In the latest edition of WWL: Arbitration, WWL is proud to present over 900 of the world’s arbitration lawyers. They have been carefully selected for their outstanding expertise and experience as arbitrators, counsel, co-arbitrators, and arbitration chairs in commercial and investor-state disputes under the institutional rules of the ICC, ICSID, UNICTRAL and more.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Leading firms and sets
The “excellent” Domitille Baizeau is “outstanding as both counsel and arbitrator”. She has nearly 25 years of experience in commercial and investment arbitrations concerning M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes.
Joachim Knoll is a “very knowledgeable practitioner” with “excellent insight and great people skills”. He has over 20 years of experience as counsel and arbitrator across international sale of goods, construction and aviation disputes.
Bernd Ehle is praised by peers as “an outstanding practitioner” and “great arbitrator who knows
his stuff and is very reliable”. His expertise lies in high-value construction and infrastructure disputes, as well as M&A transactions and joint venture issues.
Michael Schneider is a “great arbitrator” and a distinguished name in the arbitration space, lauded by peers as “a senior statesman”. He regularly advises states and corporations on construction and infrastructure disputes.
“Outstanding practitioner” Melissa Magliana is highlighted as an “exceptionally good lawyer with a lot of international experience”. Sources highlight her “excellent legal mind” and add: “There is a lot more to come for Melissa!”
Noradèle Radjai is a “great advocate” and “an excellent arbitration lawyer who is well versed in both common and civil law”, report interviewees. According to one, “She surpasses peers at cross-examining experts.”
Noah Rubins is singled out by respondents as “an excellent investment treaty practitioner in the field”. He is a specialist in construction and energy contractual disputes.
Sylvia Noury is “a great advocate, especially in investment arbitration work”. She is experienced at acting for clients in the energy, natural resources and telecommunications sectors, under most major institutional rules.
Nigel Rawding QC is “a market leader” who provides “impressive legal analysis while being a pleasure to work with”. He focuses on acting as counsel, with a speciality in telecommunications, banking and pharmaceutical disputes.
Peers in the arbitration space recommend Toby Landau QC as “a very impressive advocate and a gentleman”. He has spent over 20 years handling international investment disputes in the oil and gas, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors.
V V Veeder QC is one of the world’s elite arbitration specialists. He has over 40 years of experience with commercial and trade disputes in the finance, banking and insurance sectors.
Constantine Partasides QC is “a market-leading professional” and “a star in London”. Peers effuse that he is “one of the best practitioners” in the region. He is especially skilled in large commercial energy disputes.
One peer dubs Reza Mohtashami QC “one of the most brilliant lawyers I have ever worked with”. His advocacy skills are particularly praised, with one interviewee saying, “His cross-examination is brutal, unrelenting and very effective.”
Georgios Petrochilos is recognised by peers as “great lawyer” and “excellent advocate in hearings and strategy”. His practice encompasses the representation of states and international organisations in investment and commercial disputes.
Gaetan Verhoosel is highlighted by sources as “a superb practitioner in the space”. He is well versed in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as both counsel and arbitrator.
Todd Wetmore is widely considered “a very brilliant advocate” by peers, who particularly point to his exceptional skill and experience in construction arbitrations.
Gary Born is a perennial selection as a Global Elite Thought Leader, continually securing endorsements from market commentators as “probably the best US arbitration lawyer in Europe” with “excellent knowledge and vast experience”.
Maxi Scherer is “one of the greatest and most complete arbitrators of her generation” and “one of the most sought-after currently practising”, report knowledgeable sources. She is a “brilliant scholar and lawyer” with wide-ranging experience in both commercial and investment arbitrations.
Franz Schwarz is “an excellent lawyer and arbitrator” who is “very creative, fair and balanced” in his approach. He has extensive experience as both counsel and arbitrator in joint venture, M&A and project finance disputes.
Steven Finizio is “a superb overall counsel” and a distinguished practitioner in the arbitration field. He is well versed in acting as counsel and arbitrators in oil and gas, financial services, and shareholder disputes.
Audley Sheppard QC is “a leader in the London arbitration market” and “an outstanding advocate and arbitrator” with “a wealth of experience and sound judgement”. Peers state that he is “very, very good on public international law” and has a “a sensible and practical approach as an arbitrator”.
Simon Greenberg is known as “a star” among international arbitration practitioners, with sources commenting that he is “extremely experienced for his age” and “knows all the ins and outs of arbitration”. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator in disputes across the telecommunications, technology, aviation and construction sectors.
Jason Fry is a key arbitration practitioner in the European market who earns extensive endorsement from peers worldwide. He has over 25 years of experience as counsel and arbitrator in infrastructure, energy, aerospace and trade disputes.
