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White & Case
By Rebecca Neely


White & Case is a leading global law firm with lawyers in 36 offices, across 25 countries, including the United States, Latin America,
Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Founded in New York in 1901, the firm services some of the world’s most well-established
and most respected companies—including two-thirds of the Global Fortune 100 and half of the Fortune 500-as well as start-up
visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.




International practice is the foundation of White & Case, and         On October 1, 2007, White & Case unveiled a new leadership
the firm has been involved in transactions all over the world.        team, led by Chairman Hugh Verrier. Previously head of the
The firm has a critical mass of U.S., English, and domestic           firm’s Moscow office, Verrier was elected by the partnership in
lawyers throughout the world who are either native to or fully        August 2007. The firm’s new Executive Committee, which acts
integrated in the regions where they are based.                       as the executive decision-making body, includes Verrier and
                                                                      three appointed partners - Anthony Kahn, Oliver Brettle and
White & Case is distinguished not only by the depth and               Asli Basgoz.
scope of its legal advisory services, but also by unmatched
experience in the international arena, particularly in providing      For the first time in 2005, White & Case exceeded $1 billion in
legal advisory services to, and in, developing or emerging            revenue, and also became home to more than 2,000 lawyers.
countries. The firm’s lawyers have decades of experience
in multijurisdictional issues in numerous legal systems               Since 2000, the London office of White & Case has expanded
— some well established, some in their infancy — as well as           considerably and now has a legal staff of more than 400. In
in transitional economic and political systems. As a result,          1971, White & Case was one of the first U.S. firms to establish
the firm is known for its expertise in assisting clients with         a London office. It was also one of the first foreign firms to
accomplishing their objectives in unfamiliar and often daunting       qualify when the Law Society of England and Wales changed
environments.                                                         its rules in 1993 to allow English and registered foreign
                                                                      lawyers to practice together in partnership.
White & Case has earned innumerable awards, including being
ranked in Capital Markets and                                         In 2009, the firm introduced its social responsibility initiative,
Finance Super Leagues, by PLC Which Lawyer? 2009, being               building on the firm’s long history of service through its
named No. 1 Global Bankruptcy Law Firm, by The Deal 2009,             pro bono work, legal education, community volunteerism,
being named Global Elite Firm, by Legal Business 2009, being          charitable contributions and focus on environmental
named Top Tier in International Arbitration, by American              sustainability, to ensure the firm fulfills its responsibilities to
Lawyer 2009, and being named Top International Arbitration            the global community with the greatest possible impact.
Firm, by Global Arbitration Review 2009. The firm was
also named Global Elite in Antitrust/Competition by Global            In 2009, White & Case lawyers spent more than 80,000
Competition Review 2010 and was named Top 5 M&A Firm in               hours on pro bono matters. The firm facilitated investment
Latin America by the Latin Business Chronicle 2010.                   in developing economies through its close partnerships with
                                                                      microfinance and other social welfare investment funds. White
Partner Duane Wall assumed leadership of White & Case                 & Case advised on the first debt-for-nature swap in Indonesia,
in 2000, and presided over further expansion of the firm,             which helped protect some of the world’s most endangered
particularly in Europe, where the firm opened in Milan, Italy         species. The firm also advocated for human rights, worked on
in 2001, and merged with one of Germany’s largest firms,              behalf of children needing access to justice and provided legal
Feddersen.                                                            services to a wide range of nonprofit organizations around the
                                                                      world.




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