This year’s research shines a spotlight on 1,035 leading arbitration lawyers who have come highly recommended for their expertise in resolving complex international disputes. Through nominations from peers and clients, the arbitrators, tribunal members, chairs and counsel highlighted below have been identified as the leading names in the field.
The Legal Marketplace Analysis only covers a selection of particularly highly regarded individuals. A full list of those practitioners selected for inclusion in this category can be found on our Market Insight Tool.
WWL does not list firms, only individual practitioners. The ’leading firms’ in each region are firms with numerous leading individuals highlighted, often across multiple jurisdictions. They are grouped for the benefit of readers and do not constitute a firm ranking.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
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Global Elite Thought Leaders
Leading Firms and Sets
Joachim Knoll is a “highly recommended” practitioner who “takes the most out of every detail of the case” leaving sources to comment, “Clients are in absolutely safe hands when he’s dealing with their case.”
Bernd Ehle is a “well-established authority in European arbitration” who is “outstanding in construction and energy disputes” in particular. One peer calls Ehle their “first recommendation for clients in this industry”.
The “excellent” Michael Schneider is a “well-known and experienced” practitioner who is “hardworking, hands-on, helpful and engaging”.
Domitille Baizeau is “highly experienced in international, commercial and investment arbitration” and is widely regarded as “one of the very best in the business”.
The “very smart and pragmatic” Melissa Magliana is a “brilliant lawyer with an ability to develop an outstanding teamwork environment to best assist clients’ goals in complex international disputes”.
Matthias Scherer is a “very strong practitioner” and an “excellent scholar” according to market commentators, who applaud his reputation in international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.
Noradèle Radjai is recognised as “one of the leaders of the next generation” in arbitration. She is renowned for being “highly skilled in written and oral advocacy” and having “superb cross-examination skills”.
Noah Rubins QC draws praise for being a “brilliant lawyer and leader” who is “bright, talented, organised and runs his practice with dedication and great spirit”.
Sylvia Noury is “as good an arbitration lawyer as one can find” according to observers. She is described as a “brilliant lawyer and an excellent advocate who is on top of the details”.
The “outstanding” Toby Landau QC is an “excellent advocate and arbitrator” who draws acclaim as “the most brilliant international arbitration barrister” in the market.
Angeline Welsh’s “rapid rise at the Bar comes as no surprise” to peers, as a result of her “deep experience in international arbitration” and “incredibly impressive” practice.
Constantine Partasides QC is “a London star” and “one of the best” practitioners in the market, regarded as “impressive all-round”, with sources noting him as “very good at hearings – both in preparation and conducting”.
Reza Mohtashami QC is a “great advocate” who is “excellent for opening arguments – he speaks so well”, say sources. “His cross-examination is brutal and unrelenting, and very effective,” comments another.
Georgios Petrochilos stands out “as one of the most impressive orators” around and is renowned for being a “great strategist and an erudite lawyer”.
Gaëtan Verhoosel is a “superb lawyer” who is “very smart and has vast experience in arbitration”. “He’s excellent in every way,” comment interviewees.
Gary Born is widely regarded as “one of the greatest minds in international arbitration” by peers and clients alike, who state that he is “a global superstar” and “in a league of his own”.
Maxi Scherer consistently produces “stellar work and is very skilled in unpacking complex investment treaty issues”. She is “widely considered as a first-rate name in arbitration”.
Steven Finizio draws praise from market commentators for being an “effective and brilliant practitioner” who is “excellent as counsel” and a “star to come”.
Franz Schwarz is a “very able practitioner who has established a strong public international law practice”. He is “super well known” and recognised as “one of the best advocates worldwide”.
Audley Sheppard QC is a “big name” who has built a “well-deserved reputation as one of the most globally recognised top practitioners” in the market.
Simon Greenberg is a highly “effective counsel and very good arbitrator too” who is “especially experienced in ICC cases”. He is highlighted for his “very strong courtroom presence”.
With over 25 years’ experience, Jason Fry QC co-leads the practice at the firm and is applauded for being a “very capable advocate”, especially in major international disputes.
Moritz Keller is a “brilliant lawyer with an impressive ability to grasp complex information”. He is a top name in Germany, with sources noting him as “really on top of investment arbitrations”.
