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THE LEGAL 500 EMEA

The Legal 500 EMEA

EMEA 2017 DEADLINES AND RESEARCH VISITS

by MIKE NASH | 4th AUGUST 2016

Research for The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 edition begins very soon and researchers will be announced on 24 August. The initial deadline for referee spreadsheets has passed but we can accept late referees until 17 August; editorial submissions are due in by 10 August; research interviews begin at the start of September; referees will be contacted in mid to late September and law firms will be notified the week before contact is made (Israeli referees will be contacted outside of Jewish holiday season). Full schedule and guidelines regarding all of the above can be found here. Thank you to everyone involved in the process.

Our researchers will visit the following EMEA countries during September, October or November and these are the countries we will be visiting: Austria, Belgium (x2), Czech Republic + Slovakia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the UAE. (Note: if a country is not on the list, it means we do not have a research trip planned for this year).

 

EMEA 2017 DEADLINE REMINDER

by MIKE NASH | 18th JULY 2016

Just a gentle reminder that The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 deadlines are approaching - referee lists are due in by 3 August; editorial submissions are due in by 10 August; research interviews begin at the start of September and researchers will be announced shortly before that; referees will be contacted in September and law firms will be notified beforehand. Full schedule and guidelines can be found here. Thank you to everyone involved in the process. Stay tuned to find out which countries our researchers will visit.

 

NEW LEGAL 500 PARIS EDITION

by MIKE NASH | 13th JULY 2016

The new edition of The Legal 500 Paris - French-language coverage of France is now available online, free to view here. The Legal 500 Paris is a translation and update of the recent English-language France chapter of The Legal 500 EMEA 2016, which is available here.

 

DIVERSITY IN THE LAW

by MIKE NASH | 23rd JUNE 2016

legal500.com has some interesting stats and key interviews on diversity and inclusivity in the law, courtesy of our colleagues in our company's GC Magazine and Client Intelligence teams - a free read that is worth dipping into - see here.

 

SWISS TIME

by MIKE NASH | 21ST JUNE 2016

The EMEA editors and deputies have done considerable travelling over recent weeks (12 countries in six weeks) and I have recently returned from a week visiting law firms in Zürich and Geneva, where changing legislation and the need for increased transparency were key themes. There were indicators too that there is room for boutique law firms are to flourish in Switzerland, as they are elsewhere. Congratulations to Switzerland on making the next phase of EURO 2016!

 

FRENCH BOUTIQUES

by JONATHAN ARMSTRONG | 21ST JUNE 2016

I am back from France, where I travelled in my capacity as deputy editor - many thanks to all the firms who kindly hosted me during my tour of Paris, it gave me a very insightful overview of the local legal market with one particular theme being the emergence of a number of high-end boutique law firms, a trend that is mirrored across EMEA. The French chocolates generously provided were another highlight!

 

SPAIN, THE UK AND PESKY POLITICS

by ELLA MARSHALL | 20TH JUNE 2016

A massive thank you to all firms that I had the opportunity to meet during my visit to Madrid as deputy editor earlier this month. It was a great trip capped off on my final evening with the Madrid launch of the GC Powerlist: Iberia, which despite the sweltering heat (36 degrees in an outdoor setting) was attended by over 100 leading members of the in-house counsel community. The trip on the whole was a great opportunity for me to hear about developments within lwa firms in Spain and the continued economic growth in the market, in spite of the political stalemate following the December 2015 elections. Inevitably, a discussion on the respective upcoming elections in Spain featured prominently in meetings, as did the UK referendum on EU membership, and I will be exercising my democratic right in one this week and keeping a close eye on the other.

 

GAP IN SME PROTECTION OF IP RIGHTS

by MIKE NASH | 14th June 2016

A new survey by the The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that only 9% of European small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) actually register or protect their IP rights... but 29% would be interested in more information on doing so. That suggests a fairly sizeable gap between the protection and enforcement of IP rights and the number of organisations that could usefully do so. In an era of the European Union Trade Mark and the European Patent Register, there are ways to expedite protection of your IP in all markets your business operates. The Legal 500 recommends law firms and patent attorneys in many markets. If you are interested in discussing the subject with a law firm, we hope that our website (www.legal500.com) may be a useful guide in selecting a law firm to approach - as ever, our site is completely free to use.

For UK-resident businesses, the UK Government has some clear and concise guidance on IP rights protection, available here.

 

EMEA - NEXT GENERATION LAWYERS

by MIKE NASH | 3rd June 2016

The rankings in The Legal 500 always has focused on the bench strength of the teams within law firms. Responding to feedback from GCs seeking to assess the strength of teams, we have a new initiative to help identify the depth of lawyers below the senior partners and the upcoming EMEA edition will be including a list of the leading ‘next generation’ of partners (or experienced non-partners in smaller markets where partnership status is rarely bestowed). We encourage law firms to include information about younger partners, senior associates and counsel in the submission whom they feel make a material difference to the practice’s offering, and who have a strong case to be recognised by The Legal 500. The case for including these individuals should be supported by the provision of appropriate client referees and include credit given to these individuals in the detailed work highlights. A fresh editorial submissions guideline PDF explains all of this and is available here.

 

RECENT ITALY VISIT & UPCOMING EMEA TRAVEL

by MIKE NASH | 31st MAY 2016

With me having returned from an informative and helpful trip to meet with law firms in Italy, we're now ready for more upcoming travel around EMEA in June. I would like to thank all the law firms that took time to meet with me in Milan to talk about the law firm, the legal market and The Legal 500. Very much the buzzword of the week was "China"! There are also some strong suggestions for additional practice area coverage to add into next year's research.

Coming up in June, I will be travelling to Switzerland and deputy editors Ella Marshall and Jonathan Armstrong will be in Spain and France, respectively. I still have a handful of meeting times available for Switzerland, so if you are interested in meeting and are quick to contact me, then I may be able to set up something. Email me via the editorial@legal500.com with a request to meet in Switzerland.

