The 12th edition of WWL: Project Finance comprises 631 individuals across 277 firms and 84 countries. International powerhouses Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance dominate our research this year, demonstrating their tremendous strength in the global project finance space. White & Case, Latham & Watkins and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy also perform well this year. With listings across the US, Europe and Asia, the depth and breadth of their expertise is clear.
The 13th edition of Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance sees 680 names recommended from over 300 firms across 56 countries.
Now in its second year, the insurance and reinsurance expert witnesses included in our listings are a crucial asset to lawyers, providing evidence on insurance coverage and claims, risk transfer, valuations and damages. This year we highlight 28 leading individuals across the US, England and Australia. Among others, we highlight FTI Consulting, Berkeley Research Group and Navigant as the top consultancy firms in this field.
Our definitive guide to the corporate legal market features over 1,601 lawyers from more than 454 firms across 89 countries. We also include the leading due diligence accountants as recommended by their peers and clients.
In 2015, mega deals were back on the table as companies gained in confidence due to the improving economy. In the first half of 2015 alone, 28 deals valued at more than $10 billion took place – together amounting to $678.1 billion, the highest value and deal count for any H1 period on Mergermarket’s record, and a mammoth 87.2 per cent leap in value with 12 more announcements compared to H1 2014. Overall, 2015 saw almost $4.9 trillion worth of deals according to research by McKinsey & Company: a 37 per cent rise in deal value from 2014.
The word on all lawyers’ lips this year was “cybercrime”, pegged to be the “next big thing” in the insurance market. The British government recently estimated the potential cost of a single cyber-attack at up to £20 billion, highlighting the potentially devastating impact that major attacks could have. As some lawyers prepare clients for this new liability, others have been working to ensure clients are compliant with Europe’s Solvency II regulations which came into force at the start of the year.
The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Patents is a comprehensive guide to the world’s leading patent lawyers, comprising 880 practitioners from 418 firms in 66 countries.
Following the success of last year’s research, we are pleased to feature, for the second time, a list of the world’s leading patent agents. We recognise 319 agents from 145 firms across 30 countries who handle the preparation and filing of patent applications, in addition to prosecuting patents with the relevant patent offices. Gowling WLG, Marks & Clerk, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, D Young & Co and Bird & Bird are among the most highly rated firms in our research.
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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.