Orrick Named to Law360’s Global 20 List of International Law Firms


Law360 has again included Orrick on its “Global 20,” a ranking of the world’s leading international law firms, now in its second year.

Law360, a leading online source for legal news and analysis, cited Orrick’s overseas work with clients ranging from Microsoft Corp. to the French government. Fourteen of the firm’s offices are located outside the U.S., and 40 percent of the firm’s attorneys are located in Japan, China, Taiwan, Russia, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, the publication reported.

“Orrick’s position among the Global 20 is a result of careful strategic planning,” said Orrick Chairman and CEO Ralph Baxter. “Our expansion mirrors how our clients are growing in overseas markets and is designed to serve our clients’ needs.”

The Law360 Global 20 ranking evaluates the size and scope of each firm’s global platform, the breadth of its international work, the size and complexity of its cross-border work and how pioneering the firm has been in its international efforts.

Among other engagements, Orrick was cited for its successful representation of Microsoft in an intellectual property suit in China and its work advising the China Development Bank on the financing of five solar plants in Italy. Orrick was also hailed for its growth in Germany, where the firm added Munich as its fourth German office last year, and its ability to continue to thrive in France and Italy, despite Europe’s ongoing financial instability.

In recent months, Orrick's cross-border teams helped Snam, the owner of Italy’s largest natural gas pipeline system, secure an €9 billion credit line, and advised Recurrent Energy in its sale of Canadian solar projects to Mitsubishi Corporation and Osaka Gas.  One of the most active firms in Africa, Orrick has been retained by the Democratic Republic of Congo in connection with the Grand Inga hydroelectric power facility, expected to be the world’s largest upon completion.