This edition features 687 environmental law experts in 41 jurisdictions and our independent research has identified these lawyers as the leaders in the field. We profile a number of internationally renowned individuals from our research.
Environmental law has never been so crucial. Increased awareness of climate change and recent environmental disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and north-eastern China are leading to new laws and regulations to protect the environment from potentially destructive human activity.
Our extensive research uncovers 449 shipping and maritime experts worldwide. We highlight some of the leading firms and practitioners.
“Litigation is a driving force for almost every law firm in the UK today, because corporate work levels are nothing like they were before.” In a tough economic climate it is unsurprising that lawyers everywhere have experienced a consistent rise in disputes-related work. Shipping and maritime, as our source notes, is certainly no different. But this is only part of the picture: freight rates are still low, arbitration lists are lengthening and the number of piracy incidents continues to rise.
This year, we identify 508 capital markets lawyers in 52 jurisdictions who can be considered as leaders in the field. One firm stands alone at the top of our international research.
When we conducted the research for the last year’s edition, the lawyers we spoke to around the world were unanimous in their opinion that difficult times lay ahead, and indeed in many cases had already arrived. Levels of activity in the sector were sure to drop, the only remaining uncertainty related to how low. A year later and a clearer picture of these straitened times has now emerged, and the expert practitioners in the sector have had to adapt, as some markets have dried up.
Many of the lawyers we interviewed for this book were keen not to sound too upbeat when recounting their experiences in 2009. While corporate transaction levels remained low worldwide and the hardships caused by the financial crisis continued the majority of insolvency and restructuring lawyers we spoke to were managing levels of work “far beyond anything we’ve ever seen before”.
We identify 424 expert insolvency and restructuring lawyers across 44 jurisdictions. Some of the leaders are highlighted here.
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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.