Key Changes – New Template

Realizing the form was not always so clear, IFLR1000 have become more specific in the titles of sections. While there are no hard limits on the information firms provide (submission or referees), they repeatedly ask for clarity and specifics regarding the firm’s exact role on the deals, and they emphasize providing only that which they ask for.

The research form asks for basic information on the structure and focus of the practice, recent changes to the team, and 20 highlight deals per practice area – although there is no limit on how many deal examples firms submit. IFLR asks client referees for their opinion on the performance of firms and lawyers during the research cycle. Client referees must have worked with the firm in the 18 months prior to submission on work relevant to our research.

Deal Highlights – Insights
The most important section is the ‘Deal Highlights’. Transactional experience on complex, innovative, or significant deals is the key factor used to determine the rankings. Give clear explanations regarding the firm’s role and how the deal was complex, innovative, or significant.

Rising Stars – Partners
As normal, they look for key partners, as well as rising star associates. This year, IFLR also adds rising star partners who have been promoted to partner in the last two years.

Submission and Publication
The deadline to submit is February 26, 2021 (and by submitting you are entering IFLR1000’s international research as well as the IFLR1000 Women Leaders).

In 2021, the rankings will once again be published in 4 parts between May 26 (Banking, Project Finance); June 30 (Capital markets: Debt, Capital markets: Equity, Investment Funds); July 28 (Project development), and August 25 (M&A, Restructuring, and Insolvency, including Leading Lawyers).