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.
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.
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.
This year, 408 practitioners are highlighted in our list of leading mining lawyers, from 228 firms across 65 countries.
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.
“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.
Our expert witness section is now in its third edition, reflecting the sophisticated use of expert witnesses in arbitration hearings and the growing number of such experts globally recognised for their abilities. This year we list 123 practitioners, nearly 20 per cent more than last year, as an ever-greater number of individuals are recognised internationally for the quality of their testimony in arbitration proceedings.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to recognise the firms and lawyers who stand out for their arbitration expertise on a global level. This year, we identify 733 practitioners from 441 firms and 86 countries as the leading practitioners in the field, following votes from clients and peers.
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