As higher unemployment and lower company profits shrink tax revenue, the financial fall-out has pushed tax further up the political agenda. Tax rules and requirements are becoming ever more stringent in a bid to regulate an increasingly frontier-less marketplace and maximise economic recovery. We examine the challenges that face the legal marketplace, the spoils for the victor in this corporate tax tug-of-war, and the changes that are reshaping the industry.
This edition lists 629 real estate law experts in 40 different jurisdictions, all of whom can be considered leaders in their field. Our international real estate law firm of the year DLA Piper LLP places more lawyers in this edition than any other firm, with a total of 26 listings from 14 offices across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA.
The last time Who’s Who Legal examined the real estate markets in June 2009 we signed off our analysis by noting the decline of the real estate department as a major fee earner in full-service law firms.
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.
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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.