Arbitration - Future Leaders 2018: Analysis

For the second year we shine the spotlight on the pre-eminent lawyers aged 45 or under at the end of 2018, who the market considers to be the future leaders of the arbitration profession. The research covers law firms and independent practices, and a total of 522 individuals with exemplary standing as arbitrators and counsel are highlighted here.  

Europe - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andrea Meier Wartmann & Merker, Zurich
2. Diana Akikol ABR Avocats, Geneva
3. Jean Marguerat Froriep Legal, Geneva
4. Nadja Jaisli Kull Bär & Karrer, Zurich
5. Ania Farren Berwin Leighton Paisner, London
6. Philippa Charles Stewarts, London
7. Ben Juratowitch QC Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris
8. José-Manuel García Represa Dechert, Paris
9. Annet van Hooft Bird & Bird AARPI, Paris
10. Philipp Wagner Wagner Arbitration, Berlin

 Leading Firms

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.

International law firm WHITE & CASE achieves six listings in this chapter. 
Markus Burianski is “one of the top” disputes lawyers in Germany and is regarded as "very good in commercial matters".
Dipen Sabharwal excels in complex cross-border disputes and is praised as “a strategic thinker with high intellectual ability”. 
Clare Connellan stands out as “a skilled and clever lawyer” who is much-admired in construction disputes.
The “excellent” Elizabeth Oger-Gross is highly visible in the market and draws praise for her strategic and commercial advice.

Four lawyers from leading professional services firm HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS are listed here.
With "a calm and effective presence", Chris Parker is a go-to for commercial disputes in the oil and gas, mining, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Mathias Wittinghofer is known for "his creative legal mind and responsive, articulate and detail-oriented approach" to complex disputes.
Thierry Tomasi enjoys a superb reputation as “a very thorough lawyer with great advocacy skills” while peers describe Andrew Cannon asa first-rate public international law figure and standout future leader”.

Multinational firm FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER sees three partners listed here.
Ben Juratowitch QC is a highly impressive practitioner, described by one peer as “the best advocate I have come across in my career”. According to one source, “He understood perfectly what the tribunal was asking and gave precise and very intelligent answers on legal issues.”
Hans-Patrick Schroeder “is a very clever advocate” who draws praise for his “straightforward, clear and feasible recommendations”.
Will Thomas “is clearly a rising star”, say clients, who add: “He is a delight to work with, technically excellent and incredibly user-friendly. He makes sure things don’t slip through the cracks.”

Eminent Swiss firm BÄR & KARRER achieves three listings in the region.
Nadja Jaisli Kull boasts extensive international experience and is highlighted as "a very thorough and precise arbitrator".
Alexandra Johnson is "highly impressive" in her ability to manage difficult cases, and never fails to "give the tribunal exactly what it wants".
Aurélie Conrad Hari is highly commended by market sources who consider her "outstanding in commercial, post-closing and construction disputes".

Three dispute resolution specialists from Swiss firm PESTALOZZI are listed here.
Peers say of Florian Mohs: “He combines exceptional legal skills with outstanding practical know-how. He is the best in Switzerland.”
The “excellent” Thomas Rohner is an esteemed advocate and an expert handler of complex shareholder disputes.
Tanja Planinic impresses clients with “the quality of her work and great level of knowledge”.

Swiss business law firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER boasts three listings in this chapter.
Stefan Leimgruber is "an excellent all-round lawyer" with particular strength in post-M&A arbitration proceedings.
Philipp Groz is "the best" for IP arbitration disputes, and is particularly well regarded for his impressive expertise in the life sciences sector.
Manuel Liatowitsch greatly impresses peers who note he is "as sharp as a fox" in both his analysis and advocacy.

London-based international law firm BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER achieves two listings.
Ania Farren is described as "very composed counsel with extremely good command of the case”. She has “an excellent presentation and style of delivery" and is known as extremely knowledgeable in Russia-related matters.
Roman Khodykin is highlighted as “an incredibly intelligent and capable arbitration lawyer”, with one client referring to him as “the best arbitration partner I have worked with”.

With two partners listed in this chapter, specialist litigation firm STEWARTS performs well in the London market.
Philippa Charles draws praise as “a real force of nature” for her vast knowledge of international arbitration and her “bright and engaging” advocacy skills. 
Al Trent is also commended as “an energetic, straight-talking arbitration lawyer who is going places”.

Specialist dispute firm WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR sees two practitioners listed here.
Duncan Speller comes highly recommended by peers, one of whom says: “He has one of the most exceptional legal minds I have ever come across. He is, quite simply, brilliant. If you have a dispute, he should be your first choice."
Charlie Caher is cited as a “highly intelligent and incredibly thorough lawyer” by clients, who add: “He is very responsive and able to comprehend and process complicated issues.”

Two lawyers from VINSON & ELKINS are listed here.
Amir Ghaffari “is a very polished and very smooth” advocate with a superb reputation for Middle Eastern disputes.
Mark Beeley is renowned as a great strategist. Peers say, “He gives clients confidence by explaining the best tactics to achieve the desired result,” and also highlight his “confident and clear presentation”.

