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Data 2018: Data Experts Analysis

In this section, we list 39 eminent consultants and analysts in the field who are recommended for their work in data analytics, digital forensics, and IT and technology matters. These experts assist corporations and lawyers in matters requiring widespread data analysis and investigation of data relating to audits, investigations and disputes. The experts listed in this year’s guide are spread across nine jurisdictions, with those based in the US and Europe featuring particularly prominently. 

Data 2018: Telecoms and Media Analysis

This section identifies 485 leading lawyers from 297 law firms worldwide who are highlighted for their expertise in the field of telecommunications and media. Those identified boast extensive experience advising on a vast array on transactional and regulatory matters affecting large and small corporations in the sector. The practitioners listed in this year’s guide are spread across 64 countries, with those based in Europe comprising more than 50 per cent of the total listings. Leading international law firm Bird & Bird boasts a particularly strong presence with 13 practitioners based across Europe and Asia recognised as leading experts in the field. Baker McKenzie and CMS also demonstrate strength in the telecoms and media sector, each achieving an impressive 11 nominations each.

Data 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Data protection, privacy and security are increasingly important matters for businesses of all types. Long the preserve of tech specialists who were the only ones to understand its arcane workings, governments in Europe, the US and Asia are now getting to grips with it and ramping up regulations in the wake of recent data hackings on an unprecedented scale. Moreover, data protection is an aspect that encompasses not only IT, IP and media and telecoms, but also employment matters and freedom of expression. No longer for the privileged few, the law on data has exploded in recent years, with many law firms looking to cement their position themselves as leaders in the field.

Mining 2018: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal: Mining 2018 sees 434 pre-eminent mining lawyers from 231 law firms worldwide highlighted for their expertise in the field. The individuals included in this edition are the leading lights in the mining market, boasting proficiency across a range of specialisations, from dirt law and exploration to M&A and corporate financing. The practitioners highlighted this year are spread across 61 jurisdictions, with those based in North America demonstrating a particularly strong presence. Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright remains the leading firm in the mining sector according to our research, with 17 top-tier practitioners from five continents recognised. International business and litigation firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin is another heavyweight in the mining sector, dominating our listings in Canada as well as achieving multiple nominations in England and South Africa. Multinational firm Gowling WLG also ranks highly this year, along with ENSafrica, which achieves listings in South Africa, Namibia and Mauritius.

Mining 2018: Trends & Conclusions

Having been brought to its knees by the crippling slump in commodities prices and a global drop in demand, the mining industry is finally starting to regain ground. For the past five years, mining companies around the world have been striving to slash debt and increase investor confidence, gradually reviving the market in the process. Through strategic restructurings and distressed transactions, mining houses have battled for survival. At last, commodities prices have rebounded in the past year, leading to renewed vigour in the market. With mining companies finally able to move forward, practitioners we spoke to have noticed a shift in the market, with an increase in financing and M&A transactions signalling that better times lie ahead.

Private Client 2017: Analysis

This year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal: Private Client highlights 602 leading private client specialists from 287 firms worldwide. The practitioners listed assist some of the most successful and influential individuals, families and organisations in the world on their legal needs both domestically and internationally. They provide a broad range of private client services, including taxation, estate management, succession planning, onshore and offshore trust management, wealth structuring, and philanthropy and charitable giving. International law firm Withers continues to top our listings as the pre-eminent global private client firm, with 23 lawyers listed from across London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland and New York. London-based firm Macfarlanes also ranks highly this year, along with leading offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes which achieves listings across five of the major offshore jurisdictions, as well as England.

Private Client 2017: Trust & Advisory Services Analysis

This year, we highlight 177 individuals who stand out as leaders in the trust and advisory services space, and are recognised 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 private client practices, 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”.

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