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In 2022 uncertainty took hold as inflation, volatile markets and a geopolitical conflict added to the challenges set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a world of shifting expectations and norms, we focused on creating a distinctive experience for our clients, consistent with the five-year strategy we launched in 2020. This North Star guided our global teams as they developed and executed innovative solutions on high-stakes deals, disputes and pro bono matters.
Our client work placed us at the center of global trends related to energy transition, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, finance and globalization. We contributed to the dialogue on these issues with published insights including “Scaling up the energy transition,” a report based on a survey that explores how capital providers and companies are setting priorities, staying competitive and managing risk. Through our COP27 video series, we explored themes raised during the annual climate conference and their potential impact on business and industry.
In regions around the world, we increased our capacity to serve clients, promoting 59 new partners and welcoming 39 lateral partners. We developed new ways of working with clients, increasing efficiencies and ensuring consistency. These initiatives included our Debt Finance Solutions Team, which leverages legal technology and other resources to handle certain types of routine work, and our Client Experience Blueprints, a series of tools that codify our global best practices for working with clients before, during and after a matter.
We continued to focus on building a more diverse and inclusive workplace, significantly expanding our diversity data collection efforts so we can quantify our progress. Our people benefited from new and expanded coaching programs, and we took concrete steps to empower our associates, focusing on work allocation, skills development and leadership opportunities.
This review discusses these and other accomplishments and initiatives that made a difference to our people and our clients in 2022. Together we face the future positioned for success.
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The focus on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 remained a priority for governments, investors and energy companies
Addressing ESG factors became “the new normal” for investors and businesses
Activity across debt and M&A markets slowed as rising interest rates and high inflation saw investors, borrowers and lenders recalibrate risk appetite
Around the world, legal and regulatory developments continued to reshape global interconnectedness
Highlights of our work in 2022
US$2.83 billion in revenue
2,616 total lawyers
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In markets around the world, White & Case earned many of the legal industry’s top accolades
White & Case is committed to fair and ethical operations that respect human rights and recognize the importance of our natural environment.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we affirm our commitment to doing business responsibly by supporting the Compact’s ten principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. The steps we are taking to continue to embed these principles into our Firm are outlined in our most recent Communication on Progress.
Our latest Environmental Sustainability Report includes information on our environmental policies, footprint, key actions and goals.
11 global affinity networks
Our 11 affinity networks foster a sense of community among the Firm’s Black, Asian, Latinx/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, minority ethnic and LGBTQ+ lawyers, business services professionals and their allies. Each network sets its own agenda, initiatives and goals, which are specific to the issues it considers most important. Affinity networks 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.
25 local women’s networks
Our 25 local women’s networks are active in 40 offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. These networks foster professional development and mentoring activities. They also provide a forum for our lawyers and business services professionals to share perspectives and create programs to support and retain our women while fostering and promoting gender equity.
49%of our lawyers self-identify as of color
28%of our partners self-identify as of color
43%of our lawyers self-identify as of color
27%of our partners self-identify as of color
Leading publications and alliance organizations continue to recognize our commitment to diversity and inclusion
Number 1 Most Diverse Law Firm among top 10 US firms by revenue
The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard 2022 (Number 2 among all firms scored)
100% rating on commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality (14th consecutive year)
Identifying the Firm as one of the best places to work for LGBT+ individuals
Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
International Firm of the Year for Career Development, Diverse Women Lawyers, Work-Life Balance
Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Awards 2022 EMEA
2022 Mansfield Certification Plus (fourth consecutive year)
Top 75 employer in the UK
Social Mobility Foundation Employer Index 2022
Using data to create change
Committing to growth opportunities for colleagues in wide-ranging roles
Recognizing the value of our lawyers as they start their careers
Focusing on consistent application of best practices
Leveraging technology to streamline routine work and enhance client service
Collaborating to effect change and build strong connections
To support their professional development and promote retention, White & Case is investing in coaching programs for its non-partner lawyers and business services professionals in all its offices. While many law firms offer some form of coaching to lawyers, White & Case’s programs are unusual in both their scope and scale.
The Firm’s Coaching Office, which launched in 2020, expanded its coaching programs in 2022 to cover not only non-partner lawyers but also business services professionals and summer associates worldwide. Coaches provide single-session and longer-term coaching on key topics including career management and growth, performance feedback (how to act on it or how to provide it) and people management and team dynamics. Coaching industry survey data and research indicate that it is unusual for a law firm to offer formal coaching to business services professionals and to provide coaching worldwide.
The internal coaching faculty of nearly 20 professionals comprises coaches who have other business services roles in the Firm and either received a prior coaching certification or completed an in-house coach training program and academic requirements. Several of our coaches are also former practicing lawyers.
This ready access to and the widespread availability of these coaching programs have resulted in their robust use Firmwide. As of fall 2022, the Firm had provided coaching to 243 individuals from 31 of our 44 offices with a roughly equal number of lawyers and business services professionals accessing the programs.
The Firm’s Global Women’s Initiative launched its own coaching program in 2022 designed for our women associates, counsel and local partners. A total of 32 first- to third-year associates received group coaching on effective teamwork and collaboration; power, influence and presence; and stepping into challenges, while 126 senior associates, local partners and counsel applied for and received six hours of one-on-one coaching in areas they identified in their applications. Coaching topics that proved popular with applicants included overcoming impostor syndrome; gaining self-confidence and seeking feedback; personal branding internally and improving work/life balance; and setting boundaries in a global firm. In total, nearly 20 percent of the Firm’s women lawyers have received coaching.
White & Case recognizes that each individual plays a role in our success. As a result, helping all our people develop professionally benefits not only them but also the Firm and our clients.
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