Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017: Analysis

In this section we pick out the firms with the highest number of nominees selected for inclusion and the nominees who received the largest number of recommendations.

Our listing criteria require nominees to be aged 45 or under at the end of 2016. We list outstanding arbitrators and counsel both independent and from law firms, and at partner and non-partner level.

Furthermore we include academics and in select cases nominees from arbitral institutions, provided they continue to accept independent arbitration work; sadly this leaves many first class experts in government and elsewhere unrecognised in this edition, but WWL is primarily a guide to retaining - or referring to - legal counsel and arbitrators.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Sophie Lamb Latham & Watkins, London
Reza Mohtashami Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Roland Ziadé Linklaters, Paris
Christopher Boog Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Noradèle Radjai Lalive, Geneva
Sylvia Noury Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
Julie Bédard Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York
Eduardo Silva Romero Dechert, Paris
Kate Davies Allen & Overy, London
Christian Leathley Herbert Smith Freehills, New York
Simon Greenberg Clifford Chance, Paris
Franz Schwarz WilmerHale, London
Anthony Sinclair Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, London
Renato Stephan Grion Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo
Matthew Secomb White & Case, Singapore
Baiju Vasani Jones Day, London
Niuscha Bassiri Hanotiau & van den Berg, Brussels
Julien Fouret Betto Seraglini, Paris
Ank Santens White & Case, New York
UK Bar
Christopher Harris 3 Verulam Buildings, London
Angeline Welsh Matrix Chambers, London
Tariq Baloch 3 Verulam Buildings, London
Siddharth Dhar Essex Court Chambers
Luis González García Matrix Chambers, London
Maxi Scherer WilmerHale, London
Anna-Maria Tamminen Hannes Snellman, Helsinki
Erica Stein Dechert, Brussels
Lars Markert Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
Remy Gerbay Enyo Law, London
James Freeman Allen & Overy, London
Chiann Bao Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Hong Kong
Melissa Magliana Homburger, Zurich
Anna Masser Jones Day, Frankfurt
Stavros Brekoulakis Queen Mary University of London, London
Tilman Niedermaier CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich
Ben Love Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York
Laura Halonen Lalive, Geneva
Lucy Martinez Three Crowns, London
Anna Kozmenko Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Darius Chan Norton Rose Fulbright, Singapore
Christian Albanesi Linklaters, Paris
Alexandre Mazuranic White & Case, Geneva

Leading Firms, Partners and Non-Partners

White & Case can offer its arbitration clients unrivalled strength in depth, as 26 of its lawyers are selected for inclusion in this edition including 16 partners. Ank Santens in New York is one of six US nominees and is among the most highly recommended individuals in the research overall. "For someone of her age she is incredibly highly respected in the field,” says one client; “I would recommend in an instant." Petr Polášek and the “absolutely fantastic” Hansel Pham score highly in DC, as does the “hardworking and approachable” Charles Rosenberg. The “technically excellent” Charles Nairac scores highly as one of four nominees from the firm’s Paris office, while Marily Paralika is viewed as "a key figure on the young arbitration circuit". Markus Burianski in Germany “always fights hard for his clients”. In London, Dipen Sabharwal is “doing great things and has a very bright future”, while Luiz Aboim is praised for his market-leading Latin American practice. Alexandre Mazuranic is very well regarded in Switzerland, while Rikard Wikström comes highly praised in Sweden: “He is tremendous under pressure, the papers we submitted were top notch and he was impressive in oral argument.” Matthew Secomb in Singapore is “the complete package; an excellent lawyer who is well liked by clients and colleagues." He is joined by “brilliant advocate” Ray Aloke, who is also praised for his "top-notch client service". Julia Zagonek is a “very visible, articulate and capable member of the Russian arbitration community”, and Rafael Llano Oddone gives the firm a well-regarded presence in Mexico. With a presence across 10 countries in this edition and more nominees than any other firm, White & Case leads this year’s research.

