Submissions are invited from leading independent law firms operating either onshore of offshore in mainland Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East and Africa. Key factors taken into account by our judges include a clear demonstration of growing market share, a well-conceived business strategy, stellar financial performance, strong management, a successful recruitment and retention strategy and a significant client development programme.
2017 WINNER: Vieira de Almeida
João Vieira de Almeida
VdA leads the pack in a tough Portuguese legal market. Despite the pressure from local rivals and Iberian alliance firms, VdA’s financials, credentials and geographical coverage means that the firm remains at the top of its game.
The largest firm in continental Europe by number of fee-earners recorded a 3% rise in global revenue in 2016, growing to €349.4m. The Latin America region has been a specific focus for Garrigues, which opened its latest regional office in Chile by incorporating local firm Avendaño Merino into its international network.
GÓMEZ-ACEBO & POMBO
The past year has seen the elevation of a new generation of leadership and a firm-wide transition towards more specialist expertise at this leading Spanish independent, with the result being new international client wins, higher revenues and profitability.
A unique firm offering clients comprehensive coverage of the Baltic Sea Region, Magusson continues to go from strength to strength. Strong top-line performance and double-digit profit growth was matched by key client wins to underline a high-functioning business model.
MASON HAYES & CURRAN
This Dublin firm has grown significantly between 2013 to 2016. The growth has been organic, not by merger. In the last two years, the firm has increased revenues by 50% to €72m and also appointed a director of client service in 2016, a role which is relatively new in Ireland.
Tobias Bürgers; Alexander Ritvay
One of the strongest financial performers in the German market over the last five years, this leading independent firm saw turnover grow by a solid 5% year-on-year while deepening its bench strength with lateral hires from the likes of Ashurst in its home market and a team from a strong local practice in Poland.
Erik Steger; Richard Wolf
One of the top performers in our Euro Elite report in 2016, the Austrian firm generates around 80% of its work from international clients. The firm emerged from a post-banking crisis slump to move turnover up by 7% last year as it has positioned itself well to capitalise on the withdrawal of international firms in the wider CEE market.