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.
Bernard Caris of Praetica examines Belgium's corporate immigration system and looks at potential future changes:
"Belgium’s general immigration policy is quite liberal and of course heavily influenced by EU legislation on immigration matters. Specifically with regard to corporate immigration, it is also worth mentioning that Belgium has entered into several bilateral treaties regarding international employment and social security."
Jacqueline R Bart of Jacqueline Bart & Associates explores Canada’s efforts to attract skilled workers.
"The Harper government believes that the new regulations will meet the challenges created by an ageing population and the emerging shortages in certain skilled trades and professions."
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.
Our research identifies 403 outstanding lawyers from 31 jurisdictions. Several firms stood out as pre-eminent in our findings.
Despite the great benefits that corporate immigration can bring to local economies, it is often caught up in domestic debates about immigration as a whole and recent events have certainly demonstrated this.
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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.