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Research Trends and Conclusions: Corporate Governance 2013

With the benefit of over 16 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the corporate governance legal marketplace worldwide. The "hot topics" of the past year include say on pay and shareholder activism, proxy access, board declassification and board gender diversity. The legal market demand for top corporate governance lawyers remains high due to the continued focus on this area by shareholders and authorities.

Lawyer of the Year Awards 2013

Who’s Who Legal is delighted to announce the Lawyer of the Year Awards 2013, celebrating the foremost leaders in their fields. We have compiled the nominations of thousands of clients and private practitioners from over 140 countries to decide on the most highly regarded experts across 32 commercial practice areas. The award winners received more votes than any other lawyer in their chapter. Three lawyers enjoy the rare accolade of being nine-time award winners, demonstrating outstanding merit in their fields: Theodore Garrett of Covington & Burling in the area of environment law; Gary Horlick of his own firm in trade and customs; and Philip Zeidman of DLA Piper in relation to franchise. Each lawyer has won the award every year since its inception in 2005. Both Trevor Cook of Bird & Bird and Daniel Bereskin QC of Bereskin & Parr also deserved to be singled out as both individuals are eight-time award winners for the areas of patent and trademarks law respectively. We also have 11 first-time winners this year, including the first ever winner of our practice area award for asset recovery, Edward H Davis Jr of Astigarraga Davis. Clayton Utz’s Doug Jones AO is recognised for his “superb skills” in the area of construction, Florencia Heredia of HOLT Abogados is our mining lawyer of the year for the first time and Peter Binning of Corker Binning is the most highly regarded business crime defence lawyer in the world according to our research. The 2013 award winners can be viewed here.

Firm of the Year Awards 2013

As in previous editions, we recognise the tremendous work done by the very best firms in a range of sectors worldwide. Our Firm of the Year Awards reflect the firms' strength and depth, and those we recognise in this category received the most recommendations in our global research. This year Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, is named our “Law Firm of the Year” for the seventh time, recognising the firm’s leading presence in our worldwide research. The firm achieves a total of 208 listings, more than any other firm, and has a presence in 29 out of a possible 32 practice areas that we cover. “International heavyweight” Bird & Bird wins four practice area awards for the third consecutive year in the areas of internet, e-Commerce and data protection, life sciences, patents and regulatory communications. The firm also fields two individual award winners and a total of 111 listings across 15 different chapters in this edition. Clifford Chance wins two practice area awards for its extensive listings in our commercial litigation and project finance chapters. Herbert Smith is the first ever recipient of our new asset recovery practice area award. There are also two new winners of firm awards in this edition: Maples and Calder for its “world-class” private funds practice and Herbert Smith Freehills in the field of asset recovery. The 2013 award winners can be viewed here.

Country Awards 2013

We are pleased to reveal the 2013 Country Awards identifying the leading law firms in 63 jurisdictions. In judging these awards we have studied the nominations made by thousands of clients and fellow professionals. The winning firms achieved the largest number of lawyers selected for inclusion in their country overall: the practitioners are pre-eminent in their practice areas and their collective achievements allow their firms to stand out as national leaders. This year, we included two new jurisdictions: Turkey and Ukraine. Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership stands out in the former and Sayenko Kharenko garners recognition for its “top-tier” practitioners. For the first time we have a category for the English Set of the Year, which has been awarded to Essex Court Chambers. This year marks the eighth consecutive time many firms have been recognised, most notably Marval O'Farrell & Mairal in Argentina, an internationally recognised full-service firm. Indian firm Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co boasts over 550 lawyers, including 70 partners, and offers “top quality” service across the board. Kromann Reumert, Kim & Chang, Pinheiro Neto Advogados and Gide Loyrette Nouel are among a further 12 firms that have been recognised for the past eight years. Four firms win country awards for the first time this year, including Australian “powerhouse” Clayton Utz. The firm achieves 60 listings across 20 different practice areas, demonstrating its broad-ranging legal and industry experience in an impressive range of sectors. The “greatly respected” Schellenberg Wittmer receives the accolade of being our premier Swiss firm this year. The 2013 award winners can be viewed here.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Patents 2013

With the benefit of over 17 years of independent research, encompassing thousands of votes from international clients and private practitioners, and hundreds of hours of interviews, Who’s Who Legal excercises the recent trends and developments in the global patent marketplace

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Patents 2013

With the benefit of over 17 years of independent research and encompassing thousands of votes from international clients and private practitioners, we identify the firms and individuals who stand out worldwide. Bird & Bird once again leads our research with an impressive total of 18 listings across nine of its offices throughout Asia and Europe. With 13 inclusions this year, Hogan Lovells demonstrates its strong position in the patent legal marketplace and leading IP boutique Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner has 11 lawyers singled out in this edition. European IP specialist firm Hoyng Monegier is represented by nine “first-class” practitioners, showing the firm’s commanding presence in the international patent marketplace.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Corporate Immigration 2013

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This year we identify 476 lawyers from 393 firms in 31 countries, with global powerhouse Fragomen fielding 32 lawyers from 15 different jurisdictions to this edition. Berry Appleman & Leiden has an impressive 13 individuals recognised from its offices in the US and Brazil. Eight practitioners from FosterQuan are singled out this year, all of whom hail from the firm's offices in Texas. We also select the 15 leading individuals who are most highly regarded internationally in this field worldwide.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Corporate Immigration 2013

With the benefit of over 15 years of research and thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at the developing trends in the corporate immigration legal marketplace worldwide. Last year we reported that the nature of corporate immigration work is increasingly difficult to predict and administer, and the relationship between lawyers and agencies continues to be strained by bureaucracy and anti-immigration agendas. This year, governments are making attempts to remedy these challenges in the market.

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