The 22 nominees from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer hail from eight countries, with four apiece from England, France and the US. “Clients absolutely love” Reza Mohtashami. One client remarks: “As lead counsel he was calmness personified, extremely clear in his thinking and a person we admire a lot.” He is one of the most highly recommended individuals in the research overall, and is praised as “very sophisticated” and “a real powerhouse”, offering advice that “is always spot on”. Sylvia Noury is similarly well regarded in the market; she is described as a “fantastically well-rounded arbitration practitioner” who is “extremely thorough, tremendously focused and very professional”. Alongside them in London, Elizabeth Snodgrass is said to be “creative and a thought leader”. In Paris, Ben Juratowitch has “carved out a great practice for himself as one of the leading lawyers in public international law arbitration”. In the words of one interviewee: “I have appeared on a panel with Ben and he was excellent: he gave a very thoughtful analysis and presented it brilliantly." Noah Rubins also impresses – “the cross-examination he did was stellar” – and Shaparak Saleh “is very well regarded by clients – they ask for her by name!” Alexandra van der Meulen is described as “unbelievably good, a real rising star”. Boris Kasolowsky is one of the leading figures in our German research. “He is business-savvy and understands our objectives and business requirements," says one client. “We found him to be professionally and academically accurate.” Hans-Patrick Schroeder is “the next name to watch at the firm”, and is highlighted for his “readiness of mind, strong analytical and strategy skills". Eliane Fischer is a “rising figure in the Austrian arbitration bar”. The firm is strong in the UAE, where Erin Miller Rankin is a “future superstar” and ranked as a “tough, no-nonsense advocate”. Sami Tannous is “someone to look out for” and is repeatedly cited as a rising star. Nicholas Lingard in Singapore is “highly regarded and deserves to be”, praised for his “practical, precise and timely advice” and as a “very capable speaker”. John Choong in Hong Kong is a “very impressive individual” and is known for his expertise in SIAC arbitration. In the US, Noiana Paula Marigo is picked out for the quality of her work on investment treaty cases, and Caroline Richard is deemed “hugely impressive” and recognised as particularly active in the local arbitration community. Elliot Friedman “has very good judgement, great client skills and is an excellent writer.” Also based in New York, Ben Love offers “multi-jurisdictional experience coupled with excellent and tireless advocacy. Ben receives my highest recommendation; he will be a leader in this field no doubt."

Herbert Smith Freehills has a contingent of 21 nominees in this edition, with a strong presence in Asia. Seven appear in Hong Kong, where Simon Chapman “in particular is regarded as a real up-and-comer”. “I worked with him many years ago and have subsequently watched his great career trajectory with awe,” says one interviewee. May Tai is "very professional and particularly experienced in representing Chinese clients in complex arbitration", while Justin D’Agostino is “by far one of the standout practitioners in the region” and “absolutely a leader in this field”. Tomas Furlong is “considered a superstar” and is “very, very clever; he is going to do very well indeed”. Martin Wallace is “absolutely brilliant; an excellent technical lawyer who pins you down with detail”. In Japan, David Gilmore and Elaine Wong score highly, and clients speak well of Ben Jolley – “he is always reasonable and balanced with common sense, which is a very important element in all good lawyers and especially for capable counsel." In Singapore, Gitta Satryani is praised for her “impressive advocacy and nerves of steel”. Helen Tang in China is "excellent; a fantastic project manager; very good with clients; full of energy and with a great temperament". In New York, Christian Leathley is one of the standout practitioners in our global research. He is praised as an “exceptionally good oral advocate”, and clients are “impressed by his commercial savvy and ability to grapple with big picture issues”. In France, Emmanuelle Cabrol is known for her "excellent client management skills and hunger for getting to the bottom of factual and legal issues" while Laurence Franc-Menget also scores very highly. Mathias Wittinghofer in Germany impresses for his "impeccable legal skills, outstanding character and great judgement", while Chris Parker in London comes “highly recommended” for his “immaculate presentation skills”. The “very dynamic” Jennifer Hartzler also performs well in the research.

The 16 nominees from Clifford Chance are selected from across nine countries. Marie Berard “comes warmly recommended” from clients, who praise her as “fantastic –  she works very hard, does excellent work and has a calm approach”. Another considers themselves “fortunate to work with” Jessica Gladstone, stating: “I was very impressed”. Christina Schuetz is "brilliant with respect to CIS disputes". Simon Greenberg in Paris is a former deputy secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is rated as “obviously outstanding in view of ICC past”. He is a “pleasure to work with, a big name who is knowledgeable, courteous and unflappable”. Cameron Hassall in Hong Kong is “universally respected and liked by his colleagues inside and outside the firm – a class act." He is joined by the “charming” Thomas Walsh, who splits his time between the firm’s Hong Kong and Seoul offices and described as "exceptional; one of the best in Korea, especially in the big construction dispute arena; instrumental from the beginning of the practice of arbitration in the country and very experienced at handling clients".

Kate Davies is one of the foremost experts in this field, and one of 15 nominees from Allen & Overy. Described as a “very talented young lawyer”, she is a “real driving force within the community” and praised as “extremely focused, driven and hardworking with enormous energy”. Jeffrey Sullivan “is doing fantastic work and clients speak very highly of him”, while James Freeman is a “quality guy; excellent all round, highly visible on the circuit and very well respected”. Marie Stoyanov scores highly in the French research. Andrew Battisson in Singapore is a “smart lawyer who is very well liked by clients”; he is accompanied by Andrew Pullen who is described as “the most technically brilliant lawyer I have come across” who “has a reputation for getting the job done”. Matthew Gearing QC “brings credibility to Hong Kong and the Asian market” and is said to be “head and shoulders above the rest, at the absolute top of the market”. Alongside him Matthew Hodgson “is a talented advocate with a big future ahead of him” and the “terrific” Frances van Eupen is similarly well regarded. Sheila Ahuja is “extremely knowledgeable about Indian disputes in particular”. The “very high profile” Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor scores highly in the UAE research.

