M&A and Governance 2017: Analysis

Our largest ever survey of the corporate transactional world has yielded a total of 1,407 lawyers around the world from 459 firms in 85 countries. The practitioners listed are known for their outstanding abilities assisting clients with the very highest-value M&A transactions, including private equity deals and joint ventures. We also highlight those lawyers who excel at advising clients on the day-to-day running of their businesses – experts in shareholder issues, directors’ duties and other aspects of company law. The editorial below highlights the standout attorneys from around the world.

North America

Thought Leaders
Merger & Acquisition
1. Richard Hall Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York
2. Faiza J Saeed Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York
3. H Rodgin Cohen Sullivan & Cromwell, New York
4. Victor I Lewkow Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York
5. Martin Lipton Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York
6. Stephen C Bigler Richards Layton & Finger, Wilmington
7. David A Katz Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York
Corporate Governance
1. David J Kirkland Jr Baker Botts, Houston
2. Martin Lipton Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York
3. Faiza J Saeed Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York

CRAVATH SWAINE & MOORE remains a New York powerhouse for M&A and governance work. Among its eight listed attorneys in the USA are the top two overall North American lawyers for M&A work according to our research.
Richard Hall is described variously as a “first-class” attorney and “one of the very best people in New York” for M&A work. He recently acted for WestRock in its pending acquisition of Multi Packaging Solutions, in a deal worth $2.28 billion.
Sources call Faiza Saeed “among the top practitioners” for her representation of major companies in both transactional work and general corporate matters. She led the Cravath team in its representation of Time Warner in its market-defining sale to AT&T for $108.7 billion.
Damien Zoubek is well known for corporate matters and is regularly sighted on multibillion-dollar deals. He also possesses deep expertise in shareholder activism issues.
Mark Greene is head of the firm’s corporate practice and a “seriously high-quality” lawyer, according to interviewees. He is well known for his work with Unilever and has acted for the company on a number of major matters, including the recent unsolicited takeover attempt by Kraft Heinz, which would have been worth $143 billion.
John White heads the firm’s corporate governance offering and is regarded as a key figure in the area, particularly in relation to SEC-related matters.
Philip Gelston is another highly regarded name at the firm who sources pick out as being a leader in the area. He recently handled British American Tobacco’s proposed acquisition of the remaining majority stake in Reynolds American for $49.4 billion.

WACHTELL LIPTON ROSEN & KATZ is one of the world’s top firms for M&A and its attorneys are regularly sighted on the largest M&A deals around. We include 14 top practitioners this year.
Andrew Brownstein is a "top-flight guy" whose deep experience makes him one of the most sought-after M&A counsel in the US.
Sources call Adam Emmerich "a star" and a "top man" for major transactions. He has extensive corporate expertise and is particularly knowledgeable in real estate-related matters.
Edward Herlihy is identified as “a great corporate lawyer” by prominent sources and is particularly well regarded for his expertise representing financial institutions.
“Absolutely terrific lawyer” David Katz is identified as a thought leader in our research thanks to his vast expertise in transactional matters and shareholder issues.
"Dean of the US M&A bar" Martin Lipton is described by interviewees as "among the most prominent corporate lawyers in America". He is lauded as a "living legend" for his work in transactional and governance matters.
Few attorneys in the US market know the corporate world better than Daniel Neff, whose 40 years of experience make him a first choice for major clients in their most sophisticated M&A deals.
Andrew Nussbaum is a prominent and highly respected figure in the New York corporate market who has led on numerous multibillion-dollar deals.
Peers "think the world of" Trevor Norwitz for his depth of expertise on M&A, joint ventures and financing deals. He is consistently highly rated for his "deep knowledge of corporate governance".

SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT is home to 10 outstanding North America-based M&A attorneys.
Alan Klein is an exceptional transactional lawyer whose recent matters include advising ChemChina in connection with its purchase of Syngenta for $43 billion.
Robert Spatt is equally adept at handling major transactions and corporate governance issues. He recently advised JP Morgan Securities as financial adviser to Reynolds American in its acquisition by British American Tobacco.
Lee Meyerson draws praise as a “star player” who is particularly known for his standout expertise in financial institution-related M&A. Of late, he advised Iberiabank on its acquisition of Banco de Sabadell in a $1.025 billion cash-and-stock deal.

