Focusing on Europe’s special situations

Every week in The Lawyer we focus our attention on a different jurisdiction – often European – in our regular special reports.

Very often the timing of these coincides with a major political or economic event within the country under focus, or with moves within the legal market.

That was precisely the case with this week’s focus on the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which followed hot on the heels of the news that Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright were both pulling out of Prague. Lawyers in the region admit that with a fall in foreign direct investment, there is less opportunity for international players.

Meanwhile we have also covered both Ukraine and Russia in the wake of the latter’s annexation of the Crimea and the ongoing struggle for control of Ukraine. Ukrainian lawyers spoke to us frankly about their concerns for the future of their country and the effect of the crisis on workflows, while Russians said there was also likely to be some impact – and perhaps a move towards domestic firms.

Other recent special reports include a look at Switzerland’s tussle with the US over tax transparency, Austria’s banking sector and the pick-up in work in Spain. Over the next few weeks, look out for reports on why Serbia’s recent elections are good for the country, and how Nigeria’s economy is shifting into a new era.

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