In this section we pick out the firms with the highest number of nominees selected for inclusion and the nominees who received the largest number of recommendations. Our listing criteria require nominees to be aged 45 or under at the end of 2016. We list outstanding arbitrators and counsel both independent and from law firms, and at partner and non-partner level. Furthermore we include academics and in select cases nominees from arbitral institutions, provided they continue to accept independent arbitration work; sadly this leaves many first class experts in government and elsewhere unrecognised in this edition, but WWL is primarily a guide to retaining - or referring to - legal counsel and arbitrators.
This year we recognise over 350 leading trade and customs lawyers from the international legal marketplace. Below we highlight some of the best-known individuals and law firms, according to our research.
The research for this year’s WWL: Trade & Customs has expanded to include trade economists and anti-dumping consultants. These experts provide clients and law firms with litigation support and analysis in trade policy, anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. Nominees hail from both law firms and external trade consultancies, including Capital Trade and Economic Consulting Services.
The legal market supporting the practice of trade and customs law is somewhat unusual. In one respect, the trade area is no different than any other highly competitive area of law: in order to deliver value, lawyers must have a high level of expertise and be able to translate this expertise into practical and commercially beneficial results. However, the nature and intensity of this expertise has developed over the last 20 years of WTO practice, and for some time now more generalist practices have fallen by the wayside. While the ultimate aim of the WTO and many individual governments is to move progressively towards a liberal and fair system of trade, the consequence is an evolving body of rules and procedures that put pressure on companies and their legal counsel.
The collaboration between Who’s Who Legal and Global Restructuring Review has again generated extensive research into restructuring and insolvency legal markets around the world. All told, we list 570 lawyers this year from 47 jurisdictions.
Thirteen practitioners are among the top litigators focusing on administrative law matters and related disputes between entities and government authorities.
The following seven individuals selected advise public authorities and private sector clients in relation to issues surrounding public procurement, from drafting and structuring procurement bids and PPP contracts to bid challenge and disputes arising from such arrangements.
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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.