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Trademarks 2017: Analysis

This year’s research identifies 1,023 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: 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.

Government Contracts 2017: Analysis

We list 428 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. 

Energy 2017: Analysis

The analysis of the latest WWL: Energy edition identifies the most highly regarded firms and individuals across our global research, which in total features 910 practitioners from 376 firms in 89 countries.

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. 

Labour & Employment 2017: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017, an in-depth 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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