This year we single out 635 practitioners from 283 firms who are considered leading experts in energy law. Global giant Dentons leads the way in our research with lawyers from 13 of its offices around the globe selected. Baker Botts performs very strongly with its Houston office a hub of activity; following closely behind is international heavyweight Norton Rose Fulbright. Several other firms, including Herbert Smith Freehills, Vinson & Elkins and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, perform impressively. We also highlight the leading lawyers in the world by region: North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa.
With the continuing shale boom in North America and its emergence in other jurisdictions, the busy renewables sector, and nuclear work returning post-Fukushima, the past year has been a busy one for energy lawyers. One source described the sector as “almost recession-proof”; given the growing legal market it seems the majority of firms agree. We have heard reports of burgeoning practices in key energy hubs, notably Texas, London, Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro, which have all seen more entrants into the market over the past few years.
This year, we single out 775 individuals from 381 firms who are considered leaders in the field of management labour and employment law. Several firms particularly stand out, including boutique firm Littler Mendelson, which maintains the top spot in our research. Seyfarth Shaw has lawyers from its offices across the US, Australia and England recognised and specialist US outfit Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart has practitioners from 11 different states selected for inclusion. We also single out the most highly regarded individuals in the world across six different regions and at the UK bar.
Following another sluggish year, the employment legal market has finally started to pick up once again. The pace of corporate work is on the up, and lawyers are anticipating greater vibrancy in the year ahead.
In this section we use the recommendations from clients and peers across the globe to identify 429 lawyers from 223 firms who lead the field worldwide. Shook Hardy & Bacon once again dominates the listings and grows its contingent this year, while Hogan Lovells, Bowman and Brooke, and Sidley Austin also perform strongly. We single out 15 US-based practitioners and five individuals elsewhere who are the most highly regarded lawyers in the world in this field.
With the benefit of over 17 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in worldwide product liability defence.
This year we identify 529 practitioners from 231 firms and 79 countries who are considered leading lawyers in this field. Several firms particularly stand out due to the number of listings they achieve, with Clifford Chance once again boasting more practitioners than any other firm. Following closely behind is Allen & Overy, whose London office is especially well represented. US-founded firms Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and White & Case both boast a strong number of inclusions. We also single out the most highly regarded individuals in the EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions, with Latham & Watkins being home to four of these lawyers.
Project finance is the preserve of the elite. The practice requires skilled banking and finance lawyers who can assist parties in reaching a workable consensus in complex negotiations, and who also have a sufficiently strong understanding of project development to identify any risks. As their work increasingly stems from emerging markets in the East, access to the resources of a large international firm is a definite advantage.
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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.