US corporate titan SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM performs exceptionally well in our research, with its 16 total listings: the joint most in our research this year.
Stephen Arcano is a “really fine M&A lawyer” who stands out for his “top-tier practice”. He has wide-ranging expertise in major deals in the telecoms, energy and pharmaceuticals sectors, among others.
Paul Schnell’s sterling reputation in the M&A world is well deserved, with leading practitioners across the USA picking him out as one of the strongest corporate lawyers around. He has notable expertise in transactions involving Latin America.
“Terrific lawyer” Peter Allan Atkins is a legendary figure in the market and one of Skadden’s most highly regarded transactional lawyers. He is frequently seen on major cross-border M&As and has been involved in some of the largest takeover bids and mergers in corporate history.

CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON has six US-based lawyers listed in this edition.
The “excellent” Victor Lewkow is “a very fine lawyer who is always seen on big deals”, say impressed sources. He is a leading name both for M&A and corporate governance and has extensive experience in banking and finance, IT and pharmaceuticals matters.
Senior counsel Jan Meyers has been “a top M&A lawyer for years” and is widely renowned for his deep experience in transactional work. As one source comments: “Jan cannot not be on the list.”
Paul Shim is another of the firm’s exceptional names in M&A who proficiently employs 30 years of experience on some of the most significant deals in the market. He has particular expertise in healthcare and pharmaceutical matters.

PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON offers wide-ranging corporate expertise and six of its attorneys in the US are included this year.
Scott Barshay is “clearly a star”, according to sources who identify him as one of the very best M&A lawyers in the world. He is a new arrival at the firm, following a high-profile move from Cravath Swaine & Moore in 2016. Barshay was part of the team advising Kraft Heinz on its recent $143 billion bid to acquire Unilever, which was subsequently rejected.
Robert Schumer is described by peers as “a first-rate lawyer on every level”. He is regularly seen on the largest cross-border M&A deals and is also a leading name in the corporate governance world.

SULLIVAN & CROMWELL remains a significant name both in New York and globally for its transactional prowess. We list seven of its top attorneys from its US offices.
The “amazing” Rodgin Cohen is described as a “one in a generation lawyer” whose market-defining practice focuses on financial institution-related corporate matters. He acts as the firm’s senior chairman.
Francis Aquila is another outstanding partner at the firm. He has acted for some of the world’s largest corporations, including Kraft, Diageo and Anheuser-Busch in their most significant corporate matters.
Alison Ressler is a “very talented and very smart” attorney who is frequently seen by peers on some of the top M&A deals in the market. She recently acted for JP Morgan Securities as financial adviser in connection with Symantec’s purchase of LifeLock for $2.3 billion.
Joseph Frumkin is managing partner of the firm’s M&A group and a renowned name in the market. He is lead partner for AT&T in connection with its pending mega-merger with Time Warner in a deal worth $85.4 billion.
Matthew Hurd is an experienced member of the Sullivan & Cromwell team and a key figure on a number of major deals, such as Bayer’s $66 billion purchase of Monsanto, where he acted for the acquirer.

WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES boasts 11 listings in the USA in this edition.
Corporate practice chairman Michael Aiello emerges as one of the US’s top M&A lawyers, according to our research. He is another of the leading practitioners currently involved in the pending Reynolds American/British American Tobacco merger.
Richard Climan is a “leading lawyer for M&A” whose expertise in life sciences and technology is particularly identified in our research. He has acted on numerous seven and eight-figure deals, including Intel’s purchase of Altera for $16.7 billion.

BAKER BOTTS once again shines in our research, with 16 of its best attorneys highlighted.
Thought leader David Kirkland is co-chair of the firm’s corporate practice and a renowned name in corporate governance, M&A and securities matters. He has particular expertise in the financial services sector.
Firm managing partner Andrew Baker has nearly 40 years’ experience and is a revered figure for his deep corporate law expertise.
Senior counsel Stephen Massad boasts incredible experience in corporate matters. He provides advice on governance as well as on substantial transactions.
Mike Bengtson is a highly experienced attorney who co-chairs the firm’s corporate practice. He has a substantial depth of expertise in the energy sector.
Neel Lemon and Gene Oshman in the Dallas and Houston offices respectively are among the other Baker Botts attorneys highly recommended in our research.

