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Daniel Kalderimis

Daniel Kalderimis

Chapman Tripp10 Customhouse QuayPO Box 993WellingtonNew Zealand6140

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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

One market commentator states that Daniel Kalderimis is "one of the cleverest lawyers I have ever worked with", while another adds that arbitration practitioners "don't come much better than Daniel".


Daniel Kalderimis is a partner at Chapman Tripp, founded its international arbitration practice and now leads the firm's international law team. He is admitted in New Zealand, New York and England and Wales (where he is a solicitor-advocate for civil matters).

Daniel is widely recognised as a leading authority in international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution. He regularly acts as counsel in international arbitrations and has experience as an ICC arbitrator. Daniel acted on the first bilateral investment treaty arbitration held in New Zealand. He also regularly appears as a barrister and solicitor in significant commercial litigation before New Zealand courts.

Daniel is New Zealand’s representative to the ICC commission and national correspondent to the United Nations for the New York Convention and UNCITRAL Model Law. He co-authored a guide to the ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules and contributed to New Zealand’s leading arbitration textbook. In 2018, he gave the keynote address at the AMINZ-ICCA conference in Queenstown.

Daniel graduated first in his year at the University of Wellington (LLB Hons; BA, first-class honours) and studied at Columbia Law School (LLM), where he received the Fulbright-Buddle Findlay Award and was an associate-in-law. He worked in London as a senior associate in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration group.

Daniel is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wellington; a member of the LCIA, the International Bar Association, the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law; and a fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand.

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