At King & Spalding, Jan Schäfer is one of the most highly rated experts in Germany. "When we were conflicted with regard to a potential new arbitration to be initiated for an important client,” says a source, “I suggested him as an alternative. For a very good reason: he offers top quality in every respect both as counsel and arbitrator." Sebastian Müller is "a very talented lawyer and a great communicator" who scores highly in our research. In London, Ruth Byrne is commended as “an excellent advocate wise beyond her years, and not afraid to tackle new areas or take on opponents far her senior. She will be a dominant character in the arbitration world for years to come.” Simon Dunbar in Singapore is "one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with, and I would include him without reservation." He is listed alongside the “incredible” Wade Coriell. The firm is strong in the US with six nominees selected. Caline Mouawad is “very impressive and a clear and effective writer", while clients are “very impressed with the knowledge and intellectual abilities" of Viren Mascarenhas. Aloysius Louie Llamzon is a “star” and praised for his “fantastic Asia practice”.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is very strong in this area; its 10-strong contingent includes three very highly rated individuals in London. Anthony Sinclair is "undoubtedly a leader now in the treaty arbitration space and will remain one for a long time". He is a “superlative case manager, a strong counsel with an impeccable academic background". Epaminontas Triantafilou is praised for the quality of his oral advocacy, and Timothy Foden is “bright and responsive; a smart guy with strong knowledge of investment treaty arbitration who will go far." Says one interviewee, “I would be trying to tempt him to join me if I was still in London.” John Rhie in Hong Kong is “very eloquent and persuasive”, while Tai-Heng Cheng in the US is recommended for his "strong academic background coupled with intelligent and zealous advocacy". Duncan Watson stands out in Australia, and is fêted for his “immediate and complete grasp of complex technical issues”.

Nine nominees are selected from Schellenberg Wittmer, with eight based in Switzerland. Christopher Boog is "just brilliant", "one of the best advocates I have ever seen" and "definitely a leader in the field – highly respected by colleagues". Philippe Bärtsch is described as "very seasoned and capable, he is able to master key issues very quickly and has an impressive and deep knowledge of case law", while Manuel Liatowitsch is regarded as a "superb practitioner with profound expertise." Stefan Leimgruber comes "highly recommended" by clients and peers alike and Philipp Groz is rated as a "very strong arbitration practitioner with deep knowledge and expertise". Outside the partnership, Anna Kozmenko is "is truly what an international arbitration lawyer should be; singularly advanced in her field in knowledge and in strategic skills in public and private arbitration." Anne-Carole Cremades is "very active in the field and emerging as a true leader in the European arbitration landscape" and Anya George is "sharp and always gives plenty of thought to her advice. She is composed and wise beyond her years." Based in Singapore, Julie Raneda is praised by clients for her "good understanding of the subject and readiness to go into details regarding the technical aspects; her hard work; and her responsiveness".

Lalive also sees eight of its practitioners selected. Noradèle Radjai continues to impress clients with her “commitment, understanding, quality and focus” throughout the entire arbitration process. The firm’s depth of expertise is further demonstrated by the inclusion of eight nominees from outside the partnership. Laura Halonen is praised for her "excellent presentation and very in-depth knowledge of international arbitration". Lorraine de Germiny is "highly organised and great with clients, and has experience across the spectrum of commercial, treaty and construction disputes", while Catherine Anne Kunz is viewed as "clearly the future of the firm's practice" and "tremendously impressive". According to his clients Johannes Landbrecht "exceeded all our expectations. He is very well organised, intelligent and hardworking, and very quick in reacting to the other side", and Jaime Gallego "has the ability to assess legal and very complex legal matters in an outstanding manner". Samuel Moss is regarded by clients as a "very impressive young lawyer who will go far" while Christophe Guibert de Bruet "has that rare combination of intellect, thoughtfulness, dedication, quiet confidence and poise under pressure that I know will make him a great leader in this field in the years to come". 

The eight nominees from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom come from the firm’s London, New York and Hong Kong offices. In the former, the “high flying” David Herlihy scores well – “I have a huge amount of time for him” in the words of one peer – and Daniel Gal is said to be “ferociously smart and a great strategist”. Sara Nadeau-Seguin impresses all those who deal with her: “She has an ability and the tenacity to cut through reams of information in order to identify the key issues affecting the case,” says one expert witness. “Sara is a pleasure to work with; and is destined to be one of the brightest stars of the arbitration world”. Melis Acuner is similarly well regarded; she "gets things done and always delivers" and "is able to withstand very considerable pressure while maintaining composure and good humour, and can tell it like it is while retaining the clients’ trust and confidence". In the US, Julie Bédard is a “great example to all aspiring practitioners”, while Jennifer Permesly is said to be “consistently at the very top of her game and admired throughout the profession. I would be very surprised if she does not rise to the very highest levels of our field." Chiann Bao in Hong Kong is a former secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and a “leading light in the local arbitration community”. She “knows the HKIAC, its rules and procedures inside out. Her tenure as secretary general has been marked by a relentless focus on innovation and improvement; she is going to be one of the superstars of Asian arbitration." The “very talented” Eleanor Hughes also scores very highly.

