In the latest edition of WWL: Government Contracts, we recognise 437 lawyers from 263 firms across 40 jurisdictions as leading lights in the international market. Those highlighted stand out for their excellence in a range of areas, including drafting bidding documents and advising bidders in procurement transactions; structuring contract award procedures; handling privatisations and public-private partnerships, including project financings; as well as performing due diligence reviews.
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 truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Graeme Young earns acclaim as “a truly excellent lawyer” and frequently advises clients on compliance issues and distribution agreements.
Petra Heemskerk is singled out as a highly respected construction and real estate specialist, with extensive experience handling a range of procurement law issues.
Virginie Dor is lauded as a “an outstanding practitioner” and “a strong litigator in government contract issues”. She has nearly 20 years of experience with public and procurement law.
Gavin Noeth is “a great lawyer” who is “known to be among the best government contracts and project finance lawyers” in the South African market.
Marquard Christen ranks highly among peers for his “comprehensive advice, great expertise, networked thinking and good anticipation of risks”, as well as his “outstanding analytical skills combined with his hands-on and focused approach”.
Michael Bowsher QC is extensively recommended as an outstanding barrister who “simply knows everything there is to know about procurement law”.
Philip Moser QC is appreciated by peers as “an exceptional advocate who is also very easy to work with, and is extremely commercial in his approach to briefs”.
Valentina Sloane QC is “an impressive and powerful barrister” and “an exceptional advocate who is hugely respected in court”. One peer effuses, “She is fiercely intelligent and delivers a more effective message in 15 minutes than many barristers do in two hours.”
Rob Williams QC is “fantastic to work with and has a very commercial approach”. He is known to be “especially good on matters with a competition law element”.
Nigel Giffin QC is championed by peers as “a very responsive and pragmatic advocate” with “decades-long experience in the field, and a very engaging manner”.
Joseph Barrett is praised as “an excellent, determined barrister”, well versed in EU procurement litigation and large public contract issues in the UK.
Jason Coppel QC is recommended as “an extremely experienced and knowledgeable silk in the market”. He is admired for his work on high-profile public law and procurement briefs in the UK and the EU.
James Goudie QC is a highly respected silk for administrative and public law matters, as well as public procurement issues. He has 50 years of experience with high-profile public procurement cases.
Peter Curran wins considerable recommendations for his work advising public and private sector bodies on procurement contracts across the transport, education, technology and energy industries.
Elizabeth Marshall is identified as an accomplished lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising public bodies on EU procurement issues.
Michał Drozdowicz is considered “a great legal mind with a fantastic work ethic” and “an all-around great attorney: the perfect package!” One source states, “He is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with, and has very good knowledge of public procurement law, a lot of experience, and practical knowledge about legal disputes in front of the appeal court.”
Raiko Lipstok is a standout name in Estonia, who secures endorsements for his thorough and astute work advising clients on public procurement litigation proceedings.
Jonathan Davey is “an experienced lawyer who possesses sound judgement” and offers over 20 years of experience handling high-profile procurement briefs.
Bill Gilliam is “a very seasoned, excellent lawyer”. He is a dispute resolution expert and wins recommendations for his resolution of public procurement issues.
Amy Gatenby is known for her extensive experience and profound expertise advising procurement authorities on all aspects of procurement processes.
Sarah Hannaford QC is “an excellent advocate, who provides very precise and well-targeted advocacy”. She represents government bodies, local authorities and utilities-sector clients in public procurement matters.
Fionnuala McCredie QC is identified as a public procurement specialist who is “at the top of the tree”, as well as “an extremely likeable and very knowledgeable advocate”.
Simon Taylor possesses almost 30 years of experience advising companies and public bodies on public procurement and state aid matters.
Ciara Kennedy-Loest is commended as “a high-profile, experienced lawyer” and “a long-standing practitioner in this field with a sensible approach” to procurement briefs.
Kate Rees is a distinguished name when it comes to UK and EU public procurement matters. She has over 25 years of experience advising governments on procurement processes.
Falk Schöning is highlighted by sources as a go-to name in the European market for his experience and expertise advising on procurements in the technology, aerospace and chemical industries.
Emily Heard is described by sources as “a well-known name in the European market and a very experienced lawyer”. She heads the firm’s procurement group and focuses on the resolution of public procurement disputes.
Susie Smith is lauded as “a key name at the firm” who is “strong on CIS procurement”. Her practice encompasses the full range of procurement issues from project planning to delivery.
