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Jones Day hires top healthcare duo in Brussels

Healthcare and life sciences specialist Cristiana Spontoni has joined the Brussels office of Jones Day as a partner. She brings with her a fellow colleague from Squire Patton Boggs in Brussels, where they served in the life sciences practice.

Flavia Amaral opens IP focussed boutique in Sao Paulo

Leading franchise lawyer Flavia Amaral has left Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados to start her own practice, along with three other partners from a major firm in Brazil.

Hong Kong based litigator joins Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise & Plimpton has welcomed top litigator Mark Johnson as a partner in Hong Kong.

Akin Gump boosts global offering with the addition of 25 partners from Bingham McCutchen

International law firm Akin Gump has recruited 25 partners from Bingham McCutchen across its London, Hong Kong and Frankfurt offices. The appointment follows a series of announcements made by Akin Gump in September regarding its potential recruitment plans.

Leading Firms

This year, 10 firms stand out due to the high number of inclusions they achieve; four are domestic firms and six are international outfits. Blake Cassels & Graydon once again leads the way in our research with more listings than any other firm, cementing its position as one of the country's pre-eminent firms. With five offices in Canada and practices across a broad range of areas McCarthy Tétrault performs very strongly, as do Stikeman Elliott and Borden Ladner Gervais. Norton Rose Fulbright is the only firm we single out whose home jurisdiction is outside Canada, indicating that in an increasingly competitive market the traditional heavyweights are still thriving, despite the demise of Heenan Blaikie. To view the full results of our research please click here.

Practice Areas

This edition covers 35 practice areas and recognises over 1,000 individuals from 249 firms. We include two new chapters this year: asset recovery and investigations, to reflect the global trend of increased demand for specialists in these areas. We also have one retitled chapter: TMT, which combines our information technology, and telecoms and media experts. The largest chapter in our research is capital markets, with 75 individuals singled out for their first-class skills. Our life sciences and labour and employment sections recognise 60 lawyers apiece. Mining continues to be one of the largest chapters in our research with 59 experts featured, followed closely by energy, which recognises 58 individuals. We also feature four practice area overviews written by leading experts. Carlos Martins of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn takes an in-depth look at likely trends in the aviation sector over the next year. Mark Lichty of Blaney McMurtry analyses the key developments in insurance and reinsurance, while Carol Hitchman of Gardiner Roberts explores the recent debate over the law of utility in Canada in our patents section. Peter Pliszka of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin looks at the shifting fortunes of plaintiffs and defendants in product liability class actions. Click here to view the results of our research.

Marketplace Overview

The collapse of Heenan Blaikie earlier in the year shook the Canadian legal market and has resulted in several notable changes. Leading partners headed to established firms Borden Ladner Gervais and Fasken Martineau, and a group of 14 partners – including founder Roy Heenan – started the boutique firm Gall Legge Grant & Munroe. Its demise is a stark reminder of the continuing difficulties of running a profitable law firm in the current financial climate. Some firms are struggling to find work and meet clients’ expectations while legal budgets are decreasing. To read more please click here.

Mark Clough joins Dentons in Brussels

Mark Clough QC

Dentons has welcomed heavyweight litigator Mark Clough QC to its Brussels competition practice as senior counsel.

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