Delaware firm RICHARDS LAYTON & FINGER offers clients specialist expertise in governance issues specific to the state and is also a popular choice as local counsel on deals involving Delaware. We list 12 attorneys from the firm.
Stephen Bigler is widely nominated for his superb expertise in Delaware-specific corporate issues. One peer says: “He’s a fantastic guy; my go-to Delaware lawyer. He’s an encyclopaedia of Delaware corporate law.”
Jesse Finkelstein is an outstanding corporate lawyer and litigator with exceptional expertise in the area. He has more than 35 years of experience.
The “excellent” Mark Gentile is noted as a “top lawyer” for all aspects of corporate law, with particular expertise advising boards and shareholders on M&A-related issues.
Donald Bussard is praised for his “deep expertise in Delaware general corporation law and governance” with clients also commending his “responsive and timely advice and knowledge of the area”.
“Leading Delaware lawyer” Gregory Williams is “tremendously knowledgeable about Delaware law”, say sources. He focuses his practice on the representation of companies and directors in corporate litigation.
Firm president Gregory Varallo is justifiably regarded as one of Delaware’s top corporate advisers and litigators, while William Haubert is similarly highly thought of by market sources.
Litigator Samuel Nolen is identified as a nationwide leader in corporate governance issues and he is frequently called upon to litigate on issues including fiduciary duties disputes.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON is clearly identified as Canada’s leading corporate firm according to our respondents. We include 17 of its lawyers from Canada and the USA this year.
The “fantastic” Jeffrey Lloyd is “a top person at the firm”, say interviewees, and Canada’s leading corporate practitioner according to our research. His broad practice includes experience in matters including energy, mining and real estate.
Michael Gans secures nominations from as far afield as Germany, Australia, Poland and the UAE this year, as well as numerous recommendations from peers in Canada. He has an exceptional reputation for major cross-border M&A.
Brock Gibson QC is a “leading lawyer” in M&A with particular expertise in energy-related transactions. He is also highly adept at advising corporations on their day-to-day running.
Chris Hewat boasts 30 years of experience across the full range of transactional corporate matters, including private equity deals. He has notable experience in the technology sector.
Senior counsel Bill Sirett is a highly experienced and highly regarded corporate lawyer with deep expertise in the energy and mining sectors.
Craig Thorburn and Bob Wooder are among the other impressive Blake Cassels partners recognised.

Eight attorneys from MORRIS NICHOLS ARSHT & TUNNELL are listed.
Frederick Alexander is highlighted as “one of Delaware’s best lawyers” whose expertise in corporate governance is particularly exceptional, say commentators.
The “excellent” Gilchrist Sparks III continues to be “a very well known figure” in the market who has advised corporate clients on complex issues for nearly 45 years.
Patricia Vella “does a lot of really good work” in the transactional space and is an “up-and-coming star” in Delaware, according to interviewees.

At JONES DAY, Robert Profusek is a “wonderful lawyer” with an exceptional reputation for his work on market-leading transactions. Among his major recent deals was acting for Newell Rubbermaid in its $15.4 billion purchase of Jarden.

Stephen Roddenberry of AKERMAN in Miami has exceptional experience in the corporate arena with over 40 years’ experience advising on joint ventures, M&A and fund formation in diverse sectors including aerospace and healthcare.

Mark Morton of POTTER ANDERSON & CORROON possesses thorough expertise in Delaware corporation law and is regularly consulted by clients on their most complex corporate issues as well as on significant mergers and acquisitions.
The “very smart” Myron Steele is also praised for his corporate governance capabilities and has had advisory roles on numerous of market-changing multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions.

Leigh Walton at BASS BERRY & SIMS in Tennessee is widely considered a “leading practitioner” for her outstanding expertise in healthcare-related M&A. She has experience handling private equity deals and securities offerings.


