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Product Liability Defence 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2017 features over 570 practitioners from 271 firms across 35 jurisdictions. In this section, we identify the leading lawyers and firms across North America and the rest of the world, as well as highlighting the most highly regarded individuals as established by our research. Given the volume of product liability work and maturity of the US legal market, US practitioners dominate our listings, comprising over 400 listings in total, with Shook Hardy & Bacon leading the field off the back of a strong presence in the US market. Hogan Lovells tops the list of international firms, while Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Reed Smith also impress.

Product Liability Defence 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Who’s Who Legal’s research for the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence came at an interesting time for lawyers practising in the area. As developments in the attitudes of government authorities amid considerable political change in the US looks set to tip the balance in favour of corporations, particularly in relation to federal pre-emption more generally, new technologies and Big Data pose important questions for regulatory authorities and manufacturers alike. The legal market also finds itself at a formative moment, with a desire for comprehensive coverage and dynamic representation forcing law firms to adapt their services to meet and service client needs.

Project Finance 2017: Analysis

The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Project Finance is a comprehensive guide to the leading lawyers in the field worldwide, comprising over 600 practitioners from 282 firms across 83 jurisdictions. Below, we highlight the most highly regarded individuals in our research this year. 

Project Finance 2017: Trends & Conclusions

As oil and commodity prices continued to recover, 2016 witnessed a growing focus on infrastructure work globally. Africa remains a hotbed of project activity, particularly in the power sector. Additionally, alternative sources of financing are becoming more and more sophisticated and are playing an increasingly important role in the market. As substantial political and economic shifts continue to dictate the landscape of project finance activity, the need for lawyers to adapt and diversify their practices is greater than ever. 

Trademarks 2017: Analysis

This year’s research identifies 1,027 pre-eminent private practice lawyers who occupy prominent positions at the top of the market. The experts listed here have a broad range of specialisms including litigation, administrative proceedings, prosecution, due diligence and portfolio management. They advise and represent an assortment of clients from various jurisdictions and professional industries. Each individual receives wide-ranging endorsements from peers and other market sources for the unrivalled quality of their trademarks practice.  

Trademarks 2017: Attorneys Analysis

This chapter identifies 146 of the best trademark attorneys and agents who are widely regarded as the world leaders in their profession. These specialists are qualified to advise on the protection and enforcement on trademark rights and each individual undertakes a broad range of work in this space.  

Trademarks 2017: Trends & Conclusions

As global competition intensifies, companies are becoming increasingly conscious of the value and force behind an effective brand and the competitive advantages this can secure. As a result, they are becoming increasingly protective of their IP rights. Globalisation, the internet and politics are among the significant forces currently shaping this complex area of law, and the effect of these and other major trends are explored below.

Labour & Employment 2017: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017, an exhaustive guide to the world's leading labour and employment lawyers, featuring 1,051 lawyers from 542 firms around the world. The top of the legal market reflects an increasingly international employment bar. US stalwarts Littler Mendelson, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and Proskauer Rose are the top three most highly rated firms in our research. They are followed by UK employment specialists Lewis Silkin, international full-service firm Baker McKenzie and Spanish outfit J&A Garrigues. Herzog Fox & Neeman retains its position as Israel’s premier labour and employment law firm. In Africa, ENSafrica and Bowmans in South Africa do particularly well, alongside Indian firms Trilegal and Nishith Desai Associates. In Asia, Deacons in Hong Kong and Lee & Ko in Seoul field an impressive array of lawyers. In Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Clayton Utz continue to make up a sizeable proportion of Australia’s employment experts. Latin America sees regional powerhouse Marval O'Farrell & Mairal leading the pack, with stiff competition from smaller outfits Funes de Rioja & Asociados in Argentina and Munita & Olavarría in Chile. Needless to say, the bar set by the lawyers at these firms is incredibly high. We have identified the best-regarded individuals in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. We also recognise the leading UK barristers, with Blackstone Chambers, Matrix Chambers and Cloisters Chambers continuing to perform highly in our research.

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