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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Corporate Tax

The second edition of Who's Who Legal: Illinois identifies 23 corporate tax specialists. They hail from 11 firms in Chicago and include international tax specialists alongside domestic experts. Direct taxation practitioners feature in the list, which also includes indirect tax lawyers. Lawyers concentrating purely on transfer pricing or tax issues deriving from mergers, acquisitions and dispositions have been selected, as have general tax experts. Whatever their practice focus, they all have exceptional ability and outstanding reputations in the field.

Editorial: Employee Benefits in Illinois

The wide variety of claims that corporations can be subject to, often involving potential liability in the millions of dollars, means that this area is of great importance to clients and their outside counsel. This, coupled with ongoing regulatory changes, has led to extremely high levels of activity for the partners featured in this chapter.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Environment

Illinois's environmental Bar has undergone something of a transition in the past 18 months. Of the 36 individuals featured in the previous edition three have chosen to move firms. Four further attorneys have left private practice altogether, one moving into government, another into industry and two retiring. These changes ensure that while some firms cannot point to such a deep bench of talent in the publication, others have either bolstered their showing on the following pages or make an appearance for the first time this year. Despite the various comings and goings, Illinois's environmental Bar remains in rude health. One can be sure that the individuals on the following pages are some of the nation's most respected practitioners, whether for transactional, litigation or regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Franchise

There are four new names in the franchise chapter for this edition, which highlights the growing talent in the already strong Illinois franchise Bar and the continued growth and interest in this market. Twenty practitioners have been selected, hailing from seven firms.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Insolvency & Restructuring

As the credit crunch begins to bite and the economy slows, companies are looking to their outside counsel for restructuring and in some cases bankruptcy proceedings in ever-greater numbers.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Insurance & Reinsurance

The insurance and reinsurance chapter was the largest in the previous edition and this year is no exception.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Mergers & Acquisitions

The effects of the global credit crunch are still making themselves felt across the US economy, but in our research we found that levels of optimism remain high among the M&A lawyers we canvassed.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Management Labour & Employment

A total of 32 individuals have been selected for entry into the management labour and employment chapter.

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