Roger Bickerstaff has over 25 years of experience in technology and EU procurement matters and is considered a stalwart of the market with “impressive IP/IT expertise”.
Peter Dann Jørgensen heads the international public procure group in Denmark and is a keystone of the European market. He has extensive know-how advising on matter pertaining to the healthcare, construction and IT sectors.
Christopher Murray is “a dynamic and diligent lawyer” who is “bright and clear-thinking”. He specialises in advising claimants and defendants in procurement challenges.
Jan Byok is held in high esteem thanks to his sweeping knowledge of procurement procedure and related disputes.
Kristian Pedersen has “deep knowledge of public procurement law” and “a calm approach that makes it easy to understand difficult subjects”. Clients report, “He can present what the law says but also how to handle this in a business perspective.”
Erik Olsson is singled out as a formidable public procurement specialist with “a strong track record” handling procurement issues in Sweden.
Rebecca Rees is a stalwart of the UK market, and is acknowledged as “a good relationship-builder”. She is well versed at advising clients in the public and private sectors on public procurement and state aid matters.
Helen Randall enjoys a superb reputation among peers, who laud her as “an excellent adviser” to public and private sector clients on joint ventures, regeneration vehicles and PPP projects.
John Houlden offers “practical, pragmatic and clever legal advice” and possesses “unflappability in his approach”. He is credited with “in-depth knowledge of the sector and an ability to recommend practical solutions to complex issues”.
Laura Wisdom distinguishes herself among peers as “a great litigator”. Her practice focuses on public procurement law pertaining to the defence and nuclear sectors.
Respondents note that Roland Stein has “broad experience” and sits “at the top of the market” offering “high-quality advice”. His practice focuses on the energy, infrastructure IT and technology sectors.
Hans-Joachim Prieß draws considerable acclaim from peers, who describe him as “a brilliant lawyer”. He has over 25 years of experience with German and EU procurement matters.
Other Leading Individuals
Adrian Brown at Herbert Smith Freehills is appreciated by clients and peers for his ability to “give clear and concise advice” on complex procurement matters, in which he has over 25 years of experience.
Jesper Fabricius with Accura Advokatpartnerselskab heads the firm’s EU and competition group, and is championed for his EU public procurement expertise.
Kromann Reumert’s Jeppe Lefevre Olsen is “a visible and well-known” practitioner in the Danish market, recognised for his tremendous understanding of procurement law.
Totis Kotsonis at Pinsent Masons is “a walking encyclopaedia of procurement law”, and renowned for his “detailed, in-depth knowledge of EU law”.
Osborne Clarke’s Catherine Wolfenden enjoys acclaim as “an extremely impressive litigator” who is “great on utilities and regulatory issues”, where she has over 15 years of experience advising public entities and regulated suppliers.
Kathrine Eddon of Womble Bond Dickinson secures widespread recommendations for her skill advising on projects in the infrastructure, health and IT sectors.
Michael Mousdale with Browne Jacobson is admired by peers in the UK market for his superb work advising public and private-sector clients on PPP and infrastructure projects.
Anthony Woolich from HFW is looked upon with enormous favour as a top name for complex public procurement briefs.
Anna Kuusniemi-Laine at Castrén & Snellman Attorneys is an outstanding public procurement specialist, with over 20 years of experience advising clients on issues pertaining to the healthcare, construction energy and ICT sectors.
Erkko Ruohoniemi with Merilampi Attorneys is considered “a must-have procurement lawyer on the list” and “a highly skilled practitioner in the field of public contracts”.
Ute Jasper at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek ranks highly among peers for her market-leading work on public procurement, projects and related competition matters.
At K&L Gates, Annette Mutschler-Siebert draws widespread plaudits for her top-tier practice spanning German and European procurement law.
A&L Goodbody’s Anna-Marie Curran is a top name in Ireland for EU procurement matters and competition law. Her practice focuses on advising public and private-sector clients on contentious and non-contentious procurement matters.
Peter Curran at Eversheds Sutherland is “a very good procurement lawyer”, known for his impressive understanding of issues relating to telecommunications and PPP matters.
Philip Lee of Philip Lee Solicitors is a standout procurement and competition expert in the Irish market. His practice specialises in PPP projects, including road, water and waste projects.
Eivind Vesterkjær with Advokatfirmaet Thommessen is sought after for his public procurement and state aid expertise and excellent work advising clients in the technology, telecommunications, shipping and life sciences sectors.
Jaroslaw Jerzykowski at Jerzykowski i Wspólnicy, Spółka Komandytowa brings impressive experience to his first-class practice, which focuses on PPPs and other construction projects.
