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Firm Profile

World Law Group

Firm Profile

Washington, DC

  • Profile
  • One Metro Center
  • 700 12th Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005

Firm profile submitted by World Law Group

President: Neil Sheehy
Number of member firms: 57
Number of offices: 360
Number of countries represented: 78
Number of lawyers represented: 18,000+
Languages: 150+

Founded in 1988, the World Law Group® has consistently pursued its own unique growth strategy; namely, to add a member firm in a new jurisdiction only when the needs of existing members and their clients demand, and only if a sufficiently high-quality firm can be identified. The members list below clearly demonstrates how successful this strategy has been. Undisputed national or regional leaders in their markets, all have a long and comprehensive presence in their jurisdiction as highly respected full-service law firms. Most are among the largest in their markets and serve clients from multiple offices. So it is no surprise that clients of WLG member firms include many of the world’s largest multinational corporations as well as leading domestic companies, governments, and not-for-profit organisations. Many WLG members have been acknowledged as top firms in their national markets by legal industry arbiters including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and the International Financial Law Review.
As premier national firms, WLG members attract and retain the best local talent, including many lawyers who have gained international legal training and experience. They are intimately engaged in the business, legal and social environments in which they operate, and bring a deep and comprehensive understanding of the culture, customs and nuances of these environments that few foreign-based firms ever master.
Through the World Law Group, each member firm can swiftly rally the broad legal experience, in-depth local knowledge and extensive resources of one or a dozen other members to work seamlessly for a client via a single phone call or email. WLG members worldwide do exactly that more than 2,000 times each year – or about eight times each business day – with all member firms committed to responding within 24 hours. Clients of World Law Group members can rest assured, knowing they are being advised by some of the best legal professionals in every jurisdiction in which the WLG has a presence, from more than 360 offices worldwide.

Main Areas of Practice:  
World Law Group members are full-service business law firms and as such offer a comprehensive range of legal experience, services and resources required by today’s multinational businesses. Having worked together on so many cross-border transactions, disputes and other matters, they are accustomed to fielding multinational teams that regularly exceed client expectations for responsiveness, seamless service delivery and cost-effectiveness. Clients gain the ease and efficiency of working with a single firm, and the ability to access in-depth legal expertise, local knowledge and on-the-ground resources in as many business centres as needed, when needed.

WLG member firms have already worked together on a broad range of legal challenges in every industry, including multinational mergers and acquisitions, multi-jurisdictional due diligence and merger filings, resolving complex international legal disputes, global anti-corruption compliance and training, data privacy/protection, employment and labour matters, intellectual property protection and IP asset management, among others. To describe just a few recent collaborations, WLG members: 
■ Advised on a joint venture to develop, construct and operate a large hotel complex in Yangon, Myanmar. The project is believed to be Myanmar’s largest hotel complex project
■ Advised a Mexican conglomerate publicly-traded company on acquisition of a leading manufacturer of iron castings for the automotive industry with operations in Spain, Italy and China
■ Advised a US company in the skin care ODM and OEM industry on its successful IPO and listing on the KOSDAQ Market Division of the Korea Exchange (KRX).
■ Advised a private equity fund client on an acquisition of a company with operations in Canada, the Netherlands and Taiwan that provides more than 500,000 SKUs to its customer base
■ Advised multi-national company on successful bid to acquire 42% stake in Korean tire manufacturer, with a purchase price was approximately USD 830 million
■ Advised US based company that provides construction and warehouse services to e-commerce retailers on its expansion into Europe and Australia

Member Firms:
Argentina: Alfaro-Abogados; Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi
Australia: MinterEllison
Austria: CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
Belgium: CMS DeBacker
Brazil: TozziniFreire Advogados
Canada: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP; Goodmans LLP
The Cayman Islands: Campbells
Chile: Urenda Rencoret Orrego y Dörr
China: Zhong Lun Law Firm
Colombia: Philippi, Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Costa Rica: Arias Law
Denmark: Bech-Bruun
England: Gowling WLG
Finland: Castrén & Snellman
France: Soulier AARPI
Germany: CMS Hasche Sigle; Taylor Wessing
Greece: Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners
India: AZB & Partners; Vaish Associates
Indonesia: Makarim & Taira S.
Ireland: Mason Hayes & Curran
Israel: Herzog, Fox & Neeman
Italy: Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
Japan: City-Yuwa Partners
Korea: Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
Luxembourg: Arendt & Medernach
Malaysia: Shearn Delamore & Co.
Mexico: Santamarina y Steta S.C.
The Netherlands: CMS Netherlands
Norway: Advokatfirmaet Schjødt
Perú: Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados
Philippines: SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Poland: Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Portugal: PLMJ
Russia: CMS Russia
Singapore: WongPartnership LLP
South Africa: ENSafrica
Spain: Cuatrecasas
Sweden: Setterwalls
Switzerland: CMS von Erlach Poncet
Taiwan: Formosa Transnational
Thailand: Chandler MHM Limited
Turkey: Hergüner Bilgen Özeke
■United Arab Emirates: Al Tamimi
Uruguay: Guyer & Regules
USA: California: Greenberg Glusker LLP
USA: District of Columbia: Arnold & Porter LLP
USA: Florida: Greenberg Traurig P.A.
USA: Georgia: Miller & Martin PLLC
USA: Illinois: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
USA: Massachusetts: Locke Lord LLP
USA: Texas: Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP
USA: Washington: Lane Powell PC
Venezuela: D’Empaire Reyna Abogados
Vietnam: VILAF

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