Judith Gill QC is highlighted by sources for her “top-notch awards” in her role as an ICC court member. Her practice as counsel and arbitrator encompasses a large variety of commercial and investment treaty disputes.
Julian Lew QC “is a very experienced arbitrator who handles hearings in a very consistent and balanced manner”, say sources. He has spent over 40 years in the field as an arbitrator, and is an expert in transactional, joint venture, and oil and gas exploration disputes.
Other leading individuals
Andreas Reiner at ARP is cited as “currently one of the leading arbitrators in Austria”. Peers laud him as “an outstanding arbitrator” who is “imaginative and very experienced” with “a strong sense of justice and procedural fairness”. He provides “deep analysis and distinguished character” in arbitration proceedings, comment others.
Gerold Zeiler of Zeiler.Partners is a key name in the market who is lauded by sources as "one of the top counsel and arbitrators of his generation".
Christoph Schreuer receives extensive praise from peers as "probably the world’s leading expert on investment arbitration" and "in his own league in investment cases".
Florian Haugeneder with Knoetzl is "a leader of the new generation of arbitrators" in Europe, say peers who consider him "a top strategist, writer and advocate" who "adds a lot of value to the Austrian arbitration market".
Bernard Hanotiau at Hanotiau & van den Berg secures recognition as “a top Belgian arbitrator” who is “extremely experienced and has a no-nonsense approach”. He has spent over 40 years acting as arbitrator, chairman and counsel in commercial disputes.
Albert Jan van den Berg is identified as “a very big name in international arbitration” who is “very clever and experienced”. He has acted as sole and party-appointed arbitrator in scores of disputes pertaining to the aviation, banking, construction and defence sectors.
Niuscha Bassiri is “already a leader in the younger generation of arbitrators”, with sources recommending her as “super-organised and insightful”, as well as “extremely knowledgeable in investment arbitration”.
Vera van Houtte of Van Houtte Partners is “one of the leaders of the international construction arbitration bar”, and “an outstanding practitioner who is highly respected globally”. Respondents highlight her expertise in construction disputes as particularly impressive.
Hans van Houtte earns endorsements from sources as “a prime arbitrator in investor-state disputes”. He has appeared as chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator under most major institutional rules and on an ad hoc basis.
Juliet Blanch at Arbitration Chambers is “a great example and role model of how to succeed in arbitration”. She is described as an “ insightful and fair” arbitrator who is “incredibly knowledgeable and easy to work with”.
Sophie Lamb QC of Latham & Watkins is “a brilliant and very formidable lawyer” as well as “an incredibly articulate and engaging speaker”. She frequently advises public companies, sovereign nations and financial institutions on high-profile disputes.
Wendy Miles QC with Debevoise & Plimpton is identified by peers as “a hugely well-respected arbitrator” who is “very active in the space”. She has over 20 years of experience with institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, where she advises multinational corporations and state entities.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Stephen Jagusch QC is "a towering figure" in international arbitration who is highly respected for his deep expertise in commercial and investor-state proceedings.
Anthony Sinclair is "a market leader" who commentators highlight for his "stellar reputation in investment treaty work" and "excellent arbitration knowledge".
Director general of the London Court of International Arbitration Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof has “done brilliant things in reinventing the LCIA” and is “a true leader for international arbitration in London, as well as an incredible asset to the movement for greater diversity in arbitration”.
The “superb” Paula Hodges QC at Herbert Smith Freehills “is a legend of the market” and a “very knowledgeable arbitrator”, comment numerous interviewees. She has over 30 years of experience advising on international disputes in the energy, telecommunications, and technology sectors.
Loukas Mistelis of Queen Mary, University of London, has "a brilliant intellect" and is "superb as arbitrator, especially in investment disputes". One peer lauds his "amazing arbitration knowledge".
Stavros Brekoulakis “is extremely intelligent, a true team player and a pleasure to work with” say sources. They note that he is “very good both as counsel and arbitrator”, offering clients a “hard-working and user-friendly approach”.
“Excellent practitioner” Karyl Nairn QC at Skadden is a standout name in the European arbitration market. She has extensive experience advising governments and corporations on investment treaty and commercial disputes.
Stephen Fietta at Fietta is “an exceptional lawyer” and comes “highly recommended” by peers, especially for investment treaty cases. He has over 20 years of experience with international public law and investment treaty disputes under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules.
Emmanuel Gaillard of Shearman & Sterling is one of the world’s foremost arbitration specialists. Peers describe him as "the name in arbitration in France" and "a very sharp practitioner".
Yas Banifatemi is renowned for her stellar work in the international arbitration arena, and comes highly recommended by peers who state that she is "simply outstanding".
