Headquarters Chicago | Equity partners 686
Headcount 13,260 | Turnover £2.3 billion
This year Baker McKenzie advised Sony Music Entertainment on an agreement for the music mogul Simon Cowell to buy the company’s stake in their global joint venture talent and production company, which owns the television formats Got Talent and The X Factor.
The firm was responsible for advising Hitachi on its $11 billion (£8.3 billion) acquisition of the Swiss engineering group ABB’s power grid business, and for advising shareholders of Magic Lab, the company behind the dating and social networking apps Bumble, Badoo and Lumen, on the $3 billion (£2.3 billion) sale of a majority stake in Magic Lab to funds managed by the investment company Blackstone.
However, this year Baker McKenzie’s