This year over 500 practitioners are recognised from over 250 firms across 36 countries. In this section we highlight the individuals and firms that stand out as among the most highly regarded in our global research.
The main challenge affecting product liability lawyers today is cost. Clients on both sides of the bar remain conscious of legal fees, with the lack of available funding hitting parts of the plaintiff bar hard and changing the way in which cases are put together and handled. New technology liabilities have been identified as the next big source of work: it’s not known exactly how cases involving 3D printers and driverless cars will be handled. Medical device and pharma cases are still a steady source of work, while regulatory lawyers have seen an increase in compliance-based work. Many of the issues that affected the sector last year are still present, and the addition of new trends in the coming year is likely to see practitioners enjoying an active market.
This edition identifies 441 leading practitioners from 234 firms across 83 jurisdictions in this rapidly burgeoning field of law.
In this year’s edition, 121 leading forensic accountants and digital experts skilled in asset tracing and recovery are selected for inclusion across the following pages. Grant Thornton leads this year’s research boasting an unrivalled 12 listings. The firm is closely followed by Kroll, KPMG and BDO whose experts also stand out for their excellent service. In addition, FTI Consulting and PwC continue to make an impression in the field.
Although the days of the large Ponzi scheme cases seem to be a thing of the past, the number of frauds perpetrated worldwide is on the rise. Global asset recovery practitioners reported a busy year with no let up in their caseloads.
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 project finance space continues to diversify, as companies and firms alike look for ways to navigate the current landscape. Among other issues, 2015 saw practitioners tackle the aftermath of the drop in oil prices and a subsequent need to broaden their practices. The field has also been dominated by limited access to funding for projects, with companies relieving this pressure by looking to alternative sources of financing. Despite these challenges, the past year has witnessed an uptick in the number of renewable energy and infrastructure projects internationally, with global investment in renewable energy at $286 billion in 2015 – indicating a positive future for the market.
The 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Capital Markets includes an impressive 804 listings across 56 jurisdictions in the areas of debt and equity, Islamic finance, and structured finance. Capital markets powerhouses Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy lead the research this year. Both firms achieve 30 listings, and demonstrate the depth and breadth of their offerings across all three areas throughout Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East. They are closely followed by fellow full-service firms Sidley Austin, Linklaters, Baker & McKenzie and Latham & Watkins. The most highly regarded individuals in the debt and equity, structured finance, and Islamic finance chapters are also recognised in this edition.
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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.