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Corporate Tax 2015: Expert Witness Analysis

In this section we highlight the leading corporate tax expert witnesses. We have selected 84 nominees from 25 countries whose expertise during tax trials is “market-leading”. Whether they are giving evidence on usual and acceptable tax practices, opinions, in-depth technical advice or explanations and fair valuation judgements on transfer-pricing matters, the experts named always deliver.

Corporate Tax 2015: Trends

Global scrutiny of tax avoidance schemes has not subsided in the past 12 months, with the OECD’s base erosion and profit-sharing scheme’s first deliverables released in September 2014, giving a clearer projection of the course the project is likely to take. Common reporting has also been an issue, particularly in the US with its recently implemented Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act keeping lawyers in that market busy. With more and more moves by governments, via these projects, to clamp down on aggressive tax avoidance structures, there has been plenty of compliance and contentious work in recent months.

Environment 2015: Analysis

We introduce our 10th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Environment, an exhaustive volume featuring 773 market-leading practitioners from 416 firms across 41 jurisdictions. Hunton & Williams takes the top spot with an unequalled depth of expertise in the US market. Sidley Austin, Squire Patton Boggs, Stoel Rives and Baker Botts are also among the leading names in the US. Latham & Watkins boasts a stellar transatlantic offering. Meanwhile, Baker & McKenzie has the most pervasive international presence in our research, with recognition in seven distinct jurisdictions. Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright and Dentons likewise stand out for the strength of their international networks. Further recognition goes to Ashurst in Australia, Uría Menéndez in Spain, Blake Cassels & Graydon in Canada, and Fröberg & Lundholm in Sweden. The five most highly regarded individuals in the US, Europe and the rest of the world are also recognised in this section.

Environment 2015: Trends

Environment law continues to diversify, to the extent that firms have adopted a wide range of approaches in the way they position the practice area among their departments. Regulatory work has driven activity over the past two years. Meanwhile, a returning appetite among investors for M&A in the renewables field has led many international practices to embrace the increase in transactional environment work. Our research indicates that firms cannot afford to stand still in a highly changeable market; indeed, those who over-rely on traditional environmental and planning work “are likely to find themselves squeezed out by innovators in the field, of which there are many”.

Real Estate 2015: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce our 12th edition of Who's Who Legal: Real Estate, the definitive guide to the global real estate legal market, listing 737 individuals from 375 firms across 46 jurisdictions. DLA Piper is the top-ranking firm in our research for its worldwide expertise and unequalled strength in depth. Clifford Chance is another distinguished global player, especially for its pre-eminent European-wide position. Fellow London-based firm Linklaters features strongly in Northern Europe. Blake Cassels & Graydon excels in the Canadian market; Ballard Spahr is famed for its Pan-American offering; and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has several listings in the East and West seaboards of the US. Global firms Dentons, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, Herbert Smith Freehills, Paul Hastings and Greenberg Traurig are also among those to be recognised for their pervasiveness in our research. The most highly regarded individuals in North America, the EMEA region, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America are also recognised in this section.

Real Estate 2015: Trends

The challenge for the real estate market today is how to deal with resurgent demand from clients. For lawyers servicing the top end of the market, activity is back to pre-crisis levels. However, with diminished teams and a shrunken selection of lawyers possessing the required expertise and experience, firms are finding themselves doing more work with fewer people.

Mediation 2015: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce our fifth edition of Who's Who Legal: Mediation. This comprehensive volume lists 294 practitioners from across 233 firms and 45 jurisdictions.

Mediation 2015: Trends

Amid continued economic uncertainty, even in jurisdictions that have seen a welcome shift towards recovery over the past 12 months, the focus of both global and domestic corporations has moved towards cost-reduction and mitigation.

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