Proskauer's International Practice Group is pleased to present this interdisciplinary 2009 Trends Report - the latest annual supplement to our popular e-Guide, Proskauer on International Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Since its 2007 launch, the Guide has become among the most visited websites on international practice, serving clients and readers in more than 100 countries (and counting).
Following on our 2008 Trends Report (and Spring 2008 Major Trends Conference in Paris), the International Practice Group has once again identified what we believe to be among the most significant legal and practical trends in international practice as evidenced by judicial, legislative, and commercial developments in the past year. The current report shows that we did fairly well in our 2008 predictions and that there has been significant activity in each of the areas that we previously reviewed. These legal issues present global businesses with challenges - and with opportunities.
As with the Guide generally, our Trends Reports focus on issues most affecting companies with: (1) property (real, intangible, intellectual) or businesses involving or impacting multiple countries; (2) disputes/deals implicating the laws, legal practices, or regulatory regimes of different jurisdictions; and (3) disputes/deals where different venues are available around the world to pursue, defend, and resolve actual or potential disputes. In each of these aspects of international practice, there are three major areas of focus in the cases, practice, the Guide, and the Trends Reports:
- International litigation and its alternatives;
- Regulatory and investigative proceedings; and
- Transactional and corporate practice.