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Energy 2017: Analysis

The analysis of the latest WWL: Energy edition identifies the most highly regarded firms and individuals across our global research, which in total features 910 practitioners from 376 firms in 89 countries.

Labour & Employment 2017: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017, an in-depth guide to the world's leading labour and employment lawyers, featuring 1,051 lawyers from 542 firms around the world. The top of the legal market reflects an increasingly international employment bar. US stalwarts Littler Mendelson, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and Proskauer Rose are the top three most highly rated firms in our research. They are followed by UK employment specialists Lewis Silkin, international full-service firm Baker McKenzie and Spanish outfit J&A Garrigues. Herzog Fox & Neeman retains its position as Israel’s premier labour and employment law firm. In Africa, ENSafrica and Bowmans in South Africa do particularly well, alongside Indian firms Trilegal and Nishith Desai Associates. In Asia, Deacons in Hong Kong and Lee & Ko in Seoul field an impressive array of lawyers. In Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Clayton Utz continue to make up a sizeable proportion of Australia’s employment experts. Latin America sees regional powerhouse Marval O'Farrell & Mairal leading the pack, with stiff competition from smaller outfits Funes de Rioja & Asociados in Argentina and Munita & Olavarría in Chile. Needless to say, the bar set by the lawyers at these firms is incredibly high. We have identified the best-regarded individuals in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. We also recognise the leading UK barristers, with Blackstone Chambers, Matrix Chambers and Cloisters Chambers continuing to perform highly in our research.

Pensions & Benefits 2017: Analysis

In this edition we also highlight over 300 pensions and benefits lawyers from 202 firms across 43 jurisdictions who are considered leading practitioners in their respective markets. Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira earns top place in our research for its superb practice and pre-eminence in the European market and across the world. Proskauer Rose, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Stikeman Elliott impress across the North American continent while both Outer Temple Chambers and Wilberforce Chambers are marked out as leading sets at the UK Bar. 

Labour & Employment 2017: Trends & Conclusions

It may be that we remember 2016 as a year that generated significant new precedents in the world of employment law. Disputes over the status of workers in a fast-changing economy, a still-sluggish global economy and Brexit came together to challenge large chunks of the labour and employment rulebook. More than just the effects of globalisation, current events seemed ever-present in the changes affecting the field. For lawyers, this has meant a range of new challenges in their work, but plenty to be getting on with. 

Economists & Anti-Dumping Consultants 2017: Analysis

This chapter features 36 trade economists and anti-dumping consultants. These experts provide clients and law firms with litigation support and analysis in trade policy, anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. 

Transactional Services - Due Diligence Accountants 2017: Analysis

In this year’s chapter, we feature the world’s leading due diligence accountants, highlighting 228 prominent names from 49 firms across 48 jurisdictions. The Big Four accounting firms – PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, EY and Deloitte – once again dominate the research, comprising almost three-quarters of the total listings between them. Meanwhile we also highlight smaller outfits who are home to some of the foremost names in the field. 

Corporate Tax Experts 2017: Analysis

In this chapter, we feature 111 corporate tax experts from over 80 firms across 28 jurisdictions worldwide. The featured experts are often called upon during tax trials to give evidence on tax practices, or may be asked to give their opinion on the matter at hand when a case is being built. A selection of the following individuals also offer in-depth technical advice and explanations, as well as providing advice and fair valuation judgements on transfer-pricing matters.

Competition Economists 2017: Analysis

Who’s Who Legal’s competition economists chapter covers 390 of the best consultants, expert witnesses and advisers on economics in the world. They are hired for their work on complex mergers, investigations and disputes. In total, 160 firms have practitioners listed, but three firms stand apart in this area, with more than 20 practitioners listed each: Compass Lexecon, Charles River Associates and RBB Economics. Between them, their practitioners comprise almost 25 per cent of those listed in the chapter. The individuals scoring highest in our research are mentioned below.

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