Eight nominees appear from Hogan Lovells, including two from France: Laurent Gouiffès is "known as one of the leading partners in investment arbitration and as a great strategist", while Thomas Kendra “leads the market” in relation to arbitrations in Francophone Africa. Clients and peers alike are united in their praise for Samaa Haridi. Cited as a “mentor” and “a real leader of the profession in the Middle East”, she is “really bright and tremendously active”.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr is strong in this area, particularly in its London office. Franz Schwarz is highly respected – “he gave one of the best cross-examinations I have ever seen” – and Duncan Speller is said to be "phenomenal; extremely effective and doing exceptionally well". Maxi Scherer is said to be “the leading light of the next generation". Praised for her “strong combination of practice and academia", she is deemed a thought leader in this sector. Sarah Ganz is praised for her “sharp mind” and is described as an “amazing lawyer”. In the US, Rachael Kent garners high praise. Sources describe her as “an extraordinary diplomat” who deals with people in a way one could only aspire to. A very effective advocate – really excellent."

Roland Ziadé at Linklaters’ Paris office is one of seven nominees from the firm, and one of the leading figures in the research overall. Described as a “star”, he is "hugely popular in the community; he has a very good manner with clients and is tremendously likeable". Alongside him, Christian Albanesi is “a truly gifted mind and one of the sharpest colleagues I've ever worked with; I can only expect great things from him at Linklaters." Clement Fouchard impresses with his “quick understanding of complex technical and legal issues and incisive presentation skills, combined with a very international outlook". Ula Cartwright-Finch in London is a “genuinely impressive individual; hardworking and personable with a great sense of humour that clients adore”. Her work in relation to psychology and law is described as “genuinely innovative and ground-breaking”.

Three Crowns fields seven highly rated nominees in this edition. Gaetan Verhoosel, cited as “the number-one person I have ever encountered on the other side", earns praise as “an impressive and thorough oral advocate” and “impressive in every aspect”; “he is liked by peers for his style and presence; he definitely deserves to be on any list of the best”. Alongside him in London, “clients respect and trust” Carmen Martinez Lopez while Lucy Martinez is "an outstanding name with bigger and better things still yet to come; she already completely outstrips the seniority of her call". Scott Vesel is “one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with” and us picked out for his “impressive pre-hearing preparation and his advocacy”. Luke Sobota in the US is praised for his “fantastic analytical and writing abilities". In France, interviewees “can only say good things about” Georgios Petrochilos. “I found him to be very clever at framing the issues and analysing the facts,” says one expert witness. “His academic credentials are very strong and he is particularly well versed in international public law theories” says another interviewee. Also in Paris, Kathryn Khamsi is picked out as "very bright and responsive".

The seven nominees from Dechert include one of the most highly rated individuals in the research in Eduardo Silva Romero. Described as “highly effective” and “always an excellent appointment”, he is described as a “brilliant mind”. Also in Paris, José-Manuel García Represa is a “fabulous advocate and a killer cross-examiner”, he “will soon be at the forefront of Latin American arbitration”. Mark Mangan is viewed as “the rising star in Singapore” and “one of the most complete up-and-coming lawyers around”. In Belgium, Erica Stein is praised for her “incisive and insightful comments” and her “strategic acumen”; “she is very good at what she does”. In Washington DC, Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is extremely hard-working and truly dedicated to his clients, making him a force to be reckoned with”.

Norton Rose Fulbright also earns seven places in this edition. In London, James Rogers is praised for his leadership qualities as well as for his "superb" legal skills and Sherina Petit impressed our interviewees; "she has a thorough understanding of the entire arbitration process from a macro and micro level. Her personal level of involvement and how passionate she is about the case have stood out for me." Darius Chan in Singapore is a "very, very smart guy and a great all-round lawyer" who is "building a strong reputation in the market", while Matthew Townsend in Beijing is "extremely clever and a very nice guy; he is great to work with". Andrey Panov is "a rising star" in Russia who has "a scientific approach and a natural understanding of international arbitration", while in the US Lucy Greenwood is described by peers as an "up-and-coming" counsel and arbitrator, and "a leader in international arbitration". Pedro Saghy in Venezuela is one of the leading experts in the region.

