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Securitisation: A Brief History and the Road Ahead

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Cathy M Kaplan of Sidley Austin takes an in-depth look at the evolution of securitisation and its role in the financial markets: "By transforming illiquid assets into tradable securities, securitisation has helped channel cash flow to borrowers and fund significant economic development. Securitisation has also helped issuers and investors diversify risk across asset classes and across the globe."

Discussion: Debt & Equity

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Adam Givertz of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Joshua Davidson of Baker Botts explore methods of alternative debt and equity financing, the balance of domestic and cross-border work, legal market developments, and the levels of debt and equity-based work where they are.

Discussion: Structured Finance

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Who’s Who Legal brings together Dale Lum of Sidley Austin and Sven Brandt of Hogan Lovells to discuss the increasingly regulated nature of this area, levels of securitisation activity, the importance of innovation, and the legal market in their jurisdictions.

Nigeria: Leading Firms

We identify five top firms who achieve the highest number of listings in this year’s edition of Who’s Who Legal: Nigeria. As the legal market is highly regulated it is local firms that dominate, and they continue to grow their breadth and depth of expertise in line with the country’s significant economic development. Aluko & Oyebode leads our research with more inclusions than any other firm, followed by Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie and AELEX. Olaniwun Ajayi and Banwo & Ighodalo both also perform strongly. To view the results of our research please click here.

Practice Areas

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.

Roundtable

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.

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