Litigation 2018

Our research into the global commercial litigation market sees 825 practitioners across 67 jurisdictions listed this year for their superb expertise.

EMEA

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Olle Flygt Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå, Stockholm
2. Martin Bernet Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management, Zürich
3. Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, London
4. Anders Reldén White & Case Advokat AB, Stockholm
5. Joe Smouha QC Essex Court Chambers, London
6. Christian Klausegger Binder Grösswang Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna
7. Stan Brijs NautaDutilh, Brussels

Leading Firms

Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyrå 

This Swedish firm remains dominant in the Nordic region and beyond. It receives an impressive five listings in our guide this year.
Olle Flygt is a pre-eminent name in the European litigation market and a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field this year. He is a “dedicated and efficient” practitioner who is noted for his specialist expertise on insolvency matters.
Mattias Göransson receives widespread commendation from sources this year, who rate him highly for his experience on energy disputes.
Robin Oldenstam remains a favourite among sources for his excellent work in the field. His practice sees him represent clients on such issues as licensing and asset purchasing disputes.
Kristoffer Löf is a “very skilled lawyer” who garners strong support from market commentators this year. He offers great expertise in the field of energy and construction.
Fredrik Andersson continues to be much sought after for his expertise in M&A disputes as well as his deep understanding of an array of sectors and industries, including construction, energy and engineering.

Clifford Chance

Seven practitioners from across this firm’s European offices are recognised for their outstanding work in the field of litigation this year.
At the firm’s London office, Simon Davis is “a well-known name” in the field of litigation. He has an “active practice” that sees him act on complex issues relating to financial institutions.
Jeroen Ouwehand, from the firm’s Amsterdam office, comes highly rated by sources this year for his excellent skill in litigation. He offers great expertise on domestic and cross-border financial regulation investigations.
Clients state that José Antonio Caínzos in Madrid “always provides a really high-quality performance”. He offers clients more than 25 years’ insight into restructuring and insolvency matters.
Albert Moro is a “superb” litigator who maintains a strong reputation in Luxembourg and beyond. His practice sees him represent clients on a variety of corporate litigation and real estate matters.
Paris-based Jean-Pierre Grandjean receives widespread praise in our research this year for his work on product liability, mergers and acquisitions disputes, and white-collar criminal matters.

A&L Goodbody

A full-service Irish firm that stands out for its breadth of expertise in the space. This year it receives four listings in our guide.
Liam Kennedy is a pre-eminent name in the Irish market. Clients state that he is “concise in his answers” and “provides strong arguments to back up his position”. He is adept on such issues as product liability and securities litigation.
Sources state that Eileen Roberts is “able to process a vast amount of technical information and distil it into clear, succinct advice”. She is “always calm and measured in high-pressure situations”, with clients praising her “exemplary” approach to financial negligence matters, among others.
Enda Hurley is adept on M&A matters and is praised for his “calmness under pressure” and “methodical approach” by observers. His practice offers “expert knowledge and experience” and the “ability to relate issues at hand to clients’ commercial goals”.
David Baxter is a “very experienced practitioner” who commands an excellent reputation in the market for his expertise handling restructuring and insolvency disputes.

Bär & Karrer

Bär & Karrer maintains its reputation as a go-to firm in the Swiss market, with three of their litigators highlighted in our guide this year.
Daniel Hochstrasser is a pre-eminent practitioner who draws praise as "an outstanding and highly experienced IP litigator" He also handles a range of matters in other sectors including infrastructure projects and banking. Saverio Lembo is "one of the best litigators" in the Swiss market. His is "well known in the field" and stands out among peers as "a strong opponent".
Andreas Länzlinger is a highly respected commercial litigator with a strong cross-border practice and extensive experience in the banking and finance sectors.

Lombardi Segni e Associati

This firm stands out for its high-quality representation in matters relating to the financial sector. Two of its practitioners receive listings this year.
Giuseppe Lombardi is widely regarded a "top litigator" who enjoys an excellent reputation for his expert handling of banking and insolvency disputes.
Lotario Dittrich is a well-regarded figure in the Italian market who is highly rated for his excellent work in insolvency disputes.

