Country analysis

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Australia: Private equity doubles
Brazil: The first real M&A
Canada: Foreign investment drives M&A
Denmark: A little private equity spur
Finland: A market in waiting
France: National champions
Germany: A race to the middle
Republic of Ireland: Value not volume
Italy: Booming public equity
Japan: The calm before the storm
Luxembourg: All about Arcelor
Mexico: First leveraged buyout
The Netherlands: Bigger private equity
Poland: Weil Gotshal sets the pace
Russia: Bucking a global trend
Singapore: Slow but sure
South Africa: Rising foreign interest
South Korea: Law firm merger
Spain: Gaining ground on Uría
Sweden: Powered by private equity
Switzerland: On a roll

IFLR rankings

The law firm rankings included in this Review are abridged versions of the tables in IFLR's annual guide, the IFLR1000, which is published every October. To see the full rankings, visit IFLR1000.com. A CD-Rom of the full guide will be sent out to IFLR subscribers with the January edition of the magazine.

The IFLR1000 is the foremost guide to the leading financial law firms in 114 jurisdictions. Now in its 18th year, the guide covers the best firms specializing in banking, capital markets, securitization, M&A, private equity, project finance, and insolvency and restructuring.

As well as ranking firms by practice area – for activity between May 2005 and May 2006 – the IFLR1000 contains feedback from the firms' clients and competitors about their scope and competence.

To compile this information, a team of specialist legal journalists, based in London, New York and Hong Kong, conducted telephone and face-to-face interviews with the leading financial lawyers in each jurisdiction. They also interviewed in-house legal counsel, heads of banking, finance directors, and other clients from a wide range of commercial and financial institutions.

In addition, all the firms were invited to submit details of their practice. Such details included deal information, specialist areas of practice, and the key contact partners in each jurisdiction.

Submitting this information does not guarantee entry into the IFLR1000's rankings; nor can firms pay to be included in the guide. Instead of being a comprehensive directory, the guide aims to reflect the market's opinion of which firms are the most capable of practising international financial law in each of the countries it covers. The result is a unique and authoritative resource for buyers of financial legal services across the globe.