Here we recognise 113 well-established arbitration lawyers with expertise in acting as arbitrator or counsel in a multitude of complex disputes.
Most highly regarded
White & Case achieves five listings here.
Charles Nairac gains plaudits from impressed sources, who note he is “incredible and well-organised when handling complex cases”.
Michael Polkinghorne is held in high esteem for his top-tier advocacy skills and extensive experience in energy, telecoms and infrastructure matters.
The “terrific” Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall QC is highly regarded for delivering a “razor sharp intellect” to complex international arbitrations.
Christopher Seppälä enjoys a formidable reputation in construction claims, where he represents state-owned entities as well as financial institutions.
Christophe von Krause cuts a distinguished figure in a wide range of dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, ADR and pre-arbitration disputes.
Derains & Gharavi enters an impressive four practitioners into this year’s chapter.
Yves Derains is an “excellent senior arbitrator” who is highly commended for his leading work in international commercial and investment disputes.
Melanie van Leeuwen is recommended by peers for being “excellent and on top of her game” in her capacity as counsel and arbitrator.
Hamid Gharavi is celebrated for his “notable experience as counsel and arbitrator” in a wide variety of sector disputes.
Bertrand Derains gains recognition among sources for his top-tier handling of complex commercial disputes.
Fernando Mantilla-Serrano at Latham & Watkins is distinguished as “an authority on ICSID” by sources, who further endorse him for his ability to “give excellent advice”.
Pierre Mayer of Pierre Mayer is a market-leading practitioner who is widely commended for his extensive experience acting as arbitrator in commercial and investment proceedings.
Independent Arbitrator Alexis Mourre is lauded as “a brilliant and extremely diligent arbitrator”. His “prolific independent practice” is commended with further aplomb.
At Dechert, Eduardo Silva Romero showcases an impressive practice representing state-entity clients in distribution contract, construction and energy-related disputes.
Claudia Annacker is a prolific practitioner who possesses over 30 years’ experience in complex investor-state arbitrations.
At Linklaters, Roland Ziadé receives substantial praise for his impressive international arbitration practice, which sees him representing clients from across Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s Michael Bühler is widely celebrated for his first-rate work in pre-dispute settlements and arbitrations in the sports, construction and industrial equipment sectors.
W Laurence Craig is a senior statesman in the field, widely recognised for his incisive handling of complex international arbitrations.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s “simply spectacular” Christophe Seraglini is hailed as one of France’s top arbitration specialists. Impressed sources remark that “he is as brilliant as they come.”
Noah Rubins QC is “a highly recognisable practitioner” in the market for his deep and varied experience in investment treaty, construction and energy disputes.
Yas Banifatemi of Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes enjoys an exceptional reputation as an international arbitrator in commercial and investor-treaty arbitrations.
Bredin Prat’s Raëd Fathallah is a top-tier arbitration specialist who enjoys a “strong reputation as arbitrator and counsel” among peers.
Tim Portwood is renowned among peers for his capable handling of complex ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. His expertise in the energy, construction and foreign investment fields is also applauded.
The “terrific” Thomas Clay of Clay Arbitration is lauded as “a key figure in the market”. Sources note that he is “one of the most prominent sole practitioners in France” and is “certainly among the very best”.
Julien Fouret with Eversheds Sutherland is a distinguished arbitrator with a wealth of experience in commercial disputes before a range of arbitral institutions.
Carole Malinvaud is an “outstanding practitioner” at Gide Loyrette Nouel known for her “hard-working and calm manner” and ability to “correctly steer her cases”.
Christian Camboulive earns plaudits for his incisive handling of international contract law disputes.
The “vastly intelligent” Jennifer Kirby of Kirby is commended by peers as an “efficient and upstanding chair” as well as “an effective and pro-active president”.
Three Crowns’ Georgios Petrochilos “has been a top arbitrator in the market for a long time”. He is recognised for his ability to “do a terrific job” when leading cases in inter-state, investment and commercial disputes.
Todd Wetmore gains widespread recognition for his top-tier practice in energy, technology and commodity-related commercial arbitrations.
Brigitte Stern at Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne is a preeminent figure “widely renowned” for her formidable experience as an arbitrator.
Catherine Kessedjian with Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) is a sought-after mediator and arbitrator across a spectrum of sectors.
Anna Joubin-Bret at Anna Joubin-Bret earns plaudits from sources for her “simply extraordinary” arbitration practice.
Emmanuelle Cabrol of Ashurst is revered for her top-tier practice representing private and state clients across EMEA.
Jason Fry QC of Clifford Chance earns a plethora of commendations for his incisive handling of global joint venture and shareholder disputes.
The “excellent” Simon Greenberg is “incredibly smart and pragmatic” when acting as counsel and arbitrator.
Laurent Aynès with Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier is praised for his substantial experience handling proceedings under a range of arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL.
Dentons’ Bart Legum is an adept lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in dispute resolution. He is particularly renowned for his work in investment treaty arbitrations.
Jean-Christophe Honlet is “a smart lawyer”, with sources adding that he is “very competent as opposing counsel and can solve issues without having to go to tribunal”.
Michael Ostrove with DLA Piper is commended by peers and clients for his “terrific handling” of cross-border disputes.
Independent Arbitrator Sigvard Jarvin is a seasoned and highly revered figure in the French market. His impressive background includes acting as counsel or arbitrator in 240 international disputes.
Jones Day’s Elie Kleiman is “an excellent lawyer” who receives plaudits from sources for his “highly impressive” practice and “notable activity in the arbitration market”.
James Castello with King & Spalding stands out for his expert handling of complex commercial and investment-related disputes.
Laurent Jaeger is a well-established figure in the French market. He comes highly recommended by sources who praise him as an “excellent strategist with a great vision of arbitration”.
Dany Khayat at Mayer Brown comes recommended by peers for his “distinguished reputation in disputes”. He held as an authority on commercial arbitrations spanning a wide variety of sectors.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Isabelle Michou is a standout practitioner in arbitration proceedings, where she demonstrates significant expertise in energy and infrastructure disputes.
Michael Young QC is singled out as a “very impressive” advocate who excels in energy, infrastructure and construction arbitrations.
Peter Rosher with Reed Smith is well known in the international arbitration field, where he demonstrates impressive experience acting as arbitrator on high-value disputes.
The “very impressive” Eric Teynier from Teynier Pic stands out among peers for his adept handling of complex commercial disputes.
Ibrahim Fadlallah at Université Paris X Nanterre is a brilliant advocate who is highly praised for his substantial experience acting as arbitrator in international proceedings.
Annet van Hooft from Van Hooft Legal has over 20 years’ experience in arbitrations involving IP, construction and corporate matters.
Philippe Leboulanger of Leboulanger & Associés has substantial experience as counsel and arbitrator in disputes across a wide range of sectors, including energy, corporate and finance.
Diego Fernández Arroyo at DPFA Arbitration receives a plethora of recommendations for his incisive handling of complex international arbitrations.
International Arbitrator José Rosell possesses substantial experience as counsel, arbitrator and chairman in international commercial disputes and investment issues.
Nadia Darwazeh at Clyde & Co is “a first-rate lawyer with an excellent reputation” in joint-venture, distribution and shareholder arbitrations.
Ana Vermal at Proskauer Rose is a go-to figure in international arbitration due to her first-rate linguistic abilities and in-depth knowledge of corporate disputes.
The “excellent” Jean-Yves Garaud at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is a “key name in the market for arbitration”. One peer effuses: “He is just brilliant as arbitrator and co-counsel.”