The research for the IFLR1000 2020 has begun and we invite all firms working in areas relevant to our research to participate.

You can view which practice areas we will be researching in your jurisdiction this year on our ranking tables by jurisdiction PDF

If we do not currently produce a ranking table for the jurisdiction where your firm is based and you would like to participate in the research, please provide us with a financial and corporate submission. We are consistently trying to expand our coverage and will produce ranking tables for any jurisdiction if we have sufficient evidence. 

If you are interested in particpating in this year's research, please register here if you have not already done so.

 

Introduction 

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 more than 120 jurisdictions worldwide.

IFLR1000 researches and ranks law firms and lawyers on the basis of transactional advice. Each annual research process culminates in the publication of law firm rankings, individual lawyer ratings, and editorial content.  

 

Coverage

The practice area rankings we produce tables for vary by country, depending on the volume of work generally seen in a market.

You can view which practice areas we will be researching in your jurisdiction this year on our ranking tables by jurisdiction PDF. We will be researching new ranking categories in a number of jurisdictions so do please view your country on the document.

To view the type of work that can be submitted for each practice area, see our practice area definitions PDF.

Leading Lawyers and Notable Practitioners

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 and consist of the following categories:

Expert Consultant
Senior figures with name recognition who focus on consulting and building client relationships.

Market Leader
True leaders of their field, these lawyers have a track record of high profile innovative deals and are recognised as the standout performers in their country or practice area.

Highly Regarded
Lawyers who are highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong transactional record and positive client feedback.

Rising Star
'Ones to watch' these are lawyers who are building their reputations in the market.

We also recognise lawyers who have advised on one or more deals featured in IFLR1000 Deal Data. These are categorised as Notable Practitioners.

 

IFLR1000 2020 research timeline 

  • Submission deadline: April 5, 2019*
  • New rankings published: November 2019

*We cannot guarantee client referees submitted later than April 5, 2019 will be contacted.

If you need an extension to the submission deadline, please contact the editor, Ben Naylor (bnaylor@iflr1000.com). 

 

Research process

  • If you work for a law firm that advises on transactional work relevant to our ranking categories for your jurisdiction, you can participate in the research by completing the research form.
  • Firms can submit one research form for each practice area category in its country. 
  • The research form asks for basic information on the structure and focus of the practice, recent changes to the team, and up to 20 highlight deals per practice area. In the 2020 research cycle, highlight deals should be mandates which the firm has done substantial work on since January 1, 2018, or which closed after this date.
  • Firms can provide an unlimited number of client referees in support of submissions. All referees provided by the submission deadline  will be contacted by e-mail to ask for feedback on firms' and lawyers' work.

 

How to participate in the research

There is no fee to participate in the research or to be ranked.

There are three steps to the submission process:

You will need to complete this process each time you submit for a distinct practice area ranking category. 

Please be advised we cannot accept research forms or client referees sent to us by email as it contravenes our GDPR policy.

 

                                                   

 

If you have any questions please contact the editor, Ben Naylor (bnaylor@iflr1000.com).

 

Completing the research form

  • From a ranking perspective, the most important section of the submission is the 'Deal highlights'. The reason for this is transactional experience on complex deals is the key factor we use to determine a firm’s ranking.
  • We provide qualitative not quantitative rankings so you should focus on including more complex work rather than including a large number of deals.
  • Always give a clear explanation of the firm’s roles on the deals and why the deals were complex.
  • Please avoid including any work that is not relevant to our ranking categories, we focus on transactional work. A complex dispute is interesting but it will not impact the firm’s ranking.
  • Please provide us with as much information about the firm’s deals as possible. The more information we have, the better the assessment we will be able to make of the firm. We will not disclose any information marked confidential

 

Research process

  • If you work for a law firm that advises on transactional work relevant to our ranking categories for your jurisdiction, you can participate in the research by completing the research form.
  • Firms can submit one research form for each practice area category in its country. To view which practice areas we produce rankings for in your jurisdiction, view our ranking tables by jurisdiction PDF.
  • The research form asks for basic information on the structure and focus of the practice, recent changes to the team, and up to 20 highlight deals per practice area. In the 2020 research cycle, highlight deals should be mandates which the firm has done substantial work on since January 1, 2018, or which closed after this date.
  • Firms can provide an unlimited number of client referees in support of submissions. All referees provided by the initial submission deadline will be contacted by e-mail to ask for feedback on firms' and lawyers' work.

