We operate panels in many practice areas and in many countries. We don't always have a practice area specialist who knows firms in the country, so that is where guides like this come in handy.
The IFLR1000 is a useful cross reference to refer to ... to make sure a personal referral aligns with some objective rankings from a survey. I would refer to it in my main area, M&A, when looking for a counsel in a country we are new to.
The country-by-country tiered rankings by practice area are a good approach, to get a rough feel if a firm is viewed as active in a practice area.
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Patton Boggs is well integrated into the domestic market: it was first US firm to launch in Qatar and it offers local law advice in addition to that of its native country. Robert Hager is the firm's most prominent figure. He comes recommended for his corporate advice.
Hager has been busy offering corporate and M&A advice to several large Qatari entities.
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