Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

International top 30 position: 29
Asia-Pacific international top 50 rank: 23

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Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe posted global revenues of $846m in 2011 with 20 partners in London contributing $34.5m, almost five per cent down on the previous year. The firm has 25 offices globally dividing its practice across the five broad areas of corporate, energy/infrastructure, finance, intellectual property and litigation.

The firm endured a tough start to 2013 with a number of defections across different jurisdictions. In Germany, independent firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek hired a team of nine lawyers in February to strengthen its Düsseldorf and Frankfurt real estate teams.

Orrick partners Michael Alberts and Peter Zimmerman along with of counsel Peter Vocke all join Heuking as equity partners in Düsseldorf, accompanied by four associates. In Frankfurt, partner Christoph Wetzler moved along with one associate.

In January 2013 the firm lost Hong Kong corporate partner William Woo to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Woo is the seventh corporate partner to leave Orrick’s Greater China team since the middle of 2012. Beijing-based partners Allen Shyu and Thomas Man left for Troutman Sanders and Morrison Foerster, while Hong Kong partners Phoebus Chu, Mark Lee and David Cho also left to pursue other opportunities. Most recently, in November 2012 the firm’s senior partner for China, Christopher Stephens, left to join the Asian Development Bank as general counsel.

Founded in San Francisco, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2013.

Asia Pacific

No. of lawyers: 91
Offices: 5

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe focuses on capital markets, private equity, intellectual property and M&A work in China. “Many Chinese companies are now going abroad and are raising money on the Hong Kong stock exchange,” explains Xiang Wang, the firm’s Beijing-based Asia managing partner, claiming that recently his firm has done more initial public offerings in Hong Kong than any other global firm.

The practice has also been made something of a television sensation in China, with the country's Central Television station focusing on the firm for a recent documentary on the region’s tumultuous intellectual property environment called Patent Wars.

Wang also remains bullish on the firm's Tokyo office, despite the country's difficult economic situation. “There are probably some international law firms suffering in Japan, but we take the view that it remains a very important market for our clients.” Taiwan also remains a solid fixture on the firm's map: “It is a strategic location for us to serve technology companies that are operating in the US and on mainland China.”

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Global revenue 2011 ($m): 846
Global lawyers 2011: 1,081
No. of lawyers (Asia Pacific): 91
Offices (Asia Pacific): 5