 

Firm ranking / lawyer rating methodology

Our law firm rankings and lawyer ratings are based on three key criteria:

  • Transactional evidence - We ask all firms to provide transactional highlights from their recent work.
  • Client feedback - We survey tens of thousands of corporate and in-house contacts from a wide range industries as part of our Client Feedback Survey to get their opinions on the firms and lawyers they use.
  • Peer feedback - We conduct an online Lawyer Survey (TAKE THE 2020 LAWYER SURVEY) to get lawyers' thoughts and feedback on the markets they work in. 

 

Transactional evidence

  • In each research cycle we ask firms to provide transactional highlights from the previous 12 months.
  • Transactional evidence is the decisive factor we use to determine a firm’s ranking. For a firm to be ranked, it must a have track record of advising on transactional work relevant to our ranking categories. The same applies to the ratings of individuals; lawyers must have been working on significant deals in some capacity to be rated.
  • Primarily firms submit deals to us via the research form. Our research team also monitors daily deal news and updates to complement this.
  • We also analyse statistical evidence of transaction values and volumes produced by external publications.

 

Client feedback 

  • We contact client referees as part of our Client Survey to get their opinions on both the firms and lawyers they use.
  • Client feedback is used in support of transactional evidence when determining a firm’s ranking or lawyer’s rating. What this means is good feedback alone will not ensure a firm or lawyer is ranked or rated – a firm or individual must be experienced in advising on significant transactional work.
  • When you submit you should try and provide referees for all the lawyers at the firm you feel should be rated. A lawyer working on significant deals who receives a reasonable amount of good client feedback is more likely to be rated.

 

Peer feedback

  • During each research cycle we conduct an online Lawyer Survey (TAKE THE 2020 LAWYER SURVEY) of lawyers to get their thoughts and feedback on the firms and lawyers in their markets. All partners and senior lawyers active in work relevant research to our ranking categories are invited to participate.
  • We conduct a significant number of phone and face-to-face interviews with practitioners, where we ask for feedback on firms and discuss trends. By discussing market trends we are able to gain a better understanding of what the most significant deals in the market have been recently, which helps us assess work submitted to us.
  • Peer feedback can be particularly useful for individual ratings as lawyers are well placed to recognise the leaders in their own practice areas.
  • Peer feedback is secondary to client feedback and we only take this type of feedback into account where it is supported by deal evidence. 

 

IFLR1000 2020 Lawyer Survey

Our annual lawyer survey provides lawyers with an opportunity to make their case for inclusion in our Leading Lawyer lists.

Lawyers can provide us with recent examples of their work and details about their practice area and industry sector specialisms, which will be assessed when we evaluate our IFLR1000 2020 Leading Lawyers.

The survey is also an opportunity for lawyers to provide feedback on the rankings and the legal markets they work in. Relevant and reasoned feedback will be taken into consideration if we find supporting evidence.

 

 

 

Why participate?

Actively engaging with our research team ensures:

  • Editorial coverage in the guide*.
  • Accurate and in-depth representation of your firm’s recent activities.
  • Potential market endorsement in a well-established, highly-regarded independent guide.
  • Exposure to our audience of in-house counsel and private practice lawyers at the world’s most significant corporations, financial institutions, and law firms.

*Our editorial policy dictates that all firms that participate in the research and provide relevant examples of transactional work are guaranteed editorial coverage.

 

IFLR1000 United States 2019

The research for the second edition of IFLR1000 United States – our state-by-state research for the United States – is underway.

Submission deadline: January 18, 2019

If you need an extension to this deadline, contact our United States Editor, Kurt Stumpo (kstumpo@iflr1000.com).  

IFLR1000 United States research guidelines