Baker McKenzie secured the top spot in the Mainland Europe Brand Index for the fourth consecutive year. It was the only firm in the top 10 to maintain its position from last year.

Clifford Chance clinched second place, rising two spots from last year’s index. Allen & Overy ranked third, jumping three spots from last year. CMS ranked fourth – its highest position on the index in the last three years – and Linklaters came in at fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Freshfields, DLA Piper, White & Case, Dentons and Hogan Lovells. The top 15 included Cleary Gottlieb, Hengeler Mueller, Eversheds Sutherland, Bird & Bird as well as Uría Menendez and BonelliErede, which tied for 15th.

“The top 10 in the Mainland Europe index represent the largest of global law firms that can boast a meaningful presence across key European markets,” said Jen Dezso, director, Research and Client Relations, Thomson Reuters. “Clients surveyed cited these firms’ ability to combine their global network with a reputation for technical specialty and high-quality legal service delivery. Moving to the firms ranked in the 11th to 20th spots, we see more of the region’s premium firms whose strength is anchored in their local market.”

Compiled annually by Thomson Reuters, the Mainland Europe Brand Index reflects which firms are upper-most in clients’ minds. It’s based on data compiled from a Sharplegal market research study of the global legal market across 55 countries with more than 2,000 senior in-house counsel, as well as 298 interviews that were conducted with senior legal buyers across key jurisdictions in the region. It also takes into account the views of an additional 204 non-Mainland-Europe-based senior legal buyers who were asked which firms they used in any of the key jurisdictions within Mainland Europe outside of the country in which they were based.

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