Duncan Osler of MacRoberts is a renowned name in Scotland for EU procurement issues. He is recommended for his PPP, PFI and construction expertise, and advises clients including the NHS on procurement briefs.
Brigette Baillie at Herbert Smith Freehills is lauded as “one of the best project finance lawyers in the country”. She has experience of advising on infrastructure and energy projects across Africa.
Biddy Faber wins the endorsements of peers for her profound knowledge of project and infrastructure matters, often with a banking and finance element.
Co-founder of Ledwaba Mazwai, Metja Ledwaba comes highly recommended for his skill in advising government bodies on public procurement and PPP financing issues.
Pippa Reyburn with ENSafrica regularly advises government agencies, international development institutions and private-sector clients on PPPs and matters of constitutional law.
Claire Tucker at Bowmans is a regularly engaged by clients for public procurement and government contract issues, often pertaining to infrastructure and mining projects.
Ulfsdotter Law’s Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell is “very quick to understand the underlying facts about a product, which – in combination with her super skills in tender matters – leaves a big impression”. One client effuses that she is “instrumental in finding solutions”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Paul Khoury is a distinguished name in the US market, highly experienced in solicitation reviews, subcontracting and compliance matters.
Scott McCaleb is a consummate public procurement specialist who impresses with his adept handling of federal, state and local procurement issues.
Rand Allen is a well-established lawyer with over 30 years of experience representing government contractors and private sector clients.
Jon Burd is “exceptionally knowledgeable about the Federal Acquisition Regulations” and “has a command of the details of the case like no one else I’ve ever met”. Peers add, “His analytical skills are phenomenal.”
Jason "Jay" Carey is applauded by peers for his impressive work representing government contractors in litigious proceedings and compliance matters at state and federal levels.
Frederic Levy is sought after for his experience and expertise representing clients in suspension and debarment proceedings pertaining to federal programmes.
Susan Cassidy is praised for her work advising clients on regulations that impact government contractors throughout the procurement life cycle.
Alan Pemberton has 40 years of experience with government contract briefs and is appreciated by peers for his bid protest and procurement litigation know-how.
John Chierichella earns recognition from sources as “an icon of the bar” in the US. He regularly advises on public contract matters, compliance reviews and bid protests.
Anne Bluth Perry is acclaimed by peers as “a very good lawyer on bid protest matters” in the government contracts space, and is also a strong claims litigation expert.
Jonathan Aronie is deemed “in his own class” regarding government contracts work and advises clients on classified and unclassified government contracts, bid protests and internal investigations.
Keith Szeliga is a well-respected government contract specialist, recommended for his impressive work advising large defence contractors and small businesses on government contracts.
Kevin Mullen wins recognition as a “a very fine government contracts lawyer” and is well versed in the full range of public contract issues.
Jay DeVecchio is known as “a terrific practitioner in the space” and focuses on IP rights relating to government contracts matters.
Benjamin Bedard is a distinguished lawyer who advises public and private clients on a variety of government contract matters, and specialises in the aviation and rail sectors.
Paul Conlin is frequently engaged by clients on the full range of federal and municipal government contracts issues in Canada.
Ben Mills is a seasoned civil litigation lawyer, who secures impressive endorsements for his expertise with public sector procure disputes before the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal, as well as state level disputes.
John Pachter is a pillar of the US government contracts market with over 50 years of experience in litigation proceedings involving bid protests and all other government contract disputes.
Gregory Smith comes with considerable recommendations from peers for his government contracts practice, which spans federal procurement counselling, dispute resolution and claims analysis.
Robert Huffman is as “a terrific lawyer, and one of the stars of the bar” with strong knowledge of IP issues pertaining to US government contracts, as well as supply chain and cybersecurity matters.
Angela Styles is a well-regarded government contracts lawyer, singled out by peers for her work advising clients on the full range of federal contracting matters.
David Dowd is a standout litigator known for his work advising clients in the healthcare, IT and defence sectors on federal procurement matters.
Marcia Madsen is renowned for her representation of defence, IT, telecommunications and engineering clients in public procurement proceedings.
Other Leading Individuals
Paul Lalonde at Dentons is “hugely intellectual”, “knows the government contract process well, and can simplify complex matters”. One peer says, “Paul really is exceptionally impressive.”
Richard Wagner of Norton Rose Fulbright enjoys a stellar reputation for the top-tier counsel he provides to clients on structuring government contracts, tender processes and ethics matters.
