The Chambers & Partners annual survey to determine the world’s best business lawyers in each jurisdiction.

The results in brief:

Australia: Last year’s winner Allens Arthur Robinson was once again voted best business law firm in Australia. The newly merged firm, now best friends with Slaughter and May, beat off fierce competition from chief rivals Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Freehills.

Canada: Ahead of stiff competition from Canada’s top firms, McCarthy Tetrault came out as victor in this year’s best business firm poll. The firm has a fine pedigree and is considered one of the country’s most respected legal brands.

France: International giant Clifford Chance topped the French poll for best business lawyer this year, just pipping a number of domestic and international contenders by the slightest of margins.

Germany: In a closely run race, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won German best business firm by the narrowest of margins, managing to fend off principal challenger and last year’s winner Hengeler Mueller.

Ireland: It was no surprise to see premier blue-chip firm Arthur Cox emerge victorious as Ireland’s best business firm. Its lawyers acted for Eircom on the two biggest deals of 2001.

Russia: In spite of its modestly sized Moscow office, Wall Street giant Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom edged out rivals to claim top spot as Russian best business law firm.

United Kingdom: Once again, Slaughter and May was the dominant force in our survey to determine the best business law firm. This year, however, William Underhill succeeds his colleague Nigel Boardman as the clients’ choice for best business lawyer.

United States: New York’s role as a legal centre par excellence shows no sign of abating. The lion’s share of client recommendations went to Manhattan based firms, and this year none came ahead of M&A powerhouse Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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