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Practice Areas

This year we cover 21 distinct practice areas in our research, with a clear spotlight placed on natural resources. We list a higher number of experts in those sectors in this edition than in the previous guide and the lawyers we spoke to commented on the significant increase in legal work brought about by the new initiatives. The emphasis on renewable energy has also resulted in an uptick of project finance work in this sector and the corresponding chapter of this guide lists 20 practitioners – an increase of four from last year. Further, notable chapters include M&A with 45 lawyers and Banking with 30 lawyers listed. There has also been an increase in real estate and construction projects, which has led to a corresponding demand for specialists: we list 28 practitioners in that chapter. View the editorial analysis for each practice area here.

Corporate Counsel Q&A

Rafael Martins

Who's Who Legal interviews Rafael Martins, legal counsel for business at Log-In-Logistica Intermodal SA, a leading maritime cargo and transport company in Brazil . He discusses the requirements of his role and trends in the in-house legal market.

Negative Equity and Quasi-Negative Equity in Italian Companies

Riccardo Sallustio

Unlike those established in many other jurisdictions, Italian companies are subject to specific rules on negative equity and quasi-negative equity. These rules have become quite a hot topic for investors in a pre-restructuring or a pre-insolvency scenario. Riccardo Sallustio of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo LLP explores the treatment of net loss under the Italian Civil Code.

Mexico: Transport

According to Business Monitor International’s Mexico Freight Transport Report for the final quarter of 2011, the country’s air freight tonnage will post annual growth of 7.67 per cent to 2015, while the port of Manzanillo (the country’s busiest) will see a 9.11 per cent increase over the same period. In December 2010, the Mexico civil aviation authority was returned to International Civil Aviation Organization category one status, after a temporary downgrade to category two in June of that year, following a US Federal Aviation Administration review of its safety standards. These are optimistic times for Mexico’s transport bar, and the 11 lawyers we list below constitute the sector’s leading lights.

Roundtable: Banking 2012

The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers has brought together three of the leading practitioners in the world to discuss key issues facing lawyers today.

Germany in Brief

For the first time ever we have produced a Germany-specific edition: Who’s Who Legal: Germany 2012, featuring over 700 practitioners based in Germany, across 30 practice areas. The country's economy has not been unaffected by the European debt crisis, but our inaugural research has uncovered a combination of domestic leaders, international heavyweights and niche boutique practices that make its legal market particularly dynamic and interesting. We have canvassed and analysed the opinions of law firm clients and private practitioners worldwide, and what is clear is the high regard in which the talented and highly impressive German bar is held. Click here to view the results of our research.

Leading Firms

More than half of the leading firms we identify are international in scope, with the UK magic circle firms in particular having a strong presence in Germany. Standing alongside these firms are the outstanding local practices, proving that they are a match for their international counterparts. We identify prominent lawyers from 33 cities across the country. View the profiles of the 10 leading firms in this edition.

Practice Areas

This year we cover 30 distinct practice areas in our research. The German economy boasts an established history of investment in technology, finance and commerce, which is reflected in the size and strength of those practice areas. The largest chapters are those relating to corporate tax, with 57 lawyers, internet & e-commerce with 50 lawyers, followed by the 47-strong competition chapter. View the editorial analysis for each practice area here.

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