This year we single out 1,055 lawyers from 225 firms across 34 distinct areas of law. This is 91 more individuals and 26 more firms than in our previous edition, which suggests a rise in the sophistication of the bar. The first half of the year saw the slowest M&A activity in eight years; Mergermarket reported a fall of 40 per cent in the first six months of the year, to 245 deals valued at CAD$31.7 billion. Furthermore, the mining and resources sectors are experiencing a slowdown in demand and there is a cautiousness among foreign investors. This means that other sectors of the economy will have to make up a lot of ground for the country's M&A activity to return to previous levels. Despite this, the latter part of 2013 looks more optimistic with retail mergers driving activity and further consolidation is expected as companies come together to fight increased competition from US giants entering the country. To view the results of our research please click here.
This edition covers 34 distinct practice areas and includes two new chapters: 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 the chapter now includes the nuclear energy, renewables and power sectors. The largest chapter in our research by far is capital markets, which features 70 lawyers. Although there was a slow start to 2013, those we spoke to were optimistic about continued growth in the market. Sixty top life sciences lawyers are selected for inclusion indicating the significance of this industry for the country's economy. We also single out 60 management labour and employment practitioners, the same number of individuals in our previous edition. Our publication also features seven practice area overviews written by leading individuals in their respective fields. Carlos Martins of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn outlines new developments in aviation law and Duncan Glaholt of Glaholt explores recent decisions and upcoming changes in construction law. For our corporate immigration chapter Jacqueline R Bart of her own firm discusses Canada's unprecedented immigration overhaul, and for energy Jay Park QC of Park Energy Law examines the country's energy mix. Edward (Ned) Levitt of Dickinson Wright explores current franchise legislation, Mark G Lichty of Blaney McMurtry takes an in-depth look at the Canadian insurance market and Toni Polson Ashton of Sim Lowman Ashton & McKay looks at legislative developments in the trademarks sector. To view the results of our research please click here.
In-flight connectivity specialist Global Eagle Entertainment has announced the appointment of Jay Itzkowitz as senior vice president and general counsel, effective 1 October. He is based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.
Suzanne Loov has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Connacher Oil and Gas. She is based in the company’s Calgary head office and took up her position on 1 September.
Local firms dominate the Brazilian legal market as international law firms wishing to enter the market still have to contend with regulatory barrier Provimento 91/2000. However, there is likely to be some liberalisation in the upcoming years, which local and international firms are watching with interest as this could result in a shake up in the legal market. As it stands, Brazil's development as a major world economy is keeping top lawyers and firms busy. This year we single out six leading firms who garner the most listings. Pinheiro Neto Advogados leads our research with more inclusions than any other firm: 56, across 24 different practice areas. Veirano Advogados boasts 33 listings in 16 chapters and is especially well represented in the areas of project finance, labour and employment and mining. Following closely behind is Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados with 26 inclusions and Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados with 24. TozziniFreire Advogados is one of the elite law firms in Brazil, with 19 listings across 13 practice areas. Demarest Advogados boasts 15 inclusions across 10 chapters, with its M&A practice demonstrating particular strength, and Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão has 18 listings. Click here to view the results of our research.
Following thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, 456 individuals from 190 different firms have been selected for inclusion in our 2013 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Brazil. Brazil has seen a slowing down in the rate of GDP growth in recent years, following a period of strong economic improvement, with a deceleration from 7.5 per cent to 2.7 per cent in 2011, and down again to 0.9 per cent in 2012. Despite this, Brazil still had the world’s seventh largest GDP in 2012. While other countries are still recovering from the huge hit due to the recession, emerging markets like Brazil have benefited from relatively stable economic growth, low inflation rates and improvements in social welfare. Click here to view the results of our research.
This edition covers 32 distinct practice areas includes one new area: private client. It also has two chapters which have been expanded and renamed. Our internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter is now called information technology, so as to include outsourcing practitioners, and our regulatory communications chapter is renamed telecoms and media, so as to include transactional lawyers and better reflect the scope of work done by lawyers in this field. The largest chapter in our research by far is M&A, with 43 practitioners selected for inclusion, demonstrating that the despite the global downturn the Brazilian market is showing resilience. Our competition section identifies 39 lawyers, while 38 individuals are selected for inclusion in our corporate tax chapter, with tax litigators reporting an especially busy year. Our insurance and reinsurance chapter has grown the most doubling from nine practitioners in our previous edition to 18 in this one. This reflects the "boom" in this market, with an average growth of about 13 per cent a year in premiums. We also have two practice area reviews in this edition, written by leading lawyers in their respective fields. Luiz Leonardos of Luiz Leonardos & Cia takes an in-depth look at patent regulatory developments and Cecilia Vidigal Monteiro de Barros of Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados outlines the country's construction laws. Click here to view the results of our research.
The PNC Financial Services Group has announced the appointment of Gregory Jordan as general counsel and head of regulatory and government affairs. He will also be a member of the executive committee and will take up these positions on 15 October based in the firm’s Pittsburgh head office.
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