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Legal Marketplace Analysis

This year, we single out 732 practitioners from 415 firms who are considered leading practitioners worldwide. Latham & Watkins achieves the highest number of listings in our research and is also home to our top individual in Europe Paul Davies. Following closely behind is Hunton & Williams, with its Washington, DC office being especially well represented. Sidley Austin, Allen & Overy, K&L Gates and Alston & Bird all also perform strongly. We also single out the most highly regarded lawyers in three different sections; the US, Europe and the rest of the world.

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 global environment market.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

With the benefit of over 17 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the business crime legal marketplace worldwide.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

In this section we single out the leading lawyers and firm's in this year's edition, based on extensive research involving practitioners and in-house counsel around the globe.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

We recognise 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators, and each should be considered to be among of the outstanding experts in their jurisdiction. Our listing encompasses sole practitioners, barristers, boutique firms, former judges and non-lawyers. We also select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

The economic upheaval of recent years has prompted altered practices across the commercial world, not least a hardening of attitudes in boardrooms towards legal spend, which has direct ramifications on the resolution of disputes. With clients more than ever looking for cost-effective ways to resolve – or avoid – such conflicts, an opportunity has arisen for the world’s leading commercial mediators to further establish mediation as a viable, attractive and effective method of addressing these concerns worldwide.

Transport Marketplace Analysis

In this chapter we list the leading aviation, and shipping and maritime practitioners based in Japan. The sector continues to provide lawyers with an active workload – one that is only expected to increase as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach. Thirteen “impressive” individuals are recognised for their transport expertise.

Trademarks Marketplace Analysis

Revised Japanese patent, utility model, design and trademark laws are expected to be effective from early 2015 and lawyers in this field can expect a busy 12 months advising on the amendments. Under the revisions, new types of marks will be protected including colours and sounds. We recognise 17 individuals in this chapter.

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