Didier De Vliegher of NautaDutilh takes an in-depth look at key trends in the Belgium real estate market. "While the public sector dominance in Brussels gives the city a reputation as a stable office market, Belgian real estate costs are 25.5 per cent higher than the European average. In this regard, the main concern is the higher costs compared to our Dutch neighbours."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Jay Epstien of DLA Piper, Susan Talley of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann and Javier Canosa of Canosa Abogados to discuss levels and types of activity, domestic and foreign investment trends and the potential impact of changes in interest rates on the real estate market.
Abe Schear of Arnall Golden Gregory analyses the developments in the US real estate market and discusses the impact this will have on firms practising in the sector: “Attorneys and firms can of course remain local (or regional) and each firm should follow its business plan, but failing to think globally and anticipate changes will likely in some instances result in lost opportunities.”
Tim Clare, head of due diligence at ENVIRON, speaks exclusively to Who's Who Legal about his role, recent developments in the environmental field and some of his experiences of working with solicitors in this discipline. "The lawyers who have impressed me the most have also been those who are really proactive, and not shy about speaking up and suggesting an innovative or unorthodox course of action if they think it’s in their client’s best interests."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Paul Davies of Latham & Watkins, Jeff Civins of Haynes and Boone and Jochem Spaans of Allen & Overy to discuss increasing sub-specialisation in this sector, regulatory developments, and changes in the legal market in their jurisdiction.
Travers Smith, based in London, and Beveridge & Diamond, with its principal office in Washington, DC, have worked together over the past year on a host of international product-related environmental matters. Doug Bryden and Russell LaMotte give us their impressions of this blossoming area of environmental legal practice: "Overall, while the nexus between environmental and product work is rarely fêted by practitioners, it increasingly forms part of a well-balanced environmental practice aligned with clients’ present concerns."
George Lim SC of Wee Tay & Lim takes an in-depth look at the history and development of mediation in Asia: "While arbitration currently appears an attractive way to resolve cross-border disputes, mediation is clearly a more timely and cost-efficient method of dispute resolution. In my view, it is only a matter of time before the international business community comes to the realisation that they should routinely attempt mediation before resorting to litigation or arbitration."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Rosemary Howell of Strategic Resolution, Kenneth Feinberg of Feinberg Rosen, Tim McFarlane of McFarlane Legal, Jonathan Lux of Stone Chambers, Patricia Barclay of Bonaccord Ecosse and Machteld Pel of Pel Mediation to discuss the types of disputes, increasing sophistication of users, the popularity of mediation, and changes in the market in their jurisdiction.
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