Eduardo Silva Romero with Dechert “perfectly understands how to best strategise his arguments at hearings as both counsel and arbitrator”, says one commentator. He specialises in disputes involving states and state-owned entities in the construction, mining, oil and gas, and electricity sectors.
Independent arbitrator and current president of the ICC Alexis Mourre is "a star of the arbitration world". One peer says that "under his presidency, the ICC has pushed to a new level in international dispute resolution".
Linklaters’ Roland Ziadé emerges as one of the titans of the arbitration market in Europe and is again selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader. Peers describe him as “a great rainmaker” with “deep knowledge of arbitration” and “a well-respected and liked figure on the Paris arbitration scene”.
Independent practitioner Pierre Mayer is lauded as by peers as "a great arbitrator" who offers "superior legal analysis". His expertise spans both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.
Fernando Mantilla-Serrano at Latham & Watkins is “an outstanding lawyer”. He is a known specialist in investor-state disputes under ICSID rules, with outstanding knowledge of issues involving Latin America.
Yves Derains with Derains & Gharavi “is the epitome of wisdom and wise judgement” in arbitration proceedings, comments one effusive source. He possesses over 40 years of experience as arbitrator and counsel.
Melanie van Leeuwen is described as “a Dutch superstar in Paris”. Peers “only have praise for Melanie” and laud her as “an outstanding professional and great personality”.
Hamid Gharavi secures recommendations as “a super-successful arbitration practitioner in investor-state cases”. He acts as counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations and under institutional rules in both commercial and investor-state cases.
Bart Legum of Dentons is held in high esteem by peers, who say he is a "totally excellent, smart, thoughtful and effective practitioner".
Brigitte Stern University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne is identified as “one of the top arbitrators there is” and “a true role model in so many ways”. Market commentators are quick to single her out as “an excellent arbitrator in investment treaty cases”.
Carole Malinvaud at Gide Loyrette Nouel is "an elite French arbitration lawyer” and “excellent practitioner”, who is highlighted for her “relaxed manner of handling procedural questions, and her well-organised, efficient approach”.
Christopher Seppälä of White & Case is recognised by respondents as “the FIDIC pope”. He is “very experienced, especially in construction arbitration matters”, and has experience handling disputes under civil, common and Islamic law.
Charles Nairac earns acclaim from peers for being “absolutely outstanding as an arbitration lawyer”, with his “complete bilingualism” an advantage to his practice. He focuses on acting primarily as counsel, and is noted for his specialism in construction disputes.
Michael Polkinghorne is “excellent counsel” and “a gentleman in his cross-examination, while also being effective and quick-witted”. Peers note that he is “great in gas-pricing disputes”.
Julien Fouret with Eversheds Sutherland is a highly distinguished arbitration practitioner whom sources identify as “one of the brightest minds of his generation”. Other sources note, “He is great for investment arbitration,” as well as being “a very good arbitrator and a very good counsel”.
Jennifer Kirby at Kirby is one of France’s foremost arbitration specialists and is “widely recognised for her work as counsel and arbitrator”. Says one respondent, “She is one of the most impressive lawyers I’ve met.”
Christophe Seraglini of Betto Seraglini is “an extremely sharp legal mind” who has “shown himself to be a leader in French arbitration”. His practice in investment treat arbitrations includes acting as counsel and arbitrator, with extensive experience as chair.
Bredin Prat’s Raëd Fathallah secures wide-ranging endorsements from market commentators as “an incredibly bright” and “very skilled practitioner” in the arbitration space. He is experienced in both large scale commercial and investment arbitrations as counsel.
Isabelle Michou of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is a "very knowledgeable and strong practitioner" who peers consider "an absolute first-rate opponent" who is "very creative in her arguments".
Independent practitioner Stefan Kröll is “a piercing intellect” who is “incredibly hard-working and user friendly”, with one peer effusing, “Arbitration in Vienna owes so much to Stefan.”
Inka Hanefeld of Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is recognised as “a major player in the arbitration field” and a “a top German arbitrator”. Market commentators call her “a hugely impressive, incredibly conscientious and intelligent individual” who “could not be praised more”.
At Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Richard Kreindler offers “sound knowledge of the law, in both common law and civil systems”, as well as “vast experience in international arbitration and a superior understanding of complex legal and factual issues”. He is further praised for being “very well prepared and quick” and for “asking the right questions”.
CMS Hasche Sigle’s Torsten Lörcher is highlighted as “a very sought-after arbitrator” and “a pleasure to work with”. Sources stress his “very careful, thorough and seriously analytical approach” as well as his “good judgement and quiet authority”.
Klaus Michael Sachs is highlighted as “a phenomenal, well-prepared practitioner” and “an excellent arbitrator who brings great attention to detail”.
