Most Highly Regarded Firms: Public Procurement 2013

In this section we select the 10 individuals who stand out worldwide this year and the seven firms that field the most lawyers to this edition.

Allen & Overy is the leading firm in our research with nine lawyers featured. These practitioners are based in eight different countries, demonstrating the firm’s impressive international expertise. Following close behind is Ashurst, which fields seven "brilliant" individuals, as does "top" global firm Hogan Lovells. Blake Cassels & Graydon has five “outstanding” lawyers listed, as do Linklaters, the newly merged Norton Rose Fulbright and the "world-class" White & Case.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Jonathan Davey Addleshaw Goddard, London
Anna-Marie Curran A&L Goodbody, Dublin
Judy Wilson Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Karen Manos Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, DC
Totis Kotsonis Norton Rose Fulbright, London
Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell Advokatfirman Delphi, Stockholm
Anna Kuusniemi-Laine Castrén & Snellman Attorneys, Helsinki
Kate Rees Hogan Lovells International, London
Anke Stellingwerff Beintema Maasdam Broers Fischer Advocaten, The Hague
Paul Conlin Conlin Bedard, Ottawa


Allen & Overy is the leading firm in our research with nine lawyers featured. These practitioners are based in eight different countries, demonstrating the firm’s impressive international expertise.

Two lawyers are included from A&O’s UAE office. Based in Dubai, Bimal Desai has “extensive experience” in financing within the petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors, while Ian Ingram-Johnson is “the best in the region” for projects and has an “excellent practice” working with both governments and project companies. The firm also has a strong presence in Asia. Beijing-based Matthias Voss is a “technically brilliant” practitioner who is head of A&O’s PRC energy group. In Hong Kong, Thomas Brown is an “expert in financing” who provides “accurate and comprehensive advice” to his clients. Aled Davies is managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office and is a “leading specialist” who has experience in the Middle East, Central and South America, Asia, Russia and the CIS.

A&O also boasts an excellent European practice. In Brussels, Helga Van Peer heads the firm’s global public law practice and is “very strong in the field”. She advises governments and companies in a wide range of sectors including construction, financial services and utilities. Based in Frankfurt, Olaf Otting is a “pre-eminent procurement professional” who is head of the firm’s public law group in Germany and chairman of the public procurement committee of the German Bar Association. Pablo Mayor, head of the Madrid public law and regulated sectors department, is a former state lawyer and now advises both the government and private entities. He is “highly thought of” by peers. In Amsterdam, Arent van Wassenaer has a background in construction and real estate and has an “outstanding” practice acting for clients in the projects and utilities sectors.

We have listed seven brilliant lawyers from Ashurst. It is best represented by its Sydney office which boasts Kevin Arkwright and Chris Mitchell. Arkwright receives high praise from our respondents and is a “very solid, front-end performer”. He has been involved in over $40 billion worth of major projects in recent years. Mitchell is a “dedicated and highly experienced” lawyer who heads the firm’s Australian infrastructure practice. John McClenahan is managing partner of the Ashurst’s Tokyo office. He provides “superb advice” to clients on projects from a range of sectors including power, petrochemicals and transportation. In Singapore, Matthew Bubb is a “leading expert” in public-private partnerships (PPP) and impresses our respondents with “the depth of his legal knowledge”. David Wadham, who works in both Abu Dhabi and London, is an “energy specialist” who is praised for his “attention to detail”. Julian Ellison and Franco Vigliano are two fantastic practitioners based in Europe. In Brussels, Ellison is “an experienced regulatory lawyer” and “particularly strong in transport procurement”. Vigliano is head of the firm’s Milan and Rome offices and leads its Italian energy, transport and infrastructure department. He is a “leading light” in project finance and PPP and has helped draft Italian legislation.

In this edition we feature seven leading lawyers from Hogan Lovells. Jorge Diaz-Silveira and Miguel Zaldivar Jr are both based in Miami. Diaz-Silveira is global co-head of the firm’s infrastructure industry team. He has over 20 years of experience in the area and is “able to provide an efficient and thorough service” for a range of industries. Zaldivar co-heads Hogan Lovells’ infrastructure, project and public finance practice groups and focuses his practice on Latin America. He is a “committed and energetic” practitioner who “always goes the extra mile for his clients”. Agnes Dover, based in Washington, DC, has over 30 years of experience working with government contractor clients and has previously served as the Deputy General Counsel for procurement and technology transfer at the US Department of Energy. Our respondents praise her “depth of knowledge” and “superb understanding of technical details”.

Hogan Lovells also has a strong base in Europe with three lawyers listed. Kate Rees in London is “one of the best in the country” and is one of our most highly regarded practitioners. She has advised prestigious clients such as Royal Mail Group, BAA Airports and the Metropolitan Police Service. Based in Brussels, Ciara Kennedy-Loest and Nicolas Pourbaix have also received acclaim from our respondents. Kennedy-Loest is a “talented” lawyer who is “brilliant at explaining legal complexities” while Pourbaix is an “expert” in UK/EU public procurement law. His practice is devoted almost entirely to the field and he has both “tremendous experience” and an “enviable client list”. The final inclusion from the firm is Julien Reidy who is based in Singapore. He has “a brilliant understanding of the region” and has worked for clients such as the Singapore Sports Council and the Philippines Department of Transport and Communications.