Leading Individuals

Austria

Binder Grösswang’s Christian Klausegger is a “very experienced” practitioner who earns a position as a Global Elite Thought Leader in this year’s guide. He runs an “excellent and busy practice” that features great experience on insurance coverage, IT and telecoms and bankruptcy, among other areas.

Belgium

At NautaDutilh, Stan Brijs is regarded by market players as a standout name in the European market, as reflected in his Global Elite Thought Leader status this year. He is highlighted as a “great strategist” with a “good reputation” for insolvency and cross-border enforcement work.

Verbist & Vanlerberghe Omega Law’s Johan Verbist receives widespread commendation from peers in the field this year. He is adept on a broad spectrum of matters relating to the banking and construction sectors.

Joost Verlinden of Arcas Law commands great respect from respondents to our research. He has an impressive wealth of experience on matters including shareholder disputes and insolvency litigation.

Linklaters has an excellent litigator in Françoise Lefèvre, who provides clients with more than three decades of expertise and insight into matters relating to construction, banking and other corporate disputes.

England

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC is a pre-eminent name in the international litigation field who garners widespread support from market players this year. A Global Elite Thought Leader in the field, he provides near-unmatched expertise in international commercial litigation, particularly involving public international law.

“Smooth operator” Joe Smouha QC of Essex Court Chambers is a “big name in the market”. He is  identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field this year thanks to his broad expertise in banking and commercial disputes, including notable experience in offshore litigation.

PCB Litigation’s Trevor Mascarenhas is a distinguished name in the English litigation market who sources give high praise to in our research this year. He is particularly adept on cross-border asset-tracing and real estate litigation.
Steven Philippsohn is a well-respected figure in the litigation space, with sources praising his wealth of expertise on asset recovery matters.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Damien Byrne Hill remains a prominent and oft-mentioned name among respondents to our research for his wealth of insight into banking-related disputes.

One Essex Court's Anthony Grabiner QC is a widely respected barrister who offers clients more than four decades of experience in matters relating to banking, energy and competition disputes.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is a "superstar of everything" with formidable reputation for handling the most complex of litigation. He runs an impressive practice that sees him represent clients in the energy, competition and finance sectors.

Ireland

Arthur Cox’s Gregory Glynn earns a top reputation in the Irish market as a “very active” litigator who handles a broad range of commercial disputes as well as white-collar investigations.

Sweden

At White & Case Advokat AB, Anders Reldén is a "highly skilled" litigator whom we identify as a Golobal Elite Thought Leader for his excellence this year. He offers near-unrivalled expertise in the Swedish market on matters related to oil and gas, insurance and construction.

At Wallin & Partners, Martin Wallin is an excellent litigator who offers clients deep experience in a range of litigation matters including disputes related to M&A, energy and construction.

Calissendorff Swarting Advokatbyrå’s Einar Wanhainen is a “very senior” figure in the Swedish litigation market who provides a wealth of experience in IT-related disputes, among other matters.

Switzerland

At Bernet Arbitration / Dispute Management, Martin Bernet is a prominent name in Switzerland who respondents rate highly for his skill in matters such as licensing agreements and shareholder disputes.

Marc Russenberger of RKR Rechtsanwälte is a well-regarded name in the market thanks to his skill in banking disputes and the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Niedermann Rechtsanwälte’s Nicolas Herzog is a distinguished figure in the Swiss market who offers deep expertise on matters in the insurance, finance and real estate sectors.

 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. John W Keker Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, San Francisco
2. Benjamin Zarnett Goodmans LLP, Toronto
3. Rusty Hardin Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP, Houston
4. José I Astigarraga Reed Smith LLP, Miami
5. Peter Griffin Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto
6. Linda Rothstein Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, Toronto
7. T Barry Kingham Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, New York

Leading Firms

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin 

This Canadian firm is a dominant player in the North American litigation space, with five of its litigators highlighted in our guide this year.
Global Elite Thought Leader Peter Griffin is “one of the best litigators in Canada” who peers state is “a go-to choice for large firms when conflicts arise”. His active practice sees him involved in insolvencies and securities disputes.
Alan J Lenczner QC maintains a distinguished reputation in the Canadian market with sources rating him highly for his work regarding professional liability and construction litigation, among other areas.
Tom Curry comes highly rated in the field as a standout trial and appellate litigator. His practice covers a range of areas including IP disputes and professional liability issues.
William McDowell is an impressive practitioner with more than 30 years' experience in complex dispute resolution. Among his many areas of expertise are libel, public law and general commercial litigation.
Ronald G Slaght QC garners widespread praise from respondents to our research this year. His enviable practice sees him represent clients on commercial litigation matters in the real estate and medical sectors.