Debevoise & Plimpton sees seven nominees selected for inclusion. Catherine Amirfar recently re-joined the firm after two years as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the US Department of State and she is described as “absolutely first rate with a spectacular breadth of experience”. Also in New York, Ina Popova is “very bright, impressively efficient and extremely well liked in the community”. Natalie Reid also draws admiring comment: “she is a great and very positive leader who values flexibility and teamwork, and an exceptional lawyer who stands out in complex cases". Floriane Lavaud is commended by peers and clients alike for her “impressive advocacy skills, expertise, experience, multistate legal qualifications and superb client skills”. In London, Patrick Taylor is “extremely perceptive and very clever”, and he is listed alongside the “terrific” Samantha Rowe (“she is doing great things”) and “diligent, effective and insightful” Aimee-Jane Lee.

Baker & McKenzie sees six nominees included. Andy Moody is one of the most highly respected practitioners in London, and is praised as being “exceptionally good with clients and with difficult and reluctant parties including counsel”. Edward Poulton also scores highly: “Among his peers he is held in the highest regard and I fully expect him to be one of the very biggest names in the London arbitration world in the years to come." Stefan Riegler is "one of the leading young arbitration practitioners in Austria" and a "star performer with an incredibly bright future".

CMS Hasche Sigle has four nominees included. In Munich, Nicolas Wiegand is a "very fine counsel; well prepared, honourable, extremely bright and not too aggressive" while Tilman Niedermaier is praised as "very precise and good to work with; he is an excellent lawyer with a first-class analytical mind". Thomas Lennarz is also highly recommended for his expertise in the area. Olga Boltenko in Hong Kong is “very sophisticated in her advocacy in arbitration and can understand the panel’s perspective, and manage thorny issues very well." Guy Pendell in London is internationally recognised as “first class”, and Zsolt Okanyi is among the most highly nominated experts in Hungary.

At Jones Day, Baiju Vasani in London is one of five nominees; he is praised for his “brilliant client-handling and communication skills” and “has a deep knowledge as well as being a genuine pleasure to work with. In addition, he has contacts worldwide, which is not always the case with practitioners from the main hubs." Alongside him, Tatiana Minaeva “has a strong future ahead of her”, while Anna Masser in Frankfurt is said to be “an amazing lawyer”, praised as “very accurate in the way she provides a general overview of the case and she is also very close to her customers concerns”, she is an “excellent lawyer with great fighting skills and a real team player”.

Squire Patton Boggs has four highly rated nominees. Stephan Adell is "one of the most dynamic young lawyers I have worked with. I will watch his career with some interest", while Stephen Anway “will ensure that a job is done the best way it can be done. I was impressed by his creative thinking in combination with his complex solving-problem skills, his commitment to his clients and his passion for what he is doing." Another client highlights his “incredible ability to present complex business and technical matters in an appealing fashion for arbitrators". Alain Farhad is described as a "force to be reckoned with", and is viewed as a leader in the profession in the Middle East while Rostislav Pekar has "the best legal mind I have come across, and a track record representing states in investment arbitration that is difficult to beat".

Four nominees appear from Shearman & Sterling. Daryl Chew's "work is always precise and his advice is pragmatic, straightforward and shared with conviction - he is commercial and understands the nuances", while Nils Eliasson is a "charming, impressive character" who "stands out for his investor-state expertise". Thomas Parigot "impresses all who deal with him, thanks to the quality and considered nature of his work" and Jennifer Younan is regarded as a "delightful individual, very talented and wonderful to work with".

Leading Austrian firm zeiler.partners also earns four inclusions. Lisa Beisteiner is "very bright, outstanding both academically and as counsel" while Michael Nueber is "is a star among Austrian arbitration practitioners”. Markus Schifferl is rated as "a bright guy, quick and efficient", while Alfred Siwy is a "star performer" according to our sources; the quality of his work and his firm are widely recognised.

Sophie Lamb at Latham & Watkins in London stands out in our research. Described as a “huge name in the business”, she is “amazing” and “a true star” who “impresses with her professionalism and motivation – one of the future rainmakers of the English arbitration scene”. In Paris, John Adam is a "fantastic lawyer, impressively efficient and exceptionally intelligent", and in Hamburg Jan Spangenberg is “very organised, highly pragmatic and solution-oriented".

Arnold & Porter performs well with three highly rated nominees. In London, Dmitri Evseev is "one of those rare lawyers who can look at a case, understand its strengths and weaknesses and really focus and hone in on that; a great drafter and a brilliant mind; he knows the law inside out." In the US, Anton Ware leaves clients "most impressed by his skills as a presenter and cross examiner during the hearings", and he is repeatedly commended for his client service, while Mallory Silberman is described as "one of the best advocates I have seen", and is praised for her "creative mind" and as "great to work with".

Sidley Austin also sees three nominees selected for inclusion. Marinn Carlson is a leader in the investor-state field, and in the words of one source “was exceptional – very efficient, procedurally practical and a constructive opposing counsel to work against." Tanya Landon "stands out for her exemplary client service and the quality of her legal mind", and Dorothee Schramm has "good advocacy skills, a very international background and significant experience".

