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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 2016 edition, which was published on 13 April 2016.

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 250,000 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 2016 Launch date

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 edition published on 13 April 2016.

What's new?

This edition introduces coverage of Burundi, Cameroon, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Tajikistan and Zambia.

Upcoming research

Editorial guidelines and schedule for the EMEA 2017 edition research are available here.

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Mike Nash
Editor, The Legal 500 EMEA


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Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 320 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices* in Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine...

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