Phuong Ngo with Gowling WLG is singled out for her fantastic work advising on procurement processes, compliance and litigation proceedings.
Tereposky & DeRose’s Vincent DeRose has drawn impressive accolades for his government contract practice, where he advises public and private-sector clients in the defence and security sectors.
Judy Wilson at Blake Cassels & Graydon is a keystone of the Canadian market with over 30 years of experience handling procurement briefs, and advising international clients on infrastructure projects.
Richard Rector of DLA Piper sits among the US’s most distinguished government contracts lawyers and is renowned for his work handling litigation, contractual and bid protest issues.
Joseph West with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is recommended as “a terrific, smart, pragmatic, and very highly respected lawyer” in the government contracts space.
Karen Manos is lauded as “a leader in her area” where she has over 30 years of experience with complex litigation proceedings, bid protests and defective pricing matters.
Arnold & Porter’s Mark Colley is highly sought after for his impressive skill in prosecuting and defending bid protests before a plethora of US regulators and courts.
Robert Metzger of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell impresses with his “strong legal writing, oral presentation of arguments in judicial, academic and professional education contexts”. One peer effuses that his legal work is “the most professional I have experienced in my 45 years as an attorney”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Sergio Capelli is tour de force among Australian procurement specialists. He is an expert when it comes to infrastructure and construction contracts in particular.
Arch Fletcher distinguishes himself in the Australian market as a go-to name for procurement issues across the construction and projects space.
Graham Read receives noteworthy endorsements as a first-rate government contracts lawyer whose practice focuses on construction, infrastructure and engineering matters.
David Warren is identified by respondents as a premier public contract specialist. His practice is geared towards road and rail PPPs, stock procurements and social infrastructure matters.
Andrew Stephenson is a favourite among peers and clients for complex projects work. He is an authority on large-scale technology, engineering and construction projects.
Andrew Chew is well regarded in government contracts for his tremendous understanding of PPP projects, mining matters and public housing issues.
Other Leading Individuals
JBM Advisory’s Phillip Greenham is lauded for his top-tier practice spanning complex procurement matters across the construction and infrastructure sectors.
Peter Doyle at Gilbert + Tobin wins acclaim as one of Australia’s foremost project and infrastructure finance specialists, with outstanding expertise in infrastructure PPPs and energy projects.
Alan Rosengarten of White & Case is a top-notch lawyer with significant experience advising government agencies and contractors on transport, infrastructure and defence contracts.
David Templeman with Herbert Smith Freehills frequently advises contractors and government bodies in the defence, healthcare, education, transport and power sectors.
DLA Piper’s John Gallagher has built a phenomenal project structuring practice in the Australian market. He advises on alliance contracting in large-scale engineering and infrastructure projects.
Stewart Nankervis at MinterEllison possesses extensive experience handling engineering, infrastructure, transport and energy projects for the public and private sectors.
Alina Arora at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is praised as “a great lawyer”. She advises clients on a host of regulatory and procurement matters.
Mohit Saraf of L&L Partners is well regarded in the Indian market for his top-notch work in the government contracts space, with peers say that they “really enjoy working with him”.
Sumeet Kachwaha with Kachwaha & Partners possesses over 40 years of experience advising on large-scale infrastructure, power, construction and telecommunications projects.
Lillian Chu at the Tsar & Tsai Law Firm is singled out for her considerable experience with government procurement issues, with a focus on rail transport, power plants and technology matters.
Santiago Carregal at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal is hailed by peers as a standout name in the Argentinian market. He is a banking and finance specialist with impressive experience in project financing and development issues.
Héctor Mairal earns widespread recommendations for his practice, which encompasses transfer of concession matters, public tenders and administrative contracts.
Claro y Cia’s Jorge Martín D is “a smart lawyer in a really prestigious Chilean law firm” report respondents. He is a project financing specialist who advises multinationals, banks and insurers on procurement matters.
Carlos Umaña Trujillo of Brigard & Urrutia Abogados is praised by sources as a master of public procurement, infrastructure and utilities law, in which he has more than 30 years of experience.
Juan Carlos Morón Urbina at Estudio Echecopar is lauded as “a real legal star” in the Peruvian market. His practice is known for infrastructure concessions and public services contractual advice.
Ronald Fernández-Dávila of Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uria impresses peers and clients alike with his deep expertise in advising international clients on public bid processes for infrastructure projects.
Carlos Núñez with DLA Piper has over 20 years of experience advising domestic and international clients on public infrastructure concession contracts.