Legal Marketplace Analysis

This year, we identify 342 practitioners from 216 firms and 44 countries as the world's leading public procurement lawyers. Allen & Overy leads the way in our research, achieving 10 listings across eight different jurisdictions. Following closely behind are Hogan Lovells and Mayer Brown. Blake Cassels & Graydon, Bird & Bird and Dentons all also perform strongly.

Furhermore, we recognise the 10 most highly regarded individuals in the world and single out the five leading practitioners at the UK bar.

Who's Who Legal: Public Procurement 2014
Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Lawyer Firm
Jonathan Davey Addleshaw Goddard, London
Anne-Marie Curran A&L Goodbody, Dublin
Totis Kotsonis Eversheds, London
Judy Wilson Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Karen Manos Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, DC
Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell Advokatfirman Delphi, Stockholm
Kate Rees Hogan Lovells International, London
Anke Stellingwerff Beintema Maasdam Broers Fischer Advocaten, The Hague
Patrick McGovern Arthur Cox, Dublin
Anna Kuusniemi-Laine Castrén & Snellman, Helsinki
Most Highly Regarded Barristers
Lawyer Firm
Nigel Giffin QC 11 King’s Bench Walk, London
Michael Bowsher QC Monckton Chambers, London
Sarah Hannaford QC Keating Chambers, London
Philip Moser QC Monckton Chambers, London
James Goudie QC 11 King’s Bench Walk, London

Allen & Overy is recognised as a “powerhouse” of the public procurement field, and once again emerges as the leading firm in our research with 10 lawyers featured. The nominees are based in eight different jurisdictions, reflecting the firm’s impressive international expertise.

Two lawyers are included from the firm’s New York office. The “truly outstanding” Kent Rowey specialises in in major PPP transactions and has advised on numerous infrastructure projects in Asia, the Middle East, North America and the UK. He receives praise from clients for his “superb global knowledge”. He is joined by Dolly Mirchandani, a “leading expert” in the field who has a particular focus on concession arrangements and complex energy transactions. The firm’s UAE office is also represented by two practitioners. In Dubai, Bimal Desai is known for his “intelligent and commercially oriented” advice to clients in the petrochemical and energy sector, while Ian Ingram-Johnson has an “exceptional practice” covering projects in the telecoms, transport and infrastructure sectors, where he acts for both private companies and government clients. The firm also maintains a presence in the Asian market. In Tokyo, the “greatly respected” Matthias Voss regularly advises international companies, lenders and financiers on their commercial and financial arrangements for high-profile energy, power and infrastructure projects around the world. Hong Kong-based Thomas Brown has “vast experience of the Asian market”, having worked in Bangkok and Tokyo, and is a “leading authority” on financing issues across a number of sectors including oil and gas and telecommunications.

A&O boasts a very strong European practice, with four lawyers from as many jurisdictions listed in our research. In Brussels, Helga Van Peer heads the firm’s public law practice and is co-leader of the Belgian projects group. Recognised as “one of the finest European procurement experts” by peers, she advises both contracting authorities and governments on all matters pertaining to PPP projects and contracts in the construction, IT and utilities sectors. Frankfurt-based Olaf Otting heads the public law group in Germany and is described as a “major player” in the field, with clients full of praise for his “considered and intelligent approach” to procurement disputes. The “first-rate” Pablo Mayor heads the Madrid public law and regulated sectors department and is a “go-to” lawyer for administrative bodies and private entities on procurement-related issues in the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors. In Amsterdam, Arent van Wassenaer is “highly valued” by private company clients for his contentious advisory work and focuses on construction and utilities-related projects.

Hogan Lovells performs impressively in our research and achieves seven listings, with four of those based in Europe. In London, Kate Rees emerges as one of the most highly nominated lawyers in this edition and is “internationally renowned” for her work advising local authorities, utilities and contractors in relation to the practical and legal aspects of the EU procurement regime. She is joined by Mark Jones, a “regulatory expert” in the field with a particular focus on the competition law aspect of public procurement. In Brussels, Ciara Kennedy-Loest is a “highly valued adviser” on procurement matters pertaining to PFI and PPP projects who regularly represents public sector purchasers and private bidders before the UK and European courts. The “immensely talented” Nicolas Pourbaix has established himself as a “pre-eminent expert” who regularly advises public and private sector clients on the full range of procurement issues.

