Who’s Who Legal brings together Michael Schmittmann at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and Henry Levine at Levine Blaszak Block & Boothby to discuss recent consolidation within the sector, the increasing focus from competition authorities and the growing role of in-house counsel in the space.
By Robert Bond, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
In this article, Robert Bond discusses the growing prevalence of drone technology in industries today, highlighting it as an example of the way in which the pace of technology now often outstrips legal and regulatory frameworks, leaving businesses exposed to potential risk.
Who’s Who Legal brings together José Ramón Morales of Garrigues, Peter Bräutigam of Noerr and Yoshifumi Onodera of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto to discuss the current state of outsourcing work, the growing importance of the fintech space and how to remain up-to-date in such a fast-paced environment.
Statistical claims that 90 per cent of the world’s data has been generated in the past two years can only in part convey how data has become a central socio-economic issue. The leveraging of information and communications technologies is now one of the most progressive ways of increasing productivity and capital. To this end, we can highlight through several major trends the growing role of TMT lawyers in the global corporate environment.
Bird & Bird leads our research with 23 representatives this year. The firm’s depth of expertise is evidenced with listings spanning the breadth of its international offices. The second-highest performing law firms in our research are Baker & McKenzie and Field Fisher Waterhouse which field 15 lawyers each to our research. DLA Piper is another major player and garners an outstanding 13 representatives this year, with several leading individuals based in Europe. Five further firms and 10 world-renowned individuals are singled out in this section.
In 2013 more data was produced than ever before; the age of “big data” has made this area of law an integral concern for businesses and corporations worldwide. As businesses utilise new methods of reaching customers, expert counsel in this area has become a necessity. The pace of change and the convergence of new media in the IT space have made this an increasingly complex sector, encompassing many fields of law. Over the last 12 months many practitioners spoke of this area as developing quickly and becoming increasingly specialised and this publication, previously entitled The International Who’s Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers, has been renamed The International Who's Who of Information Technology Lawyers to reflect the increasing scope of this practice area. In this article we examine these issues and identify some of the key trends affecting the IT legal marketplace.
Our research has identified 539 lawyers who are considered outstanding in the field of internet, e-commerce and data protection law, selected from 325 firms across the globe. Among the leading firms in the research are Bird & Bird, DLA Piper, Baker & McKenzie and Field Fisher Waterhouse, and while 180 of the top lawyers are based in the US, there is a very strong European showing in our list of the top 10 most highly regarded lawyers.
With the benefit of over 14 years of research and thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the internet 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 internet, e-commerce & data protection legal marketplace worldwide.
In this section we analyse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
Our research into this practice area has deepened with each successive edition and this book includes 479 high-calibre practitioners. We have broadened the parameters of our research to include data protection and IT specialists as well as lawyers who focus on internet and e-commerce (and those whose practice comprises several or all of these areas).
“There is not a company on the planet that does not need to know what internet lawyers can tell them.” The business world has grown comfortable with the online dimension, and these days one would be hard pressed to find an established market presence or start-up without some sort of online presence.
Online businesses are proving to be resilient during the worldwide recession. This spring, Amazon posted a 24 per cent rise in profits while both Ebay and Google, despite a fall in profits, have performed better than analysts expected.
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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.