This year we recognise the leading public procurement firms, private practitioners and independent counsel, selected for their expertise and reputation in this field. We have identified the leading ten lawyers from around the world, and four of the world’s most recommended barristers, as a reflection of the distinction between private practice and the Bar and their jurisdictional scope of practice.
|THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT 2012|
|Most Highly Regarded Individuals|
|Judy Wilson||Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto|
|Paul Conlin||Conlin Bedard LLP, Ottawa|
|Jonathan Davey||Addleshaw Goddard LLP, London|
|Paul Emanuelli||The Procurement Law Office, Toronto|
|Hans-Joachim Prieß||Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Berlin|
|Totis Kotsonis||Norton Rose LLP, London|
|Joakim Lavér||Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd, Stockholm|
|Kate Rees||Hogan Lovells International LLP, London|
|Ronald Lunau||Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Ottawa|
|Ruth Smith||Pinsent Masons LLP, London|
|Most Highly Regarded Barristers|
|Nigel Giffin QC||11 King’s Bench Walk, London|
|Sarah Hannaford QC||Keating Chambers, London|
|Michael Bowsher QC||Monckton Chambers, London|
|Rhodri Williams QC||Henderson Chambers, London|
Allen & Overy LLP performs well in this year’s research, listing 11 lawyers from seven jurisdictions, with a strong showing in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Managing partner of the Asia-Pacific offices, Thomas Brown covers all forms of asset financing for transport vessels, and Joseph Tse is known for his experience in securing structured financing and syndicated loans for clients such as the Wanhua Industrial Group.
In Indonesia, Daniel Ginting represents major domestic companies on the production of transmission lines, power projects, mining projects, transport infrastructure and retail ventures. The Japanese office boasts managing partner Aled Davies, a specialist in publically funded projects, and Adam Moncrieff, a banking, projects and procurements lawyer.
In Dubai, Ian Ingram-Johnson counsels international clients on minerals, energy and power projects, particularly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Francophone Africa. He is joined by Duncan Macnab, a corporate financing lawyer with a focus on state utilities ventures. Head of the banking practice in the Middle East, Bimal Desai has extensive experience of project, Islamic, acquisition and syndicated financing in the Middle East, Europe and Asia-Pacific area.
In Brussels, Helga Van Peer focuses on public law, in particular public procurement, administrative contracts and PPP financing. She also advises on construction projects and worked on Belgium’s first ever PPP case. New to the Frankfurt team, Olaf Otting is an “eminent specialist” on public law and now heads that team.
Ashurst fields six lawyers in this year’s research with a solid presence in the Asia-Pacific region. In Sydney, Joanne Evans enjoys an active practice advising on asset and project finance for transport, defence, IT, energy and health infrastructures. At the Canberra office, John Clark is well known for his work with the Australian government on privatisation matters, state contracting and probity issues. His area of interest is defence.
Managing partner, John McClenahan represents the firm in Tokyo where he acts for sponsors, lenders and contractors in the development of petrochemicals, transportation and power infrastructure. Similarly, Matthew Bubb in Singapore leads the office on energy, transport and health ventures, with an emphasis on PPPs.
David Wadham divides his time between London and Abu Dhabi where he works on the acquisition, development and project financing of independent water and power projects. He has acted on pivotal deals such as the Fujairah F2 and Shuweihat S3 IWPPs in Abu Dhabi and the Ras Laffan C IWPP in Qatar.
Hogan Lovells LLP has a notable presence in the research and is regarded as a “very smart and extremely efficient firm in difficult situations”. Leading procurement lawyer, Ciara Kennedy-Loest is recommended in Brussels for her “tremendous work” and Kate Rees in London is “very good” when it comes to advising domestic companies such as Royal Mail Group and features among our most highly regarded lawyers list. Julien Reidy is of counsel in the Singapore office and advises on procuring government contracts, private sector sponsors and lenders on infrastructure, PPP, utility and energy projects in South-east Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
In the Washington, DC office, former deputy general counsel for procurement and technology transfer at the US Department of Energy, Agnes Dover directs the firm’s government contracts group and uses her extensive experience in the field to assist on contracts, compliance, teaming and intellectual property issues. In Florida, Miguel Zaldivar is global co-head of the infrastructure, project and public finance practice and concentrates his practice transactions in Latin America, with an emphasis on energy development. Jorge Diaz-Silveira has represented a number of sponsor parties in all facets related to the development of engineering and construction projects in the United States, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Clayton Utz features five lawyers in this edition, including the internationally recognised Douglas Jones AM in Sydney, and Sergio Capelli who focuses on all aspects of the construction industry, particularly in the drafting of procurement contracts for major projects. Colin Dodd in Hong Kong coordinates the work of the major projects group in the region.
White & Case LLP’s inclusions hail from Mexico, Japan, South Africa and New York, the most prominent in our research being Xiaoming Li, head of the China practice, a top government and regulatory lawyer specialising in asset financing and PPPs.
In Toronto, this year the leading public procurement lawyer is Judy Wilson at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP. She is internationally recognised for her knowledge of commercial and procurement matters connected to the obtaining of state goods and services contracts.
Also in Toronto, Paul Emanuelli is a highly recommended practitioner and his boutique firm, The Procurement Office, was repeatedly mentioned as an expert institution. At Gowlings LaFleur Henderson LLP, head of the public procurement team Ronald Lunau is “very active and well known for his federal administrative work”, and has experience advising the Canadian, US and Mexican governments.
In Europe, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is represented by Sally Roe in London, “a great lawyer”, and in Berlin the head of the public procurement group Hans-Joachim Priess is “definitely one of the absolute leading practitioners in this field”. He is a prolific author on procurement, customs and trade matters and features in our most highly regarded list of lawyers.
At Norton Rose LLP in London, Totis Kotsonis is a “well respected” lawyer. He received numerous votes for his work in this area, and earned a position as one of the most highly regarded lawyers in this year’s research.
Jonathan Davey from Addleshaw Goddard LLP is an “absolute inclusion” as a specialist in procurement law and head of the firm’s commercial group. He counts as clients a number of FTSE 100 companies and government agencies. He enjoys a position in the most highly regarded list this year, as does Ruth Smith, head of the public procurement team at Pinsent Masons LLP.
Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd has three key entries from Stockholm, including “senior statesman” Joakim Lavér, who received numerous votes for his extensive experience advising on contentious public procurement. Leading lawyer, Olof Larsberger also features and Mika Pohjonen in Helsinki is “an absolute professional”.
Paul Conlin at his own firm, Conlin Bedard LLP, has capitalised on a top reputation as “a fabulous public procurement lawyer”. According to a client, he “provides timely, business-friendly advice” and is renowned for his practice in international trade, procurement and investment law.
We feature 10 Queen’s Counsels in the edition overall, four of whom have been selected for inclusion in our most highly regarded independent counsel list. The independent London Bar is very well represented at the top level of our research, with Nigel Giffin QC of 11 King’s Bench Walk the leading figure. He is “excellent” at public law reviews and procurement challenges.
Sarah Hannaford QC at Keating Chambers is “one of the major stars” in the field. Her speciality relates to construction and engineering of energy projects. Her work covers dispute resolution in the UK and on foreign matters.
Michael Bowsher QC at Monckton Chambers is a “leading, commendable silk” who has built a practice advising major clients in the construction, technology and public service sectors.
Rhodri Williams QC at Henderson Chambers has over 20 years’ experience acting for public and private parties in procurement challenges and litigation. He has a top reputation for his work and was instructed to represent the successful appellants in the first ever case concerning public procurement to be heard before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.