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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Corporate Tax

Illinois is a significant area for corporate tax law and is home to some exceptional talent. The research for this chapter has identified 23 leaders in the field from 10 firms.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Trademarks

Intellectual property is an increasingly important consideration in the global marketplace. Corporations are becoming more aware of the possibilities provided through effective brand management and the trademark lawyer plays an increasingly important role in helping to protect what often represents an organisation’s most valuable asset.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Corporate Immigration

The US Census Bureau’s County Business Pattern survey calculates that in 2004 there were some 315,854 businesses in Illinois. A look at Fortune Magazine’s 2006 ranking of America’s largest corporations by revenue, reveals 62 of these are based in the state, ranking it equal fourth with Ohio behind California, Texas and New York.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Patents

According to the State of Illinois, it is America’s 4th largest industrial state, boasting over 11,800 Illinois based manufacturers.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Capital Markets

The 24 lawyers in this chapter have a proven track record in representing and advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks, funds, REITs and other market participants on all aspects of equity and debt transactions, both locally and around the world. Many have experience of advising on IPOs, secondary offerings and other equity issuances, as well as debt offerings, structured products, repackagings,derivatives and securitisations. Furthermore, many are able to give clients the benefit of in-depth knowledge of the compliance and regulatory obligations of market participants.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Franchise

Illinois is known for its prosperous business climate for franchising. An important factor in its success is the Franchise Disclosure Act administered by the franchise bureau of the Attorney General’s Office.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Construction

The construction industry in Illinois is relatively robust. The expansion of the Chicago suburbs and residential development and regeneration have created high levels of activity.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2006 - Commercial Litigation

Chicago enjoys a reputation for the robustness and professional excellence of its commercial litigation fraternity. Typically, the city’s mid- to large-sized firms have used commercial litigation practices as the bedrock of their operations, with healthy competition from numerous specialist boutiques.

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