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Finance

Three of the world's top aviation finance lawyers discuss key issues in this area of specialism; Julie McLean of Conyers Dill & Pearman, Berend Crans of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Edward Gross of Vedder Price talk about types of investors, interest from China, the impact of the growing demand for new aircraft and new entrants into the market.To read this roundtable discussion please click here. This section also features an article by Donald Gray and Auriol Marasco of Blake Cassels & Graydon on Air Canada's first EETC offering, which particularly explores the impact of Cape Town convention and the benefits it can bring. To read the full article please click here.

Regulatory

In our roundtable Anita Mosner of Holland & Knight, Catherine Erkelens of Bird & Bird and Carlos Sierra of Sierra Vazquez Olivares Molina, the most highly regarded regulatory expert in our research overall, discuss the open skies policy, environmental issues, increased scrutiny by regulators on airports and recent regulatory changes in relation to technology. To read the roundtable discussion please click here. Mia Wouters of LVP Law also contributes an article which looks at the regulatory constraints that airlines are under, especially those operating in the EU. To read the full article please click here.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Aviation 2014

In this edition of Who's Who Legal: Aviation individuals are either recognised for their full range of aviation services or their niche specialism in particular. Depending on their specialism and jurisdiction levels of work have varied, with "persistence, patience and flexibility" being the buzzwords for lawyers in this field, as practitioners report a "topsy-turvy" year.

Legal Marketplace Analysis: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

In this edition, Who's Who Legal features 793 lawyers from 347 firms in 82 countries who are considered leaders in the area of merger and acquisition law. Twelve firms in particular stand out. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer once again leads our research with15 individuals singled out, followed closely behind by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom with 13 inclusions. Both Weil Gotshal & Manges and King & Wood Mallesons field 11 lawyers for this edition and Herbert Smith Freehills, Uría Menéndez, Noerr and Slaughter and May garner 10 listings apiece. We also single out the 10 most highly regarded M&A lawyers in the world, with David Katz and Martin Lipton of Wachtell Lipton Rose & Katz taking the top two positions.

Research: Trends and Conclusions: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

With the benefit of over 15 years of research and thousands of nominations from clients and private practitioners worldwide, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the M&A legal market.

Legal Marketplace Analysis: Investigations 2014

For the first time, Who’s Who Legal in collaboration with Global Investigations Review has published a guide to the leading investigations lawyers in the world. Over the past year, we have canvassed hundreds of lawyers and clients to identify the leading individuals and firms in this burgeoning practice area. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom fields an impressive total of seven lawyers to this edition, as does Clifford Chance. Baker & McKenzie boasts six inclusions, as do Kingsley Napley, Miller & Chevalier Chartered and WilmerHale. We also list the 10 most highly regarded investigations lawyers in the world, with Joseph Warin of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher achieving the top spot this year.

Legal Marketplace Analysis: Forensic Experts 2014

This first edition also includes a list of 39 of the very best forensic accountants and 29 of the leading digital forensic experts in the field of investigations. Deloitte stands out as a “pre-eminent player” with six forensic accountants selected as well as one digital expert. FTI Consulting garners six inclusions in the forensic accountant section, and KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers each field three forensic accountants and three digital experts. Navigant and Kroll also are highlighted due to their strong presence in these sections.

Research: Trends and Conclusions: Investigations 2014

This first edition is in response to the exponential growth in enforcement activity across the globe, and its corresponding importance to companies, boards and the lawyers who serve them. The strict compliance measures companies are now subject to have facilitated the creation of a rapidly maturing investigations bar, with the skills and experience to guide their clients through increasingly challenging global conditions. In this article we summarise the myriad regulations that are driving legal work around the world.

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