Wendy Miles QC is an “outstanding” practitioner who is “rightly highly respected for her work as both counsel and arbitrator". One source says, “I don’t know where Wendy finds the time to do all that she does!”
Julian Lew QC is a “very responsive”, “very experienced” and “excellent arbitrator” who has significant expertise in international commercial and investment disputes. He is praised for his “consistent and balanced” handling of hearings.
J William Rowley QC has a “big reputation” in the field, with sources commenting, “He’s very sharp and follows absolutely everything that goes on in the hearing.”
Christopher Boog is an “outstanding and efficient arbitrator” who “in every respect is brilliant”. He is recognised as “one of the superstars in Switzerland” thanks to his “great international perspective”.
The “excellent” Elliott Geisinger is a “strong practitioner” and an “expert on construction law” according to sources, who applaud him for his “first-rate” practice.
Stavros Brekoulakis is a “reigning thought leader in the arbitration space” who has established a reputation as the “go-to in arbitration” and “one of the great minds in the international arbitration world”.
The “very impressive” Sophie Nappert is a “strong name in the investment treaty arena” and is renowned for being “very forward thinking” as an international arbitrator, “with a multitude of strengths”.
Christopher Harris QC is a “big star” and a “deeply impressive lawyer” who is “very highly rated in the arbitration community”.
Bernard Hanotiau is “a global elite arbitrator with a well-deserved reputation”, according to sources, who highlight his “truly international” practice.
Albert Jan van den Berg is “one of the biggest names on the global arbitration circuit and rightly so” due to his “deep knowledge and vast experience”.
Niuscha Bassiri is an “elegant and skilful arbitrator” who has deep “experience in international commercial arbitration and construction” disputes.
Other Leading Individuals
From ARP, Dr Andreas Reiner, Andreas Reiner stands out as “one of the leading arbitrators in the country” as a result of his “razor-sharp analysis” of complex matters.
Venus Valentina Wong of Wolf Theiss is “highly dedicated to cases and down in the details” and “does a great job for her clients”. Sources also note her “very clear and concise arguments”.
Gerold Zeiler of Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich is “praised as the number one in Austria” and is widely recognised as a “well-prepared and efficient” arbitrator who “can manage complex cases effectively”.
Independent practitioner Jan Paulsson is an “excellent advocate” with a “superb reputation” in investment treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings. Peers “can’t imagine an arbitration without him in Bahrain”.
Zulficar & Partners Law Firm’s Mohamed Abdel Wahab is a “respected name in the arbitration community and deserves to be recognised as a leading practitioner”. Sources comment: “He has an agile mind and exhibits superior intellect. He had an amazing grasp of the law and the facts.”
Juliet Blanch of Arbitration Chambers is a “brilliant arbitration and tribunal chair” and has become a “role model for the new generation of arbitrators”. Interviewees note her “deep experience in energy disputes”.
Latham & Watkins have a “superstar” in Sophie Lamb QC, who is highlighted as a “very experienced lawyer” who belongs at the “top of the field”.
Paula Hodges QC of Herbert Smith Freehills is a “terrific role model and an outstanding lawyer” who is certainly “one of the leading oil and gas lawyers in the UK” and “stands alone in terms of experience and quality”.
Queen Mary University of London’s Loukas Mistelis is a “real asset for the international arbitration scene in London”. He stands out for his “immense knowledge about investment arbitration’s standards of protection and international arbitration procedural issues”.
Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof of the London Court of International Arbitration is an “extremely good arbitrator” who definitely “deserves a place in the list” thanks in part to being “highly effective in her role directing the LCIA”.
From Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Stephen Jagusch QC is known by some as “Mr. International Arbitration in London”. He stands out for his “incredible strategic mind” and ability to “distill complex issues to understandable soundbites better than anyone I’ve ever seen”, according to one peer.
Lord Goldsmith QC at Debevoise & Plimpton is “an exceptionally well-regarded name” and “elder statesman” whom top sources agree is one of the most influential names in the arbitration field.
Yas Banifatemi leads the line as an “excellent lawyer and advocate” and top name in the French market with a busy international arbitration practice.
Eduardo Silva Romero of Dechert is “highly experienced in international commercial and investment arbitration” and is “simply one of the best lawyers in the market”.
At Linklaters, Roland Ziadé is an “extremely talented, highly popular” lawyer and “thoughtful class act” who has “incredible cross-cultural skills”.
