Caroline Preston of Strategic Dispute Resolution explores the Irish response to the 2008 European Mediation Directive: "As with other European Union countries, there is a widely held view among practitioners here that the practice of mediation is set to grow exponentially, given the clear advantages that it has for the swift and cost-effective resolution of disputes."
Who’s Who Legal brings together Andrew Bodnar of Matrix Chambers, Bernd Klose of kkforensic Rechtsanwälte, Colette Wilkins of Walkers, Edward H Davis Jr of Astigarraga Davis, Stéphane Bonifassi of Lebray & Associés and Stephen Baker of Baker & Partners to discuss levels of work, the impact of technology on this area, changes to the legal market and future developments in their jurisdictions.
Yves Klein of Monfrini Crettol & Associés explores the civil perspective on asset recovery in Switzerland: "While the tools at the disposal of the civil law asset recovery lawyer may be less sophisticated than those of his common law counterpart, they do not lack efficiency and may also be less costly for the victim."
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."
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.
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.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.