Here we highlight 341 renowned pensions and benefits experts who stand out for their extensive experience advising employers, funds and investment managers on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
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
Faith Dickson is a “standout lawyer” with more than 20 years of experience advising clients on funding issues, scheme changes and bulk transfers.
Pauline Sibbit garners praise for her exceptional work on pension arrangements and post-merger issues.
David Saunders is a well-established figure who regularly advises employers and trustees on their pension arrangements.
Johan Esterhuizen is a go-to lawyer for contentious pensions and benefits proceedings.
Samantha Davidson is a “highly rated and strategic litigator” who excels in issues surrounding the duties of trustees, surplus apportionment and fund management.
Andrew Spink QC is an “extremely bright and thorough barrister” who applies more than 35 years of experience to his stellar practice, which encompasses complex disputes regarding pension schemes and contracts.
The “superb” Nicolas Stallworthy QC stands out for his regulatory expertise and work on contracts, interpretation of trusts and professional negligence.
Graham Damant is “the godfather of South African pension law”, with broad expertise across the full gamut of pension funds and benefits.
Chris Todd is a “vastly experienced benefits specialist” who excels in contentious proceedings.
René Döring enjoys praise for his understanding of pension liabilities, disputes and the restructuring of pension scheme rules.
Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is a “tremendously knowledgeable employment law expert” who is sought after for his understanding of pension arrangements and remunerations schemes.
Charles Magoffin is a preeminent practitioner who clients rely on in M&A transactions, member disputes, buyouts and funding queries.
With more than 30 years of experience, Martín Godino is a top-notch name for employee pensions and benefits issues.
Román Gil advises domestic and international clients on complex disputes and redundancy plans.
Iñigo Sagardoy is a “market-leading labour law specialist” who “always produces excellent work by finding innovative solutions to complex problems”.
José Manuel Martín is revered for the breadth of his experience handling social security matters for multinationals.
Christian Reichel is an authority on pension law with an encyclopaedic understanding across the full spectrum of benefit schemes, trust arrangements and pension funds.
The “brilliant” Paul Williams provides first-rate advice on the pension aspects of corporate transactions to employers and trustees.
Jean-Michel Mir is an “extremely intelligent lawyer” with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the pay, savings and share-ownership of employees.
Pascal Lagoutte is a “strategic thinker” and “top name in the French employment law market” with more than 35 years of experience.
Other leading individuals
At Claeys & Engels, An Van Damme earns praise for her expertise on cross-border pension funds and management as well as in contentious proceedings.
Jan Van Gysegem is revered for his first-rate advice on stock options and pension funds.
Nataša Randlová of Randl Partners is a preeminent lawyer with “market-leading expertise” on employee benefits.
Jørgen Vinding at Norrbom Vinding is a seasoned practitioner who clients rely on for complex pensions disputes regarding contractual regulations.
Yvonne Frederiksen is “highly skilful and creative in her approach” and impresses across a broad range of issues including pension plans, social security, incentives and litigation.
The “excellent” Samantha Brown with Herbert Smith Freehills advises trustees, corporates and stakeholders on buy-outs and pensions disputes.
Daniel Gerring at Travers Smith excels at advising trustees and sponsors on pension schemes and risk management.
Duncan Buchanan with Hogan Lovells is renowned for his work establishing asset backed contribution structures, advising on pension schemes and advising clients on benefit redesign issues and regulatory compliance.
With more than 30 years of experience, Petteri Uoti of Dittmar & Indrenius stands out as an authority on pension-related disputes.
Seppo Havia is an “excellent litigator” who is well reputed for his work on pension planning disputes.
Anu Waaralinna at Roschier Attorneys is "a highly experienced and skilful employment lawyer" who has a "very high profile" for her work in pensions.
Martin Diller with Gleiss Lutz is a “first-class name”, highlighted for the breadth of his experience advising on company pensions.
Björn Gaul of CMS applies more than 25 years of experience to his exceptional advice on severance issues and pension schemes.
The “brilliant” Anja Mengel with Schweibert Leßmann & Partner comes highly recommended for her encyclopaedic knowledge of social security law and corporate pensions issues.
Philip Smith with Arthur Cox “is “highly pragmatic and intelligent” and “always inspires client confidence” thanks to his “vast experience” across the full spectrum of pension law.
Aldo Bottini of Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo is acclaimed for his skilful handling of pension contracts, disputes and restructurings.
Louis Berns of Arendt & Medernach is nominated for his considerable experience implementing regulations, pension planning and resolving related disputes.
Ariane Claverie at Castegnaro-Ius Laboris is touted for her “fantastic advisory work” which encompasses compensation, benefits and social security issues.
At Advokatfirmaet Haavind, Pål Kvernaas has a “strong international reputation” for his work on contentious proceedings and bonus schemes.
Bartłomiej Raczkowski of Raczkowski is a “standout lawyer” with a “remarkable international practice”, which spans two decades and focuses on both contentious and non-contentious pensions issues.
Inês Reis at PBBR & Associados is proficient in complex disputes, social security issues and the full range of employee benefits matters.
Jonathan Mort of Jonathan Mort Inc has a “spectacular niche pensions practice” and is “excellent on the regulatory matters”.
