Switzerland is finalising its International Asset Recovery Act and the draft bill has recently been submitted to parliament. In this dynamic area of law, 19 lawyers and two experts are recommended.
Switzerland plays a leading role in the field of arbitration. Its neutrality, arbitration-friendly legislation and supportive courts combine to make it an attractive jurisdiction for parties to bring proceedings. The legal market is highly sophisticated and boasts some of the world’s leading arbitration experts. In this edition we single out 79 lawyers and two expert witnesses.
Who’s Who Legal has combined with sister publication Global Investigations Review to produce this second edition identifying the world’s leading investigations lawyers. This year we feature a total of 384 lawyers, 42 forensic accountants and 31 digital forensic experts from across 31 countries. Several firms stand out for the quality of their lawyers in this sector, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom heading the research overall. London-based Kingsley Napley, Clifford Chance, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Hogan Lovells and DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered are also among the most impressive for their strength and depth. We also select the 10 most highly regarded individuals from across the world, based on the number of recommendations they received from clients and peers.
We once again identify the outstanding forensic accountants and digital forensic experts in the field of investigations. Those selected in the former category are experts in aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence, while those in the latter have a proven track record in relation to e-discovery, computer forensics, data recovery and analysis in investigations on behalf of both law firms and corporations. Global accountancy powerhouses Deloitte, KPMG and PwC lead the way in our research. Business advisory firm FTI Consulting is also internationally reputable for its forensic experts. Meanwhile, Kroll has pioneered investigative consultancy for 40 years and enjoys an equally prestigious reputation.
From a new kind of FCPA RICO case to France’s double jeopardy conundrum, the lawyers we spoke to have picked out trends that may have gone unnoticed by others. But before turning to the future and what it may bring, it’s worth reviewing the year just gone. Last year was certainly a busy one for investigations lawyers and enforcement agencies alike...
Who's Who Legal: Banking 2015 features a total of 494 practitioners, from 238 firms across 71 countries, who are considered leaders in this field of law. A number of firms stand out for their international reputation. Clifford Chance is the pre-eminent force in the market, earning listings in key financial centres throughout Europe and Asia. Allen & Overy also boasts a number of stars from its expansive global network. White & Case is well positioned, in both developed and emerging markets, Sullivan & Cromwell has the strongest contingent of pan-US lawyers, and Davis Polk & Wardwell earns recognition for its outstanding New York office. Meanwhile, Blake Cassels & Graydon achieves unsurpassed recognition in Canada, while King & Wood Mallesons and Ashurst are strong across the Asia-Pacific region. We also select the five most highly regarded individuals in North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and EMEA.
The general mood is one of optimism, as lawyers worldwide note an increase in M&A activity and the consequent effect on the banking world. Both the regulatory and the transactional branches have seen increased action in the past year, as the corporate market picks up and businesses acclimatise themselves to a changing regulatory landscape. It is not just the regulatory specialists who expect to maintain an active practice: banking and finance practitioners from across the spectrum look forward to the wealth of potential work ahead.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.