The “outstanding” Stephan Wilske with Gleiss Lutz is championed by market commentators as “a great arbitrator” in the European market. He is a seasoned counsel when it comes to post-M&A, joint venture and investment arbitrations.
Daniel Busse at Busse Disputes has “a deep understanding of energy matters” and brings a “high quality of work product, starting with the first draft”. Respondents are quick to praise him as “a fantastic, super-knowledgeable lawyer and a great guy”.
Siegfried Elsing with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is praised for his tenacity; he “really fights for the party who instructs him” and “is one of the best chairpersons” in Germany. He has over 30 years of experience acting as counsel and arbitrator under major institutional rules in investment disputes.
Klaus Peter Berger at the University of Cologne is acclaimed as “a solution-oriented practitioner who analyses all facets of the issues at hand”. He has extensive experience as chair, and as party-appointed and sole arbitrator, under ICC, DIS, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.
Independent arbitrator Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel is “a great practitioner”, and considered “the German name” in the arbitration space. He sits as chairman and arbitrator under most international institutional rules, as well as ad-hoc proceedings.
Laurence Shore of BonelliErede is “a star in Europe” with “superb advocacy skills”. One peer singles him out as “an important part of the Bonelli team”. He is well versed in acting as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and investment arbitrations in the energy, construction and finance sectors.
Andrea Carlevaris is “a phenomenal practitioner”. He is a key name in the market for international contractual, investment and public law disputes. Sources deem him a “very good professional who makes the most of his experience of the ICC Court”.
At LawFed BRSA, Mauro Rubino Sammartano is a stalwart of the European arbitration market, with peers identifying him as “an impressive construction arbitrator, who is always professional and efficient”.
Luca Radicati di Brozolo at Arblit is “a highly renowned” practitioner, acclaimed as “extremely knowledgeable in investment arbitration” and “one of the best Italian arbitrators”.
Michelangelo Cicogna with De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani Studio Legale “is definitely one of the top names in Italy” for arbitration matters. He secures endorsements from peers across Europe for his “charismatic and engaging manner”.
At Obeid Law Firm, Nayla Comair-Obeid is “a renowned international arbitrator” with “a mastery of arbitration issues” as well as “excellent knowledge of the legal aspects, be it civil or common law”.
Juan Fernández-Armesto at Armesto y Asociados comes recommended by market commentators for being ”outstanding in every way” and “one of the leading arbitration practitioners in Spain, chiefly in investment arbitration”.
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler’s Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler is “a superb arbitrator” recognised for her “excellent understanding of investment treaty and public international law”.
Laurent Lévy earns admiration from respondents as “one of the greats” in arbitration practice who is "open-minded and fair" in his approach. His speciality lies in corporate disputes pertaining to the oil, gas, airspace and finance industries.
Sébastien Besson is a “very commercial and hardworking” lawyer who is highly esteemed by peers thanks to his profound expertise in a range of arbitral disputes from sports to energy.
Christopher Boog at Schellenberg Wittmer is identified by sources as “one of the superstars in Switzerland” when it comes to arbitration, and “obviously a top name”. One respondent effuses, “Chris belongs among the best arbitration counsel of his generation”.
Nathalie Voser is “a high flyer” in the European arbitration field, for whom peers “only have praise”. They note, “She never fails to impress – neither on the law, nor on interpersonal skills as an arbitrator.”
Elliott Geisinger ranks prominently in the international arbitration arena and is highly sought-after by clients who commend his “well-prepared” approach to proceedings.
At Bernet Arbitration/ Dispute Management, Martin Bernet is lauded as "a statesman of the field" with "an exceptional level of experience, business understanding and legal expertise". He is "an excellent arbitrator who knows his file perfectly".
Philipp Habegger of Habegger Arbitration is “a true leading light” and currently “one of Switzerland’s best arbitrators”. Commentators recommend him as “an extremely experienced arbitrator and counsel, who comes up with smart solutions to very complex issues”.
The "outstanding" Philippe Pinsolle of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is "a very well-known and experienced lawyer" with extensive capabilities in energy and construction disputes.
Simon Gabriel at Gabriel Arbitration is “very pragmatic counsel” compliment peers, one of whom says, “If I had a personal arbitration dispute myself, I would take Simon as my counsel.”
Pierre-Yves Gunter of Bär & Karrer is held in high regard by peers who note he sits among the most prominent arbitration specialists in the Swiss market.
Urs Weber-Stecher at Wenger & Vieli is described as “an excellent legal mind” – as his peers say, “He is a senior professional to look up to and to steal tricks from!” Sources laud him as “a great arbitrator and very sharp thinker”.
Gabrielle Nater-Bass of Homburger is "one of the top counsel of her generation" and a "brilliant and efficient chair". Respondents highlight her "really efficient and well-organised approach to cases".
