We list 29 project finance experts who are renowned in the market for their expertise in major public infrastructure projects as well as enterprises in the energy, hospitality and healthcare sectors.
Sixteen practitioners are recognised in this chapter, covering international trade, WTO law, export control and customs law issues. Below we highlight some of the most highly regarded individuals.
Thirty-six lawyers are recognised in this chapter, with proven expertise in representing financial institutions and their corporate clients in either a regulatory and transactional capacity.
Thirty-four leading practitioners are highlighted for their impressive advisory and contentious corporate tax work.
Arbitration continues to go from strength to strength, with an ever-greater number of parties turning to international tribunals to resolve their disputes. In this edition we select the leading 845 arbitrators and counsel from nearly 500 firms, as identified by their clients, opponents and peers. In this section we pick out the firms with the largest number of featured lawyers in order, as well as the individuals who scored most highly in our voting around the world.
The number of nominees in this section continues to grow, driven by the recognition from arbitrators, counsel and parties of the integral role expert witnesses play in arbitration proceedings. This section is a reflection of the depth of expertise in consulting firms around the world. We list 212 practitioners from 17 countries for the quality of their work in arbitrations.
In this year’s edition, over 500 private client specialists are listed from over 200 firms across 51 jurisdictions. Private client specialist Withers leads our research with 17 leading lawyers listed in its London office alone and a further 10 across Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and the US. Baker & McKenzie’s 10 listings are spread across London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and New York – the second largest onshore network in our research. McDermott Will & Emery has a strong transatlantic offering with 10 individuals listed. Other leading outfits in the US include Holland & Knight and Greenberg Traurig. London-based Macfarlanes' 11 listings illustrate its position as a world-class centre of legal advice on wealth management. Other standout outfits in London include Charles Russell Speechlys with nine listings, Boodle Hatfield and Harcus Sinclair both with six leading names and Maurice Turnor Gardner with five. Top Swiss firms include Schellenberg Wittmer, Walder Wyss and Lenz & Staehelin who have five listings each. Across the offshore jurisdictions, Mourant Ozannes leads with 12 listings, closely followed Ogier and Appleby both with nine, Conyers Dill & Pearman with eight, and Maples and Calder with six. The most highly regarded individuals are also recognised in this section.
In this section, we have identified over 140 of the leading trustees, private bankers, accountants and investment managers that service the private client industry worldwide. Top outfits include Butterfield Trust with 12 listings covering Geneva, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, the Bahamas and Bermuda. Rawlinson & Hunter is also widely recognised with 11 listings covering its offices in London, Geneva, Zurich, Cayman Islands, BVI, Jersey and Guernsey. Other leading firms identified in this section for their strong presence in our research include Rothschild Trust, Summit Trust International, Vistra and Elian.
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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.