FROM THE EDITOR
Welcome to The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Since 1991, we have been providing readers with an annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in countries across the region, and the coverage extends to the Caucasus and Central Asia. Current rankings and information online are taken from The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2017 edition, which was published on 12 April 2017.
The EMEA guide provides researched coverage of 81 countries and over 2,700 ranked law firms. Law firms pay nothing to participate and so we are free to make ranking decisions on merit alone.
Our research is conducted annually, providing a detailed qualitative assessment of various factors including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months and historically; experience and depth of teams; specialisms and ancillary services; and, importantly, opinions of law firms’ clients – each year, The Legal 500 series contacts over 300,000 clients globally to obtain feedback on which law firms meet the criteria required by today's in-house counsel and business leaders, wherever in the world their work takes them. All of this is used to benchmark each law firm versus competitors in the practice area in question.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Launch date
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 edition is now live.
The EMEA 2018 research schedule and guidelines will be available in early May 2017, with research taking place in autumn (fall) 2017.
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An energy-rich market that punches well above the weight of its small population, Georgia has trade agreements with the CIS countries and many markets in the EU, with which it is seeking closer links. Beyond oil, gas and mineral riches, emergent industries to note are the local hospitality sector, set to be boosted by a large number of new high-end hotels over the next two years and the growing reputation of its wine industry. For many years, there was limited international law firm presence in the market (most prominently DLA Piper, but Dechert entered the market in 2012 and Dentons announced the opening of an office in Tbilisi, as of May 2017. Local offices are small, but staffed by experienced lawyers with sophisticated skills, a statement which extends to numerous good local competitors with internationally trained attorneys.
Resource-rich Kazakhstan has been impacted by the drop in commodity prices globally, but energy and natural resources mandates remain the market’s marquee work. Plans are afoot to develop the Astana International Financial Centre, set to officially launch on 1 January 2018, as part of the government’s stated aim of establishing Astana as the region’s financial hub. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that White & Case Kazakhstan LLP closed its office in Almaty to refocus its resources in Astana. The country recently has seen an influx of international law firms, creating a dynamic market comprising international, pan-regional and domestic firms. The 2017 guide sees the editorial coverage split out by practice area for the first time, in recognition of the legal market’s growing sophistication.