"The right question now, it seems to us, is this: what is the purpose of governance and what, then, are the most effective structures to achieve effective governance?"
Victor Lewkow, Jeffrey Karpf and Laura Palmer of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP examine the independence of directors in the boardroom.
"Boards and their counsel should keep in mind that directors who are independent for regulatory purposes may be deemed interested with respect to certain non-ordinary course transactions."
Ellisa Habbart and Lisa Stark of The Delaware Counsel Group LLP evaluate the legal responses to the global financial crisis.
Charles Martin and Emmie Jones of Macfarlanes LLP trace the development of corporate governance in the UK.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to recognise the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This year, we identify 506 lawyers from 265 firms and 57 countries who are considered leading lawyers in the field, following feedback from clients, in-house counsel and fellow private practitioners. Eight firms are particularly prominent in this edition, notably Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz which boasts 12 listings, all from the firm's New York office. Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP follows closely behind, with 10 individuals featured, as do US giant Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Slaughter and May.
With the benefit of over 16 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the corporate governance legal marketplace worldwide. The "hot topics" of the past year include say on pay and shareholder activism, proxy access, board declassification and board gender diversity. The legal market demand for top corporate governance lawyers remains high due to the continued focus on this area by shareholders and authorities.
This year we identify 485 individuals from 50 countries who stood out in the feedback we received in our conversations with clients, in-house counsel and fellow private practitioners. Several firms scored highly, with the internationally recognised corporate powerhouses once again performing strongly.
With the benefit of over 15 years of independent research, encompassing thousands of votes from international clients a private practitioners, and hundreds of hours of interviews, Who’s Who Legal examines the recent trends and developments in the global corporate governance law marketplace.
With the benefit of over 14 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who's Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the corporate governance legal marketplace worldwide.
Who's Who Legal analyses the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
Our research has revealed 477 practitioners in 52 jurisdictions who can truly be considered experts in this field.
In February 2009, the same month as the last edition of this publication was released, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a damning report entitled “the Corporate Governance Lessons from the Financial Crisis”, in which it stated “The financial crisis can be to an important extent attributed to failures and weaknesses in corporate governance arrangements.”
September 2008 proved to be a defining month for the United States economy as the largest state rescue plan in history was launched to support the country's biggest mortgage companies Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation), which between them lend or guarantee upwards of US$5 trillion.
Lawyers from the US have once again dominated our research and New York took the lion's share of the votes, with an impressive 43 practitioners in the guide.
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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.