Baker & McKenzie believes big is good and bigger is better. One of the world's largest law firms, it has about 4,000 attorneys practicing from more than 70 offices -- from Bangkok to Berlin to Buenos Aires -- in almost 45 countries. It offers expertise in a wide range of practice areas, including antitrust, intellectual property, international trade, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and tax law. Baker & McKenzie's client list includes big companies from numerous industries, including banking and finance, construction, and technology, as well as smaller enterprises.
Baker & McKenzie is known for the geographic scope of its practice -- some 80% of the firm's attorneys work outside the US. The firm touts its widespread network of offices as an advantage for clients with multinational interests.
Baker & McKenzie has been strengthening its presence in Africa. In July 2012 the firm opened an office in Morocco to serve clients in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The new Casablanca outpost became the firm's third office in Africa and its fourth international location opening in 18 months. Offices recently opened in Johannesburg, Istanbul, and Doha. Previous expansion efforts included opening an office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in February 2009 and the opening of an office in Luxembourg in 2010.
The vast scale of Baker & McKenzie's operations increases the firm's exposure to liability, however, and that concern led Baker & McKenzie to reorganize itself as a Swiss Verein. Under the Verein structure, which is used by accounting firms such as Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Baker & McKenzie's member firms operate as separate entities, insulating the parent firm from liability. Baker & McKenzie was the first international law firm to organize itself as a Verein. – less