Lax O'Sullivan Scott Lisus Gottlieb

Canadian firm Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus Gottlieb is a major player in the Canadian market, with four of its litigators receiving listings this year.
Terrence O’Sullivan is a “fantastic lawyer” who continues to be lauded by respondents to our research for his skill in complex civil litigation.
Matthew Gottlieb is a well-known name in the Canadian market for restructuring and insolvency  and other commercial disputes. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator.
Clifford Lax QC garners high praise from commentators for his excellent practice that sees him represent clients on a range of issues including real estate and securities disputes.
Jonathan Lisus remains highly regarded in the Canadian market and is is recognised for his superb expertise regarding product liability and shareholder disputes.

Hogan Lovells

This global firm sees three practitioners from its US offices receive listings in our guide this year.
Richard Lorenzo is a top name at the firm who sources speak highly of in our research. He is adept on cross-border disputes, with particular expertise in matters relating to investment treaties.
Daniel González is described by observers as “an excellent litigator”. He runs an impressive practice that features notable insight into shareholder litigation and corporate investigations.
Neal Katyal commands a strong reputation in the North American market for his skill in appellate litigation. Sources rate him particularly highly for his expertise in the technology and employment sectors.

Reed Smith

Reed Smith is a significant force in the North American region, offering clients great expertise in sophisticated litigious matters. Three of its practitioners in the US are highlighted this year.
A Global Elite Thought Leader in the field, José I Astigarraga receives much commendation from market players this year for the breadth of his experience in litigation. He is particularly well known for his unrivalled expertise in Latin America.
Ed Mullins is an excellent practitioner with a wealth of expertise in the field. His practice sees him represent clients on matters including shareholder disputes and class actions.
Michael T Scott continues to stand out in our research for his superb insight in life sciences disputes, with particular expertise on matters arising from product liability claims.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Three individuals receive nominations in our guide this year, maintaining the firm’s strong showing in the litigation space.
Theodore Boutrous Jr is described by market players as “a tremendous advocate”. He provides broad litigation experience on matters as diverse as IP and labour and employment disputes.
Theodore Olson is a distinguished litigator and one of the best-known practitioners in Washington, DC. He earns plaudits in particular for his expertise in the sports, IP and media sectors.
Miguel Estrada enjoys a stellar reputation in the North American market and worldwide for his impressive expertise in commercial appellate litigation.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Two practitioners from Blake, Cassels & Graydon are highlighted in our research by colleagues for their impressive litigation work.
Paul Schabas is highly recommended by practitioners in the field for his wealth of expertise as a litigator. He handles a full range of civil and criminal litigation, including competition, tax and constitutional law matters.
Jeff Galway is an excellent litigator who stands out for his superb experience on class actions.  Among his recent representations were successfully acting for Labatt Brewer Company in the Ontario Supreme Court in defence of an antitrust class action for around C$1.4 billion. 

Goodmans

Two impressive practitioners from Goodmans are highlighted in our guide this year.
Benjamin Zarnett is a prominent name in the litigation space and one of the top three individuals in Canada in this year’s research. His practice sees him represent clients on a broad spectrum of matters including securities disputes and restructuring.
Alan Mark continues to receive high praise from sources for his commercial litigation prowess. His practice offers clients expertise  in corporate finance, restructuring and product liability class actions.

Leading Individuals

Canada

Linda Rothstein of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein, a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field, is lauded by respondents for her experience in a wide variety of matters including professional misconduct disputes and class actions.