Walder Wyss in Switzerland sees three nominees. The "very bright" Michael Cartier is praised for his "strong network" and the quality of his work as an arbitrator, while Michael Feit is "a very quick thinker, a real professional and an excellent lawyer who we have always found to be very supportive, always on time and responsive". Marco Stacher is "the go-to guy for advice on legal principles of arbitration."

The two name partners of Hanotiau & van den Berg are internationally renowned in this sector, and their colleagues in this edition share their reputation for quality. Niuscha Bassiri is “a personable, responsive and innovative arbitration specialist” who is praised for her “clever and sophisticated advocacy”, while sources strongly recommend Olivier Caprasse on account of his leading practice as both counsel and arbitrator. According to one interviewee, “he is extremely bright, professional, precise and efficient”. Maarten Draye “has done a lot of good work” and has “broad experience on both sides of the bench, as counsel, sole arbitrator and as secretary sitting with the greats of his firm."

Renato Stephan Grion of Pinheiro Neto in Brazil is one of the foremost nominees in Latin America, and is “an exceptional lawyer”. He is praised by clients and peers alike for his “outstanding knowledge of the area”.

Julien Fouret is one of three nominees selected from Betto Seraglini in Paris, and is an "excellent and knowledgeable practitioner", praised for his international outlook. He is among the most highly rated partners in our research.

Further Most Highly Regarded Individuals

The research identifies several further non-partners around the world as outstanding in this field. Anna-Maria Tamminen at Hannes Snellman in Finland scores very highly in our research and is praised as "persistent and experienced for her age, dedicated and bright" and a "very good choice" for any client.

Lars Markert at Gleiss Lutz attracts a significant amount of praise from across the world. He is commended for his “cross-cultural competence in particular relating to Japan and Asia – he understands the mindset of Japanese clients and is able to translate it into what is needed in international proceedings.” He is “very reliable, good on his feet and quick in analysing complex legal situations”, says one source; “I like his style,” remarks another.

Rémy Gerbay at Enyo Law is a "great cross between academic and practitioner and always has something insightful to say." He is also an academic member of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London and is “outstanding both on a technical and practical level; really sharp and on the money - a class act”.

Also at Queen Mary University of London, Stavros Brekoulakis “has made quite a name for himself”. Described as "very thorough and professional" he is held in the highest regard. “There is no other course as good as his,” says one interviewee.

Melissa Magliana at Homburger is described as "amazing". She is known as "actively involved in international arbitration community" and comes highly praised by sources. Alongside her, Stefanie Pfisterer is "very analytical, extremely smart and one of the most talented of the younger generation", while Simon Vorburger "demonstrates in-depth expertise and talent while conducting and managing many aspects of cases independently. He displays outstanding flair for different cultures, great communication skills and outstanding work ethic."

Many members of the UK bar also stand out in this field. Christopher Harris at 3 Verulam Buildings is “the most visible junior in arbitration; number one". He is an “impressive orator” with a “sharp mind and a fantastic profile.” Alongside him, Tariq Baloch is an “excellent lawyer with stellar advocacy skills” and “always a pleasure to deal with”. At Matrix Chambers, Angeline Welsh is “extremely knowledgeable and engaging”, and her “wealth of experience on complex cases allows her to gain client confidence easily”. Also at Matrix Chambers, Luis González García is “absolutely stellar for investment treaty disputes”. The “highly impressive” Siddharth Dhar at Essex Court Chambers is repeatedly commended to researchers.

At Essex Court Chambers, David Davies is a "great guy; well established in the area as one of the foremost barristers" and Jern-Fei Ng is "an excellent advocate and he works his socks off for the legal team and the client. He is on top of his game and can draw from a wide breadth of experience of all manner of commercial matters." Lucas Bastin at Quadrant Chambers is "the go-to junior at the London bar for investor state work" and very well respected by his peers; "I can't think of anyone smarter or more articulate and eloquent than him."

