The IFLR1000 is the guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers. Our first rankings were published in 1990 and we currently research over 120 jurisdictions worldwide.
The IFLR1000 research is a continuous process and our journalists keep abreast of major developments (notable transactions and law firm news) throughout the year.
If you have any relevant news you wish us to consider for our research please contact a member of our RESEARCH TEAM.
We currently have two specific research projects, which culminate in the publication of law firm rankings.
ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE (select jurisdictions only) - Published June
FINANCIAL AND CORPORATE - Published October
Our law firm rankings are based on three key criteria:
We ask all firms to provide transactional highlights from their last 12 months of work.
We also analyse statistical evidence of transaction values and volumes provided by market survey title Dealogic.
No one knows more about the legal market than those professionals who work in it.
We conduct an online Ranking feedback survey of law firm partners to get their thoughts and feedback on our current law firm rankings and leading lawyers.
All partners active in the relevant research categories are invited to take part and we also speak to a great number of practitioners through phone and face-to-face interviews.
We speak to a wide range of corporate and in-house contacts as part of our Client feedback survey to get their opinions on the firms and lawyers they use.
We ask for feedback on the following attributes:
Alongside our firm rankings we also recognise the work of outstanding individuals. Our recommendations are based on the same three factors as our law firm rankings.
These are individuals who have proved themselves to be among the leading figures in their respective markets. As well as receiving recommendations from clients and peers these individuals will also have a clear track record of innovative work.
These are individuals considered by the market to be the ‘Leading lawyers’ of the future. Often more junior members of the firm they will have demonstrated their skills and potential by already advising on innovative transactions.
To supplement the information our journalists source from the market we also ask law firms to submit an annual summary of their practice in the last 12 months, including transactional highlights, practice group developments and any recruitment or departures of legal staff.
We also ask firms to submit client referees, who we contact as part of our research to seek opinion on the performance of firms. Client referees must have worked with the firm in the 18 months prior to submission.
CLIENT REFEREE DETAILS AND FEEDBACK ARE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL
The deadlines for submissions for our two major research projects are released at the beginning of each research cycle.
The annual summary submission MUST include the following information:
The specific ranking tables we produce for each jurisdiction are defined by the size and maturity of the market.
In the smallest or least developed jurisdictions we produce a broad ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE or FINANCIAL AND CORPORATE ranking.