The research for this year’s WWL: Trade & Customs has expanded to include 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. Nominees hail from both law firms and external trade consultancies, including Capital Trade and Economic Consulting Services.
The legal market supporting the practice of trade and customs law is somewhat unusual. In one respect, the trade area is no different than any other highly competitive area of law: in order to deliver value, lawyers must have a high level of expertise and be able to translate this expertise into practical and commercially beneficial results. However, the nature and intensity of this expertise has developed over the last 20 years of WTO practice, and for some time now more generalist practices have fallen by the wayside. While the ultimate aim of the WTO and many individual governments is to move progressively towards a liberal and fair system of trade, the consequence is an evolving body of rules and procedures that put pressure on companies and their legal counsel.
Thirteen practitioners are among the top litigators focusing on administrative law matters and related disputes between entities and government authorities.
The following seven individuals selected advise public authorities and private sector clients in relation to issues surrounding public procurement, from drafting and structuring procurement bids and PPP contracts to bid challenge and disputes arising from such arrangements.
In this chapter, we identify 17 lawyers that stand out for their expertise in the sector. These lawyers provide environment advice to clients in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters such as compliance, strategic planning, environmental due diligence, liability and deal structuring.
Fifteen practitioners are recognised in this chapter for their expertise in construction and real estate law, including financing, public procurement, and regulatory and compliance issues in both the public and private sector.
We list 13 excellent practitioners in this section for their expertise in the full range of bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency work.
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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.