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Baker McKenzie, the leading global law firm, has announced revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2018 (FY18) of $2.9 billion. In terms of constant currency, Baker McKenzie's revenues were up 10% compared to the previous year. In US dollar terms, the Firm's reporting currency, this translates into growth of 8%.
Profits per Partner were up by 13% to $1.44 million, driven by large client mandates, including high-value cross-border transactional and premium work which continues to be attractive to repeat clients. Investments in project management, centers of excellence in lower-cost locations, and more effective partnering with clients, supported by long-term investments in industry, practice and client programs have enabled profitable growth.
Baker McKenzie remains the most geographically diverse global law firm with revenues spread by region as follows: Asia Pacific 26%, EMEA 39%, Americas 35%.
Baker McKenzie Chair Paul Rawlinson says, "You can't be global and successful without having an authentic core purpose to serve our clients. This means making continued investments in industry, practice and client programs and our people. Our excellent financial results -- including a 13% increase in PPP -- are based on long-term partnering with clients to create that magical 'win-win' through trust: delivering what clients value wins repeat business and allows us to invest for the future."
Innovation to serve clients better
Paul adds, "We are currently also embarking on a major program aimed to make our professional and business services teams even more effective, mainly focused on transforming our use of technology to disrupt and challenge industry norms by maximizing the efficiency and quality of our services and sharing those benefits with our clients. It's an exciting prospect and I would like to thank our clients for their loyalty and our people for their dedication."
Paul continues: "But it's not just talk. Baker McKenzie is the only law firm that offers a truly global integrated digital innovation platform to clients and this is already beginning to make a direct impact on our financial performance. We estimate that our use of alternative legal services in Belfast, our e-discovery platforms and our use of legal project management are already bringing significant efficiencies and savings to our clients and more than $50 million in annual revenue to support our core legal services on high-value mandates. Bringing global teams of people together with strong leaders and using globally deployed technology are winning us new business."
A stronger Baker McKenzie
This expansion of our innovation services continues a period of growth this year in Baker McKenzie's capabilities, as the Firm recently opened an office in Los Angeles with highly regarded lateral partners. Our major investments in transactional capabilities in London, New York and China have resulted in the Firm securing an increased number of lead counsel roles on billion dollar deals and a number of high-profile lateral hires. Last year Baker McKenzie closed an average of three deals a day. Further investments into Legal and Project Management, Pricing, Client and Practice management link closely to our ongoing Innovation initiatives.
The start of FY19 has seen the launch of a major program across the Firm's professional and business services functions to further enhance quality and effectiveness. Baker McKenzie recently announced plans to grow its Belfast global service center and the Firm shortly expects to announce the creation of new shared service centers to complement existing teams in Belfast and Manila. These centers will underpin a drive to be a more efficient organization.
Our practices and our sectors
We experienced significant growth across nearly all of our practices and industry groups. Especially strong practices in FY18 included Trade, Employment and Capital Markets. Financial Institutions and Healthcare groups were the highest growth industry sectors.
The Firm advised on some of the world’s most important deals and cases during the year, including:
Lead counsel on Knauf's $7 billion proposed takeover of USG Corporation.
Our Bogota and New York offices advised Brookfield Infrastructure Partners as lead counsel in acquiring a 59.1 percent stake in Gas Natural S.A.E.S.P., a publicly listed natural gas distribution business, for $560 million.
Lead counsel for France-based pharmaceutical company Servier on its acquisition of Shire's Oncology business for $2.4 billion, allowing Servier to establish a commercial presence in the US.
Acted as international legal counsel to DK Telekommunikation and a Macquarie managed consortium in $6.7 billion recommended public takeover of TDC A/S (a Danish telecoms business).
Representing a consortium of 40 Swiss banks in relation to the U.S. Department of Justice's unprecedented clampdown on offshore bank accounts.
We represented Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co.in four consolidated public shareholder class-action lawsuits arising out of its 2016 $5.7 billion acquisition and merger with StanCorp Financial Group.