Lenz & Staehelin’s Xavier Favre-Bulle is “a great lawyer” who is distinguished by market commentators as “one of Switzerland’s best arbitrators”.
Independent practitioner Pierre Tercier is "a wonderful arbitrator", as well as "highly independent and one of the best chairmen". He is an authority when it comes to commercial and investment arbitration.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
David Rivkin is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader thanks to extensive recommendations from peers around the world. He is highly respected for his standing in the space, and is particularly experienced working under ICSID rules.
Donald Francis Donovan sits among North America’s elite arbitration specialists, and is accordingly identified as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the space. His focus lies on acting as arbitrator, president, chair or sole arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes under ICSID, ICC and ICDR rules.
Sources relate that Catherine Amirfar “will be a leader of the international arbitration group at the firm, and is an obvious one to watch”. Her practice focuses on acting as counsel in international commercial and treaty arbitrations.
Mark Friedman is “smart, creative, conscientious and thorough” as a practitioner. Peers say, “He has the capacity to be tough without seeming it – it’s a nice combination. He is good with witnesses, on briefs and in client service.”
The “outstanding” Paul Friedland is a titan of the North American arbitration market. He is deeply familiar with both counsel and arbitrator roles in commercial and investor-state arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules.
Carolyn Lamm is “a true legend in the business” and gains recognition as “an absolutely lethal cross-examiner who has years of experience – and it shows”. She “understands the important stuff that she needs to focus on with lightning speed”.
Ank Santens is a “very impressive” name in the North American arbitration market, described as a “top-level attorney”. She acts as both counsel and arbitrator in international commercial, construction and investment arbitrations under all major institutional rules.
The “excellent” Nigel Blackaby emerges as one of America’s arbitration heavyweights, and is chosen as a Global Elite Thought Leader. Commentators say he “has grown the best practice for Latin American work in DC”.
Noiana Marigo is “among the top of the class” when it comes to arbitration matters. She is considered “incredibly smart and hard-working”, and is commended for “paying attention to the reality and details of every commercial industry” as well as “her capability to tailor damages theory”.
James Hosking is an arbitration stalwart in the market, championed as “a strong advocate and excellent arbitrator”. One peer singles him out as “an experienced arbitration and trial lawyer with an astute business sense and outstanding legal skills”.
Aníbal Martín Sabater “has the ability to keep calm and make the point needed by the client under difficult and stressful situations”. Clients comment, “When you deal with Aníbal you know that his advice will be clear to understand and useful. Clearly, Aníbal is a top-tier lawyer.”
David Lindsey is praised by market commentators as “an excellent lawyer” in the arbitration space. He has over 30 years of experience as arbitrator and counsel in construction, infrastructure, and oil and gas disputes in Latin America.
Pierre Bienvenu "is in a league of his own" when it comes to arbitration proceedings, remark sources who "only have praise" for him.
Martin Valasek is a favourite among peers in the arbitration space who recommend him as “very experienced and well regarded”. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator in the aerospace, banking, construction and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.
Other leading individuals
Independent arbitrator Henri Alvarez QC is “a phenomenal and thoughtful” arbitrator whom peers laud as “absolutely top-tier”. He has accrued over 30 years of experience as arbitrator and counsel in commercial construction, forestry, energy and banking disputes.
Woods’ Stephen Drymer is "an extremely skilled and experienced arbitrator" with strong experience of disputes in the mining, energy, IT and aerospace sectors.
Independent practitioner J William Rowley QC is lauded by one peer as “in my opinion, the best of the big names of the arbitration space”. He is a master of oil and gas, LNG, and renewable energy disputes.
Independent practitioner Marc Lalonde PC OC QC is a household name in Canada and a top-quality arbitration practitioner, highlighted by interviewees as a “senior stateman” and an “excellent arbitrator”. He has wide-ranging experience covering natural resources, construction and sports disputes, among others.
Fabien Gélinas of the McGill University Faculty of Law is a powerhouse arbitration specialist who receives extensive recommendations from peers across Europe and North America.
Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer’s David Haigh QC is a pillar of the Canadian arbitration field and a “leading international arbitrator”. He has 50 years of experience, and currently focuses on acting as arbitrator in petrochemical, construction and joint venture disputes.
Independent arbitrator Yves Fortier CC QC is “one of the world’s finest” arbitration practitioners, who is recognised by sources as “an excellent arbitrator and statesman” of the space.
Jan Paulsson at Three Crowns is a towering figure in the arbitration space, and is selected as a Global Elite Thought Leader for his footprint in the US market. He has built a practice as counsel and arbitrator over 40 years, and specialises in international commercial disputes.
