In this section we select the 10 individuals who stand out worldwide this year and the seven firms that field the most lawyers to this edition. Allen & Overy is the leading firm in our research with nine lawyers featured. These practitioners are based in eight different countries, demonstrating the firm’s impressive international expertise. Following close behind is Ashurst, which fields seven "brilliant" individuals, as does "top" global firm Hogan Lovells. Blake Cassels & Graydon has five “outstanding” lawyers listed, as do Linklaters, the newly merged Norton Rose Fulbright and the "world-class" White & Case.
Our research reveals that public procurement is becoming increasingly focused on litigious work. This boom in litigation is great for top barristers and large law firms, many of whom have received a steady, if not necessarily well-paid, flow of work from these disputes. But it is not good news for everyone. Many of our respondents have noted an increased specialisation and sophistication of the market, with clients preferring to turn to large and established market players with a strong litigation department, rather than smaller firms.
Leading IP specialist firm Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu once again achieves the highest number of listings in this publication, with 17 of its “first-class” lawyers featured. Following close behind is "international heavyweight" Bird & Bird, which fields 15 individuals, six of whom hail from its London office. Baker & McKenzie earns an impressive 12 listings this year, with practitioners from 10 of its offices recognised. IP specialist firm Rouse Legal boasts the inclusion of 11 of its lawyers, followed by "global giant" Hogan Lovells with 10. In this section we single out the eight best-represented firms and the 10 most highly regarded individuals in our research overall.
“This is perhaps one of the most interesting times to be a trademarks lawyer,” one source stated, and the reports we have received from around the world concur. Scientific and technological advancements mean the market is both rapidly developing and challenging, and while there is more competition in the market, the work is more complex and time-consuming. In this section we take a closer look at trends and developments in the trademarks area and how they are impacting on practitioners in different jurisdictions.
In this edition seven top firms are recognised for their impressive number of listings, with Littler Mendelson leading the way with 21 of its lawyers recognised. Seyfarth Shaw boasts 16 inclusions, with six practitioners for its "incredibly active" Chicago office featured. Morgan Lewis & Bockius follows closely behind, fielding 15 individuals to this edition from seven of its offices accross the US and in Paris. Proskauer Rose, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Paul Hastings and Heenan Blaikie are also among the firms singled out. We also recognised 10 "world-class" pracitioners who are the most highly nominated individuals in this sector.
Our research indicates that lawyers remain as busy as ever, despite the fact that the global economy continues to be gripped by financial difficulties. In light of the economic situation the focus of many lawyers has been on restructurings, team moves and litigation. While the concerns of employers might change from year to year, advice from highly experienced lawyers is something they cannot afford to forgo.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who performed most strongly overall. Clifford Chance emerges as the most recognised firm in our research, with 27 of its lawyers featured from offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. It is followed by Allen & Overy which fields 22 lawyers, with Dubai emerging as its largest stronghold of talent. The "greatly respected" Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, international "heavyweight" Latham & Watkins and "globally renowned" White & Case each achieve an impressive number of listings, with practitioners from their offices around the world recognised for their expertise in this area.
Who’s Who Legal analyses the recent trends and developments in the global project finance legal market. Our research uncovered that the past year has given lawyers a taste of what one source called “a world without banks”. The absence of traditional project lending from banks around the world, and in Europe in particular, has obliged clients and lawyers to look elsewhere for funding. The increased role of the public sector in lending has meant a greater emphasis on governmental influence in the projects, while the emerging markets have continued to show their huge potential, with clients appearing increasingly keen to expand into Africa and less-developed countries in Asia.
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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.