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Litigation 2018

Our research into the global commercial litigation market sees 825 practitioners across 67 jurisdictions listed this year for their superb expertise.

Litigation 2018: E-Discovery Lawyers

Our research into the e-discovery space sees 64 practitioners from across the USA and Canada highlighted in our guide.

Litigation - Future Leaders 2018

For the first time, we highlight standout practitioners in the litigation field aged 45 or younger who would otherwise go unrecognised. As future leaders in the market, they are recognised for their innovative and outstanding work in contentious dispute resolution. We list a total of 150 lawyers this year, across the partner and non-partner sections, in 34 jurisdictions overall.

Litigation 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Once again, as part of our research into the global litigation market, we sought to identify trends and changes, and to reflect interesting points raised by respondents. The practitioners we spoke to highlighted a number of significant trends emerging around the globe. Economic change was a key theme in many jurisdictions and with this has come, in general, a rise in the number of disputes – an effect seen in a range of industry sectors, with litigators in the corporate sphere receiving particularly heavy caseloads in light of the ongoing bull market. In terms of the legal market competition is rife, as large firms and boutiques set out differing pricing arrangements to attract clients. The coming year looks set to be a strong one for those working in litigation.

Franchise 2018: Analysis

In this year’s edition of WWL: Franchise, we shine the spotlight on 521 eminent franchise lawyers. The individuals listed below have been recommended for their experience advising franchisors and franchisees alike in complex matters relating to franchise agreements, system structuring, strategic expansion, IP matters and disputes.

Franchise 2018: Trends & Conclusions

With the increasing presence of private equity interest in the franchise market as well as the continued appeal of untapped markets in Asia, franchise practitioners we spoke to are seeing healthy growth and healthy returns in the sector. The nature of the franchising business model lends itself to expansion and development, prompting lawyers in the field to see a steady flow of work. However, sources did note concerns centring around upheaval caused by new technologies as well as secondary issues relating to data use and privacy. As a result, the market is an attractive one, but practitioners preach caution in the face of change.

Brazil: Trade & Customs 2018

In this chapter we identify 29 individuals who are considered the leading trade and customs lawyers in Brazil. They stand out for their exceptional work in a range of matters from trade remedies to agreements and related disputes.

Brazil: Real Estate 2018

This year we highlight 13 impressive real estate lawyers for their first-rate work on financing, structuring and development of real estate projects, as well as sector-related transactions and corporate matters.

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