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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 cause concern for many law firms around the world, as competition for mandates on major deals remains fierce.

Government Contracts 2017: Analysis

We list 424 legal experts in government contracts from over 600 law firms across the world. While Europe and the USA remain dominant in our listings, competition in the form of numerous regional firms and boutiques across the world demonstrate a strong global appetite for experts in government contracts. As international development carries on apace and many jurisdictions continue to build on government infrastructure and regulations for the procurement of contracts, this is surely an area that will remain competitive.

Government Contracts 2017: Trends & Conclusions

In recent years, government contract work has been significantly influenced by the global economic situation and a number of political factors. Interviewees have reported busy practices and an increasing demand for procurement advice. Clients are apparently striving to overcome these challenges and seize opportunities for commercial gain through litigation proceedings, innovative methods of contracting and new technologies. One source remarked that these changes have given advisory work a more strategic focus which places an emphasis on securing revenues from the public contract. 

Capital Markets 2017: Analysis

We highlight 819 capital markets practitioners in this chapter who stand out for their exceptional work handling debt and equity, structured finance and Islamic finance matters. 

Capital Markets 2017: Trends & Conclusions

The past year has seen a continuation of many of the trends from 2015. The current market remains unsettled due to the geopolitical landscape, whose features include (but are not limited to) the continued low level of oil prices, the US elections and Brexit, as well as central banks worldwide maintaining low interest rates. In addition, the financial and banking sector as a whole is continuing to embrace IT and technology as part of a drive towards efficiency and competency in transactions. Globally, the legal market is mixed, yet demand for legal services remains and firms will continue to adapt to current business conditions as required. 

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 149 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. 

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