Advising the world's largest hotel group, Marriott, with a landmark transaction that will allow the client to manage the first casino hotel set to be located in Madrid for 20 years.
Our brand and client recognition
Many leading organizations recognized Baker McKenzie's innovation and leadership in FY18, including:
Thomson Reuters has ranked the Firm No. 1 in the world by number of cross-border deals over the past decade. More than 65% of our deals are cross-border.
For the 13th consecutive year, the Firm was ranked first for deals with emerging market involvement, by both number of announced and completed deals.
Acritas recognized the Firm as the world’s strongest legal brand for the eighth year in a row.
Identified as one of the best law firms for women by Working Mother magazine, Law360 and Euromoney.
The Firm was honored to be one of Stonewall's 2018 Top Global Employers and the top Global LGBT+ Network of the Year.
Chambers Global recognized Baker McKenzie more than any other law firm in its 2018 global guide.
During FY18, we hired 53 lateral partners: talented lawyers from other top firms and experienced in-house counsel from leading multinationals. The Firm continued to focus on bolstering its transactional capabilities, in particular in London, New York and China, which accounted for a quarter of all new hires worldwide.
In June we announced the election of 67 new partners. This latest investment in talent takes the number of partners worldwide to 1,600 as of 1 July 2018. Women comprise 40% of our new promotions.
42% of our lawyers and 26% of our partners are women.
We have increased total billable hours to 8.5 million.
Paul concludes, "We can look back on the last 12 months with a lot of pride. Not only are we financially stronger - with our fastest growth in a decade despite all the uncertainties the global economy and legal sector have faced – but also because we have a clear long-term strategy, a united group of partners, with a common purpose and vision and a key set of strategic priorities. In our recent annual staff survey, we heard clearly from our people that they have great pride in our Firm. Our commitment to our clients and our people is bearing fruit. This feedback gives me a lot of confidence in this very challenging market."
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For more than 100 years, Kirkland has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.
Kirkland's principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client's success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Our Firm seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients, to the end of providing the best total solution to the client's legal needs.
We manage our Firm as an integrated whole. Approximately 2,200 lawyers in varying practice areas work together as multidisciplinary teams to provide the full-service capabilities our clients need for the legal matters they retain Kirkland to handle.
Kirkland's open assignment system allows each attorney to choose the practice areas and matters on which they work. This entrepreneurial approach yields higher levels of commitment, morale and results in all of our core practices:
Corporate and Tax: Kirkland lawyers negotiate and close highly sophisticated transactions, representing public and private companies and private equity investors in a broad range of transactions. Our tax lawyers have handled matters in the courtroom and boardroom, with proven results in the transactional and litigation arenas. Our Trusts & Estates lawyers represent individuals and families with respect to worldwide estate and business succession planning and are adept at planning for the management or disposition of unique and illiquid assets, such as private equity interests, closely held businesses and real estate. Kirkland's real estate lawyers apply real estate, corporate, securities, partnership and tax law to complex business transactions involving the acquisition, ownership, financing and operation of commercial real estate.
Litigation: Kirkland has been recognized for its reputation as a Firm of trial lawyers (not just litigators) by successfully representing companies involved in business-critical lawsuits and class actions. Because of our trial-ready philosophy, we are able to offer a deep bench of lawyers who have been taking cases to verdict since the early stages of their careers.
Intellectual Property: Kirkland's intellectual property practice is one of the oldest such practices in a full-service firm. Clients benefit from our critical mass of lawyers who are trained in a variety of technical disciplines with experience in litigation, transactions and counseling matters involving all areas of intellectual property.
Restructuring: By combining sophisticated business advisory and crisis management skills with extensive experience in U.S., UK and international insolvency matters, Kirkland's restructuring lawyers navigate clients through the turmoil of situations involving financially troubled companies.