 

ISTANBUL INSIGHTS

by Ella Marshall | 16TH MAY 2016

I've just returned to The Legal 500 HQ after a very productive trip to Istanbul to meet with firms to discuss developments in the market and to explain The Legal 500 research process. I enjoyed some very fruitful meetings with lawyers and business development teams. My thanks to all firms for their hospitality and for taking the time to meet with me to provide an insight both into their practices and areas to think about in the context of future coverage for The Legal 500 EMEA. The editorial guidelines and deadlines for EMEA 2017 have now been released and are able to view here.

 

DUBAI VISIT

by Jonathan Armstrong | 13TH MAY 2016

I have just returned from a very enjoyable and productive editorial trip to Dubai where I met a number of local and international law firms and also participated in our GC Roundtable, kindly hosted by Al Tamimi & Company, on the business challenges facing the region. A big thank you to all the partners and marketing team members who took time out of their busy schedules to speak to me, the points raised will be helpful in refining our coverage of the Middle East region. Editorial guidelines for The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 will be out next week here.

 

AFGHANISTAN AND ETHIOPIA UPCOMING FOR THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2017

by Mike Nash | 13TH MAY 2016

The guidelines and schedule have been finalised for research of the upcoming The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 edition. Full editorial guidelines and deadlines will be available here before the end of next week (i.e. week commencing 16 May). This year's research will include coverage of two additional countries: Afghanistan and Ethiopia. Researcher details will be announced the week prior to the beginning of research. If you have any questions about the research process once the guidelines have been announced, then please email us at editorial@legal500.com and we will be happy to assist.

 

TEL AVIV TRIP

by Mike Nash | 12TH MAY 2016

Last week saw me travelling to Israel for a hectic but very rewarding trip to meet many law firms and make two presentations to explain The Legal 500 research process. The whirlwind tour saw me run out of business cards in less than 3 days but hopefully the large number of meetings will help law firms' optimal participation in the upcoming research! Feedback from lawyers was very helpful with planning of the next edition - EMEA 2017 - and there will be a number of changes to provide larger and more detailed practice area coverage than ever before. Editorial guidelines and deadlines will be out next week here. Thank you again to all of my gracious hosts, not least for the pointer to schug (a new hot spice in my culinary arsenal)!.

 

EMEA 2017 GUIDELINES

by Mike Nash | 22nd April 2016

So, another year, another book. Onto the next one! Thank you to everyone that participated in EMEA 2016 (published on 13 April 2016). Editorial guidelines and research schedule for the upcoming The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 edition will be announced here on or shortly after 16 May. The edition will be researched this autumn with similar timescales to previous years.

 

EMEA 2016 LAUNCHES 13 APRIL

by Mike Nash | 5th April 2016

Our new rankings will be launched shortly, so check out our brand new coverage on 13 April 2016, in print and online here. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition contains coverage of 7 additional countries - Burundi, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Tajikistan and Zambia. Notably, it also expands coverage of Germany by 30% and adds circa 20% extra to numerous markets, including (but not limited to) France, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.

 

EMEA 2016 LAUNCH QUERIES

by Mike Nash | 5th April 2016

We welcome queries about the reasons for our ranking decisions when The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition publishes next week - it's out 13 April, in print and online at www.legal500.com. Requests for post-publication factual updates (e.g. recent lawyer moves) or ranking queries should be addressed to editorial@legal500.com, please.

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

by Mike Nash | 16th March 2016

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13% MORE AND 100% FREE

by Mike Nash | 15th February 2016

Readers will get 13% more in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition and - as ever - it's all 100% free to view! The bigger guide covers 7 new countries - Burundi, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Tajikistan and Zambia. Notably, it also expands coverage of Germany by 30% and adds circa 20% extra to numerous markets, including (but not limited to) France, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Turkey. The guide is published on 6 April 2016, in print and online at www.legal500.com.

 

MOVES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Mike Nash | 3rd February 2016

It's been an interesting few months watching developments in the legal markets of the Middle East, most notably the ongoing exits of foreign firms from Abu Dhabi in the UAE (the latest being Simmons & Simmons LLP, which has decided to rely on its Dubai office). Those exits largely have made sense, since the foreign firms in the market are there - with 1 or 2 honourable exceptions - mainly to source work at a regional level. Under that logic, a firm with an office in Dubai has limited need to be in Abu Dhabi as well.

If the UAE has been marked by exits, then Iran - covered again this year by The Legal 500 following the end of sanctions - is a place of note for arrivals. On 1 February 2016, CMS became the first foreign firm to open in the market since sanctions ended. Most certainly it will not be the last, given the amount of interest that Iran has generated - rightly so, with a young demographic and a population of around 75 million at the last census. Developments in the Iranian legal market - which has some good local practitioners - will be interesting to watch during 2016.

 

IRAN

by Mike Nash | 27th January 2016

A number of law firms are out there, burnishing credentials as Iran opens up. If Iran is a market of interest to you, then do make a note to check our new coverage of Iran when it publishes on 6 April 2016 at www.legal500.com.

 

KAZAKHSTAN'S PRIVATISATION BONANZA

by Mike Nash | 7th January 2016

The reiterative announcement by the government of Kazakhstan that it plans to privatise stakes in 65 large companies is a robust step towards a fully open market. I've been banging the drum for the market for a number of years but this news gives real opportunities for new investors and new law firms to look afresh at a market that is growing at pace (GDP up 4.1% in 2014 / source: World Bank). It's a jurisdiction with a young population with fast-growing disposable income (only 3% of the population lived in poverty in 2013, compared with 47% in 2001 / source: World Bank), creating FMCG opportunities alongside the more obvious attractions of oil, gas and mining produce; it's also one of the world's leading grain producers. The market is geographically well situated at the nexus of East and West and has opened up substantially in recent years, encouraging a number of international law firms to enter the jurisdiction in the past couple of years (with several more having been there for many years) and with an increasing number of good local law firms operating to international standards.

Among the names to be involved in the planned privatisation are some huge entities that are currently partly or wholly held by the sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna and that will be of substantial interest to multinationals. Among the companies on the list, certainly the most notable is national oil and gas conglomerate KazMunayGaz, but also leading telecoms company Kazakhtelecom, flagship airline Air Astana, state railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and Tau-Ken Samruk, a holding company for various mining entities (including a stake in Kazzinc).

Is that the sound of lawyers scrambling for the next flights to Astana and Almaty? It should be.

To find out more about law firms currently in Kazakhstan, click here .