The firm’s Singapore office is represented by Julien Reidy, a “highly proficient” lawyer with experience advising both public sector procuring bodies and private bidders on infrastructure and utility projects in the South East Asia, Middle East and European markets. In Washington, DC, the “extensively experienced” Agnes Dover regularly provides strategic procurement regulatory advice to clients contracting with federal agencies and is well known for her “astute legal mind”, while Miami-based Jorge Diaz-Silveira co-heads the global infrastructure industry team and is known for his “superb attention to detail” in relation to high-profile procurement contracts.

In this edition we feature six leading lawyers from Mayer Brown. In Brussels, Julian Ellison displays a “thorough understanding of the relationship between procurement law and state aid”, and is praised by clients for his “dedication and professionalism”. The remaining five nominees are based in the US, including the “top-notch” Marcia Madsen who specialises in government contracting and litigation; she is described by peers as a “fantastic advocate”. In Chicago, Joseph Seliga is a “transactional genius” with a focus on infrastructure projects. He is also active in the energy sector and regularly assists clients in securing government incentives for major wind initiatives across Illinois. He is joined by David Narefsky, a “key specialist” in relation to municipal finance and government relations.

Leading Canadian firm Blake Cassels & Graydon demonstrates its strength in the field with five listings. Judy Wilson retains her place among our most highly regarded individuals and is widely described as “one of the country’s best”. With over 20 years’ experience, she advises clients on the full range of infrastructure and procurement issues and is an “undoubted expert” on the complexity of procurement processes. In Vancouver, Anne Stewart QC is a “skilled negotiator” who regularly advises both private and public entities on high-profile projects. In Montreal, the “unparalleled” Alain Massicotte heads the infrastructure/P3 group and advises many foreign governments on public-private partnerships, with a particular emphasis on concessions and delegated management of utilities.

Bird & Bird achieves five nominations across three European jurisdictions in this year’s research. In Düsseldorf, the “first-class” Jan Byok heads the international regulatory and administrative practice group and is described as a “prominent figure” in German procurement law. London-based Roger Bickerstaff is joint head of the international IT sector group and has over 20 years’ experience in advising on domestic and EU procurement law relating to large-scale IT projects. Clients praise his “rapid identification and solution of key issues” in the contract drafting stage of the procurement process. In Copenhagen, Peter Dann Jørgensen is one of Denmark’s “leading authorities” on all aspects of procurement law and is widely recognised as an “excellent strategist”.

Dentons also receives five nominations in this edition, including Toronto-based Paul Lalonde who is lauded as “one of the foremost procurement lawyers in Canada”. He regularly appears before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Federal Court of Canada and is a “go-to guy” for entities involved in government contracting disputes. In Vancouver, John Haythorne leads the firm’s national P3 team and is “well versed” in relation to procurement processes in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors. In Warsaw, Aldona Kowalczyk is “renowned” for her work in the field and regularly provides “comprehensive, commercially oriented” advice to both awarding bodies and private bidders across Poland.

Ashurst is represented by four “fantastic” lawyers from as many jurisdictions. The “highly skilled and intelligent” John McClenahan is the managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office and advises lenders, sponsors, project companies and contractors on major infrastructure projects in the power, petrochemicals and transport sectors. In Singapore, Matthew Bubb is the Asia managing partner and acts for project companies and contractors in relation to infrastructure projects. He “knows all there is to know” regarding public-private partnerships in the region and is well-known for his expertise in the power, mining and health and education sectors. Energy “guru” David Wadham divides his time between London and Abu Dhabi and advises on the development and financing of independent water and power projects.

Linklaters achieves four listings in this year’s edition. London-based Oliver Black is a “pre-eminent figure” in the European market with a particular focus on procurement and utility regulation; our respondents were full of praise for his “strong technical proficiency”. In Dubai, the “internationally lauded” Sarosh Mewawalla is managing partner for the Middle East and regularly acts for commercial lenders in the energy and utility sectors, while Hong Kong-based Stuart Salt focuses on procurement and structured financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors; he stands out for his “impeccable client service and commercial awareness”.

At Norton Rose Fulbright in Johannesburg, Gavin Noeth is “hugely respected” by peers and clients alike and has acted for South African and international banks and governments in relation to public–private partnerships and project finance. In Ottawa, Richard Wagner is able to draw from a “wealth of experience” in advising high-profile clients on the interaction between government procurement and competition law.

