2023
Annual Review

What's inside

Highlights of our work, insights, achievements, programs and initiatives in a year that saw growing global divisions

A message from our Chair

2023 was a year of change for White & Case, as I stepped into the role of Chair and my predecessor, Hugh Verrier, completed his successful 16-year tenure. The Firm began a new chapter well positioned for continued growth. This review highlights many of the achievements and pioneering initiatives that took place throughout the year.

As the world became increasingly fragmented, we focused on the global connections that matter to our clients. We collaborated across borders, providing integrated services and maintaining the strong personal and professional bonds that make a difference, particularly in uncertain times.

Our work on high-stakes deals, disputes and pro bono matters placed us at the center of industry trends related to energy transition, finance, technology and more. We contributed to the conversation on these issues, publishing insights that included a comprehensive report on the future of globalization. Our report, A world of clubs and fences: Changing regulation and the remaking of globalization, puts forward a new conceptual model to understand cross-border interconnectedness in a time of sweeping legal and regulatory changes.

We also increased our ability to serve clients, promoting 46 new partners and welcoming 36 lateral partners. We continued to find innovative solutions that enhance client services and foster efficiency. And as generative AI continues to make headlines, we developed tools that will enable us to embrace its possibilities, while carefully managing its risks.

Looking ahead, White & Case enters its next phase with a solid foundation and an ambitious growth plan that will keep us at the forefront of the rapidly changing legal industry. I look forward to what we and our clients will accomplish together in the coming years.


Heather K. McDevitt, Chair

Conversations

Guest speakers at Firm events share views on timely topics

Business sets the pace in a global order marked by risk and fragmentation

As governments grapple with regulation and national security priorities, the private sector has stepped into the breach

Staircases on the facade of a building.
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Challenging assumptions and setting boundaries to fight career burnout

Our learned behavior and ideas about work may keep us from operating at our best

Workers leaving the office at night in the United Arab Emirates.
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Electric vehicle batteries hold center stage in the energy transition

By uniting industry participants who may seem to have divergent interests, the Global Battery Alliance is paving the way for a sustainable battery supply chain 

A close-up image of a lithium battery pack and power connectors in an electric vehicle.
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Energy transition forged ahead in a complex world

The war in Ukraine and high energy prices challenged energy transition timetables, but governments and investors were determined to stay the course

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M&A and debt markets feel the chill

M&A and debt market activity declined in 2023, as high interest rates and macroeconomic dislocation saw increasingly cautious dealmakers and lenders put deployment on hold

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Generative AI boosted the technology sector in a challenging year

Growth and investment in generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) lifted the technology sector after a slowdown in transaction activity throughout 2023, but regulatory challenges loomed large

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Remaking globalization: A new world order

The relatively free cross-border flow of goods, capital, information and people that have characterized globalization for decades is being replaced by regulatory "clubs" and "fences"

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Impact

Highlights of our work in 2023

Our growth and accolades

Our achievements position us for success

Our annual revenue

 

US$2.95 billion in revenue


Our lawyers worldwide

2,559 total lawyers


1,291EMEA

998Americas

271Asia-Pacific


1,220US-qualified lawyers

550English-qualified lawyers

2023 new partners

Meet the talented lawyers who strengthened our Firm in 2023

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2023 awards & rankings

In markets around the world, White & Case earned many of the legal industry’s top accolades

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Our responsible business practices

White & Case is committed to fair and ethical operations that respect the interests of our stakeholders and recognize the importance of protecting our environment. Our Responsible Business Subcommittee leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability efforts across our global operations.

As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we affirm our commitment to doing business responsibly by aligning our operations with the Compact’s ten principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. Our most recent Communication on Progress outlines the steps we are taking to continue to embed these principles into our Firm’s operations.