 

EMEA REFEREES

by Mike Nash | 6th January 2016

Editing of The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition continues at a feverish pace but a brief pause here to announce the numbers just in: for EMEA 2016, we contacted 112,000 referees. That's 12% up versus prior year. That's an excellent effort - and allows us to gather an enormously helpful number of opinions - and we'd like to thank all those many law firms and referees for participating in the guide. Publication in print and online occurs on 6 April 2016. Then we'll start looking at the next one!

 

A NOTE ON DENTONS IN LUXEMBOURG AND EMEA

by Mike Nash | 30th November 2015

Quietly amid the splash of its larger mergers, the absorption of OPF Partners into Dentons will give the firm a solid, full-service practice in Luxembourg, as of 1 January 2016. It's the latest globally active firm to set up practice in the tax haven (it has 3 Magic Circle competitors in situ already) and probably more will follow as the market moves towards ever greater fiscal transparency. It's also a point of note that I sense a certain cynicism among rival law firms and in the legal media about the Dentons enterprise and its rapid growth, but the fact is the firm has spent the past couple of years cultivating its resources and augmenting to plug gaps: Luxembourg will add an on-the-ground presence in its 45th country across Europe (including UK), the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

 

ACCESSING NORTH AFRICA

by Mike Nash | 22nd December 2015

As The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 editing is ongoing, I got sidetracked reading the following article researched by the Client Intelligence (Twitter: @clientintel) team here at Legalease (publisher of The Legal 500). It's on the subject of law firms accessing Africa, particularly North Africa, and the imperatives from the business needs of existing clients. Contains unique researched data and is worth a look if Africa is on your law firm's radar. See www.legal500.com/assets/pages/client-insight/accessing-north-africa (copy is downloadable in PDF).

 

A NOTE ON DENTONS IN LUXEMBOURG AND EMEA

by Mike Nash | 30th November 2015

Quietly amid the splash of its larger mergers, the absorption of OPF Partners into Dentons will give the firm a solid, full-service practice in Luxembourg, as of 1 January 2016. It's the latest globally active firm to set up practice in the tax haven (it has 3 Magic Circle competitors in situ already) and probably more will follow as the market moves towards ever greater fiscal transparency. It's also a point of note that I sense a certain cynicism among rival law firms and in the legal media about the Dentons enterprise and its rapid growth, but the fact is the firm has spent the past couple of years cultivating its resources and augmenting to plug gaps: Luxembourg will add an on-the-ground presence in its 45th country across Europe (including UK), the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

 

KEEP THEM COMING

by Mike Nash | 19th November 2015

Editing of The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition is well underway but we've also already got one eye on the next edition (quite a trick for an editor with one eye!) and potential new areas to add for next year. We've had a number of excellent suggestions on this front for new practice areas and new country coverage - thanks to all the firms and readers that have made suggestions. Keep the ideas coming via editorial@legal500.com.

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT YEAR'S EMEA RESEARCH

by Mike Nash | 29th October 2015

Research for The Legal 500 EMEA is drawing to a close for this year (with a handful of markets still ongoing) and we've already got one eye on next year. We welcome suggestions for practice areas or countries that you would like to see being introduced (or covered in a different way) in next year's research.

For law firms proposing new sections, what's most helpful for us in terms of considering the suggestion is that you prepare a Word document detailing:

  • the practice area/s you would like to see being introduced
  • the parameters of the practice area/s as you would see it
  • the reasons why you feel these new sections are merited
  • 4 or 5 highlights of this type of work which your law firm has handled in the past 12 months
  • a list of other law firms which are also active in this practice area (usefully including relevant contact details, in case we wish to contact them for their view too)

Please email that document to editorial@legal500.com, clearly labelling it as a proposal for new practice areas in The Legal 500 EMEA 2017. We promise to review and respond to all suggestions in due course. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions that were implemented for the guide this year. In consideration for the next edition is coverage of Ethiopia and more space for private equity, employment, capital markets and industry-focused sections in more markets.

 

EMEA LAWYER MOVES

by Mike Nash | 23rd October 2015

Research for The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition is now winding down for the majority of countries but the book doesn't publish for a few months - it publishes 6 April 2016 - because we have many facts to check and much editing to do in the interim. Therefore it's worth bearing in mind that we are happy to receive updates on significant lawyer moves 365 days of the year. If you let us know about a lawyer hire or departure by 29 January 2016, we can take it into account for the new book; still let us know any team moves after that, as we will always update the online version to be correct. Lawyer moves you should tell us about would be partners, counsel / of counsel, senior associates or any lawyers that you promoted to us as being people we should recommend. No need to let us know about junior lawyers as they won't be mentioned in the guide anyway.

Let us know via editorial@legal500.com. Thanks to all the firms and clients that have participated in the latest research.

 

CARIBBEAN MOONLIGHTING

by Mike Nash | 19th October 2015

Over the past couple of days I've been moonlighting as editor of The Legal 500 Caribbean, which also includes coverage of Bermuda. With the growing number of offshore structures being used as part of global strategy, it's well worth a look. The guide goes into production this week and will launch online here on 9 November.

 

THE LEGAL 500 CANADA 2016 EDITION NOW LIVE

by Mike Nash | 19th October 2015

Canada has been increasingly attracting the interest of the international legal community in the past couple of years. We're pleased to announce that the latest edition of The Legal 500 Canada is now available to view online here.

 

Over-lawyered?

by Jonathan Armstrong | 5th October 2015

There is a joke I have heard more than once when speaking to Israeli lawyers that aptly sums up the just how crowded a legal market it has become: ‘throw a stone in a Tel Aviv street and you will very likely hit a lawyer who will then sue you.’ According to recent figures provided by the Israel Bar Association (IBA), one of every 80 inhabitants of that city is a lawyer and there are just under 60,000 total lawyers in the country as a whole; according to the latest figures from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, that is almost as many as in France (population 66 million), whose population is over 8 times the size, making Israel the country with the most lawyers per capita in the world. The number is growing fast with, on average, 3,200 new attorneys registering each year with the IBA.

