More than 100 lawyers are eventually expected to join the new office
White & Case is continuing its dynamic growth drive by launching an office in Chicago, spearheaded by Jason Zakia, the head of its disputes practice in the Americas. Continue reading “Their kind of town: White & Case hires in Chicago as firm launches in the Windy City”
Marco Cillario finds City offices outpacing worldwide growth at many Global London firms
2017 was a boom year for many of the London outposts of US law firms, with several convincingly outpacing their firm’s global performance financially and two passing the $300m mark. And it was not just a frenetic private equity market that boosted the London coffers: many UK teams also picked up headline mandates in areas including disputes and financial restructuring.
White & Case remains the highest-grossing US firm in London thanks to a 13% hike to its top line to $328m in 2017 – a faster growth than its 10% global revenue rise to $1.8bn. Continue reading “‘Investments have come home’: City branches stand out in big year for US players”
A surging private equity market, the City’s first $10m lateral and two law firms passing the $3bn mark. At first glance, 2017 looks to have been another boom year for international players in London. Neither did it hurt that City practices in a significant number of cases outpaced firm-wide revenue growth at many prominent US brands, including Latham & Watkins, White & Case, Paul Hastings, Sidley Austin, Cooley and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
Tragically for legal reporters, the story is a little more nuanced as a whole. Lawyer numbers at the 50 firms that make up our Global London table certainly reached new heights in 2017 at 6,212 but are up overall by a steady rather than spectacular 3%. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Citys – a growing divide emerges as the US elite storms ahead in London”
‘Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!’ exclaims Oliver Brettle, White & Case’s London executive partner, before getting up and heading for the door.
Given an amicable discussion of the considerable recent growth of White & Case’s City arm, the reaction to a question about the firm’s disputes practice seems a little abrupt. Continue reading “Reborn supremacy – inside the unlikely White & Case revolution”