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Project Finance 2015: Analysis

The 11th edition of Project Finance is a one-stop guide to the global market, listing 539 individuals from 246 firms across 82 countries. The market is dominated by international law firms with the strength and depth to handle complex and innovative projects around the world. Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy boast the most comprehensive networks with market-leading practitioners in over a dozen key financial centres. Fellow London-based powerhouses Linklaters and Ashurst also field a wealth of talented individuals in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. US white shoe firms White & Case, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Latham & Watkins and Shearman & Sterling all command an impressive transatlantic and Asia presence, while Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Chadbourne & Parke are particularly strong in the US. Meanwhile, Norton Rose Fulbright is the only firm to boast listings in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia. In this section, we also highlight the most highly regarded individuals in the EMEA, North America, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Project Finance 2015: Trends

“Adapt and diversify” is the advice from leading lawyers worldwide with regards to the current state of the project finance industry. The significant drop in the price of oil, EU and US sanctions against Russia, and election years in emerging markets have led to many projects being put on hold or abandoned, and there are fears it could get worse before it gets better. It is a challenging time for all involved – from sponsors and lenders to the lawyers advising them – as the nature of activity changes. Project finance transactions for new oil projects are being delayed and it is expected that restructuring and distressed M&A work will pick up later in the year.

M&A and Governance 2015: Analysis

The newly amalgamated M&A and Governance edition offers one of the most definitive guides to the corporate legal market, featuring over 1,600 leading lawyers from more than 430 law firms across 82 countries.

Patents 2015: Analysis

We are pleased to introduce our 12th Patents edition, an exhaustive guide to the world’s top patent lawyers, featuring 695 practitioners from 378 firms across 63 countries. The top of the legal market is an interesting mix of global firms and boutiques. Bird & Bird and Hogan Lovells are among the most established names in international patent law, and they both offer expansive coverage across Europe and Asia. Hoyng Monegier is a stand out choice for patent litigation across Europe. In the US, Kirkland & Ellis and Sidley Austin are among the most widely respected for their expertise in the patents market. Boutique IP practices offer some of the finest names in patent law. Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, Fish & Richardson and Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto are three of the very best in the US. Two London-based boutique IP firms, Bristows and Powell Gilbert, place highly in our research, as does Germany’s Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft. International litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan also impresses. The top chambers for IP litigation is 8 New Square, while 3 New Square and 11 South Square also feature a number of outstanding barristers. We have also identified the 10 stand out individuals from countries across Europe, as well as the 10 best names from outside the European market.

Brand New: Patent Agents Analysis

For the first time this year we list 164 patent agents from 72 firms across 16 countries. Patent agents assist in the preparation and filing of new patent applications, as well as prosecuting patents with the relevant patent offices. Marks & Clerk, Gowling Lafleur Henderson, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Carpmaels & Ransford are some of the best-known firms in the field.

Patents 2015: Trends

Patent practitioners around the world have had another busy year, with patent trolls in the US and the proposed Unified Patent Court in Europe two of the biggest topics over the past 12 months. With the aforementioned court expected to begin in 2017, practitioners across Europe are preparing themselves and clients for the new system, although uncertainty as to how the courts will work remains. Patent trolls continue to be big news politically in the US, where Congress is introducing new legislation to help curb their grip on the market and try to ensure only valid cases are brought before courts. Telecoms and technology cases continue to be a hugely active field, while the continuing trend of mergers within the pharmaceutical sector has meant that levels of competition, and therefore patent disputes, have dropped.

Construction 2015: Analysis

The 9th edition of Construction is a truly global analysis of the market, featuring 552 leading practitioners from 314 firms across 59 jurisdictions. The outstanding law firms in this guide are mostly domestically focused, but there are a number of strong international offerings. Pinsent Masons leads our research overall, boasting strength and depth in the UK and Asia. Leading lawyers from King & Spalding and Jones Day stretch across Asia, Europe and the US. Meanwhile, Clyde & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, White & Case and Hogan Lovells also feature prominently across the global market. The highly competitive US market is home to some impressive outfits, including Peckar & Abramson, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and Smith Currie & Hancock. Borden Ladner Gervais earns special recognition for its stand out position in the Canadian market, while Clayton Utz leads the way in Australia. Given the demand for leading barristers in high-stakes construction litigation and arbitration, it is not surprising to see Keating Chambers and Atkin Chambers feature at the top of our research. We have also identified the most highly regarded individuals in this area. This year, we recognise 10 lawyers in the US market and five stand outs each in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

Brand New: Construction Experts 2015

In this year’s research we introduce a section focusing on the world’s leading construction experts, namely those who provide expert analysis and testimony and litigation and arbitration pertaining to high-profile and complex construction disputes.

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