Our latest Environmental Sustainability Report includes information on our sustainable operations, scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions data, and our most recent Environmental Management Systems survey. Highlights from 2023 include: 
 

Launching our new global Sustainable Operations Guidelines, which provide guidance for running our business operations in line with best practices
Sourcing nearly half of our electricity from renewable sources, with a commitment to increasing this annually 
Completing our annual greenhouse gas emissions assessment, Carbon Disclosure Project and EcoVadis submissions 
Maintaining ISO14001 certification in our London office
Continuing to collaborate with the Legal Sustainability Alliance, which helps the legal sector take effective action on environmental issues

Diversity & Inclusion

Committed to advancing diversity and inclusion across the Firm

Our diverse workplace

11 global affinity networks

Our 11 affinity networks foster a sense of community among the Firm’s Black, Asia-Pacific, Latinx/Hispanic, Middle Eastern and North African, 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.

24 local women’s networks

Our 24 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.

 

Diversity: The numbers

Women make up:

42% of the Firm’s global management

50% of the Executive Committee

21% of other leadership roles


36% of our 2023 global partner promotions

25% of global Partnership

43% of our lawyers


In the US:

42% of our lawyers self-identify as of color

7% of our lawyers self-identify as LGBTQ+

4% of our lawyers self-identify with disabilities


28% of our partners self-identify as of color

3% of our partners self-identify as LGBTQ+

4% of our partners self-identify with disabilities


In London:

32% of our lawyers self-identify as of color

10% of our lawyers self-identify as LGBTQ+

4% of our lawyers self-identify with disabilities


13% of our partners self-identify as of color

5% of our partners self-identify as LGBTQ+

2% of our partners self-identify with disabilities


Globally:

125nationalities

92languages spoken


Recognition

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is recognized by leading publications and alliance organizations

Number 1 Most Diverse Law Firm among top 10 US firms by revenue
(Number 2 among all firms scored) The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard 2023
Diverse Women Lawyers: International Firm
Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Awards 2023 Americas
Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Awards 2023 Asia-Pacific
Top 75 employer in the UK
Social Mobility Foundation Employer Index 2023
Innovative International Law Firm of the Year
Work-Life Balance International Firm of the Year
United Kingdom Law Firm of the Year
United Emirates Law Firm of the Year 
Euromoney Legal Media Group Women in Business Awards 2023 EMEA
2023 Mansfield Certification
(Mansfield-certified since the program’s inception in 2018)
90% rating on commitment to LGBTQ+ workplace equality
Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2023 – 2024

First post-pandemic Middle East Women’s Conference features candid conversations

White & Case women gather to build connections and advance career opportunities

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Collaborating with clients around the world


 

world map

6 continents

44offices

30countries

In 2023 we advised clients from 
128
countries
on matters in 
201
countries

 

An internal guide addresses 20 areas of legislation in four Asia-Pacific countries

An internal guide addresses 20 areas of legislation in four Asia-Pacific countries

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White & Case embraces GenAI—with care

A transformative technology enables new ways of working

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Photo by © ASF - Architect Simone Forconi
iBridge, an interactive pedestrian bridge submitted for a design competition. Sensors on the floor of the bridge allow it to transform pedestrian and cycling traffic into usable energy. 

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2023 new partners

Meet the talented lawyers who strengthened our Firm in 2023

Article

1 min read

82total new partners

36new partners joined

46 new partners promoted

 

