The downturn which has been widespread across Europe has had minimal effect in Turkey – indeed, the Turkish economy is growing, and lawyers have reported a busy and interesting year. Seven prominent firms lead the way in our research with Paksoy achieving 13 listings across nine different chapters, more than any other firm. The firm is especially strong in the areas of capital markets, M&A, privatisation and natural resources. Leading full-service firm Hergüner Bilgen Özeke boasts over 100 lawyers, 10 of whom are partners, and it fields 11 inclusions across eight sections of this edition. Three prominent firms in the Turkish market achieve 10 listings, with Çağa & Çağa proving to be especially well respected in the fields of ADR and M&A. Birsel Law Office has a superb reputation, with its two partners Mahmut T Birsel and Begum Durukan Ozaydin recognised 10 times in eight chapters. YükselKarkınKüçük also garners 10 inclusions, with its construction and real estate practice being especially well regarded. Ankara-based Çakmak Avukatlik Bürosu and Istanbul-based Pekin & Pekin both achieve nine listings. Click here to view the results of our research.
This edition covers 19 different practice areas and has 142 practitioners recognised. We have expanded last year's construction chapter to include real estate lawyers and have renamed our regulatory communications chapter as telecoms and media and our internet and e-commerce chapter to information technology to reflect the convergence of the market and the broadening of lawyers' practices. Our largest chapter by far is M&A, which recognises 28 outstanding practitioners, eight more than in our previous edition. This reflects the continued influx of private equity into the country which has led to a boom in the market. Twenty alternative dispute resolution lawyers are singled out, three more than last year, demonstrating the growing popularity of arbitration and mediation as a means of settling disputes. We also recognise an increased number of intellectual property practitioners - 17 - as more multinational companies seek to register for patent and trademark protection in this jurisdiction. Overall we have selected 22 more individuals for inclusion in this edition, demonstrating that the legal market is growing apace with the country's economy. View the editorial analysis of all practice areas here.
The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation has brought together four of the leading practitioners in the world to talk about the key issues facing lawyers today. Alan Limbury of Strategic Resolution, Edna Sussman of Sussman ADR LLC, Gordana Ristin of the Slovenian Mediators' Association and Giovanni De Berti of De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Studio Legale discuss levels of activity, models of mediation and regulatory developments.
Christophe Imhoos of Esprit d’entente explores the role of the lawyer in commercial mediation in Switzerland. "He assists his client throughout the process, usually in a collaborative and constructive manner and may well become the best advocate of the mediation in the interest not only of his client but also in the interest of all other participants."
Theodore Garrett of Covington & Burling, the leading lawyer in our research, explores the intersection of energy and environmental policies in the US and their impact on environmental law. "President Obama has stated that his administration will strive to cut red tape and speed up new oil and gas permits while at the same time taking steps to encourage research and technology to make natural gas burning even cleaner and to protect our air and our water."
Edward H Davis Jr of Astigarraga Davis, the leading lawyer in our worldwide research, charts the development of asset recovery as its own distinct practice area. "I think that “asset recovery” needs to be redefined as “value recovery”. This is because the word “asset” too narrowly defines the target of the recovery effort to “things” rather than pools of value like third-party claims against aiders and abettors of the fraud."
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