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Research: Trends & Conclusions

With the benefit of over 18 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews with legal professionals worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the global environment market.

Legal Marketplace Analysis

We recognise 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators, and each should be considered to be among of the outstanding experts in their jurisdiction. Our listing encompasses sole practitioners, barristers, boutique firms, former judges and non-lawyers. We also select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

The economic upheaval of recent years has prompted altered practices across the commercial world, not least a hardening of attitudes in boardrooms towards legal spend, which has direct ramifications on the resolution of disputes. With clients more than ever looking for cost-effective ways to resolve – or avoid – such conflicts, an opportunity has arisen for the world’s leading commercial mediators to further establish mediation as a viable, attractive and effective method of addressing these concerns worldwide.

Legal Marketplace Analysis: Lawyers

This year, we single out 326 practitioners from 188 firms who are considered leading lawyers in asset recovery law. Several firms stand out due to the high number of listings they achieve, with Appleby taking the top spot. It has individuals from five jurisdictions singled out, with its Bermuda and Cayman Island offices especially well represented. Following closely behind is Kobre & Kim, which has lawyers from its London, New York and Washington, DC offices featured. Other notable firms include Walkers, Hogan Lovells, Al Tamimi & Company and Harney Westwood & Riegels. We also select the 10 most highly regarded individuals in the world as voted for by their peers and corporate counsel.

Marketplace Analysis: Experts

For the first time we also list the leading forensic accountants and digital experts skilled in asset tracing and recovery. Deloitte has the most specialists recognised, while FTI Consulting, Kroll, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG all perform extremely well.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

For this third edition, Who’s Who Legal has called upon hundreds of hours of interviews with asset recovery specialists around the world discussing activity in the sector and emerging trends. In this section we draw on our findings to provide a global outlook of the latest developments in the marketplace.

Legal Marketplace Analysis 2014

This year, our listings comprise of 609 practitioners recognised across three distinct areas within capital markets law; debt and equity, Islamic finance and structured finance. Clifford Chance leads the way in our research with individuals recognised in all three sections. Following closely behind is Allen & Overy, which has practitioners from its offices across the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Europe singled out. Four further firms also stand out; Linklaters, Latham & Watkins, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sidley Austin. We also recognise the leading individuals in the world for debt and equity, Islamic finance and structured finance.

Research: Trends & Conclusions

By summer 2013, the financial media worldwide was speaking as if the post-recession era had reached a turning point. Although widespread economic revival and extremely low interest rates have recently inspired the growth of capital raising, this position has been widely viewed as unsustainable. As a result, observers are concerned with how the market will cope with rising interest rates and the quantitative easing policy of central banks, as they try to navigate their way out of crisis management.

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