The sheer number of lawyers in Israel inevitably has created significant fee pressures but the picture of how revenue is spread tells an interesting story: in 2014, just 2% of Israel’s law firms combined to take more than 40% of revenue from the sector. The fee pressures seem to be affecting mostly smaller, consumer-facing firms, rather than those practising at the top end of commercial law. The country’s larger firms continue to attract work of a very high quality and employ many globally renowned lawyers with international experience.

Jonathan Armstrong is deputy editor at The Legal 500 and has been with the company for a number of years. Jonathan is the assigned researcher for Israel. Our thanks to Zohar Fisher at Robus for helping to source some of the data.

 

IF LAW FIRMS WERE SUPERHEROES

by Mike Nash | 5th October 2015

The Legal 500 series provides impartial opinion and analysis on thousands of law firms globally. Alongside helping general counsel to make decisions on which law firms might be the ones to instruct, or helping law firms seeking a referral partner, www.legal500.com also serves a useful purpose alongside our sister publication – The Lex 100 – in helping students and new graduates to identify potential future employers that appeal to them. The latest edition of The Lex 100 is now live at The Lex 100. For a lighthearted, superheroic spin, click here to check out The Lex 100's 2015/16 fictional characters list.

 

CAR TROUBLE

by Mike Nash | 28 September 2015

With Volkswagen in the most trouble since AC:DC-inspired mass thefts of VW badges in the 80s, it's clear that this will run and run. If I stop and listen, I think I already hear the sounds of law firms quietly burnishing their mass tort and product liability / consumer fraud credentials. €6.5 billion set aside for costs doesn't spread far across 11 million affected vehicles - just €590 per vehicle and is that really going to cover all the recalls, product liability / consumer fraud claims and public interest lawsuits (with the US alone variously reported to be aiming for a fine of $11 billion - $18 billion)? If only one thing is clear, it's that it's going to generate a lot of work for a lot of law firms.

 

BALTIC BALLET!

by Mike Nash | 28 September 2015

After years of merger and de-merger merry-go-round in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, two major firms - COBALT and BORENIUS - have announced an upcoming merger in the Baltic States and Belarus, effective from 1 January 2016, that ups the game again. The merger, under the COBALT name, will bring together two high-end, full-service firms with strong resources in all practice areas and across the Baltic States. To read our current Baltic States coverage, please click here for Estonia, here for Latvia or here for Lithuania. For coverage of Belarus, please click here. To read about COBALT, please click here; to read about BORENIUS, please click here .

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition, which publishes in April 2016, will provide updated coverage and an early assessment of the merged entity.

 

ISRAEL AND KAZAKHSTAN

by Mike Nash | 14 September 2015

In talking with colleagues at a law firm the other day, I got myself all enthused about the merits of Israel and Kazakhstan, so I thought I’d repeat those musings here. With many of the BRIC and MINT countries losing some of their lustre for one reason or another (and arguably with the honourable exception of Mexico), where else can we cast around for interest as markets of interest to investors and law firms? There are many candidates, but both Israel and Kazakhstan spring to mind. Israel – technology central, discoverer of huge untapped gas reserves and master of desalination plants – is a vibrant and sophisticated market with inbound Chinese investment; sure, there’s the prickly question of being seen to do business in both Israel and the rest of the Middle East, but that shouldn’t get in the way of recognising the opportunity that exists for the international law firm(s) that choose the right means of accessing the market on the ground. Sophisticated local players exist and there’s a billing rate conundrum for some firms, giving the disparity in fees between rates for high-end Tel Aviv advice and the sums charged in, say, New York, Paris or London, but there’s a niche to be found with the right proposition. And any international firm in Israel – particularly if it’s also in China – may have potential to tap into a stream of Chinese inbound investment. Kazakhstan? In terms of potential, what’s not to like? Infrastructure projects galore, gargantuan corporations increasingly needing sophisticated legal advice, a country rich in natural resources in soft and hard commodities, and a rapidly developing economy with rising living standards and a relatively young population that is increasingly desiring consumer goods. Several international firms have gone in on the ground in the past two years but there’s still room for more. To read our rankings for Israel, click here. To read about Kazakhstan, click here.

 

RECOGNISING THE EFFORTS OF IN-HOUSE COUNSEL

by Mike Nash | 14 September 2015

After decades of focusing on lawyers in private practice, The Legal 500 has in the past three years been working hard to ensure that in-house lawyers are equally recognised for their contributions to industry. One of the ways we’re doing that is through the GC Powerlist. There are several receptions being hosted for the winners over the next couple of weeks, notably Middle East winners in Dubai on 15 September, winners in Johannesburg on 17 September and then new Russia winners will be unveiled in Moscow on 23 September. To view the movers & shakers in these markets or to find out more about GC Powerlists, please click here.

 

LAUNCH OF THE CLIENT INTELLIGENCE REPORT 2015

by Mike Nash | 8 September 2015

It's well worth noting the launch of The Client Intelligence Report 2015 (Twitter: #CIR2015 / @clientintel), a comprehensive investigational survey into the global legal market that includes the feedback of over 4,700 GCs and in-house respondents in 120 countries. The survey findings, which have now been launched, include responses from 82% of the FTSE 100 and 80% of the Fortune 100. The respondents provided approximately 2,000 hours of interview time to allow us to compile the largest ever legal survey.

The Legal 500's editors recently got a sneak preview of the data, which provided a mix of the interesting / enlightening / surprising alongside the reliably familiar - some matters that get a lot of media coverage are not so important to GCs, it seems; but the findings also in many ways support and substantiate the common refrain of client referees that respond to research for The Legal 500 Series each year (we contact 250,000+ during research each year). #CIR2015 is instructive stuff that is free to all the survey's participants and can be purchased by law firms.

To find out more, please click here.

 

SOME INTERESTING THINGS TO FIND OUT

by Mike Nash | 28 August 2015

As Europe, Middle East and Africa research gets underway, it'll be interesting to see the evidence underpinning a number of issues and trends that have unfolded or are unfolding. Those include: how sustainable has been Ireland's recent M&A revival? Will a global law firm take that plunge into Israel? Will Q4 of 2015 genuinely provide the spate of IPOs that have been predicted in numerous markets? And just to watch South Africa's legal market shake out, in the wake of recent arrivals, reorganisations (e.g. upcoming DLA Piper and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyer split) and potential new entries. Also, which international firm will be next back into Egypt? And whether Russia's recently introduced requirement for fingerprints with travel visas has impacted the flow of business people back and forth! (Fingerprints? Really, guys?)

