Top players of the global game

By Joff Wild, Richard Lloyd, Jacob Schindler and Bing Zhao

The fourth annual IAM Market Makers listing reflects an environment which is becoming more focused on operating companies and increasingly international. Those named in this year’s top 40 are striking more innovative deals across more industries than ever before

If you want to know how much the global IP market has changed over the last few years, just take a look at the inaugural IAM Market Makers ranking published in issue 66, back in July 2014. The United States was absolutely dominant, being home to 29 individuals on the list; Europe provided the base for six and Asia a mere five. Among the types of entity represented were 15 operating companies, 14 – yes 14 – non-practising entities (NPEs) and aggregators, and seven funds and institutional investors. Fast-forward to this year’s listing and it is a very different story: the number of individuals based in Asian entities has more than doubled, while US representation is down; operating companies are forging ahead, NPEs are dropping back and there are hardly any representatives from the world of finance.

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Issue 90