Thought Leaders
Merger & Acquisition
1. Guy Harles Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg
2. Charles Martin Macfarlanes, London
3. Charles Penney Addleshaw Goddard, London
4. Nigel Boardman Slaughter and May, London

CHIOMENTI STUDIO LEGALE is the leading Italian firm in our research, with an exceptional 12 attorneys listed.
Carlo Croff emerges as the most-nominated practitioner in Italy in our research. He is cited for his exceptional knowledge of the real estate and financial services sectors and is deeply experienced in handling both M&A and corporate governance issues.
Michele Carpinelli is identified as “a leading name” in the Italian market, according to our research. His understanding of tax and banking issues makes him an invaluable name for complex transactions.
The Rome-based Filippo Modulo has 20 years’ experience in M&A, joint venture and private equity deals, with notable experience in the energy sector.
Sources describe Francesco Ago as “just brilliant”, citing his exceptional experience in the market as a key strength of his practice. He has a deep understanding of acquisition financing.
Stefano Mazzotti, Luca Fossati and Francesco Tedeschini are also highly recommended for their expertise.

NOERR boasts an unmatched 19 listings across Europe, including 10 from its German offices.
Christian Pleister splits his time between corporate governance and transactional matters, with a focus in the latter area on mid-to-high-end deals, including cross-border and private equity transactions.
Tobias Bürgers is a well-known name who stands out for his knowledge of M&A, including listed companies. He has deep expertise in tax-related issues.
Alexander Ritvay is a leading name in the market whose practice includes deep experience in corporate governance issues, having served on the boards of a number of UK and European companies.
Sascha Leske is another of the firm’s prominent names in corporate transactional matters. Among his major recent matters was assisting foodpanda in connection with its takeover by Delivery Hero.
Till Kosche “excels in both the technical and commercial aspects of deals”, according to clients, who add: “He is pragmatic, efficient and on top of every detail of a project.”
Outside of Germany, the London-based Thomas Schulz and Arkadiusz Rumiński in Warsaw are recommended, as is Barbara Kusak, who sources praise as “very responsive, with profound knowledge”.

HENGELER MUELLER has 10 lawyers listed, all of whom are based in its four German offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.
Maximilian Schiessl is “a giant in the field” and someone who is “very smart and always under control”, say interviewees. He has represented and advised some of Germany’s largest corporations on their most significant deals and also provides assistance to boards and directors.
The “superb” Emanuel Strehle offers clients 20 years of experience in the full range of transactions, including venture capital and private equity deals. He recently acted for KKR in its sale of consumer product manufacturer WMF to SEB for €1.6 billion.
Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is a “highly experienced and efficient” lawyer who “is extremely visible in the market, especially on the sell side”, according to market sources.

GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL performs very well in our research with three of its top lawyers listed.
Nadège Nguyen is the highest-rated French corporate lawyer according to our sources, securing multiple votes from Europe and beyond. She is particularly known for her work in renewable energy and industrial matters.
Peers “are a big fan of” Christophe Eck, highlighting his global M&A expertise which features experience on deals involving African and Asian elements in sectors such as mining and infrastructure.
Stéphane Puel is also noted for his deep understanding of investment and private equity funds. 

GLEISS LUTZ has six practitioners mentioned in this edition.
Jan Bauer is “very highly respected” by market sources as far afield as Belgium, the UK and the US for his M&A expertise. Sources call him a “very strong player” in the field.
Gerhard Wegen is also highly rated for his skill in corporate matters, particularly mergers and acquisitions involving cross-border elements.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER’s European offices are home to 22 of its 25 listed attorneys, making it among the leading firms in the region for M&A work.
Deborah Janssens in Brussels is a “creative and pragmatic” lawyer in the M&A field. According to clients, “Deborah combines outstanding technical knowledge with excellent negotiation skills, a positive attitude and a client-centric approach.”
Vincent Macq is described as a “top lawyer” by impressed sources for his work on high-end corporate and private equity transactions.
“Big name” attorney Andreas Fabritius is noted as “one of the most senior figures in the market”. He has particular expertise in the automotive and financial services sectors.
Sources commend Thomas Zottl in the firm’s Vienna office for his “hands-on approach”, which results in “collegial and cooperative interactions” with clients and opposing lawyers on complex transactions.
In the UK, David Higgins emerges as an “outstanding name” for his work on private equity and other corporate transactions. He recently advised Cinven on the sale of HEG to GoDaddy in a €1.7 billion deal.
Among the firm’s other top lawyers are Piers Prichard Jones, who took a key role on the recently blocked $28 billion merger between London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse, and “top corporate governance guy” Julian Long who assists a number of blue-chip clients including AstraZeneca and BP.

