.3 billion, just shy of 2015's increase of 3.1 percent. This year 81 of the world's top-grossing firms have more lawyers in the United States than elsewhere, while 12 have the greatest proportion of their lawyers in the United Kingdom. Eight firms are structured as vereins or European Economic Interest Groups (EEIGs). Thirty-four firms had more than $1 billion in revenues, compared with 35 last year. In most cases, gross revenues for U.S. firms are derived from The Am Law 100. Other firms were surveyed directly for The Global 100, the Asia 100/China 50, or Legal Week's UK Top 50. Currency conversion rates to U.S. dollars are annual averages for 2016. Lawyer numbers are average full-time-equivalent numbers for 2016. Gross revenue figures are rounded to the nearest $500,000, while revenue per lawyer figures are rounded to the nearest $5,000.

The Global 100: Firms Ranked by Highest Profits Per Equity Partner

americanlawyer | September 25, 2017

Profits per equity Partner among Global 100 firms averaged $1.6 million in 2016, an increase of less than one percent, and less than 2015's nearly five percent gain. Seventy-five firms topped $1 million in PPP, compared with 76 firms the previous year. U.S. firms make up the top 10, with Slaughter and May the highest-ranking non-U.S. firm, ranking twelfth. This chart ranks the most profitable firms on our Most Revenue and Most Lawyers charts, which, combined, include 157 firms. To be eligible for this list, a firm had to appear on one of those two charts. Figures for U.S. firms came from The Am Law 100. All other firms were surveyed directly. PPP is rounded to the nearest $5,000, and gross revenue is rounded to the nearest $500,000.

China on the Rise

Anna Zhang | October 01, 2017

Outward investment by Chinese companies fueled local law firms' growth in 2016.

Top Global Legal Award in M&A Goes to ChemChina's $43B Syngenta Buy

Chris Johnson | September 26, 2017

The largest ever outbound acquisition by a Chinese company wins Grand Prize, Corporate, in the Global Legal Awards. Simpson Thacher; Homburger; Linklaters; Davis Polk and Bär & Karrer were among the firms that made the deal happen.

The Global 100: Firms Ranked by Head Count

Gina Passarella Cipriani | September 25, 2017

Overall lawyer head count for global 100 firms was 122,157 in 2016, up 2.7 percent from 2015. Forty-seven of the 100 largest firms by head count have more than 1,000 lawyers. Fifty-eight firms have the largest proportion of their lawyers in the United States, 17 have the largest proportion of their lawyers in the United Kingdom and 12 have most of their lawyers in China. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2016 fiscal year. (For U.K.-based firms, the number of lawyers is the average full-time-equivalent for the fiscal year ending April 30).

The 2017 Global 100

Danielle Sadow | September 25, 2017

Results of our Global 100 survey and analyses show growth is slowing and profits are dipping. Firms are adjusting to rapid-fire market changes as the world adjusts to the multitude of geopolitical forces at play. Figuring out the proper global complement is increasingly challenging, but there are opportunities to be had with new markets emerging as key players on the world stage.

Summer Associates

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