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Our new Private Funds publication comprises a total of 459 practitioners from 164 firms in 45 countries who are considered leaders in this field of law. In this section, we have highlighted seven onshore firms and three offshore firms as leading global players due to the high number of listings they receive. Dechert stands out for its impressive array of leading lawyers across the firm’s offices in the US, Europe and Asia; Kirkland & Ellis, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Proskauer Rose all deliver pre-eminent transatlantic offerings; Sidley Austin is a powerhouse in the US; and King & Wood Mallesons is strongly placed in Europe and Asia. Offshore firms represent a significant market share in our research, with Maples and Calder, Walkers, and Mourant Ozannes standing out in particular. We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, including the top five lawyers in New York and London, as well as the five leading offshore practitioners.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

The private funds sector has undergone radical change over the past few years. The decline in market liquidity during the recession and an increasingly strict regulatory environment has created a significant amount of uncertainty among investors and managers. Despite this, the cautious optimism observed in last year’s edition has turned into growth that promises the return of pre-crash figures in some sectors. In addition, the end of the AIFMD transitional period in July 2014 means that the industry can now get some traction, even if observers are still largely unsure how the market will evolve in this new environment.

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For the second edition of this publication we feature 191 sports lawyers and  201 entertainment lawyers across 36 countries altogether. Once again DLA Piper emerges as the dominant firm with leading practitioners from six different jurisdictions. Bird & Bird features as a leading player in Europe, while Greenberg Traurig is particularly strong in the US. Reed Smith follows closely behind, delivering a pre-eminent transatlantic offering. A number of boutiques are also prominent, including the London-based sports firm Couchmans.   We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, comprising the top five lawyers in the sports, gaming and entertainment fields, as well as the top five barristers at the UK bar.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

With the benefit of over 18 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the sports and entertainment legal markets.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

With the benefit of over 17 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the global mining market.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

This year, 408 practitioners are highlighted in our list of leading mining lawyers, from 228 firms across 65 countries.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

This year, we single out 440 lawyers and 117 private client trust and advisory professionals across 50 countries. Several firms perform particuarly well in our research, with Withers once again achieving the highest number of listings. Baker & McKenzie performs strongly with practitioners from its offices across Asia, Europe, the US and Latin America selected, as does Macfarlanes. Several offshore firms also stand out with Mourant Ozannes, Ogier and Conyers Dill & Pearman all earning an impressive number of inclusions. On the advisory and trust services side RBC Trust Company, Rawlinson & Hunter and Rothschild Trust all perform exceptionally well. We also select the most highly regarded individuals in the world, including the top five lawyers in the London market and the five leading offshore practitioners.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

“Internationalisation” is the word of the moment in private client circles, but what does it mean in practice for the legal industry? According to those we spoke to, the global spread of families’ members and fortunes, the emergence of new wealth in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and increased inter-governmental cooperation and extraterritorial legislation have generated new challenges and demands as well as establishing a “new norm” in which an integrated, global approach to succession or estate planning has become essential for law firms in order to remain competitive. 

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