Alexander Fessas of ICC International Court of Arbitration is an “impeccable” practitioner and is “extremely effective in his role as Secretary General of the ICC”.
Independent arbitrator Alexis Mourre is an “outstanding” practitioner, an “excellent arbitrator” and an “excellent ICC leader” according to peers and clients alike.
The internationally renowned Yves Derains of Derains & Gharavi is an “experienced leader in arbitration”, drawing plaudits for being a “top arbitrator” in the market.
Melanie van Leeuwen stands out as a “world-class arbitrator and terrific tribunal chair” who is renowned for being “very well prepared and very responsive” and “very efficient”.
Fernando Mantilla-Serrano of Latham & Watkins is a “highly experienced and well-regarded” practitioner who is known as “very strong in Latin American matters”.
Independent practitioner Pierre Mayer is the “smartest lawyer in the market” according to one source, with others describing him as an “excellent academic and arbitrator” and a “dean of the bar”.
Michael Polkinghorne of White & Case is widely regarded as an “excellent counsel”. His expertise and vast experience in energy matters leads to him being regarded as “the go-to guy for gas price revision”.
Sources heap praise on CMS Hasche Sigle’s Klaus Michael Sachs, lauding him as “one of the best arbitrators” in the international market who is “in a class of his own”.
Torsten Lörcher is an “extremely committed, superb arbitrator” who is praised as “not only brilliant but affable and easy going; the kind of lawyer that clients adore”.
Inka Hanefeld of Hanefeld Rechtsanwälte is “one of the best arbitrators in the country” according to peers, who describe her as an “extremely well-prepared, highly dedicated and extremely capable” practitioner.
The “excellent” Nils Schmidt-Ahrendts is a “very successful arbitrator” who is “deeply experienced in international commercial disputes”.
Independent practitioner Stefan Kröll is a “very seasoned practitioner and a key player in the field”. He has “vast knowledge of arbitration and combines this with adroitness and dedication”.
Richard Kreindler of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a “well-known and established figure” who is “at the top of his field” due to his “excellent client skills, legal instincts and great presence in the hearing room”.
BonelliErede’s Laurence Shore is a “very smart and experienced” practitioner who “combines in-depth knowledge and experience of US and European law” in his arbitration work.
Andrea Carlevaris is an “excellent counsel and arbitrator” according to market commentators, who praise the “impeccable technique” he brings to international arbitral cases.
At ARBLIT - Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello, Luca Radicati di Brozolo stands out as an “excellent academic and arbitrator” who draws dozens of recommendations from peers worldwide as a result of his extensive international experience.
Armesto & Asociados’ Juan Fernández-Armesto is a “leader in the field” and a “very important name for arbitrators”, with clients noting his “knowledge of financial concepts”.
With nearly 30 years of experience, David Arias of Herbert Smith Freehills stands out as a “very sharp, very competent” lawyer who is “perfect at strategy” in international arbitrations.
Bernardo Cremades of B Cremades & Asociados is cited as “most significant figure in the history of Spanish arbitration” by one interviewee and is “masterful, subtle and indestructible” according to others.
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler have a “first-class ISDS arbitrator” in Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler who draws praise for being “incredibly smart, efficient and experienced” and definitely is a “leader in the field”.
Laurent Lévy is a “very highly regarded”, “excellent arbitrator” who excels in investment arbitrations and corporate disputes.
Philipp Habegger of Habegger Arbitration is a “world-class arbitrator” whose “excellent reputation precedes his work” as a result of his “considerable experience in international commercial disputes”.
At Wenger & Vieli, Urs Weber-Stecher is a “highly experienced” practitioner with “great ICC experience” who has become a “well-recognised figure on the arbitration scene”.
Gabrielle Nater-Bass of Homburger is “one of the best in Europe” and is described as “sharp and client-oriented” as well as “smart, practical and creative” by peers and clients alike.
From Gabriel Arbitration, Simon Gabriel stands out as an “excellent arbitrator and counsel” who is “always a top choice” in commercial arbitration. “He has no problem making complex cases seem easy,” comments one peer.
Sources regard Nathalie Voser of rothorn legal as a “true dean of the bar”, citing her “encyclopaedic know-how on arbitration” as a key strength of her practice.