Arvay Finlay’s Joseph Arvay QC is a much-respected figure in the Canadian litigation space. His impressive practice provides clients with trial representation on constitutional and administrative law matters, with particular expertise on aboriginal law and class actions.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg’s Kent Thomson enjoys a stellar reputation in the Canadian market, with sources rating him highly for his insight into securities and competition litigation.

At Stikeman Elliott, Katherine Kay is greatly respected by colleagues in the field of litigation. She is particularly adept on competition matters, including wide-ranging experience in class action defence.
Eliot Kolers is a “seasoned litigator” who is a “very active” figure in the Canadian market. He offers clients a wealth of insight into securities disputes and competition matters, including complex class actions.

Sheila Block of Torys garners widespread praise from colleagues across the Canadian market for her work in the field of securities defence litigation and IP disputes.

Bennett Jones’ Jeffrey Leon LSM is a well-recognised figure in the market, noted particularly for his top-tier work on class actions, including product liability, cross-border securities and professional negligence matters.

USA

Keker, Van Nest & Peters’ John W Keker is a “spectacular lawyer” and one of the most prominent litigators in the USA who is deservedly highlighted as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year. He excels on a broad range of IP, antitrust and white-collar criminal matters.
Robert Van Nest is a highly regarded name in the market who garners widespread praise from respondents to our research. His impressive litigation practice covers an array of matters including securities and antitrust litigation.

Rusty Hardin & Associates’ Rusty Hardin is a Global Elite Thought Leader who enjoys a distinguished reputation for his work on a full range of civil litigation matters. He is described as  “a great trial lawyer”, with one source stating, “He’s the guy I would hire if I had a case I really cared about.”

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle’s T Barry Kingham is an outstanding litigator who sources praise highly in our research this year. He is particularly well regarded for his work in securities and professional liability litigation.

David Boies at Boies Schiller & Flexner is a superb litigator who continues to be one of the best-known names in the US market. He has deep experience across a range of sectors including technology and financial services.
Founding partner Jonathan Schiller remains a firm favourite among respondents, who speak highly of his expert insights into banking disputes.

 

Asia-Pacific

Thought Leaders
1. Alvin Yeo SC WongPartnership LLP, Singapore
2. Philip Jeyaretnam Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, Singapore
3. Colin Loveday Clayton Utz, Sydney
4. Davinder Singh SC Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
5. Nick Gall Gall, Hong Kong

Leading Firms

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells maintains its reputation for offering an impressive breadth of legal expertise around the globe. Four individuals are highlighted from the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Mark Lin is a well-recognised figure in the firm’s Hong Kong office who is highly thought of for his work in the financial services and media sectors.
Allan Leung commands great respect from peers as an experienced and highly skilful commercial litigator. He provides clients extensive expertise in insolvency and product liability litigation across a range of industries.
Chris Dobby is an outstanding practitioner with great experience as a litigator. He is particularly adept on matters relating to restructuring and insolvency and internal investigations.
Timothy Hill is a distinguished figure in the construction litigation space. He offers clients more than 25 years’ expertise handling matters such as procurement, joint ventures and supply chain disputes.

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is a go-to firm in Australia, receiving strong support from observers around the world. It sees three of their practitioners listed this year.
Colin Loveday stands out as a Global Elite Thought Leader in this year’s research. He is a highly regarded figure in the litigation space who is well known for his extensive experience in product liability disputes.
Stuart Clark AM receives strong praise from market commentators this year. He runs an impressive practice that sees him represent clients  on life sciences and product liability class actions.
Greg Williams wins high praise for his great expertise in product liability litigation and class action disputes.

Rajah & Tann Singapore

Three practitioners from this Singaporean firm are highlighted in our guide for their impressive work over the past year.
Eng Beng Lee SC is praised by colleagues as “a top SC” in Singapore. He excels at handling complex restructuring and insolvency and related financial services matters.
The "commercially savvy and very responsive" Danny Ong is "extremely experienced in complex cross-border financial disputes" and is noted as "one of the best specialists in this space".
Chuan Thye Tan SC enjoys an excellent reputation in the market for his expertise in the field of litigation. He is particularly adept on matters regarding shareholder disputes and insolvency issues.

