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Asset Recovery 2017: Experts Analysis

We highlight 149 outstanding forensic accountants, as well as insolvency and investigations experts, from a variety of onshore and offshore jurisdictions for their expertise in this year’s research. 

Asset Recovery 2017: Trends & Conclusions

For asset recovery practitioners, 2016 was an interesting year. Fraudsters are only growing in sophistication, using developments in digital technology to place further strain on corporate clients across the world. This, coupled with a global drive to fight corruption, continues to result in a wealth of recovery work for well-established players in the traditional offshore jurisdictions. Alongside this, however, a trend towards third-party funding in the asset recovery space, coupled with the adoption of asset-tracing techniques earlier on in arbitral strategy, has broadened the scope for specialists. This will only lead to new work in the future, as the more traditional perception of asset recovery and its links to financial fraud is challenged in a growing number of destinations.

Product Liability Defence 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2017 features over 570 practitioners from 271 firms across 35 jurisdictions. In this section, we identify the leading lawyers and firms across North America and the rest of the world, as well as highlighting the most highly regarded individuals as established by our research. Given the volume of product liability work and maturity of the US legal market, US practitioners dominate our listings, comprising over 400 listings in total, with Shook Hardy & Bacon leading the field off the back of a strong presence in the US market. Hogan Lovells tops the list of international firms, while Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Reed Smith also impress.

Product Liability Defence 2017: Trends & Conclusions

Who’s Who Legal’s research for the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence came at an interesting time for lawyers practising in the area. As developments in the attitudes of government authorities amid considerable political change in the US looks set to tip the balance in favour of corporations, particularly in relation to federal pre-emption more generally, new technologies and Big Data pose important questions for regulatory authorities and manufacturers alike. The legal market also finds itself at a formative moment, with a desire for comprehensive coverage and dynamic representation forcing law firms to adapt their services to meet and service client needs.

Project Finance 2017: Analysis

The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Project Finance is a comprehensive guide to the leading lawyers in the field worldwide, comprising over 600 practitioners from 282 firms across 83 jurisdictions. Below, we highlight the most highly regarded individuals in our research this year. 

Project Finance 2017: Trends & Conclusions

As oil and commodity prices continued to recover, 2016 witnessed a growing focus on infrastructure work globally. Africa remains a hotbed of project activity, particularly in the power sector. Additionally, alternative sources of financing are becoming more and more sophisticated and are playing an increasingly important role in the market. As substantial political and economic shifts continue to dictate the landscape of project finance activity, the need for lawyers to adapt and diversify their practices is greater than ever. 

Trademarks 2017: Attorneys & Agents Analysis

This chapter identifies 151 of the best trademark attorneys and agents who are widely regarded as the world leaders in their profession. These specialists are qualified to advise on the protection and enforcement on trademark rights and each individual undertakes a broad range of work in this space.  

Energy 2017: Trends & Conclusions

The energy sector remains a highly interesting and developing area. The oil industry continues its current downturn, with the price of oil just $48.78 per barrel in May 2017, despite a recent deal between OPEC and non-OPEC countries to maintain output curbs until March 2018 in an effort to boost flagging prices. This is causing significant problems for companies operating in the oil industry as the sector endures another year of low prices. Elsewhere however, emerging markets are opening up, with an increasing demand for energy, and specifically cleaner energy, and thus there are also significant opportunities for many companies operating in the energy space. The legal market continues to feel the pressures that are also affecting clients in the industry; yet while oil and gas prices remain low, this doesn’t necessarily mean the demand for legal services is correspondingly reduced.

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