Pierre Yves-Gunter at Bär & Karrer "is a first-rate arbitrator" according to sources who consider him "the arbitration king" adding that he is “clearly one of the top-shot arbitrators".
Nadja Jaisli Kull “is one of the best arbitrators in Switzerland" laud sources, who note that “she is a bright and experienced lawyer and arbitrator, who is always on top of the case".
At Lenz & Staehelin, Xavier Favre-Bulle “is a top-notch arbitrator and advocate" and is distinguished as “"one of Switzerland’s best arbitrators". Sources add that he is “always a go-to person for arbitration matters in Geneva".
Harold Frey “is technically excellent, and a very collegiate and constructive practitioner”. One impressed source notes: "Harold is certainly among the very best Swiss arbitration lawyers."
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Philippe Pinsolle possesses “extensive experience in commercial and investor-state arbitrations” and is regarded as “very strong on quantum/economic issues”.
Diana Akikol at Walder Wyss “definitely belongs among the bright stars in the arbitration sky" according to impressed sources. They add: “She is outstanding as counsel and arbitrator - she combines her excellent legal mind with a practical approach."
Global Elite Thought Leaders
David W Rivkin is a “senior statesman” in the field, say peers, who speak highly of his excellent practice acting as both counsel and arbitrator. He is regularly engaged to act in major international disputes and enjoys a superb reputation as an ICSID expert.
Global Elite Thought Leader Donald Francis Donovan is a superior name in the field, with deep experience as chair and sole arbitrator in international investment and commercial disputes.
Ina Popova draws praise from peers who name her as “one of the most impressive lawyers of her generation”.
Market sources state that Mark Friedman “is a clear thought leader” and one of “finest writers” in the arbitration community.
The “quick-thinking and experienced” Catherine Amirfar is noted as “one of the best on Middle East issues”. She possesses “a stellar intellect and great skills in oral advocacy”.
Doak Bishop is “outstanding in all respects across his arbitration practice”. He is sought out for his experience handling investment and commercial disputes and is highlighted as an “expert in energy matters”.
Edward Kehoe is “an effective cross-examiner”, laud sources who commend his “strong expertise in energy and mining matters” as well as his “smooth and persuasive advocacy style”.
Craig Miles stands out for his “ability to easily explain the most complex damages-related matters”. Peers say he has “broad experience in both investor-state and commercial matters and is very strong on quantum issues”.
Nigel Blackaby QC is “one of top arbitration lawyers in US, particularly for investment cases”, possessing “a great mind” for mining and energy disputes. Peers regard him as an “exceptionally effective counsel”.
Noiana Marigo has unparalleled experience across the Latin American market, with peers calling her a “leader in Latam arbitrations”, as well as an “arbitration encyclopaedia”.
Peers say of Caroline Richard that “she has the answers for most things, she is multi-lingual and has superb communication skills.”
The “absolutely brilliant” Ank Santens is highlighted as “an outstanding advocate and arbitrator” and someone who takes a “leadership role for disputes” under various rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC and ICDR.
Paul Friedland is a “top-notch advocate and arbitrator” who impresses peers with his work in both commercial and investor state arbitrations.
Carolyn Lamm is “one of the best practitioners in the world of international arbitrations”, say peers, who speak highly of her work on behalf of both corporate and and sovereign entities.
Clients say Abby Cohen Smutny is a "first-rate international arbitration specialist with decades of experience”. She stands out for her “deep expertise in investor-state matters” and “excellent understanding of quantum issues”.
Yasmine Lahlou is widely endorsed as an “excellent and dynamic lawyer”. She enjoys a superb reputation for being “business-oriented and knowledgeable about the peculiarities of specific sectors and industries”.
Peers laud Aníbal Martín Sabater’s “incredible capacity to understand complex legal issues” and “ability to keep calm and make the point needed by the client under difficult and stressful situations.” He is a go-to for complex commercial and investment disputes.
James Hosking “is a star among both advocates and arbitrators”. He is “sought after for his prodigious skills” in international commercial and investment arbitration.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent practitioner Yves Fortier CC QC is a “senior statesman in the field” who is “the number one in Quebec for international arbitration”. He specialises in energy and infrastructure disputes.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Pierre Bienvenu is “a fantastic practitioner” who brings over 30 years’ experience to bear on international commercial arbitration proceedings. He has experience acting as counsel across numerous industries, including telecommunications and energy.
