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Franchise 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Franchising has become an incredibly useful device. Companies around the world are drawn to the franchising model as an effective way to expand their presence in the domestic and international marketplace, without the need for large amounts of capital. It is a key tool for individuals to become successful in small business, aided by an existing business model and an established brand. Despite the advantages of structuring a business using a franchise network, practitioners interviewed during our research highlighted challenges presented by market forces such as political uncertainty and new technology. They also noted other factors, such as the increasing role of private equity companies, which is having a considerable impact on the way in which companies are treated and traded. These factors are requiring franchise concepts to adapt in order to grow and maintain market share.  

Private Client 2017: Analysis

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Private Client 2017: Trust & Advisory Services Analysis

This year, 177 leaders in the trust & advisory services space stand out for their expertise and great counsel as trusted guardians of private wealth and trusts.

Private Client 2017: Trends & Conclusions

This year Who’s Who Legal interviewed leading private client practice heads and partners from firms across the globe. Almost all reported a busy practice in line with the increasingly complex needs of clients, and noted that the legal market is expanding to meet this demand. Law firms are increasingly keen to build strong practices in this area in recognition of the immense private capital value, with the “potential legal spend rivalling FTSE companies”, according to some sources. In addition, lawyers told us of the value private client work can bring as “a great entrée into wider billable corporate work”. The emergence of new technologies and regulations, the multi-jurisdictional nature of tax work, and the need to make greater efficiencies have resulted in it being, as one interviewee put it “a very exciting time to be a private client lawyer – you have to be nimble on your feet and often operate in tough markets”.

Canada: Environment 2017

This chapter sees 64 practitioners recognised for their abilities and expertise in environmental law. We identify lawyers who provide exceptional advice to clients in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters such as compliance, strategic planning, environmental due diligence, liability and deal structuring. 

Canada: E-Discovery Practitioners 2017

In this chapter we highlight 18 individuals who stands out for their e-discovery expertise which ranges from creating and implementing data collection and preservation tools to helping their clients to develop sophisticated e-discovery strategies. 

Canada: Due Diligence Accountants 2017

In this chapter 16 leading practitioners are selected for their track records performing due diligence in advance of large and complex transactions. They stand out for their ability to identify key risks and opportunities and their knowledge of the conditions, warranties and indemnities that ought to be included in an agreement.

Canada: Corporate Tax 2017

In this year’s edition we identify 75 leading names with exceptional proficiency across both advisory and contentious matters in the corporate tax field.

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