Christopher Bown, who has been announced as CVC Capital Partners’ latest senior advisor, is the third senior partner to move in-house from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since the end of September. He will remain at the firm until the end of the financial year, taking up his new role in May 2014.
This year we identify the seven leading firms that achieve the highest number of listings in this edition, a mixture of both locally founded and international players. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer fields the most lawyers of any firm to this edition and achieves an impressive 64 listings across 25 distinct practice areas. The firm boasts especially strong competition, M&A and corporate tax practices and has lawyers from all six of its German offices singled out. Coming second is Hengeler Mueller, which has 43 inclusions in 16 different sections, followed closely behind by German-founded Gleiss Lutz, which boasts 42 listings across 18 chapters in this edition. Four further firms stand out: global giants Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells, CMS Hasche Sigle, part of the international CMS organisation, and German-founded firm Noerr. To view the results of our research please click here.
This edition covers 33 distinct practice areas and includes three new chapters: investment management, private client, and sports and entertainment. It also includes three chapters that have been expanded and renamed. Our internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter has been retitled "information technology", so as to include outsourcing practitioners among others. The regulatory communications section has been broadened to "telecoms and media" and now includes transactional lawyers to better reflect the scope of work done by lawyers in this field. Our oil and gas chapter has also been enlarged and is now called "energy"; the chapter now includes the nuclear energy, renewables and power sectors. The largest chapter in our research is information technology, which features 54 lawyers. The country's rapidly advancing technology sector is keeping practitioners busy as companies require increasingly specialist advice in order to achieve their business objectives. Individuals noted that key trends such as internet security, cloud computing and social media means their counsel is highly sought after. Fifty-one top competition lawyers are selected for inclusion, three more than in our previous edition. The increase in the prosecution of cartels has continued over the past year, with the Federal Cartel Office looking to step up efforts to address foreign-to-foreign mergers during 2014. This, in addition to a new amendment to the German Competition Act in June 2013, has meant that top competition experts have been very much in demand. Other chapters with a significant number of listings include corporate tax, trademarks and business crime defence. To view the results of our research please click here.
This year we single out 706 lawyers from 218 firms across 33 distinct areas of law. This is 52 more individuals and seven more firms than in our previous edition, due to the broadening of our scope. Germany proved its strength as the “powerhouse” behind the eurozone as its stronger than expected growth of 0.7 per cent in the first two quarters of 2013 helped the European economy emerge from 18 months of recession. Strong exports in the electronic, hardware and chemical industries continue to maintain a healthy trade surplus and increased consumer spending has helped prompt economic growth. Unemployment and insolvency rates are far from receding to pre-2008 levels but the general outlook is positive as Europe’s economy begins to stabilise. To view the results of our research please click here.
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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.