At Woods, Stephen Drymer is highlighted as an “extremely good advocate and arbitrator”. He is well known for his work on commercial and investment treaty disputes.
Independent practitioner Henri Alvarez QC is “in a class of his own” according to market sources, who draw attention to him as a “prominent” and “well-respected” practitioner operating in the field.
Lucy Reed at Arbitration Chambers is an “exceptionally well-regarded” practitioner whom peers laud for her work as counsel across investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings.
Independent arbitrator Jean Kalicki is highlighted as “extremely knowledgeable” and a “leading arbitrator” in the arena. Her practice includes significant expertise in complex investor-state disputes.
At Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Julie Bédard is a highly regarded counsel whom peers proclaim a “star and thought leader” in the field. She is praised as being the “best person to go to for Latin America”.
John Fellas from Fellas Arbitration “is a leader in the international arbitration community” and someone who can “get to the heart of matters immediately”, also being noted as a “competent and authoritative arbitrator”.
Hogan Lovells’ Samaa Haridi is identified as a “first-class arbitration lawyer; one of the best in the region”. Sources add, “She is able to identify detailed technical aspects in disputes and has a great understanding of the Middle East market and local business culture.”
Christian Leathley at Herbert Smith Freehills comes highly recommended by sources, with one peer stating that he is “one of the great lawyers of my generation”. He has superb experience acting for states and corporations across the energy sector.
Independent arbitrator Eric Schwartz is a “leading arbitrator, especially in construction cases”. He is highlighted for the depth of his overall experience.
The “extremely knowledgeable” George Bermann of the Columbia University School of Law “is unequalled as an expert in arbitration law”. He also acts as an expert witness, with one source stating, “George was a remarkable testifying expert for us.”
Meg Kinnear of World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes is “very experienced and knowledgeable” according to sources. She specialises in international investment law and brings broad experience in dispute resolution.
Independent arbitrator Mark Kantor is “one of the best” and stands out thanks to his “sharpness and ability to skip non-relevant facts and arguments to deal precisely with the essence of a dispute”. Sources are left “truly amazed” by his skills.
Independent practitioner Stanimir Alexandrov draws widespread praise for his “strong understanding of quantum issues and other commercial aspects of complex cases” as well as his “very methodical approach” and “deep knowledge of the facts”.
Georgetown University Law Center’s Anne Marie Whitesell “has made lasting impact on countless careers in international arbitration” according to market sources, who commend her as a “thought leader on wide range of dispute resolution issues”.
“Terrific arbitrator” William Park from Boston University is a “very insightful” practitioner who is highlighted for extensive expertise across international finance matters.
Peers in the arbitration space recommend C Mark Baker of Norton Rose Fulbright for his “excellent abilities in analysing facts and law”. They effuse that he is “at the pinnacle of international arbitration” and has the “best strategic brain in the business”.
John Townsend with Hughes Hubbard & Reed draws praise as a “very shrewd and effective arbitrator” who impresses clients with “valuable insights on sticky procedural issues”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Alastair Henderson draws praise as “a dedicated practitioner” and “standout established name”. Market commentators highlight his “depth of knowledge in the Asian market” as a key strength.
The “phenomenal” Justin D’Agostino is widely endorsed as “an international superstar” for his versatile practice, which sees him predominantly act as counsel. His work traverses investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
Brenda Horrigan is “a true leader in arbitration in Australia”. She is “smart and highly experienced in multiple jurisdictions”, offering a practice that covers disputes in emerging markets and investor treaty arbitration.
The “superb” John Beechey is held in high esteem by peers as an arbitrator. One interviewee states, “His reputation precedes him and is definitely deserved.”
Chiann Bao is an “incredibly sharp” and “excellent” practitioner who is “a very active figure in the Asia-Pacific arbitration scene” on commercial disputes.
Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS is highly visible in the international market and comes recommended as a “thoughtful, measured and authoritative” practitioner. His practice covers a range of commercial and trade disputes.
Sheila Ahuja is an elite arbitration specialist, with sources stating that she “deserves to be on the list” and is a “star and excellent advocate”.
The “outstanding” Matthew Gearing QC is widely recognised as a “top-tier leader in arbitration” in the international marketplace. He is described as “a brilliant guy who is easy to work with too”.
