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Construction 2017: Analysis

785 practitioners from 399 firms are identified as the leading practitioners active in construction law worldwide. They handle a range of matters, from contentious disputes requiring resolution in national courts or international arbitration, to contractual and regulatory issues requiring specialist expertise. The leading practitioners in each region are highlighted in turn below.

Construction Experts 2017: Analysis

Our research has identified 128 construction experts from 51 firms who provide assistance to clients as expert witnesses in major construction litigation as well as advising on an array of quantum and delay issues. The best practitioners and firms handling this work are listed below.

Construction 2017: Trends and Conclusions

The construction industry is currently experiencing turbulent times, particularly owing to the recent fall in oil and commodities prices, which has caused a shortfall in funds available for construction projects worldwide. In addition, recent political events, such as the election of Donald Trump as US president and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, have caused significant uncertainty in these major jurisdictions, which may negatively impact business in these countries and beyond. Yet practitioners report that domestic construction markets are still strong, and while the legal market is “feeling pressurised”, demand for legal services still remains high.

Investigations 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review have once again combined to identify the leading lawyers, forensic accountants and digital forensics experts active in this sector. The lawyers listed this guide regularly assist both companies and individuals during internal and external investigations. These lawyers not only lead internal investigations, acting for corporates who suspect wrongdoing on the part of one of their employees, but also those individuals under investigation themselves. Additionally, they regularly assist clients facing external enforcement proceedings, supervising dawn raids, and ensuring that regulatory authorities are kept in check during investigative proceedings. In this fourth edition, 562 practitioners from 271 law firms are identified as the leading lawyers active in investigations work worldwide. 

Investigations 2017: Digital Forensics Experts Analysis

In this section, we highlight 50 leading digital forensics specialists who focus on the collection, preservation and analysis of large amounts of information to assist clients in both internal and external investigations. The Big Four feature prominently in our research, as do international accounting firms Kroll, FTI Consulting and Duff & Phelps. 

Investigations 2017: Forensic Accountants Analysis

In this chapter, 89 leading forensic accountants are identified across over 20 firms, and are recognised for their work aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence. The Big Four accounting firms once again stand out for their excellent offerings, with Deloitte and KPMG demonstrating their strong position in the market with 13 listings apiece. 

The Implications of the FCPA Rush

Roger Hamilton-Martin from WWL’s sister publication GIR Just Anti-Corruption investigates the recent glut in FCPA settlements with the US government. In the short window between the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 and his inauguration in January, the US government resolved an unusually large number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases in quick succession. After Trump’s election, five companies resolved FCPA charges with the US government before the year was finished, and six more in 2017 pre-inauguration.

Life Sciences 2017: Analysis

As ever, our legal analysis seeks to identify which law firms and which lawyers are the most highly regarded practitioners both by region and by type of life sciences law. We have split our research into four practice areas: transactional, patent litigation, product liability and regulatory. Europe and the United States once again emerge as the regions with the greatest concentration of top life sciences lawyers. However, while smaller in volume, Australia, China and Japan’s leading law firms also demonstrate their depth of expertise in the area, with numerous individuals recommended across all areas. 

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