Our research reveals 80 leading lights in international sanctions, singled out for their excellence in international sanctions, export controls, compliance and enforcement actions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Ross Denton is noted for his “strong background in trade” and is touted by sources as “an excellent practitioner in trade and customs matters” .
Sunwinder ’Sunny’ Mann garners plaudits for being “excellent in sanctions and trade remedies” in a range of complex international matters.
Sources commend Anahita Thoms for her adept handling of self-disclosures in sanction breaches, export control and foreign investment reviews.
The “excellent” Michelle de Kluyver is hailed by respondents for her in-depth knowledge of EU sanctions law and adept handling of complex, cross-border issues.
Nichola Peters has wide-ranging expertise in trade compliance systems, which she deploys when advising on the existing and developing operations of large-scale multinationals.
The “excellent” Matt Butter garners widespread plaudits for his impressive work conducting rigorous internal investigations and audits relating to international trade matters.
Other leading individuals
Bert Gevers at Loyens & Loeff is a “go-to for Belgium work” according to sources who note he is “very much on top of things - he’s excellent on export control, customs and sanctions work”.
Anna Bradshaw of Peters & Peters Solicitors is commended as “highly knowledgeable in the area” by sources, one of whom notes, “She displays considerable focus in the sanctions and has a real depth of expertise.”
Michael O’Kane ranks highly among peers thanks to his “considerable know-how of sanctions” and complex export control matters.
“Outstanding practitioner” David Lorello of Covington & Burling works “exclusively in sanctions and export control”, where he “has built an established practice and distinguishes himself as a leading individual in the field”.
Brick Court Chambers’ Maya Lester QC possess “unparalleled drafting skills” and is “able to synthesise multiple legal arguments into simple, consolidated pleadings”. Client further praise her as “a strong and capable lawyer” who “works hard to obtain all relevant facts”.
Stephen Gentle at Simmons & Simmons is widely recognised as “a very technical lawyer, with strong analytical skills well-suited to this area”.
Jasper Helder at Akin Gump receives “the full confidence” of peers for his “in-depth knowledge and ability to stay on top of key issues”. He is also touted for “his prolific output of thought leadership”.
Susannah Cogman at Herbert Smith Freehills is “one of the foremost practitioners when it comes to trade compliance”, attracting a plethora of commendations from peers.
Daniel Hudson excels in a range of complex sanctions issues, both for domestic and international clients.
Clifford Chance is home to Rae Lindsay, who is applauded for “bringing a real depth of expertise in sanctions law”. She is also praised for her “principled approach to sanctions analysis” and “very sound judgment”.
Bärbel Sachs of Noerr comes “highly recommended” by sources who acclaim her as “a leading expert on all things international trade-related”. They add that “clients love working with her because of her immense experience in industries including aerospace, defence and tech”.
Gerd Schwendinger at GvW Graf von Westphalen has “a high level of competence and expertise” in the international arena, alongside “strong litigation skills”. He attracts additional praise for “his responsiveness and availability” and “ability to condense complex matters into workable solutions”.
Roland Stein of Blomstein is heralded as “very knowledgeable and experienced” with “a strong command of export control matters”.
Herzog Fox & Neeman’s “highly experienced” Daniel Reisner is widely touted as “the leading export control lawyer in Israel”. Sources remark, “He is very knowledgeable on difficult technical issues and has a huge book of clients.”
Marco Padovan at Studio Legale Padovan is “regarded as one of the leading voices on sanctions” by sources, who add, “He’s very experienced and has worked on a lot of difficult sanctions issues.” He is widely regarded as “the best in Italy”.
Marco Zinzani is “very experienced” in international sanctions and delivers “an excellent service” for large-scale clients.
Hugo-AB Munthe-Kaas at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen earns applause as “the go-to practitioner – he excels in sanctions and defence issues and has worked on many stand-out cases”.
Carolina Dacko at Mannheimer Swartling is recognised as “the reference point in Sweden for trade and customs work, especially regarding her specific expertise in international sanctions”. She is further praised as a “a true strategic adviser for her clients”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
The “elite level” Edward Krauland at Steptoe & Johnson is heralded as “a don of the sanctions bar – he’s one of the people you would call to answer the tricky questions”.
Timothy O’Toole of Miller & Chevalier is “fully endorsed” by peers for his first-rate handling of “contentious sanctions investigations”.
Sources recommend “transnational-minded” Maura Rezendes at Allen & Overy as “absolutely fantastic”. They add, “She possess a lot of enforcement experience which she expanded to build up a top-rated advisory practice.”
Hogan Lovells’ Beth Peters possesses an in-depth knowledge of the full range of international trade laws and has proven expertise advising complex export control and compliance matters.
Greta Lichtenbaum at O’Melveny & Myers receives high praise as “an excellent, clever, smart and relentless advocate” when it comes to US trade compliance.
Latham & Watkins’ William McGlone excels as “an exports control lawyer” and is well known for his stand-out experience in cross-border activities.
Sources commend Ryan Fayhee at Hughes Hubbard & Reed for possessing “considerable knowledge on sanctions processes and decision-making”.
At Covington & Burling, Peter Lichtenbaum is praised as “extremely skilled” in the gamut of sanctions issues and is known for his “first-rate experience” in the arena.
Baker McKenzie’s Alexandre Lamy attracts applause for delivering “a practical service which understands the needs of the business”. His “ready availability to clients, thorough research and strong presentation skills” are further acclaimed.