 

EMEA RESEARCHER CONTACT LIST NOW LIVE

by Mike Nash | 24 August 2015

The list of contacts for The Legal 500 EMEA is now available on the research page at http://www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html.

 

IMPENDING DEADLINE FOR EMEA SUBMISSIONS

by Mike Nash | 6th August 2015

This is just a brief reminder that EMEA referees are due and written submission deadline is 10 August.

Referees: if you've not been able to send referees yet, you may still submit late referees until 17 August (inclusive). Please send them to editorial@legal500.com. Spreadsheets can be obtained from the research info page at www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html.

Written submissions: The deadline for these is 10 August. Please send them to editorial@legal500.com. Spreadsheets can be obtained from the research info page at www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html.

Thank you to all law firms that have (or will have) made submissions.

 

UPCOMING EMEA RESEARCH VISITS

by Mike Nash | 5th August 2015

We’re delighted to be able to announce that researchers will be visiting more jurisdictions than ever before for EMEA research this autumn. We remain committed to visiting the countries we research and our team of editors and researchers will have made 56 visits during the past 2 ½ years by the time this autumn’s research is done. Our researchers will travel in September or October this year (dependent on the country).

We will be visiting the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Contact details of researchers will be available on the website on 21 August at www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html. Research begins on or after 24 August (dependent on the country), when researchers will begin the process of reviewing submissions and contacting law firms to arrange interviews. (Note re Israel: Israel research and timing of visit will, of course, take account of Jewish holiday period).

 

IBA EVENT IN VIENNA

by Mike Nash | 16th July 2015

Editors and other staff from The Legal 500 will be at the IBA Annual Conference 2015 in Vienna, Austria, from 4-9 October. The team will be happy to meet if you pop by The Legal 500 stand or want to arrange meetings around the event.

 

TOP TIPS FOR SUBMISSIONS

by Mike Nash | 16th July 2015

Mentioned these last year but well worth an encore: if your law firm is currently preparing submissions for the upcoming research for The Legal 500 EMEA, bear in mind the following tips:

  • Keep introductory bullet points brief - convey key messages, news updates and points of difference (refer each point to supporting evidence)
  • Keep submissions concise and focused (avoid extraneous material / make a separate submission for each practice area)
  • Identify up-and-coming partners or outstanding senior associates (and exemplify with work they have done)
  • Show scope and variety of practice (different types of work; different types of clients)
  • Where possible, work highlights should be specific (allows us to fact-check)
  • Confidential (unpublishable) examples are useful, although you should try to provide some publishable examples too

If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us via editorial@legal500.com.

 

FAQS ABOUT THE LEGAL 500 EMEA RESEARCH

by Mike Nash | 13th July 2015

The Legal 500 EMEA research process is a complex and gigantic effort (it really is!) and we are grateful for the contributions of the thousands of law firms that participate. When questions do arise, it's first worth checking our Frequently Asked Questions PDF, which can be found on the "How your law firm can get involved" page, or simply click here.

 

EMEA 2016: TIP RE WORK HIGHLIGHTS

by Mike Nash | 10th July 2015

Editorial submission guidelines invite "up to 10 key work highlights". We often get asked if law firms can supply more than that. My strong advice to all law firms is to keep to the prescribed 10 main work highlights in the body of the submission because more than that begins to dilute the law firm's own message with surplus and/or weaker examples. Researchers receive many submissions and conciseness makes for a strong argument. If you wish to supply more examples of work, then do so by (a) providing a list of active clients for potential further discussion and (b) provide an appendix list of shorter examples in bullet-point format; these can be used if desired (or discussed in interview), without the danger of cluttering the main message.

 

KNOW ABOUT THE LEGAL 500 HISTORICAL DATA?

by Mike Nash | 2nd July 2015

When I meet law firms, many don't know about The Legal 500 Historical Data service, which is actually a pretty useful little tool that kind of gets lost amidst the sea of data. The Legal 500 Historical Data is an interactive service for law firms providing downloadable online content showing historical rankings from 2008-2015 from The Legal 500 UK, US, EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Users are able to manipulate the raw data to produce and download reports that can, for example, benchmark law firms with peers and competitors; customise rankings data for use in pitch documents and RFPs; and identify strong candidates for potential new office openings or lateral hires. As editor, I use this data to identify trends and progress in practices across certain markets or practice areas. If you're interested in learning more, please visit www.legal500.com/historicaldata

 

NEW INDUSTRY FOCUS SECTIONS

by Mike Nash | 1st July 2015

The new "Industry focus" sections in the upcoming edition of The Legal 500 EMEA have attracted considerable interest, so here is a quick rationale to explain their introduction: Each "Industry focus" section is looking at the ability of a law firm to provide full-service representation of clients in the specified industry sector and we're looking for firms that can show consistent experience in acting for that type of client. It might include industry-specific regulatory work (e.g. telecoms regulations) but might also be as simple as routine corporate work that is regularly handled on behalf of companies in the industry, with their specific needs (e.g. setting up companies and selecting factory sites for vehicle manufacturers). Some of the sections are a re-branding of existing coverage (e.g. Telecoms is now Industry focus: Telecoms), while others are new additions (e.g. Industry focus: Retailers); ultimately, each Industry focus section provides legal500.com's more than 4 million readers with a second way to find the law firms they are looking for - they can now look for firms that know their industry, rather than going to each legal discipline in turn to piece together relevant experts. Our referee feedback - regardless of country - routinely shows that clients want lawyers that know their industry and this is a way to help them find it.

 

THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2016 RESEARCH GUIDELINES NOW LIVE!

by Mike Nash | 15th May 2015

The research schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 edition research are now available on the website at www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html. Please do read the guidelines carefully because we do review and change practice area coverage to respond to demand. There are several extra countries being researched this year: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Tajikistan, and Zambia. Headline points: referees due 3 August 2015, submissions due 10 August 2015, researcher details announced 21 August 2015, interviews conducted from 24 August 2015 through into October, and publication will be April 2016. Please email editorial@legal500.com if you have queries.