At Kirkland, we believe that our ability to function at the very highest level of our profession is significantly enhanced by building a team of lawyers who bring us the benefits of a broad range of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and personal backgrounds. Our commitment to diversity is reflected not only in the Firm's policies, programs and committees, but also through our efforts to build and maintain a culture that values and gathers strength from difference.
The Kirkland Institute
Effective training is critical to the professional development of our lawyers. For this reason, Kirkland emphasizes attorney training that combines a legal practice with a year-round series of development programs including mock exercises, lectures and presentations. From their first days at our Firm, Kirkland lawyers have front-line opportunities to take and defend depositions, draft transaction documents, argue motions in court and draft securities filings. By performing such work under the guidance of senior colleagues, Kirkland lawyers learn through hands-on experience.
Kirkland Institute programs include: Trial Advocacy (KITA); Corporate Practice (KICP); Technology (KTECH); Tax Practice (KITP); Restructuring Training (KIRT); Patent Infringement Litigation (KIPIL); Insolvency Training (KIIT); and the LBO/Private Equity Seminar.
Kirkland is a strong and dynamic institution with a strategic network of offices located in major business centers around the globe. In line with our strategy of sensible, organic growth, the Firm has expanded geographically to meet the needs of our clients while maintaining a strong focus on quality control.
Kirkland stresses — and clients rightfully expect — good results. To that end, our Firm employs innovative, pragmatic strategies and hard work to ensure that our clients' legal needs are met. We recognize that our success depends on close coordination with our clients, therefore, our lawyers work collaboratively to set objectives, develop budgets and conduct periodic review sessions to measure our progress against those objectives.
Our Firm is committed to serving the communities in which we practice and live. Through pro bono work, our lawyers make their skills and talents available to those who cannot afford legal representation. They provide pro bono clients with the same commitment and diligence they show for our traditional clients. The Kirkland & Ellis Foundation provides financial support to charitable and law-related organizations that enhance communities through emergency relief, legal assistance, community services, sustainability/conservation efforts, cultural awareness, youth programs, health care initiatives, education opportunities and diversity sensitivity.
Technology & Support Services
The Firm makes extensive use of legal and administrative personnel to provide the appropriate skill level for the legal services required by our clients. Kirkland keeps pace with today's technology by providing our lawyers, staff and clients with the most advanced technology tools available to facilitate the practice of law.
Latham is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals and overcome legal challenges anywhere in the world. From a global platform of more than 30 offices, the firm's lawyers help clients succeed.
Devoted to Client Service
Latham is committed to helping clients achieve their business strategies and providing outstanding legal services around the world. Clients depend on the firm’s ability to find innovative solutions to complex business issues, and Latham’s lawyers use the firm’s experience and resources to help clients handle these challenges.
Latham’s global platform is composed of a single, integrated partnership focused on providing the most collaborative approach to client service. The firm offers:
Deep experience in successful enterprise-transforming transactions and in defending bet-the-company controversies
A solutions-based approach, providing innovative and sound commercial advice
Optimally sized teams that provide cost-effective and high-quality services
A culture geared toward establishing and nurturing long-term client relationships
Just the Facts
More than 2,600 lawyers in 30 offices located in 14 countries; Latham lawyers speak more than 60 languages
Truly a “one-firm” firm – Latham has no headquarters, and firm management is spread throughout the world, allowing Latham to service clients with the best-suited teams regardless of location
More than 60 international practice groups and industry teams
Consistently ranked in the top tier by leading legal and business publications such as The American Lawyer, Financial Times, mergermarket, Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Asia Legal Business
Commitment to Pro Bono and Community Service
Latham lawyers and professional staff performed approximately 236,000 hours of pro bono work in 2017 and more than 3.2 million hours between 2000-2017, valued at approximately US$1.5 billion
Signatory to Pro Bono Institute's global Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge
Women Enriching Business (WEB)
Our women's initiative promotes business relationships among women and invests in the long-term success of our women lawyers
WEB has held more than 300 successful events throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia
Latham's global program to reduce its environmental impact, conserve natural resources and energy, and operate in a sustainable and cost-effective manner
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