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Corporate Immigration 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Our research team conducted more than 60 interviews with leading immigration practitioners worldwide this year, discussing global trends and the legal market in the area. Dozens of potential issues, trends and topics of conversation were identified. Changes in US immigration law and policy were among the hot topics in this year’s research. The resulting uncertainty presents immigration practitioners with immense challenges as clients struggle to plan for their long-term business needs. In the US, the Trump administration has brought unpredictable changes to policy and procedure. In the UK, lawyers are busy advising on nationality and citizenship issues following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, with details of the UK government’s post-Brexit immigration policy not due to be announced until autumn 2018. 

Banking 2018: Fintech Analysis 2018

The role of technology within the financial services sector has grown exponentially over the past few years, leading to the expansion of payments and fintech practices in firms across the globe. This year we have added a new chapter to our banking edition, highlighting 54 preeminent practitioners for their expertise in this burgeoning market. The lawyers listed boast a wealth of experience advising start-up companies and traditional financial institutions on a wide range of matters, including regulatory compliance, mobile payments, digital currencies, crowd funding and peer-to-peer lending platforms. Our research has highlighted practitioners from 10 jurisdictions worldwide, with those based in the UK making up almost 40 per cent of our total listings. Multinational law firm Osborne Clarke features particularly prominently, with four leading practitioners recommended from across Europe and Asia. Singapore-based firm Allen & Gledhill also ranks highly, along with leading international law firm Hogan Lovells which garners nominations in the UK and US.

Patents 2018: Analysis

In the 15th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Patents, we highlight 870 standout patent law specialists drawn from 63 jurisdictions around the world. The practitioners featured are the leading figures in the global patents market, and boast vast experience assisting domestic and international clients on a wide range of matters, including portfolio management, licensing and litigation. This year our research reveals that almost half of our top-rated lawyers are based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with those in Europe accounting for 44 per cent of our total listings. Lawyers in the US also continue to hold a strong market position, achieving the greatest number of individual listings of any jurisdiction. Bird & Bird once again emerges as the global leader in patent law, with 30 preeminent practitioners listed from across its European and Asian offices. Specialist European IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier and international powerhouse Hogan Lovells also rank prominently, achieving an impressive 19 and 16 nominations respectively.

Patent Agents & Attorneys 2018: Analysis

For the fourth time, we are pleased to present our comprehensive analysis of the world’s leading patent agents and attorneys, recognising 322 individuals from over 170 firms across 42 countries. Carpmaels & Ransford and Kilburn & Strode lead the way in the European market. Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh stands out in North America, with Gowling WLG also continuing to impress. Marks & Clerk performs well internationally.

Patents 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Without doubt, 2017 was a busy year for patent lawyers across the globe. The latest report from the World Intellectual Property Organization reported an 8.3 per cent growth in global patent filings in 2016; this increase has shown no sign of abating over the past year. Patent lawyers across the board reported record-high levels of activity spanning across all innovative industry sectors. As patents become increasingly important for global business strategies, the international patents landscape continues to evolve. We spoke to some of the world’s most highly regarded practitioners in the space to get their thoughts on the some of the key developments in the sector.

Banking 2018: Analysis

The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Banking comprises 780 listings spanning the finance and regulatory spaces, and highlights practitioners from over 300 firms across 67 countries who are considered leaders in the global banking arena. 

Banking 2018: Trends & Conclusions

The past year has witnessed great changes in the banking landscape, with the decrease in deal volume and the proliferation of alternative sources of financing continuing to affect the market. Traditional lenders have also faced the challenges brought by the rise of fintech, with developments such as peer-to-peer lending, blockchain and digital currencies revolutionising the sector. The legal community has also noticed a shift in client demands, with traditional clients such as banks reassessing their current model and position in the market, and new players including fintech companies looking to establish their innovative businesses in a relatively unregulated space. 

France: Private Client 2018

This year we highlight 16 practitioners in the French market who stand out for their excellent work advising high-net-worth individuals and families on estate planning, trusts, transactions and wills.

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