Litigation 2016: Analysis

The 2016 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation features a comprehensive guide to the litigation legal market, including 801 practitioners from 463 firms across 66 different countries. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Martin Bernet Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Bettina Knoetzl Knoetzl, Vienna
Marko Hentunen Castrén & Snellman Attorneys, Helsinki
Daniel Hochstrasser Bär & Karrer AG, Zurich
Joe Smouha QC Essex Court Chambers, London
North America
Alan Lenczner QC Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin, Toronto
Sheila Block Torys, Toronto
David Boies Boies Schiller & Flexner, New York
José Astigarraga Astigarraga Davis, Miami
Markus Koehnen McMillan, Toronto
Rest of the World
Davinder Singh SC Drew & Napier, Singapore
Peter Maynard Peter D Maynard Counsel & Attorneys, Nassau
Cheng Hock Ang SC Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore
Richard Briggs Hadef & Partners, Dubai

Hogan Lovells leads the way in our research with 14 individuals identified. The Hong Kong team is particularly impressive, achieving five listings in our research. Allan Leung has over 25 years’ experience handling a wide variety of litigation actions, including corporate commercial, cross-border contentious insolvency, fraud and asset recovery matters, among others. He is a “firm favourite” among clients for his ability to “grasp the detail incredibly quickly”. Alongside him, Patrick Sherrington is a “thoroughly impressive practitioner” who “inspires confidence in clients”. His practice comprises handling partnership and shareholder disputes, complex financial litigation, fraud and asset tracing, and insurance claims. They are joined by Mark Lin, who is praised by clients for his “commitment and enthusiasm” when working on complex matters. He has particular expertise relating to multi-jurisdictional investigations.

In Europe, the firm’s Germany presence includes the “wonderful” Detlef Hass in Munich, who has “a reputation for excellence and achievement” when handling complex business-to-business disputes. As “a pioneer” in the market, he has specific expertise relating to automotive disputes and insolvency cases. Chris Hardman joins him in London as “a top name in the market”. His practice covers domestic and international cases of the utmost complexity, often relating to fraud. In Paris, Thomas Rouhette focuses his practice on product liability and toxic tort litigation, with particular experience in industries such as telecommunications, aviation and consumer goods. Sources highlight him as a “go-to litigator in Paris”.

In the USA the “excellent” Neal Katyal in Washington, DC impresses clients and peers with his “depth of commercial insight”. He has significant experience handling matters at trial and on appeal, including numerous appearances before the US Supreme Court. In Miami Richard Lorenzo has “a wealth of experience” managing international commercial litigation, particularly involving the US and Latin America.

Clifford Chance follows closely behind in the research with 10 individuals listed. In the firm’s London office Roger Best stands out as “a terrific lawyer – one of the best I’ve ever come across”, according to one peer. Sources also praise his all-round skills across a broad range of industry sectors including energy and financial services. The “highly regarded” Simon Davis has earned his excellent reputation over 30 years, and boasts experience in telecommunications and banking disputes. Burkhard Schneider heads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice in Germany. He handles a wide range of disputes including securities and banking and finance matters and is a “well-known name” offering “insightful advice”. He is joined by Uwe Hornung who has “fantastic litigation experience”, covering complex matters including product liability, shareholder and professional liability claims. In Spain José Antonio Caínzos is a “leading name” who stands out in particular for his experience in arbitration, as well as litigation, on a global scale. In the Netherlands Jeroen Ouwehand is highlighted by sources as an “expert in financial litigation” who is “very knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with.” His practice features an emphasis on litigation involving natural resources and financial services. Singapore-based Harpreet Singh Nehal SC is a “superb” practitioner who is the highest-scoring Clifford Chance lawyer this year. He specialises in disputes relating to oil and gas, banking and finance and company law. Donna Wacker in the firm’s Hong Kong office acts for investment funds and financial institutions on a broad range of contentious matters. She is lauded for her “excellent client manner”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer similarly stands out with nine individuals recognised in our research. The firm has a strong European presence, including Rolf Trittmann in Germany, who leads our research for the firm. His practice covers an array of matters including issues arising from complex transactions. Clients call him a “leading name in the German market”. The firm’s London office boasts Paul Bowden who is described by one client as “a great strategist with flawless intuition and judgement”. He specialises in environment and consumer products litigation, with a particularly strong reputation for nuclear-related matters. In Austria, Thomas Kustor is noted as “exceptional” for his work involving bankruptcy and transactional litigation, including class action and cartel cases. The “fantastic” Enrico Castellani heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Italy. His broad practice includes litigation relating to insolvency and product liability in a diverse range of sectors including pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Linklaters also garners an impressive nine listings. Françoise Lefèvre in the firm’s Brussels office covers a range of litigation involving white-collar crime, construction and banking. Peers are quick to describe her as “one of the best lawyers in the country”. Matthew Weiniger QC in London is highly regarded by numerous sources, who “strongly recommend” him for his global expertise, including deep experience in litigation involving Africa and Russia. In Paris Matthieu de Boisséson brings “pragmatism and creativity” to his representation of clients in complex matters. He is highly experienced in arbitrations and litigation in areas such as energy, telecommunications and construction, among others. Daniella Strik heads the litigation and arbitration practice in the Netherlands. She is “a highly respected practitioner” noted for her work in competition-related cartel matters. They are joined in Hong Kong by Asia regional managing partner Marc Harvey who is a “prominent name” in the market. He handles a range of domestic and international commercial litigation.