The “exceptional” Jean Kalicki of Kalicki Arbitration is “an extremely effective co-arbitrator; thoughtful, creative and a great problem solver”. Market commentators highlight her as “an extremely impressive arbitrator who is prepared ahead of time – firm but fair in how she handles proceedings, and on top of every detail”.
Julie Bédard with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom comes “highly recommended” by peers and is “a standout practitioner at the firm”. She is trained in both civil and common law systems, and specialises in the enforcement of arbitration agreements.
The “eminent” John Fellas at Hughes Hubbard & Reed is endorsed by market commentators as “an excellent arbitrator”. He co-chairs the firm’s international arbitration practice, and has deep experience acting as counsel, arbitrator and co-chair in disputes.
John Townsend of Hughes Hubbard & Reed provides “valuable insights on sticky procedural issues” and is lauded as a “a preeminent arbitrator” in the field. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator in complex international commercial and investment treaty disputes.
George Bermann of Columbia University School of Law draws acclaim from sources as "an outstanding thought leader and invaluable resource" when it comes to commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.
Meg Kinnear with the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes earns recognition from peers as “a leader of the investment arbitration community”. She is a specialist in all investment law issues.
Hogan Lovells’ Samaa Haridi has “impressive knowledge of different jurisdictions, and a very good sense of diplomacy while working on complex situations”. She is deemed “very worthy of inclusion on the list”.
Independent arbitrator Mark Kantor possesses “a wealth of information on so many substantive issues”, and comes highly recommended as a “leader in the arbitration field: an excellent arbitrator”.
Christian Leathley at Herbert Smith Freehills is “an outstanding lawyer” who gains recognition for being “very active in the field, to the benefit of the global arbitration community”. He heads the firm’s US arbitration group and has 20 years of experience with commercial and investment arbitrations in Latin America.
Independent practitioner Eric Schwartz is "a go-to arbitrator for high-stakes commercial disputes" and is considered "a very strong manager of the process and of hearings, as well as very precise and smart in deliberations".
Anne Marie Whitesell of Georgetown University Law Center has “acted as co-counsel, served as arbitrator, and done a spectacular job leading Georgetown’s programme”. She is “a fantastic all-around practitioner”, according to knowledgeable sources.
Independent arbitrator Brian King is “really something – no detail gets past him”. A long-standing figure in the market, he continues to “make a name for himself as an independent arbitrator”.
Independent practitioner William Park is praised by respondents as “a star” of the market and “a phenomenal arbitrator”. His focus lies on institutional and ad hoc arbitrations concerning joint venture, insurance and foreign investment disputes.
Edna Sussman with SussmanADR is “an outstanding practitioner” and “highly effective chairperson in ICDR proceedings”. She practises solely as arbitrator and mediator in international commercial disputes.
One peer effuses that Doak Bishop with King & Spalding is “one of the best counsel and arbitrators with whom I’ve worked on international disputes”, with others identifying him as “a star of the market”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Leading firms and sets
Justin D’Agostino is a mainstay of arbitration expertise in Hong Kong. His high-quality practice includes investment treaty and commercial arbitrations under international trade law and ICC rules.
Sources state that Alastair Henderson “goes beyond being an excellent lawyer”, adding: “He has a real understanding of our needs, and is always available and really committed to our case.”
Brenda Horrigan comes “highly recommended” by peers in the field. She has varied experience as arbitration chair in international commercial and investment treaty disputes in emerging markets.
Benjamin Hughes is a favourite among peers, who describe him as "the most sought-after American arbitrator based in Asia" and "a great practitioner".
Lawrence Boo wins acclaim as “an arbitrator extraordinaire” who “really stands above all others; he’s terrific”. Sources stress that he is “very learned and has broadened the range of matters he is a master of in recent years”.
John Beechey CBE is a pillar of the Hong Kong arbitration space, and “a very experienced practitioner”, who is accordingly identified as Global Elite Thought Leader in the field.
Chiann Bao is described by market commentators as a "meticulous, smart, well-prepared and efficient arbitrator", as well as "very knowledgeable, diligent and a real diplomat".
Matthew Gearing QC is a celebrated champion of the arbitration field, with peers recognising him as “among the greatest lawyers in Hong Kong”. His expertise lies in investment treaty and commercial disputes pertaining to the oil and gas, and energy sectors, among others.
Matthew Hodgson is readily identified as “a phenomenal lawyer” by market commentators. He is well versed in energy, infrastructure, construction and finance disputes.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent arbitrator Douglas Jones AO is "a very experienced practitioner" and "a construction law specialist". He is well versed in acting as arbitrator in international commercial and investor state arbitrations.
Michael Pryles of Michael Pryles Arbitration and Mediation is highlighted as “a smart, very experienced and very influential practitioner” who delivers “prompt and decisive advice while always being on top of the issues”.