Sonia Abdul-Rahman
Mergers & Acquisitions
Dubai
Waad Alkurini
Project Development and Finance
Riyadh
Anwaar Alshammari
Project Development and Finance
Riyadh
Hope Anderson
Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity
Los Angeles
Shino Asayama
Mergers & Acquisitions
Tokyo
Hayden S. Baker
Mergers & Acquisitions
New York
Evelyn Balassiano
Project Development and Finance
New York
Michael Bark-Jones
Capital Markets
Stockholm
Elizaveta Bazarova
Energy
London
Eugenio Bernal
Debt Finance
Mexico City
Stephen Carlton
Mergers & Acquisitions
Melbourne
Yar R. Chaikovsky
Intellectual Property
Silicon Valley
Jacqueline L. Chung
Commercial Litigation
New York
Joel M. Cohen
White Collar/Investigations
New York
Jordan Coyle
Intellectual Property
Washington, DC
Hilary Cure
Infrastructure, Transportation & Logistics
Melbourne
Carlos Daroca
Mergers & Acquisitions
Madrid
Jeffrey Davis
Tax
Washington, DC
Kristen DiLemmo
Financial Services Regulatory
London
Chris Dodson
Commercial Litigation
Houston
Dr. Michael Engel
Antitrust/Competition
London
Pablo García-Nieto
Mergers & Acquisitions
Madrid
Laura Garr
Commercial Litigation
New York
Jeff Gilson
Mergers & Acquisitions
Chicago
Isaac Glassman
Commercial Litigation
New York
Yixin (Yish) Gong
Technology Transactions
Silicon Valley
Sean Gorman
Commercial Litigation
Houston
Omar Hemady
Mergers & Acquisitions
Boston
Wilfred Ho
Commercial Litigation
Hong Kong SAR
Henry Y. Huang
Intellectual Property
Silicon Valley
Petr Hudec
Asset Finance
Prague
Ian Ivory
Mergers & Acquisitions
London
Karen Katri
Capital Markets
Miami
Jessica Kemp
Tax
London
Alexandre Kiabski
Commercial Litigation
Paris
Nicolle Kownacki
Antitrust/Competition
Washington, DC
Brienne M. Letourneau
Commercial Litigation
Chicago
Oona Lilja
Debt Finance
Helsinki
Matthew E. Linder
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Chicago
Sophie Lyall
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Hong Kong SAR
Karim Mariey
Construction
Riyadh
Peter Mason
Debt Finance
London
Jillian McAleese
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Sydney
Mark Moody
Asset Finance
London
Stefan Mrozinski
Mergers & Acquisitions
Dubai
Tamer Nagy
Antitrust/Competition
Washington, DC
Yan Ng
Project Development and Finance
New York
Jenni Nygård
Capital Markets
Helsinki
David Okano
Intellectual Property
Silicon Valley
Philip Ou
Intellectual Property
Silicon Valley
Aleksandra Oziemska
Commercial Litigation
Warsaw
Helen Pantelides
Mergers & Acquisitions
London
Ignacio Paz
Mergers & Acquisitions
Madrid
Suzanne Perry
Project Development and Finance
Washington, DC
Kimberly C. Petillo-Décossard
Consumer & Retail
New York
Tom Pound
Mergers & Acquisitions
London
Cindy Riswantyo
Debt Finance
Jakarta
Erin Rosenberg
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Chicago
Juan F. Ruenes Rosales
Energy
Mexico City
Timothy Sackar
Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
Sydney
Phillip Sacks
Private Equity
Dubai
Estefanía San Juan
Sovereigns
Miami
Lisa Seifman
Real Estate
London
Tzi-Yang Seow
Mergers & Acquisitions
Hong Kong SAR
Dr. Julia Sitter (née Kersjes)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Frankfurt
Jennifer Stolp
Project Development and Finance
Johannesburg
Ross Sturman
Mergers & Acquisitions
New York
Dr. Sebastian Stütze
Employment, Compensation & Benefits
Frankfurt
Will Summers
Mergers & Acquisitions
London
Eva Svobodová
Capital Markets
Prague
Adam Tahsin
International Arbitration
London
Melissa Taylormoore
Commercial Litigation
Washington, DC
Sonica Tolani
Mergers & Acquisitions
London
James Turner
Private Equity
London
William Watson
Debt Finance
Dubai
Jakub Wołkowicz
Commercial Litigation
Warsaw
Ilan Wong
Taiwan
Hong Kong SAR
Bruce Yen
Intellectual Property
Silicon Valley
Andrew Zeve
Commercial Litigation
Houston

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The Ysalina Bridge over the Cagayan de Oro River in the Philippines is illuminated with a variety of vibrant colors


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