Highlights of our work, insights, achievements, programs and initiatives in a year that reshaped the world
2020 reminded us that what affects one of us, affects all of us. In uncertain times, we drew on our connections with our clients and colleagues as we confronted the impact of a global pandemic, together.
Collaborating with clients in new ways, we fielded global teams that worked on groundbreaking transactions and resolved high-stakes disputes around the world. Through our pro bono work and global citizenship initiatives, we responded to societal challenges posed by the pandemic and looked to address racial injustice, wherever it exists.
This review marks the final year of our five-year 2020 Strategy. Despite a disruptive year, we met our financial targets and achieved outstanding results in the practices, industries and markets we targeted for growth.
In 2020, we also articulated the values that I believe have always defined White & Case: Pioneering, United and Human. In a year when the world changed in ways we never could have predicted, our values came to life. I am confident they will continue to guide and enable our success going forward.
__Hugh Verrier, Chair
Diversity and inclusion
Where White & Case is a longtime leader—and we’re just getting started
Global affinity networks
Our nine global affinity networks foster a sense of community among the Firm’s Black, Asian, Latinx/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, BAME/minority ethnic and LGBT+ lawyers, business services professionals and their allies. Each network sets its own agenda, initiatives and goals, which are specific to the issues it feels are most important. Affinity networks also create and enhance awareness of these groups within the Firm and its larger culture, drive community and connection across our global offices, and support their members with career and professional development opportunities.
Local women’s networks
Our 26 local women’s networks are active in 40 offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. These networks foster professional development and mentoring activities, and support business-related client partnerships. They also provide a forum for our lawyers and business services professionals to share perspectives and create programs to support and retain our talent while fostering and promoting gender equity.