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INTRODUCTION W


e would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Corporate LiveWire’s Lawyer of the Year Awards 2012. Corporate lawyers are the unsung heroes of the business world. When a successful merger & acquisition goes through it is often the director that is heralded as the champion. When a breach of intellectual property is held up in court it is usually regarded as a triumph on behalf of the company.


While hard working lawyers all around the world continue to plug away with this thankless task, we feel it is important to highlight the key work which they accomplish in order to maintain the smooth running nature of everything from the big corpora- tions through to the small family owned businesses.


The role of a corporate lawyer is to ensure the legality of commercial transactions, advising corporations on their legal rights and duties along with helping with any day-to-day legal issues that may arise. In order to do that, they need to be well versed in aspects of contract law, tax law, accounting, securities law, bankruptcy, intellectual property rights, licensing zoning laws, and the laws specific to the business of the cor- porations that they work for. In many cases this involves specialisation with lawyers and law firms focusing their work within one area such as energy, construction, mari- time, technology or labour and employment law.


Over the past 12 months the Corporate LiveWire team of experts have tracked all of the biggest deals and followed all of the high profile cases. We have also kept our finger on the pulse with all the latest developments and changes around the world and with our Roundtables and Expert Guides we have strengthened our position at the forefront of discussion and debate. Following hours of extensive research and scrutiny, we have turned our shortlist into a trove of individual awards to honour those who have con- sistently shown best practice and demonstrated general excellence throughout every endeavour.


Making this decision has proved no easy feat; however we have been remarkably impressed with what we have seen throughout 2012 and look forward to seeing what interesting work these talented individuals can pursue over the next 12 months in order to retain their crown next year.


6 / Lawyer Of Te Year 2012 / CorporateLiveWire


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