“Rising superstar” Matthew Hodgson is a mainstay of international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific market who is “very knowledgeable and experienced at investment treaty disputes”.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent arbitrator Douglas Jones AO is widely endorsed for his “depth of experience and significant analytical skills.” He is known as “an excellent arbitrator whose command of experts is second to none”.
Michael Pryles is an independent practitioner with an excellent reputation in the space. Peers note him as “a globally recognised expert,” who is well known as “one of the top figures in international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region”.
Colin Ong QC is “admired across the world as one of the most successful arbitration practitioners in Southeast Asia” according to interviewees, who also describe him as “a talented strategist who is able to think very quickly on his feet”.
Ariel Ye at King & Wood Mallesons is an “outstanding” practitioner who sources comment is “a leading litigator in China who is deeply focused on international arbitration”.
Arthur (Xiao) Dong of AnJie Law Firm is a “brilliant, smart and meticulously detailed person” who has “deep knowledge in all aspects of international arbitration”.
At 20 Essex Street Arbitrators, Michael Moser is highlighted as “one of the best in the business”. He is regularly engaged in some of the most sophisticated international disputes around construction and investor-state matters.
Sarah Grimmer, secretary general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, comes highly recommended as the “the savviest lawyer in any arbitral institution” and is praised as being “truly world class” by market sources.
At Nishimura & Asahi, Lars Markert is described as “one of the best arbitration lawyers in the world”. Clients say he has “deep knowledge of investment treaty arbitration” and is “one of the stars in the field”.
The “outstanding” Kap-You (Kevin) Kim of Peter & Kim is a “top Korean arbitration practitioner” and “a key figure in the market”. He is endorsed for his experience in investment and commercial arbitrations.
John Bang is a “superb counsel” who is highly regarded in cross-border dispute resolution. He has a strong practice that includes expertise in all types of energy disputes.
David Williams QC is a leading name at Bankside Chambers and is widely regarded as the foremost practitioner in New Zealand. He predominantly acts as arbitrator, a role for which he is recommended by dozens of peers.
The “really excellent” Loretta Malintoppi with 39 Essex Chambers earns recommendations for her experience as arbitrator and counsel across commercial disputes under numerous rules such as ICC and SIAC, with sources noting her as a “terrific collaborator”.
Michael Hwang Chambers is home to Michael Hwang SC, an accomplished arbitrator who is “on everyone’s list” and is regarded by many as “the most eminent arbitrator in Singapore”. He has nearly 40 years’ experience handling sophisticated commercial disputes.
The “absolutely outstanding” Judith Gill of Twenty Essex comes highly recommended, including by fellow arbitrators, who “would love to sit with her every time”. Other sources add that she is “one of the best arbitrators in the field of international commercial arbitration”.
Clifford Chance’s Nish Shetty is a “fantastic lawyer with excellent commercial acumen” and a practitioner whom clients seek out for his “deep understanding of the region”.
Allen & Gledhill’s co-chair of international practice Dinesh Dhillon “is an excellent counsel”. Peers note that he “has a deep knowledge of the law” and “provides practical and solution-based advice”.
Nicholas Lingard at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer earns praise as “one of the greatest legal minds for investor-state cases” who “stands out by far against competition”. Peers identify him as “a leading lawyer in investment treaty claims in Asia”.
Benjamin Hughes at The Arbitration Chambers is readily identified as a “top-shelf arbitrator”, with one peer stating, “He is brilliant.” He has broad experience, including in shareholder and intellectual property disputes.
Cavinder Bull SC at Drew & Napier is "one of the leading lights in Singapore" and "the star at Drew & Napier". He wins particular praise for his advocacy, with sources calling him "skilful and adaptable in his arguments and totally prepared on facts and law".
Independent arbitrator Christopher Lau SC is an "outstanding and well-prepared" practitioner who makes a "great chair" for complex cases.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Mauricio Almeida Prado draws praise from peers and clients alike as an “articulate and knowledgeable” practitioner with over 30 years of experience.
The “outstanding” Rafael Francisco Alves is an “incredibly smart” lawyer who is “very talented” and has “great international experience in Brazil”.
Fernando Marcondes is widely regarded by sources as “THE go-to person for construction arbitration” and draws high national and international praise for his outstanding work.