URÍA MENÉNDEZ has 16 listed lawyers across its offices in Spain and Portugal, making it our top firm on the Iberian peninsula.
Juan Miguel Goenechea is a leading Spanish corporate lawyer who features extensive expertise in transactions involving Latin America. He has 35 years’ experience handling complex deals.
Christian Hoedl is similarly well regarded, particularly for his work on major private equity deals, as well as joint ventures and M&A. We also recognise him for his outstanding understanding of corporate governance issues.
Rafael Sebastián is a key figure in the firm’s corporate practice and has extensive experience in cross-border deals involving the USA, while Juan Martin Perrotto is similarly seasoned at handling deals involving China and Argentina.

Top Danish firm KROMANN REUMERT has 12 of its lawyers featured in this edition.
Christian Lundgren handles a broad array of M&A and capital markets matters involving cross-border elements. He has notable experience in industries including pharmaceuticals and food.
Jørgen Kjergaard Madsen is a “leading name” in the corporate sphere who is equally proficient advising boards and executives on shareholder issues as he is assisting companies on major M&A deals.
Sources have had “a great experience” with Christina Bruun Geertsen who covers transactions across the IT, banking and energy sectors, among others.
Marianne Philip is described as “one of the best in Denmark” by impressed peers, who highlight her strength in both M&A transactions and corporate governance issues.
Jens Steen Jensen is praised by clients for his “excellent skills in M&A combined with a very good business understanding, which results in good-value and creative advice”.
The “extremely busy” Peter Ketelsen is also recommended, while Henrik Møgelmose’s “long track record” in M&A deals is emphasised by peers. 

ARTHUR COX stands apart in the Irish market this year, with 11 practitioners recommended.
Brian O'Gorman is the firm’s managing partner and a key adviser on private equity and M&A deals as well as public takeovers.
John Matson covers the gamut of corporate issues and handles transactions across a range of sectors including energy, technology and insurance. He has notable expertise in Irish-US cross-border deals.
Ciarán Bolger deservedly continues to be recognised in both our M&A and corporate governance chapters. He is experienced handling public and private transactions, including private equity deals.
Declan Hayes and Michael Meghen are among the other prominent names included in these chapters.

MACFARLANES has five lawyers listed across the M&A and Governance chapter this year.
Charles Martin is among the most highly regarded names in our research this year. Sources describe him as a “terrific lawyer” who has nearly 35 years’ experience in M&A and private equity transactions.
Ian Martin also draws praise for the strength of his corporate practice. Among his major recent matters was assisting members of Formula 1’s senior management team in connection with its parent company’s sale to Liberty Media, worth $8 billion.
Head of corporate Charles Meek is another of the firm’s leading M&A lawyers and a highly experienced figure in the market.
Graham Gibb and Matthew Blows are also recommended by market sources for their expertise in this area.

Nine of SLAUGHTER AND MAY’s 12 listed lawyers globally are based in its London office.
Thought leader Nigel Boardman is a “truly excellent” lawyer who is “incredibly able” when it comes to all aspects of public and private M&A, including private equity, as well as corporate governance work. His nearly 45 years’ experience in the market make him a key adviser for a range of prominent clients.
Impressed interviewees call firm senior partner Steve Cooke “possibly the best M&A lawyer in the UK”. He continues to be highly recommended by sources for his work for a host of FTSE 100 clients.
Nilufer von Bismarck has a wide-ranging corporate practice featuring deep expertise in governance, M&A and financing work for a range of clients in financial services, healthcare, retail and telecoms.
Mark Bennett and Jeff Twentyman are among other key names highlighted in our research.

At TRAVERS SMITH, five excellent attorneys are listed.
Andrew Gillen is one of the firm’s top M&A lawyers, according to our research. Among his major recent matters was the representation of Wireless Group in its sale to News Corporation for £220 million.
Spencer Summerfield is the firm’s head of corporate and “a big-name lawyer at Travers”, say sources. He has acted on a number of major deals, including Micro Focus’s pending merger with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s software business for $8.8 billion.
Philip Cheveley is a major name in UK M&A and has acted on numerous high-value M&A deals. He advised Conforama Investissement in connection with its offer to buy Darty for £673 million.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS has seven attorneys listed in Europe.
Peers “really like working with” James Palmer who stands out as the “superb” head of the firm’s M&A group. He was part of the team representing British American Tobacco in its acquisition of the remaining stake in Reynolds American for $49.4 billion.
Gavin Davies wins plaudits for his representation of international companies seeking to make acquisitions in Europe, while Gareth Roberts at the firm is also recommended for his depth of knowledge in corporate issues.
In France, Hubert Segain offers clients exceptional corporate expertise and is well known for his Africa-related experience.