Two lawyers from White & Case achieve listings in this edition. In Tokyo, Hendrik Gordenker has “exceptional knowledge” of the Japanese market and focuses on energy and liquefied natural gas transactions involving Japan. New York-based Troy Alexander is a “leading practitioner” and focuses on international project financings in the power, oil and gas, mining, and telecommunications sectors.

At Addleshaw Goddard, Jonathan Davey heads the firm’s commercial group and is “well-versed” in the full range of procurement-related matters. He has a “long-standing reputation for excellence” in in the field and emerges once again as one of the leading lawyers in our research. He is currently leading the team advising the Danish government on the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel project, a €7 billion tunnel between Denmark and Germany.

In Dublin, Anna-Marie Curran of A&L Goodbody is “extensively experienced” in Irish and EU procurement and competition law and advises a wide range of clients in the public, private and utility sectors. She regularly represents clients before the Irish Competition Authority and European Commission and is described by peers as a “formidable advocate”.

At Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Washington, DC-based Karen Manos chairs the firm’s government contracts practice group and is a “major player in the US market”. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, she has developed a “nationwide reputation” for her work in relation to government contracts costs and pricing. She is joined by Joseph West, who co-chairs the government contracts practice and is “well-respected” among peers.

In Stockholm, Anna Ulfsdotter Forssell of Advokatfirman Delphi is a “leading figure” in the Swedish market and regularly represents companies in complex procurement disputes, with clients full of praise for her “attention to detail and considered approach”.

Anke Stellingwerff Beintema is one of two “prominent” lawyers nominated from Maasdam Broers Fischer Advocaten. She specialises in advising government bodies, businesses and non-profit organisations on contentious and non-contentious EU procurement and state aid matters. She “leads by example” in advising on the applicability and scope of EU regulations and is also renowned as an “exceptional litigator”.

At Arthur Cox, Patrick McGovern heads the telecommunications/electronic communications and broadcasting group and the utilities, energy and resources group, and emerges as one of the most highly regarded lawyers in our research. Described as an “essential inclusion” by peers, he advises on a range of procurement matters with particular emphasis on public-private partnerships. In Belfast, the “brilliant” Peter Curran advises public and private sector clients on the procurement, regulatory and competition aspects of projects in a wide range of sectors including waste, transport, energy and communications.

At Castrén & Snellman, the “incredibly talented” Anna Kuusniemi-Laine specialises in domestic and EU procurement, competition and state aid law and represents clients in related litigation. She acts for major Finnish and international companies in these fields and is described as a “leading specialist” on legal issues arising from the interface between the public and private sectors.

The “outstanding” Totis Kotsonis emerges once again as one of the most highly regarded individuals in our research. He recently joined Eversheds' London office and has a “stellar reputation” for his work in relation to state aid rules, EU procurement law and sector and utility regulation.


The number of nominated barristers in our English research continues to grow, and six “superb” individuals from Monckton Chambers are listed in this edition. Michael Bowsher QC is an “undisputed leader” in the field and has acted in some of the most high-profile UK procurement cases of the last decade. He regularly represents clients in claims for damages and injunctions regarding public and utilities procurement, and peers marvel at his “remarkable knowledge in a rapidly developing area of law”. Philip Moser QC has acted in a range of complex and high-profile EU procurement cases and is well known for his “astute legal mind”, while the “truly outstanding” Rob Williams regularly acts for central government and specialises in procurement-related matters in the energy and transport sectors. Other “fantastic” barristers at Monckton are Paul Lasok QC, Elisa Holmes and Ewan West.

Three individuals from 11 King’s Bench Walk are listed, including Nigel Giffin QC, who emerges as the most highly regarded barrister in our research. Widely acknowledged as a “first-rate advocate”, he has “valuable experience” in relation to local government law and major procurement disputes. James Goudie QC is a “real favourite among clients” and receives praise for his “practical and incisive approach”, while Jason Coppel QC is a renowned procurement “specialist” with particular experience in EU law disputes.

At Keating Chambers, Sarah Hannaford QC emerges once again as one of the most highly nominated barristers in our research. Lauded for her “strong track record and client service”, she regularly acts for government bodies, local authorities and industry clients. Also listed is David Gollancz, a state aid law and public contracts specialist who receives widespread praise for his “impressive knowledge and sound judgement”.

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