“Internationalisation” is the word of the moment in private client circles, but what does it mean in practice for the legal industry? According to those we spoke to, the global spread of families’ members and fortunes, the emergence of new wealth in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and increased inter-governmental cooperation and extraterritorial legislation have generated new challenges and demands as well as establishing a “new norm” in which an integrated, global approach to succession or estate planning has become essential for law firms in order to remain competitive.
The global convergence of the technology, media and telecommunication sectors has led us to unify our previously distinct Information Technology and Telecoms & Media editions. The growth of data and the spread of technology are the protagonists in this drastically changing market. Statistical claims that 90 per cent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years can only in part convey how data has become a central socio-economic issue. The leveraging of information and communications technologies is now one of the most progressive ways of increasing productivity and capital. To this end, we can highlight through a number of major trends the growing role of TMT lawyers in the global corporate environment.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This edition is divided into two discrete sections, and comprises 716 IT specialists alongside 317 telecoms and media experts from a combined 539 firms across 60 countries. All are considered leaders in this field of law, following votes from clients, in-house counsel and peers.
Our expert witness section is now in its third edition, reflecting the sophisticated use of expert witnesses in arbitration hearings and the growing number of such experts globally recognised for their abilities. This year we list 123 practitioners, nearly 20 per cent more than last year, as an ever-greater number of individuals are recognised internationally for the quality of their testimony in arbitration proceedings.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to recognise the firms and lawyers who stand out for their arbitration expertise on a global level. This year, we identify 733 practitioners from 441 firms and 86 countries as the leading practitioners in the field, following votes from clients and peers.
This year, we recognise 720 practitioners from 428 firms in 69 countries as leading individuals. Several firms in particular stand out in our research due to the high number of listings they achieve - notably Hogan Lovells, with lawyers from its offices across Europe, the Americas and Asia recognised. Following closely behind are Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, whose London offices are both especially well represented. Global heavyweight Clifford Chance and disputes boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan both also achieve a significant number of inclusions. We also single out the most highly regarded lawyers in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and at the UK Bar.
In this chapter, we single out the leading practitioners and firms in the field of life sciences.
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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.