Other Leading Individuals
Independent practitioner Guido Santiago Tawil is widely considered as the “best Argentine lawyer and arbitrator” as a result of his “insightful, efficient and outstanding” approach to proceedings.
The “very impressive” Julio César Rivera of Marval O’Farrell Mairal “is a leading name in the field in Argentina” with “a great track record in arbitration”.
Independent practitioner Roque Caivano stands out for his “important arbitration practice” and is “the reference in Argentina”, both as “a thought leader and a well-known arbitrator”.
Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi’s Ignacio Javier Minorini Lima is an “excellent lawyer” who is “thorough, extremely hardworking and a pleasure to work with”.
Francisco Amallo from Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is a “rising star in international arbitration” according to peers, who applaud him for his ability to “tackle all issues from every possible angle” and “explain things in a very simple way”.
Leandro Caputo of CDC, Capparelli, D’Angelo & Caputo, Abogados is a “very knowledgeable and experienced” practitioner who has “top experience in energy matters” and is widely considered as a “great arbitration counsel”.
From Moreno Baldivieso Estudio de Abogados, Andrés Moreno Gutierrez is recognised as “the best lawyer in Bolivia for arbitration matters” who “stands out for being really smart and outspoken”.
At Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados, Marcelo Roberto Ferro is an “established counsel” who is “highly experienced and great to work with”. He stands out as one of Brazil’s most exceptional practitioners in the field.
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves of Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados “is an excellent legal thinker and an excellent advocate” according to sources, who describe him as a “very well-prepared and focused lawyer”.
From Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Renato Stephan Grion has “very good experience and is well known in the arbitration arena”. He is “very meticulous and thorough” in his approach.
Sources extol the virtues of João Bosco Lee from Lee Taube Gabardo Sociedade de Advogados, regarding him as an “excellent arbitration lawyer” and an “excellent tribunal president”.
Lauro Gama Advogados have a “very skilled” practitioner in Lauro Gama, who is both an “excellent arbitrator” and a “great decision-maker”.
José Emilio Nunes Pinto of Jose Emilio Nunes Pinto Advogados is “one of the best Brazilian arbitrators” in the market who “understands businesses and the commercial aspects of cases as well as the peculiarities of specific sectors”.
Batista Martins Advogados’ Pedro Batista Martins is a “very experienced arbitrator” who “never disappoints” his clients and is “one of the pioneers” of the field in Brazil.
The “outstanding” Valeria Galíndez of Valença Galíndez Arbitragem is “one of the best in her generation”. She is “very sharp and has good experience in international cases”.
From Eleonora Coelho Advogados, Eleonora Coelho stands out as an “outstanding arbitrator” who “conducts proceedings diligently and efficiently” thanks to her “broad knowledge of different sectors of the industry”.
Cristian Conejero Roos of Cuatrecasas is a “highly recommended” “leader” of the market who is “extremely experienced and well respected” by peers.
Andrés Jana of Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados is “Chile’s leading arbitration practitioner” and a practitioner who displays “amazing qualities in all arbitrator roles” and has “the most experience in the region”.
Claro y Cia’s Felipe Ossa G is a “very impressive arbitrator” who is “very experienced and well connected”. He draws praise from peers as a “go-to person on Latin American matters”.
The “highly regarded” Eduardo Zuleta from ZULETA Abogados Asociados is the “leading practitioner in Colombia” according to observers who label him as a “top arbitrator, lawyer and counsel”.
The “brilliant” Claus von Wobeser of Von Wobeser y Sierra is “one of the towering figures in international arbitration”. He has “great analytical skills and is brilliantly charismatic”, according to impressed interviewees.
DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano’s Kate Brown de Vejar is a “great lawyer and practice chair” who has “impressive lawyering skills” and an “excellent knowledge of international arbitration”.
From González de Cossío Abogados, Francisco González de Cossío stands out as “one of the best young arbitrators in Mexico” and is widely regarded as a “fantastic lawyer” with “excellent experience”.
Sources are quick to recommend Cecilia Azar Manzur from Galicia Abogados, commenting that she is “so, so great and definitely a top name on the list”.
Alfredo Bullard of Bullard Falla Ezcurra+ is “one of the best in international arbitration” and “one of the finest legal minds”. Peers cite him as “a superlative arbitrator who is very well prepared and in command of proceedings”.