James Morrison at Morrison Law “is one of the few names in arbitration whose reputation and dynamism can transcend time and distance in this high-maintenance world where names can fade quickly”. Respondents praise his “extremely sharp mind and very good strategy”.
Colin Ong QC at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services is a staple of the international arbitration field, and earns extensive recommendations from peers around the world who are "happy to endorse him for his strong work as arbitrator”, also winning widespread plaudits for his work as lead counsel in both civil and common law matters. “He is always on top of the detail as well as the big-picture issues,” adds one source.
Michael Moser at Twenty Essex comes "highly recommended" by market commentators as "a very experienced international arbitrator". His expertise lies in oil and gas, intellectual property, and construction disputes.
The “outstanding” Sarah Grimmer of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre is “a truly great practitioner”. Her practice runs the gamut of investment treaty and contractual disputes.
Independent arbitrator Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS is “a big name in the market” who comes “highly recommended” by a plethora of itnerviewees. He has vast experience of international arbitration as a former chairman of the HKIAC.
Shearman & Sterling’s Nils Eliasson is a “very smart” arbitration specialist who is highly recommended for his impressive experience handling disputes under various arbitral rules from HKIAC to ICC and LCIA.
Independent practitioner Louise Barrington comes highly recommended for her "great" experience as arbitrator and counsel in banking, construction and shareholder disputes.
Bae Kim & Lee’s Kap-You (Kevin) Kim “is a key figure in the Korean arbitration market” and “a brand name” in Korea. He has built “a strong network of arbitrators and practitioners” and is widely considered a “a statesman in the market”.
John Bang is a cornerstone of the Korean arbitration space, and is recognised as “a leader of a strong arbitration team at the firm”. He has acted as counsel in hundreds of arbitrations under most major institutional rules across Asia, Europe and North America.
Matthew Christensen is an elite arbitration specialist, with sources stating: “He has a strong arbitration practice and is recognised as a leading lawyer and a great orator.”
Robert Wachter at Lee & Ko is "the driving the growth of the fastest-growing arbitration team in Korea" and has a "diligent and thorough approach as counsel". He is also "sensible and easy to work with as opposing counsel".
BC Yoon of Kim & Chang is highlighted by market sources as a “smart and creative lawyer” and “the undisputed leader of the arbitration team”. He has represented clients as counsel in over 200 arbitrations dealing with M&A, investment, joint venture and construction disputes.
Peers say Joongi Kim at Yonsei University is “a great presenter and go-to choice of arbitrator for a big case”. He is “prepared and engaged when sitting as an arbitrator” and “well known in the investment arbitration space”.
Hi-Taek Shin of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board is described as “very well respected”. Peers identify him as “an excellent chairman”, as well as a “prudent and trusted individual” who excels in big cases.
David A R Williams QC at Essex Court Chambers is a mainstay of international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific market, and is frequently considered a pre-eminent practitioner in New Zealand. He has acted as either counsel or arbitrator in over 150 international commercial arbitrations.
Lucy Reed with the National University of Singapore is “a very good chair, who holds parties in line”. Respondents state, “Her reputation precedes her – she is simply great.”
Michael Hwang Chambers’ Michael Hwang SC earns recommendations as “Singapore’s top arbitrator”. He has experience as arbitrator and counsel in more than a dozen national arbitration centres, as well as the ICC and ICSID.
Christopher Lau SC is an independent practitioner with “a wealth of experience”, lauded for his “fair, diligent and efficient conduct of arbitrations as arbitrator”.
The “outstanding” Matthew Secomb of White & Case is “a rising star” in the market with “excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to quickly grasp complicated legal issues and never lose sight of the outcome”.
Cavinder Bull SC at Drew & Napier is “one of the best choices of counsel in Singapore” and a “very persuasive, thorough advocate”. Peers note that he is “really breaking into the market”.
Loretta Malintoppi with 39 Essex Chambers is “a pre-eminent arbitrator” in the field. She acts as both counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc inter-state arbitrations, as well as commercial disputes under ICC rules.
WongPartnership’s Alvin Yeo SC is “now one of the most senior practitioners in Singapore”, who “clients trust with their lives”. He is frequently seen in significant cases in the banking and infrastructure sectors.
Nish Shetty at Clifford Chance is a “a name that stands out” for arbitration in Singapore. Securing widespread recommendations from peers around the world, he is a specialist in real estate and restructuring disputes.
The “excellent” Dinesh Dhillon of Allen & Gledhill is “smart, easy to work with, and a great orator”. He co-heads the firm’s international practice, and is well versed in advising multinational corporations in the telecommunications, hotel, commodities and construction sectors.
