International Financial Law Review has released the 26th edition of the IFLR1000 directory, featuring rankings and editorial assessments of the leading corporate and finance law firms in 122 jurisdictions.
For this edition, the IFLR team ranked 2,200 law firms, rated 8,000 lawyers, and surveyed 40,000 client referees.
At the launch bash last night at the impressive Sky Bar at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London, the IFLR folks unveiled the latest incarnation of the directory, which has been subtly rebranded over the last year.
Formerly simply the IFLR1000, the new guide is now known technically as the “IFLR1000: Financial & Corporate”
That’s because, under the over-arching IFLR1000 banner, the publishers have added a separate energy and infrastructure guide to the same stable.
So you now have IFLR1000: F&C (financial/corporate); and IFLR1000: E&I (energy/infrastructure).
There are plans for further industry sector-focused products under the same model, such as TMT (technology/media/telecoms).
The diversification is something of a departure for IFLR1000, which has always stuck firmly to its core corporate finance patch, and made great play of its specialist focus.
At the same time, IFLR is trying to take its strength – the fact that it covers its sectors in a more detailed, nuanced fashion than the larger multi-practice directories – and apply that to other hot industries.