Record revenues, PEP for Baker McKenzie

by Steve Randall07 Aug 2018

Baker McKenzie has reported its highest ever annual revenue with Asia Pacific contributing more than a quarter.

The firm saw revenues rise 10% in constant currency terms to U$2.9 billion (8% in US dollar terms) while profits per partner gained 13% to $1.44 million.

The record high for the firm is just short of the $3 billion threshold which has been surpassed by Kirkland & Ellis, and Latham & Watkins. Baker McKenzie is the third richest law firm in the world.

Revenue was led by EMEA (39%) and the Americas (36%) while Asia Pacific contributed 26%.

The firm’s chair Paul Rawlinson said the results reflect the firm’s “long-term partnering with clients to create that magical 'win-win' through trust: delivering what clients value wins repeat business and allows us to invest for the future."

He added that investment in innovation is ongoing and will help drive efficiency and quality of services. Revenues generated from new solutions will become an increasing part of the firm’s success.

“We estimate that our use of alternative legal services in Belfast, our e-discovery platforms and our use of legal project management are already bringing significant efficiencies and savings to our clients and more than $50 million in annual revenue to support our core legal services on high-value mandates,” he explained.

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Cooley partner Tom Hopkins has led the team advising the company on the investment led by Franciso Partners and GPI Capital.

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