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Real Estate 2017: Analysis

The 14th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Real Estate highlights 821 leading real estate practitioners drawn from 51 jurisdictions. The individuals listed are among the most prominent in the field and are well versed in counselling domestic and international clients on the full range of real estate services, including acquisitions and disposals, leasing, planning and development, joint ventures, financing and estate management. Practitioners based in North America dominate the listings in this year’s research, with more than half of our top-rated lawyers based in Canada and the US. Global law firm DLA Piper retains its position as the leading firm in this area, with 27 pre-eminent practitioners listed across the US, Europe and Australia. A number of other global firms also rank prominently, including leading international firms Greenberg Traurig, Dentons and Clifford Chance, whose practitioners dominate our listings in the US and Europe. 

Real Estate 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Real estate remains an area where global trends are relatively few and far between; instead, major regional variations exist. In general, however, the market is changing quickly as investors look to react to various geopolitical situations and find the safest havens to secure a return on their investment at the minimum risk. In the legal market, pressure on fees continues to concern many law firms around the world, as competition for mandates on major deals remains fierce.

Litigation 2017: Analysis

The 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation is a comprehensive guide to the litigation legal market, including 833 practitioners from 493 firms across 68 different countries.

Litigation 2017: E-discovery Analysis

In the second edition of our e-discovery chapter, 58 lawyers are recognised across the USA and Canada for their expertise in these matters including the identification, collation and analysis of electronic data for readying as evidence and developing strategies for companies and clients. 

Litigation 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Despite macroeconomic pressures, the UK’s impending exit from the EU and general political uncertainty that surrounded the presidential elections in the US and France, among other recent events, a steady stream of litigation continues to be seen worldwide and volumes of claims remain robust. Lawyers we spoke to note a burgeoning crossover between criminal investigations and civil litigation and an increase in financial and group litigation. As in the legal profession more generally, clients increasingly require a mix of both acute local knowledge and international capability from the law firms they choose to instruct.

Environment 2017: Analysis

We highlight 806 standout individuals for their expertise in environment law. The practitioners listed in the guide offer expert counsel on transactional matters, regulatory obligations and risk management strategies. Our research also identifies the leading litigators in the field, who have been selected for their experience in national and cross-border disputes including citizen suits, enforcement actions and government investigations.

Climate Change 2017: Analysis

In this chapter we highlight 148 leading climate change lawyers who have been recommended by market sources for their experience in carbon-related projects. The individuals listed in the guide have a broad range of expertise ranging from transactional matters, impact assessments and strategic carbon-management advice to complex regulatory and project development matters. 

Environment 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Interviewees reported that their practices are busy as environmental issues ascend the list of priorities for businesses, investors and regulators alike. Traditional areas such as water, waste and land contamination are a considerable source of work around the world, although many practitioners in the US and Europe have reported a shift towards consumer safety and product-related matters taking up a larger proportion of their practice. Clients are now approaching due diligence with a greater emphasis on risk management, rather than the traditional focus on asset-based liabilities, and there is a much greater engagement with risk at the board and investor level.

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