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Ropes & Gray expands Asia practice with key hire in Hong Kong

Asset recovery lawyer Andrew Dale has joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in the firm’s business and securities litigation practice in Hong Kong. He arrives from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

McGuireWoods welcomes back top business crime lawyer in DC

George Terwilliger, a leading business crime defence lawyer, has re-joined McGuireWoods in Washington, DC after 15 years away from the firm. 

Switzerland: Leading Firms

This year, we pick out 10 firms in this section all of which deliver standout performances in our research. Lenz & Staehelin once again takes top spot with an “outstanding” corporate and finance department, as well as the most practice area listings. Fellow Swiss firms Homburger, Schellenberg Wittmer, Walder Wyss and Bar & Karrer impress with recognition in 22 out of 32 practice areas. Meanwhile, Baker & McKenzie is the only global firm to stand out for its depth of expertise in the Swiss market. To view the full results of our research, please click here.

Switzerland: Practice Areas

In our analysis of the Swiss legal market we feature 640 leading lawyers across 32 distinct practice areas. Switzerland’s unique position makes it a prime location for legal practices. As a leading offshore centre for private wealth holders, the private client market is as competitive as ever, making it one of the largest chapters in our research. Likewise, our investment management chapter is unique to this publication due to the country’s large body of private investment banks. Investigations is the newest chapter to the publication, which stems from the continual rise of this area of law as regulators increasingly scrutinise Switzerland’s major corporations. Elsewhere, dispute resolution remains the busiest area in the Swiss market; in particular, the country’s arbitration-friendly legislation continues to make it one of the most attractive jurisdictions to bring proceedings in the world. Click here to view the results of our research.

Expert Practice Area Reviews

We feature several exclusive practice area reviews, written by the market’s leading experts: Marco Niedermann, Nicolas Herzog, Niccolo Gozzi and Robin Grand of Niedermann Rechtsanwälte provide an overview of major activity in commercial litigation; Wolfgang Müller, Alexander Vogel and Christian Eichenberger of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal inform us of the state of the real estate market, as well as key developments; Alexander Nikitine, Sarah Schulthess and Markus Pfenninger of Walder Wyss analyse the recent flurry of activity in the M&A market; and Natalie Peter of Staiger Schwald & Partner provides an outline of migration, residence and tax considerations for private clients in the country.

Marketplace Overview

At the forefront of political discussion in Switzerland is the issue of immigration. The implementation of any measure that limits the free movement of people is in contravention of the country’s bilateral agreement with the EU. Lawyers are wary that aggravating Switzerland’s main trading partner may have adverse effects upon the country’s business interests as the EU says that there can be no free trade agreement without the free movement of people. With Switzerland’s full participation in the nearly €80 million Horizon 2020 research fund suspended in December, the EU’s threats to reprimand Switzerland for its immigration reforms are by no means hollow. To read more please click here.

The UK Bar 2015

Who’s Who Legal is pleased to present its first UK Bar publication, providing an overview of the leading barristers and sets across 24 distinct practice areas. Our analysis features a total of 797 barristers, 493 silks and 304 juniors, who stand out for their leading reputation in their fields. We have redefined a number of practice areas and introduced new fields into our research to better suit the nature of advocacy; this includes criminal fraud and professional negligence. In each chapter we select the most highly regarded silks and juniors. Construction, banking and finance, labour and employment, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, civil fraud, and real estate prove to be the most competitive areas, featuring more than 50 listings each. We also list the leading arbitration specialists - arbitration remains a highly lucrative area of work for the bar - as well as the key figures in the smaller field of mediation. Click here to view the results of our research.

Leading Sets

We feature 10 chambers that have delivered stand-out performances in our research. Essex Court Chambers leads the number of listings overall, and it distinguishes itself as the dominant set for arbitration in particular. Following closely behind, Brick Court Chambers is a mainstay of excellence for commercial, competition and public law, and it is recognised in the most practice areas; Blackstone Chambers stands out for its media and entertainment, and telecoms expertise; Keating Chambers and Atkin Chambers are the leading sets for construction; Fountain Court is pre-eminent in the area of banking and finance disputes; and 7 King’s Bench Walk is the premier destination for insurance and trade matters. To view the full results of our research, please click here.

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