Meet the world’s elite IP deal makers

By Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler, Sara-Jayne Clover and Bing Zhao

This year’s list of IAM Market Makers reflects the increasing dominance of operating companies in IP deal making and the growing internationalisation of the market

The IAM Market Makers – our annual listing of the individuals we consider to be the most influential in driving the global IP transactions market – was first published in 2014. That initial list was dominated by US companies and also featured a significant number of non-practising entities (NPEs). Three years on and the 2016 assembly reflects just how much has changed in the world of IP deals: this year’s list features many more individuals working at Asian entities and a significant European presence. There is less US representation than in previous years – unsurprising, given that the list features far fewer NPE executives. These changes reflect the ongoing development of the IP transactions market as it becomes truly global.

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