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This edition covers 34 practice areas and recognises 495 individuals from 205 firms. We include three new chapters this year: corporate immigration, investigations, and sports and entertainment. We also have one retitled chapter: TMT, which combines our information technology, and telecoms and media experts. The largest chapter in our research is competition, with 41 individuals singled out for their first-class skills. A decrease in merger control cases has meant that compliance work has been making up the bulk of practices and kept the best busy. Our mergers and acquisitions section recognises 40 lawyers, who - despite some concern that the presidential elections will affect levels of activity - remain optimistic for the year ahead. Thirty-nine practitioners feature in our corporate tax chapter. Due to the complexity of the country's current corporate tax system, those with the technical skills to navigate clients through this intricate process are in high demand. We also feature two practice area overviews written by leading experts. José Luis Leite Doles of Barcellos Tucunduva provides an in-depth analysis of the banking sector, outlining the key laws and regulations affecting this area. Igor Nascimento de Souza of Souza Schneider Pugliese e Sztokfisz discusses the relevant criteria for tax planning to be considered valid in Brazil in light of the most recent case laws and doctrine. Click here to view the results of our research.

Marketplace Overview

The old adage “nothing worthwhile comes easy” is highly appropriate when describing the Brazilian market. Despite the difficulty of doing business in the country, the rewards for successful stakeholders are incredibly high. If the strong level of foreign direct investment (which was some US$65 billion in 2013) continues then the need for strong legal counsel within the country will grow exponentially with it – especially if post-election pro-business reforms are implemented. To read more please click here.

Walder Wyss launches new office with employment specialist in Basel

Labour and employment specialist Philippe Nordmann has joined the newly opened Basel office of Walder Wyss.

Top arbitrator joins Boies Schiller & Flexner’s new London base

Wendy Miles

Wendy Miles is the latest to join US headquartered firm Boies Schiller & Flexner. After 15 years of service with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Miles has left to head the team responsible for developing Boies Schiller’s London international arbitration practice.

Leading Firms

In this first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Japan we identify the five most highly rated firms. The diversity of the legal services on offer is reflected in our research, as the Japanese legal market has slowly become an interesting mix of both domestic and foreign law firms. Homegrown firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu leads our research with more listings than any other firm, closely followed by fellow domestic firms Nishimura & Asahi and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto of local origin is also singled out. Morrison & Foerster is the only international firm to make it into our top five. To view the results of our research please click here.

Practice Areas

This publication covers 31 different practice areas and recognises 282 individuals. The largest chapter is competition, which singles out 26 first-class practitioners. Stricter enforcement of antimonopoly laws have led to increased complexity and therefore greater activity in this arena. Twenty-five lawyers stand out for their M&A know-how. The depth of expertise in this sector is not surprising given the size of the country’s economy. With more domestic M&A deals expected through to 2015 there is no doubt that those individuals highlighted will continue to have a busy practice. Our patents section has 22 practitioners singled out, with the intellectual property sector generating significant amounts of work. The capital markets have regained their popularity as investors look for opportunities in the domestic and international financial markets. We recognise 21 individuals in this first edition. We also feature two practice area overviews written by leading experts. Yoshio Shimoda of ILS Shimoda Office takes an in-depth look at developments in Japanese corporate immigration policy over the past few years and the debate surrounding foreign workers. Tomoki Debari of Anderson Mori & Tomutsune analyses the options available to foreign insurers who wish to enter the Japanese insurance market. To view the results of our research please click here.

Marketplace Overview

The Japanese government has permitted foreign law firms to establish offices in the country since 1987, but it was only in 2005 that it became possible for foreign lawyers to practise alongside local lawyers. The liberalisation of the market in response to globalisation also coincided with a new era of openness towards foreign investors by the government. To read more please click here.

Berry Appleman & Leiden hires immigration specialist in Texas

Noah Klug

Australian corporate immigration lawyer Noah Klug has joined the Dallas, Texas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden. He arrives from Nevett Ford in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a senior practitioner.

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