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

We are accepting submissions between now and March 13, 2020. Please read these guidelines and follow the steps in the 'How to submit your information' section for your firm and lawyers to be considered for next year’s firm rankings and lawyer ratings.

You can view which practice areas we will be researching in your firm’s jurisdiction on our ranking tables by jurisdiction PDF. We have added different categories to some jurisdictions so please check the document.

If we do not currently produce a ranking table for your jurisdiction 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 we have sufficient evidence to.

If you are interested in participating in this year's research, please register through the link below if you have not previously 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 produce ranking tables for around 170 countries.

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 different ranking categories in a number of jurisdictions so please view your country’s entry 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. Only non-partners who have been qualified for less than 10 years are eligible for this category. 

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

 

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, 2019, or which closed after this date.

Firms can provide an unlimited number of client referees. All referees provided by the submission deadline will be contacted by e-mail to ask for feedback on firms' and lawyers' work.

 

How to submit your information

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

There are three steps to the submission process:

*You can provide your work highlights in an alternative format providing you include the information we request on our form.

If you have any questions about this process 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 complex work rather than including a high 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 banking dispute is interesting but it will not impact the firm’s banking ranking. You can view the types of work relevant to each practice area category on our practice area definitions PDF.

Please provide us with as much information about the firm’s deals as possible. The more information we have, the better able we are to make an accurate assessment of the firm. We will not disclose any information marked confidential.

 

Research timeline

 

Research interviews: January – June 2020

Submission deadline: March 13, 2020

Client Feedback Survey: March – April 2020

Law firm ranking tables published: June – September 2020

Leading Lawyer ratings published: September 2020

 
Online publication timetable

In 2020 the new national IFLR1000 ranking tables will be published across a period of four months, with the first new ranking tables published in June and the last in September. You can view when practice area tables will be published below. All national Leading Lawyer ratings will be published in July 2020.

Please be aware all practice area submissions and client referees should be provided by the submission deadline. All referees will be contacted in March or early April and the new ranking tables and lawyer ratings will be finalised by June.

 

JUNE 2020
  • Banking and finance (including asset finance, bank lending, financial restructuring, and project finance tables)
  • Financial service regulatory

 

JULY 2020
  • Capital markets (including debt, derivatives, equity, high yield, and structured finance and securitisation tables)
  • Investment funds (including hedge, private equity, real estate, registered, and retail funds tables)
  • Private equity

 

AUGUST 2020
  • Project development (including infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, power, PPP, telecommunications networks, and transport tables)
  • Restructuring and insolvency (including bond holder and fund representation tables)

 

SEPTEMBER 2020
  • IFLR1000 Leading Lawyers
  • Financial and corporate (including offshore tables)
  • M&A

 

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, 2019, 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

In each research cycle we ask firms to provide transactional highlights from a designated period.

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.

Increasing response rates of referees

Below are some tips that we have found help increase the number of referees who respond to our survey.

  • Confirm that your referees are happy for us to contact them before you provide their details to us.
  • Only provide referees the firm has advised on work relevant our rankings tables.
  • Only provide referees the firm has advised on relevant work since June 2018.
  • Notify your referees when we will be contacting them. We email all firms in advance of contacting their referees with provide precise details about the email the referees they will receive – please pass this information on to your referees.
 
Peer feedback

During each research cycle we conduct an online 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 Lawyer Survey

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

 

TAKE LAWYER SURVEY

 

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 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 all firms that participate in the research and provide relevant examples of transactional work are guaranteed editorial coverage online.