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Environment 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Interviewees reported that their practices are busy as environmental issues ascend the list of priorities for businesses, investors and regulators alike. Traditional areas such as water, waste and land contamination are a considerable source of work around the world, although many practitioners in the US and Europe have reported a shift towards consumer safety and product-related matters taking up a larger proportion of their practice. Clients are now approaching due diligence with a greater emphasis on risk management, rather than the traditional focus on asset-based liabilities, and there is a much greater engagement with risk at the board and investor level.

Asset Recovery 2017: Analysis

In this year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery, we identify 532 leading practitioners from over 250 firms across 85 jurisdictions, highlighting the truly international scope of asset recovery work. Offshore firms continue to dominate our listings, with Walkers, Mourant Ozannes and Appleby leading the charge. International investigations and disputes specialist firm Kobre & Kim performs well globally in this year’s research, with listings in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Asset recovery boutiques such as PCB Litigation, Sequor Law and Mizrachi Davarro & Urriola also impress, demonstrating the expertise and international coverage offered by alliances and networks such as the ICC’s FraudNet.

Asset Recovery 2017: Experts Analysis

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Asset Recovery 2017: Trends & Conclusions

For asset recovery practitioners, 2016 was an interesting year. Fraudsters are only growing in sophistication, using developments in digital technology to place further strain on corporate clients across the world. This, coupled with a global drive to fight corruption, continues to result in a wealth of recovery work for well-established players in the traditional offshore jurisdictions. Alongside this, however, a trend towards third-party funding in the asset recovery space, coupled with the adoption of asset-tracing techniques earlier on in arbitral strategy, has broadened the scope for specialists. This will only lead to new work in the future, as the more traditional perception of asset recovery and its links to financial fraud is challenged in a growing number of destinations.

Mediation 2017: Analysis

The seventh edition of Who’s Who Legal: Mediation features 381 practitioners from 299 firms across 53 countries who have been selected as the leading lights in the field. JAMS International once again emerges as our top firm this year. With 19 listings in the US and the greatest number of collective nominations in our research by a sizeable margin, the network continues to include some of the world’s greatest mediation professionals. Independent Mediators, In Place of Strife and CEDR Chambers in London also perform highly. At the UK Bar, Brick Court Chambers is the set most highly recommended for its mediators, with Keating Chambers and 3 Verulam Buildings also well regarded. Asia Pacific continues to be a mediation hub with prominent names Strategic Resolution in Australia, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and Bankside Chambers in New Zealand standing as pre-eminent outfits in the region. 

Mediation 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Mediation continues to be increasingly respected as a viable – and cost-effective – form of dispute resolution. It is now recognised as the usual starting point for disputes prior to, or instead of, arbitration and litigation. However, its appeal varies from country to country. In the UK, US and Australia, mediation is making significant strides, while in other jurisdictions it is viewed with slightly more suspicion. Nevertheless, for those who can carve out a niche, it is a practice area that remains robust and growing.

Nigeria: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017

In this year’s edition, we recognise nine leading individuals who are recognised for their expertise in the full range of bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency work.

Nigeria: Project Finance 2017

In this year’s Nigerian project finance research, we recognise 20 specialists for their expertise and experience advising sponsors and lenders on major project financing and refinancing transactions across a variety of sectors.

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