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Labour & Employment 2015: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce our 2015 Labour & Employment edition, an exhaustive guide to the world's leading labour and employment lawyers, featuring 798 lawyers from 393 firms around the world. The top of the legal market is an interesting mix of global firms and boutiques. Seyfarth Shaw and Proskauer Rose are among the most established names in international labour and employment law, and both firms offer sector-leading expertise in the US and across Europe. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is once again recognised for its strength in the European market. Specialist firms in the US are able to boast some of the finest names for management labour and employment expertise. Littler Mendelson, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and Morgan Lewis & Bockius are three of the very best in the US. Lewis Silkin maintains a leading position in the UK, while Belgian specialist firm Claeys & Engels is another standout firm in its domestic market. We have identified the most highly 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 continuing to perform impressively in our research.

Labour & Employment 2015: Trends

With the pace of corporate work picking up, practitioners overall have a much more positive outlook on the employment market this year. While there are still significant amounts of restructuring and redundancy work available, they are once again being supplemented by transaction-related work such as team moves. According to our sources, there is “generally a greater sense of business optimism in a more sustained way” than in previous years and lawyers are anticipating a busy year ahead.

Product Liability Defence 2015: Analysis

The 13th edition of Product Liability Defence is the authoritative guide on this legal market, based on over a decade of comprehensive international research. This year, our listings comprise a total of 468 practitioners from 238 firms in 33 countries. Shook Hardy & Bacon outstrips its rivals with a record number of listings across the US, followed by Chicago heavyweight Sidley Austin. Hogan Lovells’ expansion in this market continues to bear fruit as it boasts the most comprehensive global practice. Arnold & Porter has also developed one of the strongest networks, with market-leading practitioners on the west and east coast of the US, as well as in London. Litigation firms Gordon & Rees and Sedgwick also distinguish themselves in the US market, while King & Spalding has some of the very best names in the field. In this section, we also select the top 10 most highly regarded individuals both inside and outside the US.

Product Liability Defence 2015: Trends

An increasingly globalised consumer market has led to greater regulatory enforcement across the world. Both consumers and consumer authorities are being more proactive in seeking out liable product manufacturers. This is occurring both inside and outside North America, where the US’s long-standing plaintiff bar and its culture of acute consumer rights awareness are steadily being adopted in other markets. Manufacturers now need to be aware of legal and regulatory developments throughout the world, or face greater liability risks. Ultimately, it is clear from our research that this has led to the broadening of product liability defence lawyers’ practices.

Project Finance 2015: Analysis

The 11th edition of Project Finance is a one-stop guide to the global market, listing 539 individuals from 246 firms across 82 countries. The market is dominated by international law firms with the strength and depth to handle complex and innovative projects around the world. Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy boast the most comprehensive networks with market-leading practitioners in over a dozen key financial centres. Fellow London-based powerhouses Linklaters and Ashurst also field a wealth of talented individuals in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. US white shoe firms White & Case, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Latham & Watkins and Shearman & Sterling all command an impressive transatlantic and Asia presence, while Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Chadbourne & Parke are particularly strong in the US. Meanwhile, Norton Rose Fulbright is the only firm to boast listings in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. In this section, we also highlight the most highly regarded individuals in the EMEA, North America, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Project Finance 2015: Trends

“Adapt and diversify” is the advice from leading lawyers worldwide with regards to the current state of the project finance industry. The significant drop in the price of oil, EU and US sanctions against Russia, and election years in emerging markets have led to many projects being put on hold or abandoned, and there are fears it could get worse before it gets better. It is a challenging time for all involved – from sponsors and lenders to the lawyers advising them – as the nature of activity changes. Project finance transactions for new oil projects are being delayed and it is expected that restructuring and distressed M&A work will pick up later in the year.

M&A and Governance 2015: Analysis

The newly amalgamated M&A and Governance edition offers one of the most definitive guides to the corporate legal market, featuring over 1,600 leading lawyers from more than 430 law firms across 82 countries. The upper echelons of the market are dominated by global law firms, which have long established bases in key financial centres around the world. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer leads our research overall, with its commanding presence in the European market complemented by a number of listings in Asia and the US. A number of US giants top our research with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett leading the way. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Herbert Smith Freehills, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Cravath Swaine & Moore, Kirkland & Ellis, Norton Rose Fulbright and Sullivan & Cromwell also stand out. An array of European firms excel both regionally and internationally, including Slaughter and May, Uría Menéndez, Arthur Cox, Hengeler Mueller, LAWIN, Chiomenti Studio Legale and NautaDutilh. King & Wood Mallesons boasts the best Asia-Pacific corporate practice, with multiple listings across Australia and the Far East. We also select the 10 leading individuals from the international market.

Patents 2015: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce our 12th Patents edition, an exhaustive guide to the world’s top patent lawyers, featuring 695 practitioners from 378 firms across 63 countries. The top of the legal market is an interesting mix of global firms and boutiques. Bird & Bird and Hogan Lovells are among the most established names in international patent law, and they both offer expansive coverage across Europe and Asia. Hoyng Monegier is a stand out choice for patent litigation across Europe. In the US, Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley Austin are among the most widely respected for their expertise in the patents market. Boutique IP practices offer some of the finest names in patent law. Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, Fish & Richardson and Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto are three of the very best in the US. Two London-based boutique IP firms, Bristows and Powell Gilbert, place highly in our research, as does Germany’s Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft. International litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan also impresses. The top chambers for IP litigation is 8 New Square, while 3 New Square and 11 South Square also feature a number of outstanding barristers. We have also identified the 10 stand out individuals from countries across Europe, as well as the 10 best names from outside the European market.

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