 

PRACTISING SOLICITORS IN IRELAND

by Mike Nash | 12th May 2015

Some interesting stats from the Law Society on numbers of practising solicitors in Ireland; interesting but understandable as work returns to law firms – only two of the 20 largest firms did not increase numbers to address that influx. The stats show that the five largest firms all recruited substantially in 2014 – 105 extra solicitors at the top five firms is a significant increase when even the largest firms number in the 180-270 lawyers range. The stats also show the continued growth of recent arrivals: Maples and Calder and Walkers Ireland.

 

UPCOMING EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA RESEARCH

by Mike Nash | 11th May 2015

At the end of the week, we will announce the schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa research for the 2016 edition. Guidelines will be found here - www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html

When looking at the guidelines, please do check to see if we are covering new countries or practice areas. The lists are revised annually because they do change, in order to respond to demand for coverage. Don't get caught out by not submitting for a new section!

 

BELGIUM VISIT

by Mike Nash | 6th May 2015

I was in Belgium last week to make a presentation to Legal Marketing Brussels regarding The Legal 500 research process, as well as to meet with a number of law firms. Hot on the list of topics was not only how the new EU competition commissioner is performing, but also how to pronounce her surname!

 

PROMOTIONS AT THE LEGAL 500

by Mike Nash | 6th May 2015

We are very pleased to announce some team developments at The Legal 500: Hayley Eustace, already UK Bar editor, is now also editor of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific; Anna Bauböck is now editor of Deutschland, with our long-serving staff member Andrea Leber (now living in Australia) moving into a new role as deputy editor of Asia Pacific; we can also announce Daniela Tiedt, Ella Marshall and Jonathan Armstrong as deputy editors as we restructure the team to allow us to meet and visit more law firms to explain how the research process works and what we do. Lauren Hughes and Alex Boyes have moved on to pastures new and we thank them for their contribution to The Legal 500 and wish them well in their future careers.

 

EMEA 2015 LAUNCHED

by Mike Nash | 8th April 2015

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2015 edition (our 25th edition) is here!

New law firms are ranked, new practice areas covered and more countries added. We have introduced three new Regional Summary chapters to assess law firms with broad experience across regional theatres and have covered several additional countries in the rankings this year, namely Albania, Angola, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

 

EMEA 2015 PUBLICATION AND QUERIES

by Mike Nash | 25th March 2015

Just got a copy of forthcoming The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2015 edition - the book is back in black this year! The 2015 edition will be published in print and online at www.legal500.com on 8 April 2015. Thank you again to the thousands of law firms which contributed and the many tens of thousands of lawyers, business development people, lawyers and clients who took part in what is the 25th annual edition of the EMEA guide. We contacted just short of 100,000 clients for EMEA this year and added eight new countries to our coverage, as well as three new "Regional Summary" chapters. I can say with great certainty that this is our heaviest book ever!

1. Questions regarding new rankings

The most efficient means of contacting us regarding queries or to request factual updates is to send an email to editorial@legal500.com, specifying the question/s and noting the pertinent country and practice area. Please address questions to editorial@legal500.com, rather than directly to the researcher or editor. Following this process will allow us to log, investigate and address the query in the most timely and efficient manner.

We welcome queries about the rankings. If you have a question about the new rankings, please do ask us because we will always be prepared to provide feedback on the reason for a particular ranking or, indeed, to make a post-publication factual updates when lawyers move on or law firm names change.

2. Scheduling the 2016 edition

Guidelines for the EMEA 2016 will be announced in early May 2015.

Thank you once again for your contributions this year.

 

AFRICAN ACTIVITY INCREASES

by Mike Nash | 25th February 2015

The first two months of 2015 have seen considerable interest and investment in Africa by international law firms and we can expect that trend to continue throughout 2015. For example, Dentons and Chadbourne & Parke LLP both recently opened new offices in South Africa; Al Tamimi & Company has a new association with Nour & Taha in Egypt, beginning in April; and Norton Rose Fulbright has announced associations in Uganda and Zimbabwe. To cater to the increasing interest in the continent, The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 has increased its existing coverage and added new chapters covering Angola, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Tanzania, as well as a new Regional Summary of Africa. The new edition publishes in print and online at www.legal500.com on 8 April 2015.

 

GREEK ELECTIONS - THERE WILL BE LAW

by Mike Nash | 26th January 2015

Syriza's win in the latest Greek elections may or may not prove to be the right thing for Greece but, most certainly, it is going to generate work for lawyers... New rankings for Greece publish on 8 April at www.legal500.com/c/greece.

 

HOW TO SUGGEST NEW SECTIONS FOR EMEA 2016

by Mike Nash | 12th January 2015

As we begin to look at planning the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA, we are inviting proposals from law firms for practice area coverage that they would like to see being introduced. Several law firms have asked what format these proposals should take. What I would recommend is that you prepare a Word document detailing:

  • the practice area/s you would like to see being introduced
  • the parameters of the practice area/s as you would see it
  • the reasons why you feel these new sections are merited
  • 4 or 5 highlights of this type of work which your law firm has handled in the past 12 months
  • a list of other law firms which are also active in this practice area (usefully including relevant contact details, in case we wish to contact them for their view too)

Please email that document to editorial@legal500.com, clearly labelling it as a proposal for new practice areas in EMEA 2016. We promise to review and respond to all suggestions in due course. Thank you to everyone who has or will make suggestions. Certainly, on the menu for 2016 edition is more space for competition law, private equity, capital markets and industry-focused sections in major markets, as well as a couple or more new countries.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO EMEA 2016

by Mike Nash | 9th January 2015

Editing of The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 edition is closing towards the end now, and many law firms have been enquiring about the next cycle of research for the 2016 edition, which will be researched this autumn. The timeframe will be similar to the 2015 edition and full schedule and details will be announced by email and on the website at www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html in early May 2015. (Those that will be on their summer vacations in August should think about preparing submissions to be sent in July.) There will be more new country coverage added and new practice area coverage, which we will announce in due course. For now, though, it's all about getting the current edition ready for launch on 8 April.

