The 12th edition of Insurance & Reinsurance is a comprehensive analysis of the market, featuring 559 leading practitioners from 280 firms across 58 jurisdictions.
Only a relatively small number of law firms can boast a global network of leading insurance lawyers. Clyde & Co has a truly international insurance practice that has stand-out lawyers in 10 major financial centres. Hogan Lovells also impresses with its expansive offering, taking a leading position in both the EU and US markets.
Sidley Austin maintains a noteworthy position in our research with outstanding offices in Chicago, New York and London. Norton Rose Fulbright is similarly well established with a strong array of lawyers in Europe, South Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.
Stand-out offerings in the highly competitive US market include the newly merged Locke Lord and Covington & Burling; meanwhile, Conyers Dill & Pearman is recognised for its dominant position in the offshore insurance sector.
We have also identified the most highly regarded individuals in this area. This year, we recognise seven lawyers both in the US and in Europe, and four from elsewhere.
Practitioners saw another busy year in 2014, with high levels of activity across both transactional and regulatory sectors.
With preparations for the implementation of Solvency II in Europe at the start of 2016 a major consideration for insurers with European arms, practitioners in Europe and further afield have seen an increase in regulatory work to make sure that clients are compliant. Insurance-linked securities (ILS) have been a huge source of work over the past 12 months, with large numbers of private investors clamouring to get a place in the market. ILS investments are seen as fairly secure and offering very impressive returns. In the US there has been an increase in pensions de-risking work as the economy continues to recover, while in Latin America and Asia increases in insurance markets have bought new players onto the international stage.
Our brand new Corporate Immigration edition features 545 of the world's best lawyers, stretching out over 38 jurisdictions and 345 law firms.
The corporate immigration landscape is dominated by specialised independent law firms. No firm stands out for its international depth like Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, which once again leads our research with lawyers in America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Meanwhile, US immigration giant Berry Appleman & Leiden also impresses with its number of listings. Beyond this we have selected some truly outstanding boutiques and have also highlighted the 10 most highly regard lawyers in North America, as well as the top five across Europe; Latin America; Asia-Pacific; and Africa and the Middle-East.
Talk of reform has remained at the forefront of everybody’s minds and corporate immigration lawyers worldwide accept that the sweeping changes they are ever-hopeful for have still not materialised in many cases. With elections in many of the major immigration jurisdictions coming up, the political nature of this area of law has once again reared its head, leaving several practitioners frustrated with piecemeal change – and in many cases, not even that.
In this year’s research we introduce a section focusing on the world’s leading construction experts, namely those who provide expert analysis and testimony and litigation and arbitration pertaining to high-profile and complex construction disputes.
With the benefit of over 15 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 construction market.
In this edition, we identify 552 practitioners from 314 firms and 59 countries who are considered leading lawyers in the field of construction law. Several firms stand out due to the number of inclusions they achieve, with Pinsent Masons boasting more listings than any other firm, with 21 nominations. It has lawyers recognised from 18 different jurisdictions, demonstrating its impressive geographical reach. Clyde & Co also has a high number of practitioners singled out, as does top-tier US firm Peckar & Abramson. Given the demand for leading barristers in high-stakes construction litigation and arbitration, it is not surprising to see Keating Chambers also perform highly in our research, with 15 listings.
The number of company insolvencies in France continued to rise in 2014 as a result of the enduring financial difficulties. However, creditors have benefited from recent legislative changes contained in Ordonnance 2014-326 (enacted in July 2014), which makes the use of amicable pre-insolvency proceedings more attractive, strengthens creditors’ rights in the event of judicial safeguard proceedings and creates a new accelerated safeguard proceeding which encompasses all creditors. Our research highlights 12 lawyers who stand out for their expertise in the field.
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