GCR 100 - 17th Edition

Baker & McKenzie

10 January 2017

The indomitable size of Baker & McKenzie’s antitrust group continues to fuel the firm’s strong showing in our Global Elite rankings. Its size and scope remain by far the largest in our rankings; its 124-member partnership is almost twice the size of its nearest rival, Jones Day. And although GCR does not rank the firm everywhere – or indeed survey every place Baker features antitrust lawyers – its 43 jurisdictions with a competition team speak to the value the firm places on geographical reach and its ability to assist clients wherever they might have a problem. Much of its expansive reach comes through joint-venture with local firms around the world; many of the its 19 Who’s Who Legal: Competition nominees – the fifth-most of any firm in our rankings – belong to the Baker & McKenzie network of partner practices. The firm underwent some shakeups in its practice leadership around the world this year, although not all fell into the time frame of our Global Elite rankings. At the top, longtime practice leader Samantha Mobley stepped down and Brussels partner Fiona Carlin took the helm. In the US, practice head Lee Van Voorhis left for a rival firm, as did US cartels heavyweight Doug Tween; in Chile, practice co-head José Joaquín Ugarte departed to form his own firm. Meanwhile, the firm hired big names in Zurich, London and elsewhere, and promoted to keep partnership levels steady.