This year we single out 583 practitioners from 362 firms in 30 countries who are considered leaders in business crime defence law.
Several firms stand out in our research for the high number of inclusions they receive, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and Zuckerman Spaeder leading the way. This trio of firms achieve eight listings apiece. They are closely followed by UK firms Kingsley Napley and Peters & Peters and New York-based Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello, each of whom have seven individuals singled out. Similarly BCL Burton Copeland, Jones Day and Williams & Connolly all perform strongly this year.
We also identify the most highly regarded lawyers in the world in three different sections: the US, England and the rest of the world, as well as the top six barristers at the UK bar.
With the benefit of over 17 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the business crime legal marketplace worldwide.
In this edition we include a section on leading corporate tax expert witnesses for the first time. We have selected 85 nominees from 28 countries who stand out for their expertise during tax trials when giving evidence on usual/acceptable tax practices, opinions, in-depth technical advice, explanations and fair valuation judgements on transfer pricing matters.In this edition we include a section on leading corporate tax expert witnesses for the first time. We have selected 85 nominees from 28 countries who stand out for their expertise during tax trials when giving evidence on usual/acceptable tax practices, opinions, in-depth technical advice, explanations and fair valuation judgements on transfer pricing matters.
The fallout from “tax shaming” has continued since our report in last year’s edition. Scrutiny over tax avoidance schemes now generates more than just public outcry; tangible effects on the legislation, development and practice of the global tax market are universally visible. The report on base erosion and profit sharing (BEPS) produced by OECD in February last year is picking up speed and ambitious plans to re-regulate tax systems in jurisdictions multilaterally are being pursued with some force.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This year, our listings comprise a total of 808 practitioners from 360 firms in 60 countries who are considered leaders in this field of law, following votes from clients, in-house counsel and peers.
This year we identify 714 practitioners from 375 firms in 41 countries who are considered leading experts in real estate law. Several firms stand out in our research due to the high number of inclusions they receive, with DLA Piper leading the way. The firm has 26 lawyers recognised across 17 offices throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US. Clifford Chance performs strongly with 14 individuals singled out. The firm is also home to three of our most highly regarded individuals in the EMEA region. Berwin Leighton Paisner is another heavyweight in this area and is represented by 10 lawyers, five of whom hail from the London office. Following closely behind, Ballard Spahr, Linklaters and Herbert Smith Freehills all perform impressively this year with nine lawyers apiece.
We also identify the most highly regarded individuals in the world in three different sections: the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific.
The status of gateway cities such as London, New York and San Francisco as “safe havens” has led to an influx of foreign investment, creating frenzied activity among investors competing for limited real estate opportunities. With this sharp rise in activity, law firms are turning their attention to staffing needs and reassessing their position in the market – resulting in a dynamic legal marketplace over the last year as some firms bolster their real estate practices and others quit the market for good.
This year, we single out 732 practitioners from 415 firms who are considered leading practitioners worldwide. Latham & Watkins achieves the highest number of listings in our research and is also home to our top individual in Europe Paul Davies. Following closely behind is Hunton & Williams, with its Washington, DC office being especially well represented. Sidley Austin, Allen & Overy, K&L Gates and Alston & Bird all also perform strongly.
We also single out the most highly regarded lawyers in three different sections; the US, Europe and the rest of the world.
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