Ted Badoux of Everaert Advocaten provides a short overview of 2015 labour migration policy, including registered sponsorship, new salary thresholds for highly skilled migrants, the 30 per cent Dutch income tax benefit for incoming employees, a new work permit waiver for intra-corporate trainees and a brand new policy for start-up companies.
Bernard P Wolfsdorf, the leading practitioner in our research, and Mark Hertel of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal explore the significance of immigration lawyers in today's increasingly globalised and interdependent world:
"Immigration lawyers have a key role to play in resolving the conflict between narrow-minded territorialism and a global world of ideas advancing at lightning speed."
Who’s Who Legal has brought together Eugene Chow of Chow King & Associates, Katie Malyon of Ernst & Young, George Newman of Stinson Leonard Street and Caron Pope of Fragomen to discuss the ease of doing business in their jurisdictions, increased levels of enforcement and scrutiny, regulatory developments, and the legal market.
Our brand new Corporate Immigration edition features 545 of the world's best lawyers, stretching out over 38 jurisdictions and 345 law firms.
The corporate immigration landscape is dominated by specialised independent law firms. No firm stands out for its international depth like Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, which once again leads our research with lawyers in America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Meanwhile, US immigration giant Berry Appleman & Leiden also impresses with its number of listings. Beyond this we have selected some truly outstanding boutiques and have also highlighted the 10 most highly regard lawyers in North America, as well as the top five across Europe; Latin America; Asia-Pacific; and Africa and the Middle-East.
Talk of reform has remained at the forefront of everybody’s minds and corporate immigration lawyers worldwide accept that the sweeping changes they are ever-hopeful for have still not materialised in many cases. With elections in many of the major immigration jurisdictions coming up, the political nature of this area of law has once again reared its head, leaving several practitioners frustrated with piecemeal change – and in many cases, not even that.
Practitioners from firms of all sizes across the world have been selected for inclusion this year, reflecting the global scope and varied nature of the corporate immigration field. Within our research several firms stand out due to the high number of listings they achieve, with immigration giant Fragomen leading the way. The firm has lawyers from 19 of its offices around the globe singled out demonstrating its wide-reaching international presence. Following closely behind is Berry Appleman & Leiden, which has individuals from the US and Brazil recognised, and FosterQuan is also strongly represented in this edition.
We also select the 15 most highly regarded practitioners in the world who stand out for the depth of their expertise.
Compliance and reform remain the two key issues facing corporate immigration lawyers worldwide. The clear conclusion is that immigration “has gone mainstream” – both legally and politically. This has led to an increase in the number of firms and practitioners on previous years, as larger firms attempt to bulk up their immigration practices, and a greater number of sole practitioners branch out to go it alone.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide. This year we identify 476 lawyers from 393 firms in 31 countries, with global powerhouse Fragomen fielding 32 lawyers from 15 different jurisdictions to this edition. Berry Appleman & Leiden has an impressive 13 individuals recognised from its offices in the US and Brazil. Eight practitioners from FosterQuan are singled out this year, all of whom hail from the firm's offices in Texas.
We also select the 15 leading individuals who are most highly regarded internationally in this field worldwide.
With the benefit of over 15 years of research and thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at the developing trends in the corporate immigration legal marketplace worldwide. Last year we reported that the nature of corporate immigration work is increasingly difficult to predict and administer, and the relationship between lawyers and agencies continues to be strained by bureaucracy and anti-immigration agendas. This year, governments are making attempts to remedy these challenges in the market.
This year we recognise the leading corporate immigration firms selected for their expertise, representation and international presence.
With the benefit of over 15 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 immigration legal marketplace worldwide.
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 immigration legal marketplace worldwide.
Our research identifies 423 lawyers as leaders in the field worldwide, hailing from 32 countries. Here we provide further analysis of how the best law firms have performed in the research.
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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.