ALLEN & OVERY continues to be regarded as a standout name for the highest-level corporate transactions.
Richard Hough is seen frequently by sources on major deals and is regarded as “incredibly strong technically and great at managing teams on transactions”. He recently advised Asahi in its acquisition of part of SAB Miller’s business for €7.3 billion.
Stephen Lloyd is a key name for private equity and regularly advises some of the biggest houses in the market.
In Belgium, Dirk Meeus is “a very fine negotiator” who is “definitely a very strong presence in the market”. He is managing partner of the firm’s Brussels office.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE, Guy Norman is a leading M&A lawyer and global head of the firm’s corporate practice. He is “great to work with”, according to sources.
Tim Lewis is a “first-rate lawyer” who is “very highly thought of” by peers. He has particular expertise in the energy and natural resources industry.
The “brilliant” David Pudge is a “standout name” in the market, with sources particularly praising his abilities in corporate governance matters. He has deep experience of the retail sector.

Charles Penney at ADDLESHAW GODDARD is one of our thought leaders for M&A and is praised by sources as “superb and absolutely ‘the man’ at the firm”. He is the firm’s senior partner.

Ian Bagshaw at WHITE & CASE is an outstanding lawyer noted as “great for private equity” by impressed sources. He works for a number of major PE houses, including CVC Capital Partners.

Adam Signy of SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT is a “serious player” in the market who is particularly well known for his private equity prowess. He recently acted for Melrose Industries in its acquisition of Nortek for $2.8 billion.

David Lakhdhir of PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON is a “really fantastic” US-qualified lawyer with 25 years of experience in M&A, including worldwide joint ventures. He is frequently instructed by major cross-border clients for their most complex deals.

Guy Harles at ARENDT & MEDERNACH stands out in our research as Europe’s top M&A lawyer this year. He is praised for his incredible knowledge of Asian markets and his comprehensive corporate expertise.

Christel Van den Eynden of LIEDEKERKE WOLTERS WAELBROECK KIRKPATRICK is a main player in the firm’s M&A practice and the top Belgian corporate lawyer in our research. Sources say: “She has an overall business view which is not purely legal, which is both refreshing and extremely useful.”

Interviewees “would definitely include” Christian Herbst of SCHOENHERR ATTORNEYS AT LAW for his wide-ranging expertise both as a corporate adviser to boards and directors as well as for his skill in complex M&A deals.

Martin Brodey at DORDA RECHTSANWÄLTE has “deep knowledge and broad experience” in transactional and corporate matters. He has particular expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Daniel Daeniker at HOMBURGER is the firm's managing partner and a "top M&A lawyer" with "excellent credentials", according to respondents. He is also identified as a leading figure in corporate governance by peers in Switzerland and worldwide.

PESTALOZZI’s Jakob Hoehn is an “outstanding” practitioner and one of Switzerland’s top corporate lawyers. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the area.

Valery Papakul at STEPANOVSKI PAPAKUL AND PARTNERS in Belarus is “one of the most experienced lawyers in the area”, according to peers, who add that he is “a highly professional practitioner” who has “a superb reputation both locally and in the CIS”.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
Merger & Acquisition
1. José María Eyzaguirre B Claro y Cia, Santiago
2. Ezra Davids Bowmans, Johannesburg
3. Alfredo O'Farrell Marval O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
Corporate Governance
1. Cyril Shroff Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai
2. Ezra Davids Bowmans, Johannesburg

With 12 attorneys listed, JUNHE stands out in our research as the firm with the most listings in China.
Audrey Chen is described as a “seasoned, conscientious practitioner” by peers for her wide-ranging corporate practice, which features notable expertise in diverse sectors such as pharmaceuticals, energy and manufacturing.
Yingling Wei is an “excellent lawyer”, according to commentators, recommended for her deep expertise in M&A and private equity deals. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the area.
Founding partner Wei Xiao is lauded for his expertise in M&A and capital markets work and his vast experience in complex deals.

