Cloud computing and outsourcing deals continue to feature strongly in our lawyers’ worksheets this year with companies requiring advice as to how to move all their data into clouds. However, the key growth area has been data protection with an increase in compliance work and audits. A combination of a rise in awareness of data issues and international pressure has meant that current data protection laws are now under review, and lawyers will have to keep an eye on the space for further developments. With a limited number of new entrants due to the high level of technical expertise required, the 32 lawyers selected for inclusion are anticipating further growth in their TMT practices.
Switzerland is home to more international sports bodies than any other jurisdiction in the world. Subsequently, the Swiss legal marketplace has responded with the development of sports practitioners with IP, competition, employment, tax and dispute resolution expertise, to meet the needs of multinational spor ts and enter tainment companies with disputes in the region. Additionally, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is located in Lausanne and this has led to an ever-increasing demand for specialist lawyers and arbitrators in the field. Our research identifies 14 “outstanding” individuals.
Public procurement lawyers reported an increasingly busy year with a number of complex projects filling up their pipelines. Companies face increasing pressure and difficulties in tendering for public sector contracts, resulting in a greater number of lawyers being called on for their exper tise in the field. We feature 17 outstanding practitioners in the chapter.
Project finance activity in Switzerland continues to thrive as overseas investors sense opportunities, par ticularly in relation to infrastructure projects in the transport, energy, water and leisure sectors. Public spending in the jurisdiction also remains high, and many predict that rising mobility will continue to drive activity in construction and infrastructure financing. As such, specialist lawyers are in high demand for their local exper tise and technical ability. We identify nine outstanding project finance practitioners.
The product liability defence legal market remains concentrated, with only a select group of practitioners dedicating their practices to this area of law. We single out the 11 most highly regarded experts who are considered leaders in this field.
Patent litigation in Switzerland is on the rise, and lawyers have noted a significant uptick in activity, in part due to the new Federal Patent Court, which opened in January 2012. The following pages feature 25 patent lawyers: experts in dispute resolution and transactional matters.
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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.