Local Leaders

Switzerland is one of the main centres of international arbitration, and has a corresponding level of expertise in the lawyers based there. Two are from Lenz & Staehelin in Zurich, where Martin Aebi is "very smart" and "really understands the implications of arguments" and Fadri Lenggenhager is a "very bright and effective disputes lawyer". At Froriep in Geneva, Jean Marguerat is "insightful and effective as counsel" with wide-ranging experience; sources also strongly recommend Franz Stirnimann Fuentes thanks to his “intelligent and hard-working manner” and his ability to “process and simplify complex ideas”. Diana Akikol at Akikol, Béguin & Richa is praised for her "sharp legal mind, excellent judgement and clarity of focus", while Simone Hofbauer at Barandun von Graffenried is "very disciplined and always impressive". Sandra De Vito Bieri at Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob "works extremely diligently; she has very good availability and a superb sense for commercial aspects of a case". Martin Molina at Carrard & Associés receives praise for his "leadership qualities" and his work on high-profile cases both in Switzerland and worldwide. The “superb” Tobias Zuberbühler at Lustenberger is highly sought after as an arbitration specialist by clients who praise his “practical approach”, while Paolo Marzolini of Patocchi & Marzolini "impressed me for his dedication to the client and his capacity to leave no stone unturned in order to pursue the client's interests. I also appreciated and valued his strategic skills and his legal analysis." Alexandra Johnson at Python is "quite outstanding" according to her peers, and scores very highly in our research overall, while independent practitioner Simon Gabriel also stands out: "A very bright young arbitrator who featured in one of my proceedings last year. He did a very good job, his work is very exact. It is a pleasure to work with him." Andrea Meier at Wartmann & Merker is "valued particularly highly" by her clients, who cite her responsiveness, professionalism and experience. Flavio Peter at Wenger & Vieli "always does a great job" and is respected by clients and peers alike. Clarisse von Wunschheim at Hartmann & Dreyer is picked out as an "expert in the enforcement of awards in China" and is "sophisticated in handling complex arbitrations". Clients speak well of Olivier Mosimann of Kellerhals Carrard: "I've been impressed by his quality to synthesise complex issues. His understanding of commercial practices has been very helpful as well. He is sharp, quick and follows up on actions".

Sarah Vasani at Addleshaw Goddard is a "persuasive and effective counsel" whose energy expertise stands out in particular. Kenneth Beale of Boies Schiller & Flexner is a "terrific, conscientious and smart lawyer with unique insight". Says one source: "In 10 years you'll be seeing him among the top five practitioners in the City." The “fantastic”Stephen Fietta of Fietta is an internationally renowned practitioner known for his proficiency in investment arbitration cases before ICSID. At Jenner & Block, Charlie Lightfoot is very well regarded and is praised for his ability to "listen to the client's needs and transform them into something which can add value to the claim". At Osborne Clarke, Gregory Fullelove's "ability to come up with quick solutions for complex problems is extremely impressive". He is praised as "superb under pressure" and "very well liked and respected by both his clients and colleagues".

Germany is home to a very large contingent of first class arbitration practitioners. The "unflappable" James Menz at the DIS is praised for his "excellent analytical skills" and "will play a major role in European arbitration in the years to come" according to interviewees. He is one of the most highly rated individuals in the country. At Flecke-Giammarco Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Gustav Flecke-Giammarco is "one of the brightest people I've ever worked with", according to one source. “His ICC experience is a great asset only few people in the German market have.” Alongside him, Ulrike Gantenberg is "a very impressive figure and one of the top young arbitrators in Germany."

At Luther, Richard Happ is renowned for his “sharp legal mind” and is considered “a real leader in the field with strong business understanding and acumen”. Georg Scherpf is commended by clients as "very experienced, highly dedicated and extremely responsive". Sabine Konrad at McDermott Will & Emery is a “vigorous and keen practitioner” with great experience handling international commercial and investment treaty arbitration cases. She is joined by Arne Fuchs who is "definitely making a name for himself" for investment and commercial arbitration work. Jan Heiner Nedden at Hanefeld is “extremely well prepared and appreciative in his work, and he really discusses and takes the arbitrator role seriously”, and alongside him Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is "going to be a big big star, he is incredibly good".

Annett Kuhli at Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner scores highly in our research for her ability to "combine legal and tax expertise". She has "interesting ideas and knows how to put her case". Rouven Bodenheimer at LLS Lungerich Lenz Schuhmacher "is not only a master in fighting and leading complex disputes but also in avoiding them, to the benefit of us and our commercial goals". Anke Meier at Noerr is "a sharp-minded individual who can get to heart of the issue". Philipp Wagner at Wagner Arbitration "very much deserves inclusion" and is praised for his "extensive experience in cross-border disputes and business transactions".

Judith Levine is based at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and is universally recognised for the quality of her arbitration practice: "I can't speak highly enough of her, her range of knowledge is vast". In Austria, two nominees are selected from Konrad & Partners. Clients speak highly of Heidrun Halbartschlager: "I was impressed with her handling of cases,” says one client, who adds that she is “able to strike a balance between being smart and knowing when to tone down an argument." Alongside her, the "excellent" Philipp Peters is "a must for inclusion on any list of the best". Anne-Karin Grill at Schoenherr "is absolutely excellent and already a known figure in the international arbitration community". She earns praise for her proactiveness and responsiveness.

In Sweden, Mannheimer Swartling earns two nominations in this edition. Kristoffer Löf is a "leader of the new generation and actively involved with the international arbitration community". Robin Oldenstam is “a pleasure to deal with”, and is highlighted for his “outstanding work” before the ICC, UNCITRAL and the SCC. At Norburg & Scherp, the "superb" Pontus Scherp is one of the foremost arbitration experts in Sweden.

