This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Field Fisher Waterhouse is well-known for providing “strong commercial knowledge” in a “user-friendly” style. Its offices in England, Germany, Belgium, France and the US allow the firm to benefit from global links and local expertise across a full range of practice areas. This year, our research identifies leading lawyers in 13 practice areas, with a total of 40 inclusions.
|FIELD FISHER WATERHOUSE LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 40|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Asset Recovery||3||Labour & Employment||1|
|Business Crime Defence||1||Life Sciences||7|
|Internet & e-Commerce||9|
The firm is best represented in the internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter, fielding nine lawyers from four of its European offices. Eduardo Ustaran heads the privacy and information law group and is “renowned” as a wide-ranging specialising in IT law, having advised and represented clients in various jurisdictions. He is joined in London by David Naylor, who also features in our regulatory communications chapter. He is noted for his “practical and innovative” approach to internet and technology issues, including working on software development, licencing, online contracting and new media. Colleague Paul Barton focuses on advising companies from technology start-ups to multinational corporations and government bodies, and is “outstanding in the field”. Paris-based Bruno Ducoulombier conducts a “stellar” practice encompassing a full range of internet and IT issues, and in Hamburg Felix Wittern is “very well recognised” in the IT sector for his work with domestic and international companies. Emmanuel Roger France impresses clients with his “unique market knowledge and commercial understanding”, having advised extensively on outsourcing, software development and licencing. He is also highly nominated in our asset recovery and business crime defence chapters.
The firm also boasts an extremely strong intellectual property team, achieving inclusions in our patents, trademarks and life sciences chapters. Nick Rose, head of the firm’s intellectual property group, is recognised as a “leading light” on trademarks, having acted for both claimants and defendants in trademark disputes. Alongside him, Mark Holah heads the trademarks and brand protection group and is lauded as a “stellar” lawyer with “great technical expertise”. In Brussels, Thierry van Innis is a “doyen of trademark law”, having practised for over 30 years in a full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Nominated in both our patents and life sciences chapters, Munich-based Joachim Feldges is “highly sought after” for complex patent litigation in the life sciences and technology sectors, and has represented numerous clients in German courts. Also specialising in the life sciences sector is Mark Hodgson, who represents high-profile companies including Eli Lilly in IP disputes and also handles life sciences-related product liability cases. Olivier Lantrès stands out as head of the life sciences and regulatory group in Paris.
Another key practice area is franchise law, where the firm boasts an impressive seven names. The “excellent” team in London fields five of these, with David Bond receiving numerous recommendations. Head of the franchise dispute resolution team Victoria Hobbs has “significant experience” in all stages of franchise disputes, both within the UK and internationally. Colleague Chris Wormald is joint head of the franchising group and is a “specialist” in commercial franchises in the retail, IT and financial services sector. Clients praise the “market knowledge and commercial understanding” of Shelley Nadler, who has almost 20 years’ experience in domestic and international franchise agreements. Also in London, Babette Märzheuser-Wood is “one of Europe’s leading experts” on franchise agreements involving cross-border transactions. Paris-based Franck Veisse conducts a full range of franchise services and is considered “top of the field” by sources.
Field Fisher Waterhouse excels across a further five chapters including mining, corporate tax and management labour and employment, displaying the breadth and diversity of its practice.
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