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 aims 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.
For the 14th Who’s Who Legal: Private Funds, our listings comprise over 450 fund formation specialists and 70 regulatory experts from over 100 law firms across 23 countries.
So far, 2016 has seen some huge fund exits and closures, demonstrating that there is still a major appetite for fund investment – and that funds are delivering an increasingly good return on investment. However, continuing uncertainty in economic markets, a focus on cost-saving by funds and an increased emphasis by government on stronger funds regulation are changing the demands being placed on lawyers.
The sixth edition of Who’s Who Legal: Mediation features 341 practitioners from 273 firms across 52 countries, who have been selected as leaders in the field. Global ADR powerhouse JAMS International comes out on top this year. With a sensational 26 listings that span Europe and the US, the network demonstrates the great depth and breadth of its mediators’ expertise. London-based Independent Mediators and In Place of Strife also excel, showcasing the impressive work of its first-rate mediators. The UK Bar continues to be well represented, most notably by Brick Court Chambers whose “fantastic” mediation offering includes two of our most highly regarded individuals. Our research also highlights a number of “stand-out” individual practitioners.
Cost-consciousness and mitigation on the part of corporations have been the driving forces behind the development of mediation over the past year, as it has grown to become a valuable alternative to costly and lengthy litigation and arbitration proceedings.
This year’s chapter identifies 31 practitioners with a proven track record in representing and advising manufacturers and sellers against claims for damages or injuries suffered because of defects in goods, including mass tort and class action litigation.
In this year’s chapter we have identified 29 practitioners as experts in the provision of advice to high-net-worth individuals, families, trustees, family businesses and charities.
A total of 29 individuals are recognised for their expertise acting as mediators in commercial mediations.
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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.