With eight litigators listed in our research, Baker & McKenzie maintains its reputation as a leading firm. In Switzerland Urs Zenhäusern is a “well-known name in the field”. He has substantial litigation and arbitration experience on cases involving intellectual property and M&A. Joerg Risse in the firm’s Frankfurt office is described by clients as a “top-notch litigator”. He specialises in matters relating to large infrastructure projects as well as representations and warranty disputes. Alexander Petsche is based in Vienna and primarily handles construction disputes, with experience in a broad spectrum of sectors including sports, energy and transport. He has a reputation among clients for providing a high standard of client care. Further afield in Singapore Leng Sun Chan SC has “a well-deserved reputation for litigation expertise”. He has particular expertise in maritime cases, regularly assisting clients in litigation and arbitrations.

Boies Schiller & Flexner is home to the “internationally acclaimed” David Boies who is noted for his “incredible litigation practice”. He continues to be involved in a raft of significant US and international cases clients. He is joined by Natasha Harrison who represents companies, funds and financial institutions in arbitration and litigation, as part of her “excellent practice.” Similarly Jonathan Schiller is known for his “comprehensive advice which always takes the bigger picture into account”. He is the firm’s managing partner.

Further recognition goes to the following practitioners who stand out among the names in our research as being among the very elite. In Europe, Schellenberg Wittmer is home to Martin Bernet, who specialises in insurance and reinsurance-related litigation, and garners praise for his “no-games approach that sticks to the relevant points”. Bettina Knoetzl from Knoetzl is an experienced practitioner in domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation. She is “highly recommended” by sources. At Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Marko Hentunen is consistently recognised as a “pre-eminent name in the market”. He is head of the firm’s dispute resolution group and acts for clients from a broad range of industries. Daniel Hochstrasser at Bär & Karrer is an “excellent” practitioner with an “elite reputation”. He has a broad-based practice focusing on transactional litigation, banking and finance and pharmaceutical-related licensing matters. Joe Smouha QC of Essex Court Chambers is noted as an “excellent leading advocate who is great with clients” by impressed sources. He handles commercial law in both the UK and offshore jurisdictions, as well as in international arbitrations.

In North America Alan Lenczner QC at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin has “an excellent reputation” in the market and is frequently involved in some of the most significant commercial cases in the region. José Astigarraga at Astigarraga Davis boasts over 30 years of experience handling substantial business disputes in the US state and federal courts, receiving praise for his “close attention to detail”. He focuses on cases involving Latin America. Sheila Block at Torys is a “top-class” lawyer with a comprehensive litigation practice covering diverse matters such as defamation, securities and intellectual property. McMillan’s Markus Koehnen is described as a “fantastic lawyer” and the “first choice” for clients. His practice features an emphasis on shareholder and corporate governance disputes.

In Singapore, Drew & Napier is home to Davinder Singh SC, who is admired by commentators for his “unparalleled command of the law and civil procedure” and for being “extremely fast on his feet”. At Allen & Gledhill is Cheng Hock Ang SC who is regarded as “easily one of the top lawyers in Singapore”. He assists clients with corporate disputes including directors’ duties, shareholder and securities matters. In the Bahamas Peter Maynard from Peter D Maynard Counsel & Attorneys is described as “one of the best in the business”. He undertakes a range of work, including asset recovery, bankruptcy and general corporate cases. In the United Arab Emirates, Hadef & Partners boasts Richard Briggs who is described as “head and shoulders above the competition”. He specialises in insurance law, maritime and trade matters.

From Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz Bernard Nussbaum is lauded by clients and peers for “always delivering common-sense advice tempered with an incredible grasp of the law”. He handles a variety of corporate and securities litigation. David Anders impresses as a “savvy and experienced lawyer” who can count numerous Fortune 500 companies among his clientele. Eric Roth is described by one peer as “perhaps the best all-round lawyer I’ve ever known or seen”. He is frequently involved in merger litigation as well as insurance and creditors’ rights cases. Herbert Wachtell has an immense practice spanning 60 years. He is noted by one source as “an absolutely brilliant advocate who is as relentless in serving his clients as any lawyer I’ve ever met”. John Savarese receives praise for his “enormously wide range of skills”, which he regularly deploys on complex securities disputes. Jonathan Moses represents clients including financial institutions and media entities in securities and commercial litigation. He has “an ability to digest enormous quantities of factual information and simplify it in ways that never compromise accuracy”. Marc Wolinsky is a “legendary cross-examiner” and an “original thinker” whose broad-spectrum practice features expertise in antitrust, insurance and corporate governance. Theodore Mirvis is a well-known expert in defending companies in corporate governance and transactional litigation. Sources praise him for his “encyclopaedic knowledge of corporate law”.

At Sidley Austin Angela Zambrano is a “highly rated attorney” for commercial litigation, representing boards and corporations in a range of domestic and international suits. Carter Phillips has an “impressively comprehensive practice”, which includes representing major clients in the power, pharmaceuticals, banking and transport sectors. Constantine Trela is an “immensely skilled” lawyer who represents a broad range of clients in litigation including class action cases. Norman Blears is a “savvy and experienced lawyer”, whose practice focuses on securities matters and shareholder derivatives disputes. Robert Pietrzak is global head of the firm’s securities offering. He is a “leading name” who is frequently sighted acting for major financial institutions. Walter Carlson has over 20 years’ experience handling significant securities cases in state and federal courts. He is described as a “superb securities guy”. Collen Kenney has “extensive experience” drawing on over 25 years’ experience representing clients in intricate financial, employment and consumer class action litigation.

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is home to Brad Karp, who is an “amazingly gifted lawyer”, with experience defending prominent financial institutions in high-stakes litigation. Daniel Kramer is “a leading player” in the market, and has “significant experience” handling litigation for blue-chip corporations. Leslie Gordon Fagen has over 35 years of experience litigating for clients, including both plaintiffs and defendants, in significant civil cases. Of counsel Mark Pomerantz is a “highly thought-of name” in the market who focuses his practice on matters relating to the financial services industry. Moses Silverman undertakes “high-level work” in the litigation arena. His diverse practice features notable strength in antitrust. Theodore Wells is “an internationally renowned litigator”, who adroitly handles the full range of contentious work, including securities, corporate and class action matters.

From Lenz & Staehelin Alex Wittmann is recognised for his “outstanding reputation” the field. He advises clients on disputes relating areas such as to banking and construction among others. Daniel Tunik focuses his practice on disputes within the banking sector and is praised by clients for “always delivering a high-quality service”. Martin Burkhardt specialises in complex international litigation, and is recommended by clients for his “willingness to always go the extra mile”.

At Hunter Litigation Chambers Kenneth McEwan QC is a “highly skilled” and “greatly respected” practitioner. He specialises in complex corporate and commercial disputes, including class action cases. John Hunter joins him receiving praise from clients and peers for his “formidable courtroom presence”; he represents a diverse range of clients.

At Astigarraga Davis Edward Davis possesses a “sterling reputation” among clients and peers for his representation of individuals and corporations in commercial litigation in Latin America, the Caribbean and the US.

At Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Jonathan Witts-Hewinson is director of the firm’s dispute resolution practice, and has a reputation in the industry for “always delivering for clients”. Pieter Conradie is “a distinguished name in the market”. He acts a range of prominent corporations on their worldwide litigation.

From Niedermann Rechtsanwälte Marco Niedermann has “deep litigation experience”. He primarily assists clients with banking and commercial disputes. Nicolas Herzog is a litigator who is described as a “truly excellent lawyer”. He represents a range of private clients and corporates in commercial matters, including cross-border disputes.

From Walder Wyss Dieter Hofmann is noted for his “standout reputation” in the market. He is experienced in litigation across a variety of sectors including construction, insurance and banking. Peter Straub is a “fantastic partner” whose main focus consists of handling disputes in construction, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.