RAJAH & TANN is an excellent corporate firm in Singapore and has eight lawyers listed in this edition.
The “excellent” Lawrence Tan co-heads the firm’s M&A practice and is deeply experienced in complex takeovers, delistings and other corporate transactions.
Kim Huat Chia is an “absolutely superb” practitioner and a well-known name in the Singaporean market. He handles private equity, joint ventures and M&A deals, with particular expertise in real estate and infrastructure-related matters.

Andrew Lim of ALLEN & GLEDHILL in Singapore has nearly 30 years of experience in all aspects of corporate and M&A law. He is also an expert in complex private equity deals.

At SHARDUL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS, Shardul Shroff is a “leading lawyer” with exceptional understanding of matters involving the energy and life sciences sectors.

The “exceptional” Cyril Shroff at CYRIL AMARCHAND MANGALDAS is “probably the best-known lawyer in India” whose reputation for excellence is well established. He adeptly handles the full range of corporate, securities and banking matters.

Haigreve Khaitan at KHAITAN & CO is lauded by his peers as “an absolutely exceptional, great lawyer who is extremely active on the deal table”. He handles a full range of domestic and cross-border deals including private equity matters and banking and finance takeovers.

In Australia, Rodney Halstead of CLAYTON UTZ is “very well respected” for his corporate expertise and his vast experience in all aspects of sophisticated transactions.

The “standout” David Friedlander at KING & WOOD MALLESONS is “definitely top of the market”, declare peers, who praise him as a “very poised and highly respected” practitioner. In addition to his M&A expertise, he also impresses for his work in shareholder activism issues.

MARVAL O’FARRELL is a superb Argentinian firm with comprehensive corporate capabilities.
Alfredo O’Farrell is “a great guy for M&A” who is Argentina’s top practitioner in the area, according to our research, and one of our thought leaders. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in M&A, shareholder disputes and competition law.
Héctor Mairal proficiently handles a wide array of company issues, including M&A, and has particular expertise in the energy sector, while Santiago Carregal has a strong M&A practice which features deep experience in the financial services industry.

DEMAREST ADVOGADOS in Brazil has seven lawyers listed.
“Excellent lawyer” Altamiro Boscoli is praised by interviewees for his exceptional experience in M&A and corporate law, having spent over 50 years working in the area. He is also a noted expert in corporate governance and has served on the board of a number of prominent Brazilian companies.
Paulo Frank Coelho da Rocha advises on a range of major deals involving the Brazilian market and utilises his 20 years’ experience to good effect in the representation of major clients.
Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz is another of the firm’s excellent corporate practitioners. He has longstanding expertise in matters involving the maritime and aviation sectors.

Sergio Michelsen of BRIGARD & URRUTIA ABOGADOS is deservedly regarded by international peers as “one of the top M&A lawyers in Colombia”. He has worked on numerous multibillion-dollar transactions in areas such as food and beverage, technology and telecommunications.
Carlos Umaña Trujillo is a highly experienced, very skilful and well-known corporate expert with a superb reputation in the field.

CLARO Y CIA’s Rodrigo Ochagavía is “quite simply one of the best on the list” when it comes to corporate matters, according to sources. One says: “The combination of M&A and finance expertise that he provides to clients, particularly in the energy sector, works really well.”

Ricardo Veirano of VEIRANO ADVOGADOS is a “top lawyer and an excellent adviser” for both transactional matters and corporate governance; sources praise his “outstanding knowledge”.

BMA – BARBOSA MÜSSNICH ARAGÃO’s Paulo Cezar Aragão is a “big name” in the Brazilian market according to sources, who praise him for his “comprehensive, full-service practice”.

Daniel Del Río at BASHAM RINGE Y CORREA is a “standout in Mexico” and an extremely well-known figure in the market. He is deeply experienced in domestic and cross-border transactions.

“Champion lawyer” Ezra Davids of BOWMANS is a thought leader in both our M&A and corporate governance chapters. Sources praise him for the “range of corporate issues he’s able to cover” for clients in financial services, technology and natural resources among other areas.

Kevin Cron of NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT is head of the firm’s corporate group in South Africa; he is “very experienced” and a “top lawyer”, according to commentators. Among his key areas of expertise are natural resources and financial services.

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