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2021 Best Lawyers International

Featuring the top legal talent from around the globe.

Best Lawyers International 2021
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November 19, 2020 12:00 AM

Best Lawyers uses an internationally respected and sophisticated peer-review methodology to identify the top lawyers not just in the U.S., but also all across the world. Best Lawyers first expanded outside the U.S. in 2006 and has since garnered a reputation as the definitive source for legal representation and referrals. The 2021 editions encompass 22 global markets and feature lawyers and firms acknowledged by their peers as the most influential and effective players in the legal arena worldwide.

Read on to read more about the most up-to-date releases:
Updated: Nov. 24, 2020

Brazil

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Brazil.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2020

Mexico

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Mexico.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2020

Portugal

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Portugal.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2020

Spain

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Spain.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2020

South Africa

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in South Africa.
Updated: Nov. 19, 2020

Colombia

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Colombia.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2020

Puerto Rico

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2020

Chile

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Chile.
Updated Nov. 10, 2020

Canada

Read more on the 2021 Best Lawyers in Canada. The 2021 Canada's Best Lawyers publication debuts in print and online Dec. 10, 2020.

Want to learn more? Browse the full online directory of Best Lawyers to find the top lawyers near you.
Updated Nov. 10, 2020

Japan

The 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan features Tokyo as the top metropolitan with the highest number of recognized lawyers. Only 4 percent of lawyers in Japan were Best Lawyers-recognized.

The most searched practice area was Intellectual Property Law, followed by Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Antitrust/Competition Law, and Litigation. Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Law had the most recognized lawyers within practice areas. Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, and Banking and Finance Law followed.
Updated: Apr. 9, 2020

New Zealand

In the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in New Zealand, only 4 percent of practicing lawyers in New Zealand were recognized by Best Lawyers. The metropolitan area with the most recognized lawyers was Auckland. Corporate Law had the greatest number of recognized lawyers, followed by Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, and Banking and Finance Law.

Of the 64 legal practice areas, Intellectual Property Law was the most searched, followed by Banking and Finance Law, Litigation, and Real Estate Law.
Updated: Apr. 9, 2020

Singapore

Only 8 percent of practicing lawyers were honored by Best Lawyers in the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Singapore. Arbitration and Mediation was the legal practice category with the highest number of recognized lawyers, followed by Banking and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Corporate Law.

Of the 42 practice areas, Banking and Finance was the most searched, followed by Arbitration and Mediation, International Arbitration, and Corporate Law.
Updated: Apr. 9, 2020

Australia

For the 13th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Best Lawyers partnered with Financial Review, an Australian daily newspaper with a focus on business, to bring to their audience the top legal talent in Australia. Of the practicing lawyers in Australia, 6 percent were recognized by Best Lawyers. Out of the 9 metropolitan areas we surveyed, Sydney had the highest number of lawyers recognized. The legal practice area with the highest number of recognized lawyers was Litigation, followed by Insurance Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Corporate Law.

Immigration Law was the most searched, followed by Litigation, Insurance Law, and Family Law.
Updated: Apr. 17, 2020

Russia

We partnered with Pravo, Russia’s largest independent legal media outlet, to feature the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia. In this 2021 Edition, Best Lawyers honored 2 percent of practicing lawyers in Russia. The metropolitan area with the highest number of lawyers recognized was Moscow. The practice area with the most recognized lawyers was Litigation, followed by Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Arbitration and Mediation.

Litigation was the most searched practice area in Russia, followed by Tax Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Corporate Law.
Updated: June 4, 2020

Ukraine

In a partnership with Yuridicheskaya Gazeta, we showcased the top 1 percent of Ukraine’s legal talent in the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ukraine. Within this 2021 Edition, Kyiv stood out as the top metropolitan area in terms of the number of lawyers recognized. Corporate Law was the legal practice area with the highest number of recognized lawyers, followed by Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Banking and Finance Law.

Tax Law was the most searched practice area in Ukraine, followed by Intellectual Property law, Banking and Finance Law, and Criminal Defense.
Updated: June 9, 2020

United Kingdom

The Ninth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom recognized nearly 4 percent of practicing lawyers in the UK. Of the 35 U.K. metropolitan areas featured in this edition, London had the highest number of recognized lawyers. The practice area with the highest number of recognized lawyers was Litigation, followed by Employment Law, Real Estate Law, and Family Law.

The most searched practice areas were Advertising and Marketing Law, Employment Law, and Family Law.
Updated: June 9, 2020

France

For the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in France, we partnered with Les Echos, a French daily newspaper, to bring to their financial-focused audience the top legal talent in France. Nearly 3 percent of practicing lawyers in France were recognized by Best Lawyers. Paris had the highest number of lawyers recognized out of the 16 metropolitan areas included in this edition. Tax Law had the highest number of recognized lawyers, followed by Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Law, and Litigation.

Labor and Employment Law, Tax Law, and Intellectual Property Law were the most searched practice areas in France.
Updated: June 25, 2020

Italy

In the Seventh Edition of The Best Lawyers in Italy, Milan had the highest number of lawyers recognized out of the 10 metropolitan areas we included. Corporate Law had the highest number of recognized lawyers, followed by Banking and Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Intellectual Property Law.

Intellectual Property was the most searched practice area, followed by Tax Law and Labor and Employment Law.
Updated: June 25, 2020

Austria

For the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Austria, we partnered with Handelsblatt, a German-language business newspaper, to showcase the top 6 percent of legal talent in Austria. Vienna was the metropolitan area with the highest number of recognized lawyers. The practice area with the most recognized lawyers was Corporate Law, followed by Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Banking and Finance Law, and Litigation.

Corporate Law was the most searched practice area in Austria, followed by Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Competition/Antitrust Law.
Updated: June 26, 2020

Germany

For the 12th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Germany, we partnered with Handelsblatt to highlight the top 2 percent of practicing lawyers in Germany. In this edition, Bayern was the top metropolitan area in terms of the number of lawyers recognized. The practice area with the greatest number of recognized lawyers was Corporate Law, followed by Intellectual Property Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

The most searched practice area was Intellectual Property Law, followed by Labor and Employment Law and Tax Law.
Updated: June 26, 2020

Switzerland

We partnered with Handelsblatt for the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Switzerland. Best Lawyers recognized 6 percent of practicing lawyers in Switzerland in this edition. Zurich stood out as the metropolitan area with the highest number of recognized lawyers. Corporate Law was the legal practice area with the highest number of recognized lawyers, followed by Banking and Finance Law, Arbitration and Mediation, and Litigation.

The most searched practice area was Mergers and Acquisitions Law, followed by Corporate Law and Banking and Finance Law.
Updated: June 26, 2020

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