In this edition we have expanded our previous aviation chapter to include lawyers active in all areas of transport law including maritime, rail and road. Twenty-five lawyers feature in the following pages.
The Federal Parliament has recently enacted legislation amending the Trademark Act, which is expected to come into force in 2015. It will provide for more stringent rules on the use of geographical indications of origin and also introduce a simplified and cost-effective no-use cancellation procedure before the Trademark Office. Lawyers, who have already noted an increase in litigation levels over the past year, expect this to result in an even greater volume of work in terms of compliance and defending trademarks. In this chapter we recognise 27 leading practitioners who are considered top names in the trademarks legal market.
With the World Trade Organization’s presence in Geneva ensuring a busy international marketplace, practitioners have seen a spate of trade discrimination cases involving foreign governments blocking trade following investigations which are later discredited. As the world’s markets begin to recover from the financial crisis, practitioners expect to see an increase in work levels as the trade markets open up as a result. This year we have selected 17 of the most highly recommended trade and customs lawyers for inclusion.
Cloud computing and outsourcing deals continue to feature strongly in our lawyers’ worksheets this year with companies requiring advice as to how to move all their data into clouds. However, the key growth area has been data protection with an increase in compliance work and audits. A combination of a rise in awareness of data issues and international pressure has meant that current data protection laws are now under review, and lawyers will have to keep an eye on the space for further developments. With a limited number of new entrants due to the high level of technical expertise required, the 32 lawyers selected for inclusion are anticipating further growth in their TMT practices.
Switzerland is home to more international sports bodies than any other jurisdiction in the world. Subsequently, the Swiss legal marketplace has responded with the development of sports practitioners with IP, competition, employment, tax and dispute resolution expertise, to meet the needs of multinational spor ts and enter tainment companies with disputes in the region. Additionally, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is located in Lausanne and this has led to an ever-increasing demand for specialist lawyers and arbitrators in the field. Our research identifies 14 “outstanding” individuals.
Public procurement lawyers reported an increasingly busy year with a number of complex projects filling up their pipelines. Companies face increasing pressure and difficulties in tendering for public sector contracts, resulting in a greater number of lawyers being called on for their exper tise in the field. We feature 17 outstanding practitioners in the chapter.
Project finance activity in Switzerland continues to thrive as overseas investors sense opportunities, par ticularly in relation to infrastructure projects in the transport, energy, water and leisure sectors. Public spending in the jurisdiction also remains high, and many predict that rising mobility will continue to drive activity in construction and infrastructure financing. As such, specialist lawyers are in high demand for their local exper tise and technical ability. We identify nine outstanding project finance practitioners.
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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.