Blake Cassels & Graydon has five “outstanding” lawyers listed in this edition, the highest number of any national firm in our research. Toronto-based Judy Wilson is one of our most highly regarded practitioners. Respondents describe her as “a first-rate public procurement lawyer” with an “excellent” practice. Wilson has over 20 years of experience in the field and works in a range of sectors including health care, nuclear energy and transportation. We feature Jeff Merrick and Anne Stewart QC from Vancouver. Merrick has a “client-focused” practice and works for, among others, private equity and Canadian pension funds. He provides legal services through Jeffrey Merrick Law Corporation. Stewart has been involved in projects across Canada and is “an asset for any client”. Alain Massicotte is head of the firm’s Montreal infrastructure/P3 group and advises foreign governments on matters related to infrastructure projects. He is “a true specialist” and “provides strategic and considered advice”. The final inclusion from the firm is the “top-notch” Gordon Cameron who is a “well-respected leader in this field”. He regularly appears before tribunals such as the National Energy Board and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal as well as national courts.

Linklaters also demonstrates its international expertise as we list five lawyers from five countries. In London, Oliver Black is a “key figure” in the market whose “considered and client-orientated approach” attracted commendations from our respondents. Bertrand Andriani, based in Paris, has over 20 years of experience in project financings and Pedro Siza Vieira produces “quality work for quality clients”. Siza Vieira is both national managing partner and head of finance and projects in Portugal. Outside of Europe, managing partner of the Dubai office Sarosh Mewawalla is a “first-class” lawyer who acts in many sectors including infrastructure, oil and gas and petrochemicals. In Hong Kong, Stuart Salt “always prioritises the needs of his clients” and “consistently delivers quality advice”.

We feature five “leading” lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright. In London, Totis Kotsonis and Mark Jones are particularly highly regarded by our respondents. Kotsonis is “exceptionally knowledgeable” and advises public authorities, utilities and contractors while Jones is “superbly talented” and has a “thorough understanding of regulatory issues”. In Johannesburg, Gavin Noeth is “highly rated” by our respondents and, in China, the “renowned” Nigel Ward has a broad practice which focuses on emerging markets. Richard Wagner, based in Ottawa, draws on “a wealth of experience” to bring “personalised expert advice” to clients.

White & Case is home to five “gold standard” public procurement lawyers. The “excellent” Shamilah Grimwood is based in Johannesburg and worked on matters such as the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydro Power Project and the on-shore wind power project, Project Sere. Xiaoming Li, head of the firm’s China practice, is a “top” project finance lawyer and our respondents praise his “attention to detail”. In Toyko, Hendrik Gordenker is a “leading” practitioner who has particular expertise in the energy industry. Two White & Case lawyers are listed from the USA. In New York, Troy Alexander is an expert in international project finance and is a “solid choice” for many of our respondents while, in Miami, Victor Alvarez provides advice on complex transactions within Latin America.

Other lawyers of particular note include Jonathan Davey who is “simply one of the best”. Based in London at Addleshaw Goddard, he has an “outstanding” practice and advises public bodies and FTSE 100 companies on procurement. As one of our respondents commented, “If you want a public procurement lawyer, you really can’t do better.” Davey is head of the firm’s commercial group. Another highly regarded lawyer in the UK is Susie Smith who is based in the Bristol office of Bevan Brittan. She is “exceptionally knowledgeable” and “provides a fantastic service to clients”.

In Dublin, Anna-Marie Curran and Robert McDonagh are also highly regarded for their work in the field. Based at A&L Goodbody, Curran is “definitely a leading practitioner” for many of our respondents. She has represented clients before the Irish and Northern Ireland courts as well as the European Commission. McDonagh, of Mason Hayes & Curran, is a “true star” of the field with a practice that advises both private and public sector clients.

In Toronto, Matthew R Alter of Cassels Brock & Blackwell is a “first-rate litigator” and “astute” adviser. He provides a “brilliant” advisory service to clients and is also “adept” at handling complex disputes. Also in Canada is the “top-notch” Paul Conlin of Conlin Bedard who is “the first one to call” for many of our respondents. Based in Ottawa, he has “a superb breadth of experience” and has acted before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal as well as a WTO dispute panel. He is joined at the firm by the “excellent” Ben Bedard.

At Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, DC, office, Karen Manos “leads the field” in public procurement. She provides work of “extremely high quality” and is “technical and flexible, able to stay on top of market developments”. Manos has over 25 years of experience in this area and is co-chair of the firm’s government and commercial contracts practice group. Also at the firm is Joseph West whose “sound judgement” and “ability to find practical solutions to complex problems” has pleased our respondents.


Once again, we see a growing number of barristers in our English listings. We feature five professionals from Monckton Chambers including Michael Bowsher QC who is “a real specialist in public procurement” and is “well regarded” by our respondents. He is joined by Philip Moser QC who is noted for his “incisive mind”. Other “superb” barristers at Monckton include Elisa Holmes, Ewan West and Rob Williams.

The Law Library of Ireland also boasts five “top-notch” barristers. Eileen Barrington SC is a “practical” and “tough” opponent. Niamh Hyland SC is a “leader in the field” and “greatly respected for her sound judgement”. She is joined at chambers by the “talented” Brian Murray SC. Other notable professionals include Nessa Cahill and Catherine Donnelly.

Nigel Giffin QC and James Goudie QC, both from 11 King’s Bench Walk in London, are two highly regarded barristers. Giffin is a “star individual” who is very “user friendly” while Goudie is “one to have on your side” and has been particularly commended for his work in local government.

At Keating Chambers, Sarah Hannaford QC is “top of the field”. She has “extensive experience” in the area and is “able to deliver considered, client-orientated and strategic advice even in the most complex matters”.

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