Who’s Who Legal interviewed hundreds of lawyers active in this practice area during the research for this publication and the vast majority were in agreement over the continuing harsh climate for the funds industry.
Over the course of our independent research, we have identified 328 leading private funds lawyers in 38 countries. The most highly regarded individuals and firms are outlined here and recent high-profile moves within the community are also shown.
Who's Who Legal highlights the leaders in this practice area in 61 jurisdictions. One firm stands out in this edition: DLA Piper has 17 individuals listed from its offices in the USA, China and Hong Kong and is regarded as “the go-to firm for franchise”.
The feeling among interviewees based in the US and Europe is that, as a result of the recession, the domestic franchise market has contracted. At the same time, clients are demanding more from their lawyers.
Our research into this practice area has deepened with each successive edition and this book includes 479 high-calibre practitioners. We have broadened the parameters of our research to include data protection and IT specialists as well as lawyers who focus on internet and e-commerce (and those whose practice comprises several or all of these areas).
“There is not a company on the planet that does not need to know what internet lawyers can tell them.” The business world has grown comfortable with the online dimension, and these days one would be hard pressed to find an established market presence or start-up without some sort of online presence.
Who’s Who Legal reveals the leading firms and commercial litigators from 56 jurisdictions. Once again, Clifford Chance leads the field in terms of numbers with 13 of the firm’s practitioners listed from seven offices around the world.
As the global financial crisis begins to recede, it has become clear that the large-scale up-tick in disputes that traditionally accompanies a downturn has not materialised. There have been elevated levels of activity in some sectors, but “Don’t let anyone tell you that a counter-cyclical deluge has hit the top city firms,” a lawyer from a magic circle firm advises.
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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.