Our brand new Corporate Immigration edition features 545 of the world's best lawyers, stretching out over 38 jurisdictions and 345 law firms. The corporate immigration landscape is dominated by specialised independent law firms. No firm stands out for its international depth like Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, which once again leads our research with lawyers in America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Meanwhile, US immigration giant Berry Appleman & Leiden also impresses with its number of listings. Beyond this we have selected some truly outstanding boutiques and have also highlighted the 10 most highly regard lawyers in North America, as well as the top five across Europe; Latin America; Asia-Pacific; and Africa and the Middle-East.
Talk of reform has remained at the forefront of everybody’s minds and corporate immigration lawyers worldwide accept that the sweeping changes they are ever-hopeful for have still not materialised in many cases. With elections in many of the major immigration jurisdictions coming up, the political nature of this area of law has once again reared its head, leaving several practitioners frustrated with piecemeal change – and in many cases, not even that.
The number of company insolvencies in France continued to rise in 2014 as a result of the enduring financial difficulties. However, creditors have benefited from recent legislative changes contained in Ordonnance 2014-326 (enacted in July 2014), which makes the use of amicable pre-insolvency proceedings more attractive, strengthens creditors’ rights in the event of judicial safeguard proceedings and creates a new accelerated safeguard proceeding which encompasses all creditors. Our research highlights 12 lawyers who stand out for their expertise in the field.
New EU public procurement directives published in 2014 aim to modernise the regime and provide more scope for negotiation between contracting authorities and bidders, as well as an extension of the grounds for disqualification and changes to the award criteria. In this chapter we single out 11 lawyers who will be assisting clients with the legal reforms.
France is an active hub for franchising work, as lawyers advise both mid-sized companies and major international groups on the setting up of their distribution networks and business development in the jurisdiction. A strong knowledge of the country’s competition law is also important for franchise practitioners; while EC Regulation 330/2010 on vertical agreements and concerted practices is applicable to franchise agreements that affect trade between EU member states, France’s Commercial Code has specific rules relating to the fixing of minimum prices and restrictions on customers that the franchise may serve. Our research identifies seven leading lawyers from as many firms.
Over the past year the French government has been increasing its efforts towards achieving an ecological transition. The 2014 budget introduced a carbon element to taxation and there are plans to ban the use of non-agricultural pesticides from 2020. With France set to host the United Nations Climate Conference in 2015, environmental matters look set to remain at the top of the agenda. In this hub of activity, we list 18 “outstanding” practitioners who expect a busy year ahead.
Increasing demand for power, energy diversification plans and large gas finds in Africa continue to drive activity in this market. The French legal market in this area is first and foremost occupied by leading global firms, who can leverage their networks to advise institutional French and foreign companies on implementation and financings of energy projects in Francophone Africa; however a small number of independent French firms also have the requisite expertise to advise on the complex cross-border projects that typify this market. This year we identify 24 leaders in the field.
The 2015 Finance Act and the Rectificative Finance Act for 2014 were adopted by the French parliament on 18 December 2014 with several measures affecting corporate taxpayers. The significant changes to the French corporate tax landscape have led to an even busier legal marketplace and we list 45 of the most highly sought-after practitioners in the country, as well as five leading corporate tax expert witnesses.
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