Rosemary Hunter with Fasken is “without a doubt a market-leading pensions specialist” with particular expertise in medical schemes and pension funds.
Juan Bonilla at Cuatrecasas is a seasoned veteran with an industrious employment practice, which entails contract drafting and negotiating, advising on complex compensation systems, and assisting with corporate transactions.
Jenny Hellberg of Elmzell Advokatbyrå is an “extremely professional and responsive lawyer” who “always impresses with the quality of her work” on employment and pension law issues.
Alfred Blesi of Blesi & Papa is a distinguished lawyer who is noted for his social security expertise and work on the drafting and application of pension regulations.
Roberta Papa comes highly esteemed for her deep knowledge of social security law, retirement issues, buy-ins and pension funds.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Mónica Schiaffino is a splendid litigator with more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in their pension plans.
Johan Lubbe is an “extraordinarily talented lawyer” who lends his decades of acquired knowledge to clients seeking advice on benefits and compliance.
Bruce Millman garners praise for his profound understanding of benefit protection, wage benefit laws and union issues.
Gregory Braden concentrates his practice on disputes regarding retiree medical and life insurance benefits, welfare arrangement claims, and severance pay.
Brian Ortelere is a distinguished practitioner with an expansive skillset in benefits litigation and ERISA class actions.
Paul Litner is a seasoned practitioner who excels in pensions, benefits and compensation planning, including governance, compliance and negotiations.
Jana Steele is an “established name” who takes an “innovative approach” to her pension planning and shared risk advice for trustees and employers.
The “masterful” Elizabeth Boyd stands out for her “superior negotiating skills”, her “excellent tax expertise” and her “in-depth knowledge of incentive planning”.
Kathryn Bush is a “top-tier lawyer for insolvencies” with three decades of experience working on pensions and benefits issues.
Caroline Helbronner is revered for her “meticulous approach and outstanding knowledge of the field”. She advises clients on the implementation, funding and taxation of pensions as well as deferred compensation arrangements.
With more than 20 years of experience, Lisa Mills is a go-to lawyer for pension plan advice and regulatory compliance.
Elizabeth Brown is a “highly skilled, creative and passionate lawyer” with a profound knowledge of pension legislation.
Terra Klinck regularly advises clients on corporate transactions, DB and DC pension and benefits plans, compliance issues, and fiduciary responsibilities.
Other leading individuals
Susan Nickerson with Torys is a first-tier pensions and benefits specialist who regularly advises clients on the full gamut of issues including plan conversion and funding, new plan designs, and risk management.
Mitch Frazer is a “superb leader who has built an immaculate pensions and benefits practice”. He is highlighted for his “unrivalled expertise on pension law” and placed “at the top of the Bar”.
Munita & Olavarría is home to the “brilliant” Enrique Munita L, who advises multinationals on complex disputes, stock options and benefit plans.
Ricardo Tisi at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos & Cia has a strong reputation for his top-notch advice regarding tax issues, structuring of compensation packages and stock options programmes.
Juan Carlos De La Vega G at Santamarina y Steta is lauded for his “extensive experience working on pensions and benefits”. He is well versed at handling the employment aspects of corporate transactions.
Jorge De Presno-Arizpe with Basham Ringe y Correa SC is “terrific for pensions and benefits”, and is acclaimed for his 30-plus years of experience working on social security issues.
Mario Pasco Lizárraga at Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados is a “leading lawyer with tremendous experience” in pension plan and trust disputes.
Erika Collins at Proskauer Rose receives plaudits for her extensive experience advising on benefits schemes and compliance issues.
Eric Hilfers at Cravath, Swaine & Moore is an executive compensation and benefits specialist who is widely regarded as a market-leading name in New York and nationwide.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Maged Girgis of MinterEllison comes highly esteemed for his tax expertise and regulatory knowledge.
Michelle Levy of Allens is highlighted for the breadth of her experience specialising in superannuation for banks, insurance companies and corporate funds.
Michael Vrisakis at Herbert Smith Freehills is a “tremendously well-respected lawyer” with 30-plus years of experience providing first-rate advice on superannuation and regulatory compliance.
Zheng Xie with Fangda Partners is an “extremely knowledgeable figure”, renowned for his work on foreign investment, regulatory affairs and corporate transactions.
Duncan Abate of Mayer Brown is a “distinguished lawyer with a stellar reputation” for his expertise in employee benefits law and pension schemes.
Cynthia Chung at Deacons is a “terrific pensions specialist” who comes “highly recommended for her work on incentives”.
Ajay Raghavan with Trilegal earns plaudits for his profound understanding of stock option schemes and benefits issues.
Kazutoshi Kakuyama at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune continues to excel at advising clients on compliance, severance matters, retirement allowances and a broad range of pension issues.
At Yulchon, Sang Wook Cho is a go-to lawyer for the full spectrum of employment, pensions and benefits issues.
Francis Xavier SC at Rajah & Tann has a stellar dispute resolution practice which encompasses complex contentious pensions issues.
John Wilson of John Wilson Partners is well reputed for his work on trust disputes and corporate transactions.