Chambers & Partners has recognized the Bryan Cave Agribusiness & Food Group and six partners in the Chambers Global 2017 guide.

Each year, Chambers researchers conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients worldwide to compile their rankings. The publication ranks law firms, practices and individual lawyers in “bands” from one to six, with one being the best.

Ranked in Band 3, the firm’s Agribusiness & Food Practice is listed for the first time. Chambers noted that “[Bryan Cave] is praised for its knowledge of the industry” and provided a direct client quote: “We are highly satisfied with Bryan Cave and they have real expertise in the area of agribusiness and agritech.” St. Louis Partner Powell Carman and Kansas City Partner Bob Thompson lead the Agribusiness & Food Practice.

London Partner Dyke Arboneaux is ranked in Band 3 for her international private client work. She also is recognized as a foreign expert based in the UK for her work in the USA Tax section of the publication. The publication notes that “One source describes her as ‘highly technical and one of the most detail-oriented people I have worked with.’”

Hong Kong Partner Nigel Binnersley is ranked in Band 2 for China, Shipping: Litigation (International Firms). Chambers reports that Binnersley “has a wealth of experience in handling shipping litigation and arbitration, including cargo, collision and insurance-related matters.”

Atlanta Partner Scott Hobby is ranked in Band 3 for his work in USA, Outsourcing. The publication notes that Hobby “is highlighted for his experience across a range of offshore and domestic outsourcing arrangements. He remains a strong choice of counsel for customer-side representation and advises on both BPO and ITO transactions.”

London Partner Rachel Kelly is ranked in Band 3 for her work in Capital Markets: Structured Finance & Derivatives – UK. Chambers states that Kelly “is deeply respected as ‘de facto one of the most experienced structured finance lawyers in the City, having been in the market since well before CLOs existed in the first place.’”

Miami Partner Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga is ranked in Band 4 for Arbitration (International) – Latin America-wide. The publication states Martinez-Fraga “is well liked by clients, who value his ‘understanding of what the client wants and ability to find a very unique way to achieve their goals. He has long-standing experience of Latin American dispute resolution matters.’”

Hamburg Partner Sandra Pfister is ranked Band 4 for her work in Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance & Syndicated Lending – Germany. Chambers notes Pfister “impresses clients, who say: ‘She takes negotiations into her own hands and expedites the process, getting to the point of a problem rather than pushing things back. She's very direct but effective.’”

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