This year, we single out 775 individuals from 381 firms who are considered leaders in the field of management labour and employment law. Several firms particularly stand out, including boutique firm Littler Mendelson, which maintains the top spot in our research. Seyfarth Shaw has lawyers from its offices across the US, Australia and England recognised and specialist US outfit Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart has practitioners from 11 different states selected for inclusion. We also single out the most highly regarded individuals in the world across six different regions and at the UK bar.
Following another sluggish year, the employment legal market has finally started to pick up once again. The pace of corporate work is on the up, and lawyers are anticipating greater vibrancy in the year ahead.
In this section we use the recommendations from clients and peers across the globe to identify 429 lawyers from 223 firms who lead the field worldwide. Shook Hardy & Bacon once again dominates the listings and grows its contingent this year, while Hogan Lovells, Bowman and Brooke, and Sidley Austin also perform strongly. We single out 15 US-based practitioners and five individuals elsewhere who are the most highly regarded lawyers in the world in this field.
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 worldwide product liability defence.
This year we identify 529 practitioners from 231 firms and 79 countries who are considered leading lawyers in this field. Several firms particularly stand out due to the number of listings they achieve, with Clifford Chance once again boasting more practitioners than any other firm. Following closely behind is Allen & Overy, whose London office is especially well represented. US-founded firms Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and White & Case both boast a strong number of inclusions. We also single out the most highly regarded individuals in the EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions, with Latham & Watkins being home to four of these lawyers.
Project finance is the preserve of the elite. The practice requires skilled banking and finance lawyers who can assist parties in reaching a workable consensus in complex negotiations, and who also have a sufficiently strong understanding of project development to identify any risks. As their work increasingly stems from emerging markets in the East, access to the resources of a large international firm is a definite advantage.
We identify 509 lawyers from 253 firms and 54 countries who are considered leading lawyers in this area of law. New York-firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz garners the greatest number of listings for the sixth consecutive year and is home to two of our most highly regarded practitioners worldwide: David Katz and Martin Lipton. Following closely behind is global giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer which fields lawyers from its offices across Europe and Asia. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Slaughter and May both perform strongly in this edition, as does international heavyweight Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Delaware-based firm Richards Layton & Finger. We also single out the 10 most highly regarded individuals in our research worldwide.
The “hot topics” identified in the corporate governance field last year remain at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Shareholder activism forges ahead and ensures that the demand for top-quality legal advisers remains high. As boards come to terms with the more sophisticated governance marketplace, lawyers have also had to throw themselves into the thick of the ever-increasing disclosure and compliance requirements that mark the advances of the last 12 months.
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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.