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Trademarks 2018: Attorneys & Agents Analysis

Our research this year highlights over 150 practitioners across 30 jurisdictions. In Europe, Irish firm FRKelly is the leader in the field by number of nominations, while Canadian firm Gowling WLG dominates in the North American market. Attorneys and agents in the list advise across the range of trademark needs from their inception through registration, through to oppositions and prosecutions.

Trademarks 2018: Trends & Conclusions

The effective protection and monetisation of intellectual property rights is key to a successful business strategy. As one leading lawyer in the industry told us, “Brands are an international business and even the smallest companies have big ambitions in this regard.” The global business community is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of establishing and protecting their brands, leading to practitioners in the trademarks sphere experiencing a surge in demand for their services. We spoke to some of the leading lights in the field of trademark law around the world to explore the key trends affecting practitioners in the space.

Energy 2018

In this edition of WWL: Energy we recognise almost 900 lawyers from 363 firms across 82 jurisdictions. The lawyers featured are highlighted for their exceptional work across the sector on matters ranging from transactions and projects through to compliance and disputes proceedings. Herbert Smith Freehills stands out for its strong offering across Europe and Asia-Pacific while Allen & Overy and Dentons receive multiple listings from their European offices. Meanwhile fellow full-service outfits Norton Rose Fulbright and Bennett Jones illustrate their prominent presence in the North American market and Dentons showcases its excellent practices throughout the EMEA region. We also pinpoint those who are considered Thought Leaders across Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.

Energy Experts 2018

This year, WWL has extended its research to identify the leading consultants, economists, and expert witnesses working in the energy sector. Through interviews with eminent lawyers and consultants around the globe, we have identified 47 of the leading players in the space.

Energy 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Although the price of oil has recovered over the past year, following its drop to below $30 a barrel at the beginning of 2016, the renewables market has remained incredibly buoyant and has witnessed significant growth, particularly across Europe. In light of dramatic economic changes, rapid technological developments and evolving political agendas across the globe, both traditional and new players in the energy market have, over the past few years, looked to reassess their portfolios, adapt to the ever-changing nature of the landscape and look forward to what the future of the sector may look like. For the legal market, this has inevitably led to both an increase in and diversification of mandates over the past year.

M&A and Governance 2018: Analysis

We are delighted to present WWL’s definitive guide to the world’s corporate legal market, highlighting the foremost practitioners handling M&A and corporate governance work worldwide. This edition features over 1,800 listings from more than 480 firms across 83 jurisdictions and pinpoints the most highly regarded lawyers across Europe, North America and the rest of the world.

M&A and Governance 2018: Trends & Conclusions

The global M&A market has experienced a rollercoaster of activity over the past few years. Commentators hailed 2015 as the year of the mega-deal, but 2016 – perhaps due to the extent of political uncertainty – saw a slowdown around the time of the Brexit vote. However, the European market has since picked up: although M&A values dropped globally in 2017, in Europe the numbers have risen by 14 per cent since 2016, according to Mergermarket.

Pensions & Benefits 2018

In this chapter we highlight 345 pensions and benefits lawyers from 199 firms across 45 jurisdictions who are considered leading practitioners in their respective markets. In Europe, CMS leads the field, while Sacker & Partners emerges as the most highly nominated boutique. Boutiques in general perform well, with Blesi & Papa and Capstan recommended for their expertise. In the US, Littler Mendelson continue to dominate, while Osler and Torys lead the field in Canada. South Africa sees some stiff competition as boutiques and international firms battle it out at the top. In Asia, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Fangda Partners and Deacons lead the field. Across the world numerous firms in multiple jurisdictions demonstrate their prowess and are listed here for their outstanding work in the field.

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