Law360 has once again recognized Orrick on its Global 20 list, a ranking of the world’s 20 leading international law firms. This is the firm’s seventh appearance on the list since its inception in 2011. Law360’s list focuses on firms that have the “broadest global reach and a proven ability to handle the most difficult cross-border matters…”
Law360 noted Orrick’s growth strategy focused on strengthening its global offering for clients in the technology, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors, including office openings in the past year in Austin, Texas, to service the public finance market, and Santa Monica, California, to serve the growing startup community there. The article also highlighted the firm’s growth in London where the firm has added depth in its finance and technology practices. Orrick’s London Office Leader Kolvin Stone explained to Law360 that “London is one of the most important financial centers in the world. There is a growing fintech ecosystem here and it’s right in our sweet spot — in the seams between technology and financial services.” And Law360 pointed to additions in Asia, including new global head of oil & gas James Atkin, based in Tokyo, and several new partners in China focused on outbound work for major Chinese companies.
In interviews with Law360, Ed Batts, head of Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity practice, and Blake Winburne, head of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure practice, both stressed the importance of collaboration within the firm. “We’re focused on being one firm globally. We're one integrated profit and loss income statement each year and that breeds, I think, good partner-citizen behavior across the firm,” said Ed.