 

EMEA IS BACK IN BUSINESS

by Mike Nash | 15th December 2014

One of the positive aspects of editing The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 (trust me, it's not all positive!) is that patterns of performance across jurisdictions begin to shine through the hundreds of thousands of pieces of data and comments from the almost 100,000 client referees contacted. Without question, the past 12 months has seen many law firms in most jurisdictions across EMEA attracting new work that doesn't relate either to restructuring or disputes over debt or failed business relationships. Small and mid-market M&A is happening consistently and regularly and equity capital markets mandates are coming back. Businesses are investing and private practice lawyers are getting that work. It's not that way for all countries (sorry, Croatia!) but it's a stronger trend of positivity than has come through from editing the book over any of the previous three years.

Happy Christmas to those that will be celebrating, season's greetings to those that won't, and wishing a Happy New Year to one and all.

 

LAWYER COMINGS & GOINGS

by Mike Nash | 3rd December 2014

Editing of The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 edition is well underway, but we won't be finalising copy until end of January. Therefore, if your law firm is one of those that has had post-research partner hires / departures, or promotions of lawyers, then update us via an email to editorial@legal500.com, detailing when the change occurred, which office/s this applies to, where the person joined from / moved to (if it's a hire or departure), what the person's new title is, and which practice area/s they are involved in. We will then be able to factor these changes into the rankings.

Our new EMEA rankings publish in print and online - at www.legal500.com - on 8 April 2015.

 

LITHUANIA'S TRADE OFF

by Mike Nash | 21st November 2014

At the beginning of 2015, Lithuania will enter the euro zone, trading off current perks and troubles for perceived positives. However, one difficulty that lies ahead is Russia's ban on euro zone imports, which (assuming it's still in place) will have a significant impact on Lithuania, as the two countries have shared a significant trading relationship. Lithuania will hope to offset that with greater trade internally with EU partners and with major initiatives such as the LNG terminal under construction in Klaipėda. Our new rankings for Lithuania publish on 8 April 2015.

 

LAW FIRM GROWTH IN ISRAEL

by Mike Nash | 19th November 2014

As Israel's largest law firms continue to grow and mid-market players try to follow suit through a series of mergers, does the upsizing trend accelerate us towards the day when an international law firm decides to land a significant footprint on the ground? Our new rankings for Israel publish on 8 April 2015.

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW EMEA COVERAGE

by Mike Nash | 11th November 2014

Editing of The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 edition is now underway (publication will be 8 April 2015). Early next year, we will begin to consider potential new practice area coverage for the subsequent edition, so if you have any opinions on practice areas you would like to see being introduced, please email your ideas to editorial@legal500.com with an explanation of why you feel the new coverage is merited and perhaps a flavour of the work in that area that your firm and others are doing currently.

 

EMEA RESEARCHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

by Mike Nash | 10th October 2014

We can now announce the researchers for Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Sweden - Ksenia Stepanova will be researching Sweden. Amy Ulliott will be researching Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. Research will begin on Monday 13 October and continue on through the third week of November. For full contact details, please click HERE.

 

NEW HORIZONS

by Mike Nash | 9th October 2014

One sure signal that things are improving (or about to improve) is law firms establishing new offices. Just this week we have had two interesting new developments: Allen & Overy opened a new office in Johannesburg and Baker & McKenzie expanded its Middle Eastern presence by adding an office in Jeddah through its local association. Both moves are the latest indicators of growing efforts by international law firms in the Middle East and Africa. The Legal 500 EMEA coverage for the 2015 edition has been expanded for both regions.

 

GET INVOLVED / RESEARCHER UPDATE

by Mike Nash | 29th September 2014

Research for The Legal 500 EMEA is now well underway for most countries, so if your law firm wishes to be involved and has not yet been in communication with the researcher, I'd recommend making contact (notwithstanding those few markets where research has yet to get underway). Details of researchers for pending research in Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Sweden will be announced at the end of next week. The list of researchers is available HERE

 

URÍA MENÉNDEZ TIE-UP IN LATIN AMERICA

by Mike Nash | 11th September 2014

Uría Menéndez has provided the answer to the following question: when will an Iberia-originated law firm merge with a significant local firm in Latin America? Thanks to news announced earlier this week, we now know that Philippi of Chile and Prietocarrizosa of Colombia have announced a merger, effective from 1 January 2015, and Uría Menéndez will hold a 30% stake in the new firm. The deal will create one of the region's largest law firms and, for the time being, provide Uría with a significant point of difference over Spanish/Portuguese competitors, adding to its existing offices in Latin America. The new firm will operate as Philippi, Prietocarrizosa & Uría.

Now the question becomes: who's next?

The Legal 500 Latin America 2014 rankings launched yesterday and can be viewed HERE. For Uría Menéndez's current Spanish or Portuguese rankings, please click HERE for Spain or HERE for Portugal.

 

EMEA RESEARCH UNDERWAY

by Mike Nash | 29th August 2014

The latest round of research is now underway for the majority of the 72 countries being covered by The Legal 500 EMEA this year. If you wish to be proactive and contact our researchers before they contact you, you may do so - researcher contact details are available at www.legal500.com/assets/images/research/emea2015/emea_researchers.pdf. If you would like to know more about the researchers, you can visit our "meet the team" section at www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/meet-the-team.html. Don't be alarmed by some of the suspicious mugshots on there! In other news, I will be in Belgium during the first week of September, talking to law firms about the research process and giving tips on what information can be usefully imparted to the researchers.

 

EMEA RESEARCH VISITS ANNOUNCED

by Mike Nash | 13th August 2014

With this autumn's research for The Legal 500 EMEA soon to get underway, I can now reveal which countries our researchers will be visiting this year. We will visit the following jurisdictions: Austria, Belgium, France, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Researchers will begin arranging trips once research gets underway on 26 August.

 

EMEA RESEARCH IMMINENT

by Mike Nash | 13th August 2014

A big thank you to all the many hundreds of law firms which have made editorial submissions to participate in the upcoming research process for The Legal 500 EMEA. We appreciate your participation and the submissions will be a great starting point for the research. Referees will be contacted in the latter half of September. The researcher details will be finalised next week and we'll then announce researcher contact details on or by 26 August. Research begins on 26 August and will continue on into October (a few countries will start a bit later but continue into November). On 26 August, please visit HERE (www.legal500.com/assets/pages/about-us/get-involved.html) for the list of researchers and their contact details. Researchers will contact all law firms that have made submissions or were ranked last year. If your law firm wasn't ranked and hasn't made a submission, we'd advise that you get in touch.