Drew & Napier

This firm is home to some of Singapore’s most prominent litigators, with two of its practitioners listed in our guide this year.
Davinder Singh SC is praised by market observers as “outstanding in the field”, a conclusion reflected in his status as a Global Elite Thought Leader for litigation. Among his many areas of expertise, Singh offers clients expert insight in investigations and restructurings and insolvencies.
Cavinder Bull SC receives widespread commendations from respondents to our research this year for his work as a trial and appellate advocate. He is one of the top names in the Singaporean market, with broad sector and industry expertise.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

At Allens, Guy Foster maintains a top-tier reputation in the Australian market thanks to his wealth of expertise on matters relating to asset recovery and securities litigation.
Peter O’Donahoo is an outstanding practitioner whose enviable practice sees him involved in matters regarding product liability in the life sciences and consumer goods sectors among others.

MinterEllison’s Michael Hales remains leading name in the market thanks to his wealth of expertise in the real estate and energy sectors combined with more than 25 years of experience..

Hong Kong

At Gall, Global Elite Thought Leader Nick Gall is a an “innovative and driven” litigator, according to observers. He provides clients with outstanding experience on international asset recovery and insolvency litigation.

Temple Chambers’ Russell Coleman SC is a prominent name in the market who comes highly rated for his expertise in a broad range of matters including employment, insurance and professional negligence disputes.
Jat Sew-Tong SC JP enjoys an excellent reputation in the Hong Kong market due to his stand-out litigation expertise. He offers clients superb experience on shareholders disputes and professional negligence matters.
Charles Manzoni QC is a prominent name at the set, who commentators speak highly of him in our research this year. He is particularly well known for his work on construction and sports disputes.

India

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas’ Pallavi Shroff is an excellent litigator with more than three decades' expertise on matters including energy and natural resources.

Singapore

WongPartnership’s Alvin Yeo SC is a pre-eminent practitioner in Singapore and a Global Elite Thought Leader in the field of litigation this year. He is recognised for his excellent work representing clients on banking and infrastructure disputes.

Philip Jeyaretnam of Dentons Rodyk & Davidson maintains his position as one of Singapore’s foremost litigators. He is particularly adept on disputes in the construction sector.

Clifford Chance’s Harpreet Singh SC is a superb practitioner with significant experience in commercial litigation, including notable expertise across the energy and banking sectors.

 

Latin America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Cândido Rangel Dinamarco Dinamarco Rossi Beraldo & Bedaque, São Paulo
2. Ricardo Tepedino Tepedino, Migliore e Berezowski Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Firms

Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados 

This Brazilian firm is home to some of the country’s top litigators. Three individuals are nominated to our guide this year.
Marcelo Roberto Ferro commands an excellent reputation in the Brazilian market, offering great insight into corporate and construction litigation.
José Roberto de Castro Neves remains a well-regarded among sources to our research. His enviable practice that sees him represent clients in corporate and administrative matters.
A founding partner and top name from the firm, Daltro de Campos Borges Filho comes highly recommended by sources for his work on restructuring disputes.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Brazilian powerhouse Pinheiro Neto Advogados see two of its most distinguished practitioners highlighted in our guide this year.
Gilberto Giusti garners widespread praise from market commentators this year. He runs an excellent practice that offers clients specialist expertise in the complex construction disputes.
Celso Cintra Mori is an excellent litigator who possesses a great reputation in the Latin American market. He is adept on matters arising from public procurement.

Leading Individuals

Brazil

Bichara Advogados’ Adriana Astuto is praised for her “competence, knowledge and dedication” by clients. Her practice offers “diverse knowledge of national and international laws” and “excellent performance in conducting claims”, most notably relating to construction and real estate matters.

Dinamarco Rossi Beraldo & Bedaque’s Cândido Rangel Dinamarco is a Global Elite Thought Leader in the Brazilian market who sources continue to speak highly of in our research. He is adept on matters regarding civil litigation.

Ricardo Tepedino at Tepedino, Migliore e Berezowski Advogados is one of the most highly rated litigators in Brazil and internationally, with more than 30 years of experience in the Brazilian market.

Costa Rica

Pignataro Abogados’ Alejandro Pignataro provides superb knowledge of the Costa Rican market, with particular expertise in asset recovery and other corporate matters.

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