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This year's publication covers 17 different practice areas and recognises 136 individuals, eight more than in our previous edition. The largest chapter is energy and natural resources, which singles out 28 first-class practitioners. The depth of expertise in this sector is not surprising given the country's significant oil industry, as well as the growing importance of gas and other non-oil forms of energy. Twenty-six lawyers stand out for their skills in arbitration, which remains a very popular mode of settling domestic and international disputes. Top-notch litigators have also had a very busy year with the investigations, labour and employment, and energy sectors yielding a great deal of work. This year we list 25 individuals, five more than last year. We also feature two practice area overviews written by leading experts. Dorothy Udeme Ufot, SAN, FCIArb, of Dorothy Ufot & Co takes an in-depth look at developments in arbitration during the past year. Etigwe Uwa of Streamsowers & Köhn provides an overview of insolvency and restructuring legislation in Nigeria and explores whether it needs to be updated. To view the results of our research please click here.

Introduction to the Marketplace

Nigeria has experienced a mixed start to 2014: the news that it has surpassed South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy following a rebasing of its GDP sits alongside stories of growing violence in the northern states due to insurgents. Despite the instability, many are optimistic for the future and expect to see even greater growth in the months to come. To view the results of our research please click here.

Roundtable

Who’s Who Legal has brought together Claire Barclay of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Anna-Marie Curran of A&L Goodbody and Peter Elliott of Bird & Bird to discuss the impact of government policies and initiatives on the sector, levels of tender litigation and the legal market in their jurisdictions.

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Who’s Who Legal has brought together Constantinos Klissouras of KP Law Firm, Michael Pluta of Pluta Rechtsanwalts, Mark Traynor of A&L Goodbody and Donald Bernstein of Davis Polk & Wardwell to discuss the type and volume of work they have been seeing, the impact of possible rising interest rates, the trends for out-of-court or pre-packaged insolvencies and private equity involvement, and the legal market in their jurisdictions.

The US Bankruptcy Courts as Equitable Problem-Solving Tribunals

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Eric Brunstad of Dechert takes an in-depth look at US bankruptcy courts that are constituted as courts of equity: "Our bankruptcy process creates a distinct reorganisation market in its own right superintended by a judge assigned the responsibility of overseeing its operation."

Spanish Guarantees in Rem: Heading Towards Cramdown?

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Fedra Valencia and Jaime Ruiz Rocamora of Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira explore whether the treatment of secured creditors with guarntees in rem could be leading towards cramdown: "Debt capitalisation and loan-to-own structures should play a major role in the years to come, without altering the common use of guarantees in rem as an additional protection for creditors."

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Who’s Who Legal brings together Mark Engelmann of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, Mark Feldman of DLA Piper and Cynthia Rowden of Bereskin & Parr to discuss the increasing significance of the Madrid Protocol, the influence of the internet and social media, the effects of client cost-consiousness and the impact of globalisation on this sector and its legal market.

Trademark Woes and Wins

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John Hackett of AJ Park takes an in-depth look at the impact of three high-profile trademark-related cases which have recently been tried in New Zealand's High Court: "In the first case of its kind in the country, the High Court has found that using a competitor’s trademark as a Google AdWord is not trademark infringement."

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