 

DUBLIN DEBRIEF & EMEA RESEARCH REMINDER

by Mike Nash | 5th August 2014

I am in Dublin this week to meet with law firms and talk about the Irish market and The Legal 500 research process. Technology, renewable energy and work for American investors are obviously high among the talking points and generating a positive vibe. In other news, the initial deadline has now elapsed for receipt of client referee lists for the upcoming EMEA research, so make sure to get any outstanding lists to us by 18 August at the latest. Written submissions are due on 11 August. Research interviews with law firms begin on or after 25 August. Click HEREfor full schedule and guidelines.

 

TOP TIPS FOR SUBMISSIONS

by Mike Nash | 24th July 2014

If your law firm is currently preparing submissions for this year's research for The Legal 500 EMEA, bear in mind the following tips:

  1. Introductory bullet points should convey key messages, updates and points of difference (underpin each point with evidence)
  2. Keep submissions concise and focused (avoid extraneous material)
  3. Identify up-and-coming partners or outstanding senior associates (and exemplify with work they have done)
  4. Show scope and variety of practice (not necessarily just the biggest deals or cases)
  5. Where possible, examples of work should be specific (allows validation)

If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us via editorial@legal500.com.

 

UPCOMING EMEA RESEARCH DEADLINES

by Mike Nash | 18th July 2014

Editing is sometimes a bit like slogging through mud. So, last weekend, I swapped metaphorical mud for actual mud in Tough Mudder Midlands. (Check my Twitter feed if you really want pictures of me covered in mud!) No muddied waters for The Legal 500 EMEA submission deadlines for law firms this year, though - they're crystal clear! Please do make sure to submit client referee lists on or by 4 August. Please send written submission on or by 11 August. All submissions should be sent to editorial@legal500.com. For full guidelines and details, please see HERE.

 

Ireland and Belgium

by Mike Nash | 11th July 2014

As part of our ongoing commitment to getting out and about to meet law firms, answer questions and give tips and advice on the research process, I will be visiting the Republic of Ireland for meetings during the week of 5 August. At the start of September, I will be in Belgium to find out what they put in the water that gets teams to World Cup quarter-finals! If your firm would be interested in meeting, please feel free to get in touch. After my Belgium trip, there will be the matter of a very large book to edit - so I'll be hunkering down for the winter! - but I am already making plans for a heavy dose of visits to EMEA countries in 2015. Meanwhile, this autumn, our researchers will also visit many of the jurisdictions covered in the EMEA research and we will confirm plans for those trips next month, so stay tuned for news on which jurisdictions we will visit.

 

When the minister came to town

by Mike Nash | 4th July 2014

A couple of days ago, I attended a seminar (hosted by Orrick in London) which featured Carlo Calenda, Italy's deputy minister for economic development in charge of trade, alongside other speakers from several chambers of commerce. The purpose of the seminar was to highlight "Opportunities to invest in Italy" and to identify what the Italian government is doing to encourage that investment. It's fair to say that half of the delegates were energy investors and therefore felt like the Italian government was doing its best to discourage FDI with its redactive measures on photovoltaic solar investment and that is certainly an issue that the government will need to continue to work on in discussion with said investors; in fairness, the minister was very open to talks and invited interested parties into another room for direct discussion. However, that debate shouldn't detract from what was overall a thought-provoking seminar - I certainly came away with a few interesting things I didn't know before. It challenged preconceptions: for example, the Italian industrial equipment and machinery manufacturing sector is worth more in GDP than the combined totals of Italy's food, fashion and furniture sectors. Another good takeaway was that there are around 70,000 Italian companies seeking capital investment at this time - more than enough to begin to kick the M&A and corporate investment markets back into gear. Food for thought and room for growth in a market that has recently come out of recession.

 

Signs from St Petersburg

by Mike Nash | 27th June 2014

Many thanks to all the law firms, in-house counsel and others that I met at the Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum. My meetings brought across a definite sense of momentum in the Russian market, with dispute resolution, real estate and capital markets mandates among the areas to be picking up, even if the corporate space remains pretty quiet. Firms in many markets across EMEA are experiencing signs of stirring in the capital markets and I suspect we may well have more capital markets transactions to talk about in The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 than we have had in any of the past four or five years. Research for Russia and other markets begins on 25 August 2014 and continues into October. Law firms can click HERE for the EMEA research schedule and guidelines.

 

Editorial guidelines for The Legal 500 EMEA 2015

by Mike Nash | 25th June 2014

The full editorial guidelines and schedule for The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 are available now. The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 will be the 25th annual edition of the guide, which will provide coverage of more than 70 countries. This year, we’ll be adding detailed, researched coverage of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Angola, Ivory Coast, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique and Tanzania. See HERE for the new guidelines.

 

Association of Corporate Counsel Europe 2014

by Mike Nash | 25th June 2014

We recently attended the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Europe 2014 – we were the only publisher of referral guides to attend an event which brought together hundreds of Europe’s most senior decision-makers and in-house counsel from leading regional and global companies. It was great to have conversations with many of them and to hear how useful The Legal 500 EMEA is when looking for law firms to instruct in unfamiliar jurisdictions or legal disciplines.

 

Corporate Counsel 100 - Germany

by Mike Nash | 25th June 2014

Our Corporate Counsel 100 series is rolling out to Germany shortly – recognising the contributions to industry made by leading in-house counsel. See HERE for more information on the Corporate Counsel 100.

 

Follow us on Twitter!

by Mike Nash | 25th June 2014

Follow The Legal 500 EMEA’s Twitter (@EMEA_Legal500), which can be a great way to catch up on what we’re doing, when deadlines are, some heads-up about changes in various markets or news on where we will be visiting next. In March, I was in Dubai to meet with law firms. At the end of May, I visited firms in Italy. Later in June, I and colleagues will be attending the International Legal Forum St Petersburg – www.spblegalforum.com – to speak with in-house counsel and law firms from Russia and beyond. We will have a stall, so do come by and we will happily answer your question.