Faced with a market slowdown, fewer residential deals and an increase in mortgage foreclosures, Illinois real estate lawyers are feeling the pinch as much as anyone.
Trademarks have become global currency, and defending a brand's distinctiveness has never been more important in an increasingly globalised, homogeneous marketplace.
The 2008 edition of The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers identifies 376 practitioners from 34 jurisdictions who are considered by clients and peers to be the most eminent white-collar crime lawyers.
Commercial arbitration is once again one of the largest chapters in this publication, reflecting its continued popularity as an alternative to settling disputes in the courtroom. We identify 25 as leaders in the field, with specialities encompassing work as both counsel and neutral in domestic and international matters.
Research for the fifth edition of The International Who's Who of Banking Lawyers has uncovered a wealth of talent. A total of 367 lawyers from 53 separate countries make the grade. The 55 extra entries this year reflect the growing levels of specialisation on offer to clients in countries where lawyers might traditionally have been regarded as generalists.
In February 2008, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary predicted a "perfect storm" in the aviation industry. This bleak forecast has proved perceptive: small to mid-sized companies such as Aloha Airlines and Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, which both collapsed early in the year, were casualties of rocky financial markets, a dip in consumer spending and hikes in fuel costs, which have troubled the whole industry. In this increasingly difficult market, insolvencies, restructurings and mergers look set to loom large in the coming year, affecting carriers of all sizes.
The research for the sixth edition of The International Who's Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers lists 243 professionals in 45 countries.
With the continuing turmoil in the financial markets and the relative weakness of the US dollar, the price of precious metals continues to reach record high levels, with gold prices increasing by 30 per cent in 2007 and platinum, palladium and silver also rising sharply. With such potential rewards on offer, this continues to prompt similarly elevated levels of activity in the mining sector across the world. Our research has identified 235 individuals in 37 countries who have demonstrated the highest levels of expertise in this vibrant 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.