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More is Needed: The Irish Response to the 2008 Mediation Directive


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.  

A Civil Perspective on Asset Recovery (with a focus on Swiss Law)


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."

Securitisation: A Brief History and the Road Ahead


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


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


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.

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