The “first rate” Nicholas Lingard at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer earns recognition as “a brilliant lawyer who is articulate and very well spoken”. Peers say he is “an excellent cross-examiner, because of his relentless preparation” and “a go-to choice as counsel in Singapore”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Adriana Braghetta earns extensive recommendations from peers across Europe and South America for her arbitration practice, and is praised for her “hard-working approach” and deep expertise in both domestic and international disputes. She is experienced in finance, construction and M&A disputes.
Mauricio Almeida Prado is described by respondents as “a very good lawyer who is practical and has a sharp mind”. He has over 30 years of experience in contractual, construction and corporate disputes.
Renato Stephan Grion “covers all angles”, according to sources who add: “He is at the same time a strong Brazilian lawyer and a true international arbitration practitioner.” He gains recognition for his “very dedicated and experienced” approach.
Gilberto Giusti is acclaimed by sources as “a very good arbitrator – objective and experienced”. He has considerable experience with construction disputes.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent practitioner Guido Santiago Tawil is complimented by peers as “very well known” and “one of the best in the market” for arbitration matters. He is “experienced, sharp and thorough”.
Independent arbitrator Roque Caivano is “ very well respected” as well as “extremely experienced and practical”. He has spent over 30 years expertly handling commercial disputes in the arbitration space.
Andrés Moreno Gutierrez of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados is a key name in Bolivia for arbitration matters, and is lauded by respondents as “an extremely good lawyer”. His career as counsel in investment treaty arbitrations spans 15 years.
Marcelo Roberto Ferro of Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados is "a very smart and collegial co-arbitrator", remark peers who add that he is "an excellent lawyer with a practical mind".
A “senior statesman” of the field, José Emilio Nunes Pinto of Jose Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogados is praised as “one of the best Brazilian international arbitrators of all time”, and “a very experienced and sharp practitioner”.
João Bosco Lee with Lee Taube Gabardo Sociedade de Advogados offers “a rare combination of profound academic insight and, at the same time, a practical approach to legal thinking”. He is lauded as “an excellent lawyer and arbitrator”.
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados is a standout name in the Brazilian arbitration space, with sources praising his “handling of complex cases with impressive calmness and skill”.
Lauro Gama Advogados’ Lauro Gama is “top-notch as both arbitrator and counsel” report commentators, with one peer effusing that he is “one of the most helpful co-arbitrators I have worked with”.
Valeria Galíndez of Valenca Galindez Arbitragem “is one of the best arbitrators in Brazil and the most influential female arbitrator in the entirety of Latin America”. One peer dubs her “one of the most competent lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with”, as well as “a great arbitrator who is both sharp and dedicated”.
Carlos Alberto Carmona with Marques Rosado Toledo Cesar & Carmona Advogados is identified by market commentators as “a prominent star” in the Brazilian market. His practice spans a broad range of disputes before the American Chamber of Commerce of Sao Paulo and FIESP.
Eleonora Coelho at Eleonora Coelho Advogados is “quick thinking, creative and eloquent”. Sources say she “always has the client’s best interests at heart” and praise her as “an amazing lawyer who develops intelligent and deep legal arguments with accuracy and quick execution”.
Zuleta Abogados Asociados’ Eduardo Zuleta is considered “one of the brightest legal minds in international arbitration”. He has experience as both counsel and arbitrator under ICC and ICSID rules in America, Europe and Asia.
Andrés Jana with Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados is “probably the most prominent arbitration figure in Chile”. Peers identify him as “a leading authority in the region” who is “sharp and experienced as both counsel and arbitrator”.
Cristian Conejero Roos of Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria earns acclaim from peers as “a top practitioner in the market” and “a great arbitration practitioner”.
Felipe Ossa G at Claro y Cia is described by one source as “the person to go to for Latin American arbitrations”. He is “an excellent lawyer and arbitrator”, praised for the sheer extent to which he “knows Chilean law and international law, and also arbitration”.
Claus von Wobeser with Von Wobeser y Sierra is “a very seasoned practitioner”, report interviewees, who further deem him "one of the most sought-after arbitrators – and rightly so!" Sources have "only the best of feedback" to offer for his work in the arbitration space.
Kate Brown de Vejar with DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano is endorsed as “a great lawyer” and “super-smart younger partner”. She is well versed at representing private corporations and sovereign states in international commercial and investment arbitrations.
Francisco González de Cossío with González de Cossío Abogados SC is “a quick-witted, effective counsel” who peers readily recommend as “a very good arbitration practitioner”.
At Bullard Falla Ezcurra+, Alfredo Bullard drives one of Peru’s leading arbitration practices, with peers describing him as “an outstanding arbitrator” and “one of the best lawyers in Latin America”.