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Research Trends & Conclusions: Project Finance 2013

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.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Energy 2013

In this section we single out the 11 best-represented firms and 10 most highly regarded individuals in our research overall. Norton Rose Fulbright leads our research with 27 representatives from its offices around the globe. The recent merger of two "first-class" firms in this area elevates this newly formed entity to the top of our research. Dentons is another recently combined firm to perform well this year and it has 24 lawyers from across Asia, Europe and the US selected for inclusion. Leading energy firm Baker Botts follows closely behind with 22 listings, and Herbert Smith Freehills and Morgan Lewis & Bockius both have 19 "top practitioners" singled out in this publication.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Energy 2013

For the first time since its inception in 2005, The International Who’s Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers has expanded its remit beyond oil and gas to include lawyers in the nuclear energy, renewables and power sectors. Having conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with private practitioners and in-house counsel, we whittled the list down to just over 600 individuals in 74 countries, from Algeria to Vietnam. Compiling the observations from all the people we spoke to, Who’s Who Legal takes a look at the key developments across the energy legal market over the past year.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Product Liability Defence 2013

In this section we identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. Shook Hardy & Bacon dominates this year’s listings, with an outstanding 21 lawyers listed in England, Switzerland and the US. International powerhouse Hogan Lovells fields an impressive 11 lawyers to this edition, with the London office boasting a particularly strong team. US firm Bowman and Brooke has 10 highly regarded lawyers recognised, and “cutting-edge” firm Sidley Austin is well represented by eight star lawyers.

Research Trends and Conclusions: Product Liability Defence 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 worldwide product liability defence. The world’s top lawyers in this field have enjoyed a profitable year. The high number of lawyers recognised in our research demonstrates that this is a thriving practice area, and is expected to continue to flourish even in the face of financial constraints.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Corporate Governance 2013

In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to recognise the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This year, we identify 506 lawyers from 265 firms and 57 countries who are considered leading lawyers in the field, following feedback from clients, in-house counsel and fellow private practitioners. Eight firms are particularly prominent in this edition, notably Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz which boasts 12 listings, all from the firm's New York office. Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP follows closely behind, with 10 individuals featured, as do US giant Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Slaughter and May.

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.

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