The lawyers featured in this chapter are adept in handling contentious and non-contentious franchise law issues, acting for both international and domestic franchisors and franchisees. We recognise seven nominees in the following pages.
Our largest ever survey of the corporate transactional world has yielded a total of 1,407 lawyers around the world from 459 firms in 85 countries. The practitioners listed are known for their outstanding abilities assisting clients with the very highest-value M&A transactions, including private equity deals and joint ventures. We also highlight those lawyers who excel at advising clients on the day-to-day running of their businesses – experts in shareholder issues, directors’ duties and other aspects of company law. The editorial below highlights the standout attorneys from around the world.
For the third year, we highlight the leading due diligence accountants across the world. They stand out for their exceptional expertise in analysing companies’ financial performance, cash flow, valuation of assets and tax compliance in order to assess the risks and opportunities of a proposed transaction. This edition sees 230 prominent names from 50 firms across 48 jurisdictions identified for their outstanding work in the area.
Throughout the world 2016 was a significant year: political upheaval and economic uncertainty were at the forefront of our respondents’ minds during our research, as the US elections and Brexit caused some concerns about deal activity. Although most were positive about the current and future state of the market, some regional and sector-specific concerns were noted. However, overall the legal market remains strong and the concept of a “non-busy M&A lawyer” continues to be somewhat oxymoronic.
785 practitioners from 399 firms are identified as the leading practitioners active in construction law worldwide. They handle a range of matters, from contentious disputes requiring resolution in national courts or international arbitration, to contractual and regulatory issues requiring specialist expertise. The leading practitioners in each region are highlighted in turn below.
For the third time, we also identify the leading construction experts, who provide assistance to clients as expert witnesses in major construction litigation as well as advising on an array of quantum and delay issues. This year, 128 individuals from over 50 firms are highlighted for their exceptional expertise in the sector. HKA remains the foremost firm in the field, achieving an impressive 24 listings across Europe, Asia and the US. Other global construction specialists include FTI Consulting and Navigant Consulting who also perform well in this edition. Both firms are noted for their expertise throughout North America, Asia and EMEA, illustrating their strong international presence.
In this chapter we recognise 31 of the country’s premier trademarks specialists. The featured lawyers have a proven track record of advising and representing companies from a wide range of industry sectors on trademark portfolio management, infringement proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and domain names.
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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.