Euro elite: focus Italy – La dolce vita?

Euro elite: focus Italy – La dolce vita?

A new generation is revitalising the performance of a trio of Italian leaders committed to remaining steadfastly independent It’s been a hard decade for Italy, not least for its law firms: the product of a flat economy and relatively few deals. Even before the crisis, the economy had the lowest sustained growth of any OECD …

Euro elite: focus Iberia – Pushing boundaries

Euro elite: focus Iberia – Pushing boundaries

Dominant in their home markets, law firms from Spain and Portugal have weathered the tempest by heading for far-flung locations. As the EU’s fifth-largest economy, Spain is home to two of Europe’s legal giants, Garrigues and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira: between them they have more lawyers worldwide than Linklaters – 1,410 and 970 respectively. In dwarfing …

Euro elite: focus Central and Eastern Europe – The tiger by the tail

Euro elite: focus Central and Eastern Europe – The tiger by the tail

Price wars, political and economic tensions and prolonged attention from large Anglo-Saxon players in the region have made the going challenging for independent firms in CEE. With a few notable exceptions, the last five years have seen some international law firms retreat from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) – in part a belated reaction to …

Euro elite: focus Switzerland – Like clockwork

Euro elite: focus Switzerland – Like clockwork

All the cultural stereotypes are ingrained in Swiss law firms – well-organised, independent and highly-impressive. Six Swiss firms make the Euro Elite – impressive for a country of just 8.4 million people. But then the Swiss have a longstanding reputation for being well organised, well educated and well resourced, while the economy – lightly regulated …

Red dragon, white cross – Can Chinese money kickstart Swiss markets

Red dragon, white cross – Can Chinese money kickstart Swiss markets

‘In our worldwide business, the volume of mergers is at a record high. However, in Switzerland we can talk about a stagnation of deals,’ says Guy Vermeil, managing partner of Lenz & Staehelin. His downbeat assessment of the domestic M&A market is supported by last year’s numbers. As the broader Swiss economy stalled with GDP …