At Wartmann & Merker, Andrea Meier is described as a “very focused, efficient and excellent legal adviser” who “is loved by clients”. She litigates cases involving insurance, banking and trade issues. Peter Reichart is highlighted as a “top-class practitioner in Switzerland.” His wide-ranging commercial litigation practice includes expertise in insolvency and corporate matters.

From A.G. Erotocritou LLC, the “brilliant” Andreas Erotocritou “fulfils all the client’s needs in a highly competent and professional manner”, representing prominent local and international clients in complex disputes.

At Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto Stefanus Haryanto is “a go-to lawyer” for clients in Jakarta. He handles a diverse range of litigation including environmental, trade and competition disputes.

AÉLEX is home to Funke Adekoya SAN regularly represents clients before the Nigerian courts in relation to their “most complex commercial disputes”.

From ASW Law Jan Woloniecki has wide-ranging experience in to commercial disputes in sectors including telecommunications and banking. He is known as a “real player”.

At Baker & Partners Stephen Baker is a “standout litigator” with extensive experience as an advocate. He handles trusts matters and disputes involving the financial services industry.

Bouckaert Ormen Passemard is home to Christian Bouckaert, who is considered to be “among the very best litigators in France”. His impressive experience spans more than four decades.

At Brown Rudnick Jane Colston is credited by market sources for her “hard graft and commercial nous”. She focuses her practice on substantial corporate and banking disputes, including fraud cases.

Bryan Cave boasts Ryan Reetz is a “well-known and prominent litigator” who handles all manner of complex international and domestic disputes for a range of major clients.

From Butler Snow, Christy Jones has over three decades of experience representing companies in complex US litigation. She is particularly known for her “incredible understanding of product liability”.

Cecil Abraham at Cecil Abraham & Partners is among the most experienced commercial litigators in the market, and is noted as being among “the best of the best in Malaysia”.

Colin Loveday from Clayton Utz is praised as being “one of the leading lawyers, particularly in the product liability space”. He also handles a range of commercial and class action litigation.

At Dr Colin Ong Legal Services Colin Ong is “an undisputed superstar” in the market, and is known for his work in a range of areas including infrastructure, energy and shipping.

At ENSafrica Deon Lambert is highlighted by clients for his “efficiency, professionalism and depth of knowledge”. He offers particular expertise in the mining, construction and real estate sectors.

Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados is home to Marcelo Roberto Ferro who is a “pre-eminent attorney in Brazil”. He is highly recommended for his expertise in construction, corporate and administrative law.

Wolfgang Kühn from Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provides international and domestic clients with advice relating to transactional and corporate litigation. He is praised for his “reasoned, intelligent and effective approach.

The “fantastic” Yvette Borrius from Höcker Advocaten is praised by clients who describe her as “proactive, always available and willing to fight like a tiger for my interests”. She specialises in corporate litigation, including governance issues.

From Lalive Sandrine Giroud is an “outstanding” practitioner with a wealth of experience handling multi-jurisdictional litigation, with notable expertise in banking and trusts matters.

Giuseppe Lombardi from Lombardi Molinari Segni is an “incredibly experienced litigator” who regularly represents clients particularly involved in banking, corporate and insolvency disputes.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough is home to David Dukes for whom clients offer “nothing but superlatives”. Sources also note that “for going to court there is no one better”. He advises clients from industries including consumer products, computing and pharmaceuticals.

At Posse Herrera Ruiz Daniel Posse is praised by as “one of the best Colombian litigators”. He acts for clients in a broad range of complex litigation and arbitrations.

From Signature Litigation Graham Huntley is “a very formidable lawyer and a real talent” according to peers. He has a focus on banking and other commercial litigation.

Babajide Ogundipe from Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore has “tremendous experience in litigation”. He acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients to resolve their most complicated disputes.

Karin Graf at Wenger Plattner stands out for her ability to “keep the big picture in her legal analysis while giving ample consideration to the commercial realities, based on her in-depth sector knowledge”. She frequently advises on significant cross-border disputes.

Christopher Bruckschweiger at Wolff Gstoehl Bruckschweiger is described as “a uniquely gifted practitioner” with an impressive commercial litigation practice that has earned him international recognition. 

David Greenwald is known in the industry to be “a first-rate litigator”, sought out by clients for his “skilful handling of intricate, high-value disputes”.

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