In Spain, independent practitioner Marco de Benito is recognised as "very impressive to work with; a true scholar and an absolute gentleman"; meanwhile, Victor Bonnin at VBArbitration is described as "superlatively skilled" and impresses interviewees from across Europe and beyond. In Portugal,Miguel de Almada of Morais Leităo Galvăo Teles Soares da Silva & Associados is "very talented, extremely well known and prominent in the market".

ARBLIT – Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini in Italy sees two of its practitioners selected. Michele Sabatinifocuses his practice on commercial and investment arbitration, regularly assisting domestic and foreign clients in their most complex disputes who praise his “willingness to always go the extra mile for them”. Emilio Bettoni impresses his clients who state, "He was attentive to the study of matters of fact and was ready to give answers consistent with the needs, sometimes urgent, of a multinational company."

Sebastien Bonnard at Brown Rudnick in Paris is an "amazing lawyer – tremendously dedicated to his clients and to turning each and every stone". In Poland, at Kubas Kos Gałkowski (KKG) Rafał Kos is a "tremendously active and always-impressive member of the Polish arbitration community".

In Romania, Luminita Popa of Suciu Popa & Asociatii is "an excellent professional and balanced perfectionist" who is praised as "excellent in the writing of the submissions, and also very well organised and good in oral submissions." At Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners, Cosmin Vasile has "complete mastery of the law from a substantial standpoint as well as from a procedural one" and was repeatedly commended as a "strategy guru."

Utku Cosar at Cosar Avukatlik Burosu is one of the best arbitration practitioners in Turkey and praised as "extremely responsive on every occasion where I have referred work to her". In Russia, Olena Perepelynska of Integrites is a "pleasure to work with" and "one of the leading figures in the CIS arbitration community".

Brazil also has a thriving arbitration community. Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti of Escritorio de Advocacia Sergio Bermudes is “a very skilled and well-known lawyer” whose arbitration practice continues to go from strength to strength. At Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Karina Goldberg is a "real leader; very bright and hardworking with a creative legal mind. She is great with clients and fabulous with lawyers; I loved working with her". At Grebler Advogados, Flávia Bittar Neves is a “skilful lawyer and fair arbitrator", who is ""dynamic and active in raising profile of arbitration in Brazil".

In Chile, Cristian Conejero Roos of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has sat as arbitrator in numerous cases and is recognised "one of the nicest, brightest and most highly regarded in his field".

In Bolivia, Bernardo Wayar Ocampo of J & B Wayar Abogados is commended to researchers for his "superb" investor state work in particular.

Two nominees stand out from Miranda & Amado in Peru. Cristina Ferraro is "outstanding – a natural practitioner and a born counsel", and Lucía Olavarría is "one of the foremost arbitration experts in Peru".

The "very talented" Juan Manuel Marchán-Maldonado at Perez Bustamante & Ponce is the "go to partner for any investment arbitration case in Ecuador".

In China, Arthur Ma of DaHui Lawyers is "absolutely first class" and very highly valued by his clients.Helen Shi of Fangda Partners is experienced both as an arbitrator and arbitration counsel in varied areas such as construction, financing and international trade. Christine Kang at JunHe "provides practical and pragmatic advice for our projects, and is also very conscientious and hard-working. We trust we are always in reliable hands when we have Christine taking care of our matters." In Korea,John Bang of Bae Kim & Lee is "one of the most experienced counsel in Korea" and universally well regarded, while Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung of Kim & Chang is "one of the few women in Korea to gain real traction in this area and that is because she is very good at what she does." Paul Tan at Rajah & Tann is "very sharp, easy to work with, grasps issues quickly and has his finger on the pulse of every evolution in the field in Singapore".

In Dubai, Jonathan Sutcliffe at Baker Botts is "among the leading experts in the UAE" and much in demand for his energy-related practice. Karim Youssef of Youssef is praised as "detail-oriented" and recommended for the quality of his strategic thinking and his international outlook. He is deemed "one of the top practitioners in this field in Egypt", and Mohamed Abdel Wahab of Zulficar & Partners impresses all he works with: "I was cross-examined by him and he did a great job; he really earned my respect" says one interviewee. "He is a great asset to the Middle Eastern arbitration community."Thierry Ngoga Gakuba in Rwanda is "one of the fastest-rising stars of African arbitration". In Lebanon, the "extremely impressive" Ziad Obeid of Obeid Law Firm is highly experienced in investment arbitration across numerous sectors, and Bassam Mirza of PKM Avocats is "emerging as one of Asia's foremost arbitration experts".

Hamid Gharavi of Derains & Gharavi in Paris is "a rainmaker doing a lot of arbitration everywhere". He acts as both counsel and arbitrator on a range of complex disputes. Mélanie van Leeuwen is "strongly recommended" as "one of the best arbitration counsel" by sources who also comment on her "perfect management" and "knowledge of local regulations". Marie-Laure Bizeau is "absolutely first class", praised for her "depth of intellect and superb client skills", and in Beirut Nada Sader is "quite simply exceptional" and known as a "very fine counsel with experience of a wide range of industries".

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