Our research utilises the feedback from corporate counsel and private practitioners across the globe to pick out 494 individuals who are considered outstanding in the field of aviation law. The renowned aviation and maritime specialists, Clyde & Co LLP top the research with 18 lawyers, followed by Norton Rose with 14 listings, 12 experts from White & Case and 11 from Clifford Chance, two of whom appear among our most highly regarded individuals.
With the benefit of over 14 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 the aviation legal marketplace worldwide. We explore changes in the marketplace affecting financing and regulation.
Since 1994, Mexico’s exports have increased by 475 per cent. Imports to Mexico are also on the rise, fuelled by the country’s strong trade links with South America. This strong and rapid growth requires excellent lawyers who have the brilliance and flexibility of mind to navigate the changing regulations in order to provide their clients with accurate and beneficial advice. We have identified 11 top lawyers who have the skills to handle this challenging area.
A major concern in the telecommunications industry in Mexico is the promotion of competition. As Telmex and sister company Telcel operate over 70 per cent of fixed-line and cellular communications networks, there are concerns that such market domination is preventing economic growth in the sector. However, an increase in companies offering integrated telecoms services, and attempts by the federal regulator to open up the market, mean that regulatory communications lawyers are kept constantly busy. We identify six leading practitioners in this chapter.
The Mexican real estate market is coming back following a lull caused by the recession, and the lawyers we spoke to have been very busy over the past year. Several commented on the increased amount of commercial work linked to the real estate sector as well as a growing number of development projects. We identify 29 superb practitioners who are considered experts in real estate and construction.
Mexico is in the process of modernising its procurement system to increase efficiency and decrease the risk of corruption. In June 2012, the Mexican government passed a new federal law, making it illegal to give to a public official any type of bribe or gift for obtaining or retaining a privilege or business advantage in the area of public procurement, which applies to anyone engaged in federal government contracting. The incoming president has promised new projects in infrastructure, oil, water and transportation and activity looks set to pick up significantly over the next few months. In this chapter, we select eight leading individuals.
High levels of investment in public infrastructure have kept the project finance market active this year with particular growth in alternative energy projects such as wind farms and high-capacity solar panels. With new public private partnership regulations and a steady economy, the future looks bright and Mexico is set to become a hotspot for private investment. The growth in this field is evidenced by this year’s large increase in outstanding project finance lawyers selected for inclusion in this chapter. This year we feature 26 lawyers.
The oil and gas industry in Mexico is undergoing constant change. State-run Pemex, the second largest oil company in Latin America, took a tentative step towards awarding incentive-based exploration and production contracts after 2008 reform. However, this only led to a marginal increase in production, leading to criticisms that Mexico, as the world’s seventh largest oil producer, should open itself up to more private capital in order to fully reach its potential. New President Enrique Pena Nieto has said that reform of Pemex is one of his priorities. With a lacklustre majority in government, wide-reaching change may be over-ambitious and therefore it remains to be seen to what extent the state will be prepared to relinquish control over Pemex in return for private investment and potentially greater efficiency and productivity. The liberalisation of the contracts that have already been granted by Pemex means that a different type of company is now being attracted to the Mexican market; small and medium-sized businesses have established a growing presence thanks to incentive-based exploration and production contracts. This year, our research identifies 13 lawyers who stand out in this evolving practice area.
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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.