In October 2014 the Swiss government commenced discussions on a complete overhaul of existing Swiss financial market regulation. This follows on from the new rules on insider trading and market manipulation that entered into force in May 2013. With these developments in mind, lawyers expect to be busy for the next few years helping clients to adopt to a changing landscape. In this section we identify 34 leading capital markets practitioners.
In recent years the Swiss government has come under pressure to do more in the fight against corruption, money laundering and the finance of criminal activities. Switzerland has introduced various measures and concluded multilateral and bilateral treaties to combat white-collar crime and prompt greater collaboration with foreign governments. It has been important for lawyers to closely follow developments to provide the best possible service to clients, and our research recognises 30 practitioners with sector-leading expertise.
Regulation is still proving to be a huge source of work for Swiss banking lawyers as the requirement to comply with global reforms to banking practice sees a growing number of banks seeking legal counsel. Lawyers also reported an increase in demand for services from private banks with many finding themselves under growing pressure to consolidate loss. We select 38 top practitioners to feature in this chapter.
Switzerland is finalising its International Asset Recovery Act and the draft bill has recently been submitted to parliament. In this dynamic area of law, 19 lawyers and two experts are recommended.
Switzerland plays a leading role in the field of arbitration. Its neutrality, arbitration-friendly legislation and supportive courts combine to make it an attractive jurisdiction for parties to bring proceedings. The legal market is highly sophisticated and boasts some of the world’s leading arbitration experts. In this edition we single out 79 lawyers and two expert witnesses.
Who’s Who Legal has combined with sister publication Global Investigations Review to produce this second edition identifying the world’s leading investigations lawyers. This year we feature a total of 384 lawyers, 42 forensic accountants and 31 digital forensic experts from across 31 countries. Several firms stand out for the quality of their lawyers in this sector, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom heading the research overall. London-based Kingsley Napley, Clifford Chance, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Hogan Lovells and DC-based Miller & Chevalier Chartered are also among the most impressive for their strength and depth. We also select the 10 most highly regarded individuals from across the world, based on the number of recommendations they received from clients and peers.
We once again identify the outstanding forensic accountants and digital forensic experts in the field of investigations. Those selected in the former category are experts in aiding clients in relation to disputes and regulatory inquiries, as well as foreign corruption investigations and investigative due diligence, while those in the latter have a proven track record in relation to e-discovery, computer forensics, data recovery and analysis in investigations on behalf of both law firms and corporations. Global accountancy powerhouses Deloitte, KPMG and PwC lead the way in our research. Business advisory firm FTI Consulting is also internationally reputable for its forensic experts. Meanwhile, Kroll has pioneered investigative consultancy for 40 years and enjoys an equally prestigious reputation.
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