Full-service European firm SCHOENHERR ATTORNEYS AT LAW achieves two listings.
Anne-Karin Grill excels on the international stage as "a strong presence that cannot go unnoticed”. A source adds: “She exudes competence in a wide variety of arbitration matters and is known to be a hard worker in everything she takes up."
Jelena Bezarević Pajić is well known as “a tough litigator and an international arbitration lawyer who does not miss anything in her cases”. 

Two highly experienced WALDER WYSS lawyers are listed in this chapter.  
With "strong expertise in international disputes", Michael Feit is "one to watch" in the investment and commercial arbitration space.
We also recommend Michael Cartier, who stands out as "a strong strategist and quick thinker" in his work both as counsel as arbitrator.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


At GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER, Jeffrey Sullivan impresses peers with his “outstanding cross-examination and advocacy skills, especially on complex matters".

OSBORNE CLARKE’s Greg Fullelove "is very bright, a quick thinker and very responsive". Peers speak highly of his work in the digital business and interactive entertainment sectors.

Sherina Petit at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT is a prominent name in the arbitration market and is widely endorsed for her extensive experience in energy and infrastructure disputes.


José-Manuel García Represa is a leading arbitration practitioner at DECHERT. Peers hold him in high regard as “a terrific advocate whose pleadings are like a blitzkrieg, leaving his opponents little room to manoeuvre."

BIRD & BIRD’s Annet van Hooft receives international endorsements for her intricate knowledge of commercial arbitration and “is excellent both as counsel and as arbitrator”.

ALLEN & OVERY’s Marie Stoyanov is highly regarded for investment disputes and enjoys a superb reputation as “a very impressive advocate”.

Carine Dupeyron of DARROIS VILLEY MAILLOT BROCHIER is “a very professional practitioner, with a clear and sharp understanding of international arbitration".


At WAGNER ARBITRATION, founding partner Philipp Wagner “keeps a clear view” of complex legal issues and is highly regarded as counsel and arbitrator.


At WARTMANN & MERKER, Andrea Meier stands out as “a very responsive and diligent” arbitration practitioner.

ABR AVOCATSDiana Akikol "is a highly intelligent and accurate arbitrator" who draws praise for her expert handling of high-value disputes.

Jean Marguerat of FRORIEP LEGAL is “a sharp and dynamic” practitioner and is widely regarded as being “at the top of his generation”. 

Europe - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Melissa Magliana Homburger, Zurich
2. James Freeman Allen & Overy, London
3. Anna Masser Jones Day, Frankfurt
4. James Menz German Institute of Arbitration, Cologne
5. Flore Poloni August Debouzy, Paris
6. Tilman Niedermaier CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich
7. Sarah Ganz Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, London
8. Eliane Fischer Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Vienna
9. Clement Fouchard Linklaters, Paris
10. Stefanie Pfisterer Homburger, Zurich
11. Andrey Panov Norton Rose Fulbright, Moscow

 Leading Firms

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.

With 11 listings, FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER dominates this section of the research.
Eliane Fischer is highlighted as "a very good lawyer and tactician” who is “patient and cool in cross-examinations, but always spot on".
Jean-Paul Dechamps impresses peers with his “unsurpassed knowledge and experience of handling expropriation cases as well as his fantastic energy and attention to detail".
Elizabeth Snodgrass is widely recognised as “a very talented lawyer, skilled draftswoman and effective advocate” with notable experience of investment arbitration. 

Eight lawyers from WILMER CUTLER PICKERING HALE AND DORR’s formidable dispute resolution practice are included here. 
Sarah Ganz is commended as “a sensible, dedicated and very likeable advocate, who keeps her calm in any situation”.
Jonathan Lim draws praise as “a very smart all-round lawyer with a strong work ethic. He is able to digest and master a large amount of material very quickly, and is always available to provide creative and practical solutions.”
Helmut Ortner boasts “deep and cutting-edge international arbitration knowledge. He is extremely hard-working and a very smart lawyer who stays calm even if under tremendous pressure."

International firm WHITE & CASE sees eight practitioners listed here. 
As “an excellent advocate with extensive experience", Alexandre Mazuranic is a go-to lawyer for commercial disputes. He boasts strong expertise in the construction industry and comes highly regarded for his work in the space. 
Marily Paralika impresses peers with her “stellar expertise in commercial arbitration disputes” as well as her experience in investor-state dispute settlements. 

Seven practitioners from LALIVE’s strong disputes team are listed here. 
Laura Halonen is a prominent practitioner in the market who "masters every detail of complex cases in a remarkable manner”. Peers add: “She is an extremely tough opponent and conveys a strong defence in a simple, straightforward and efficient manner.”
Lorraine de Germiny is an esteemed expert in investment arbitration, who is recognised for her “highly international experience, practical mind and good oral advocacy”. 
Also listed is Catherine Anne Kunz, who is described by one peer as “the top Swiss arbitration associate in Geneva”.

Global business firm ALLEN & OVERY sees five lawyers listed here.   
James Freeman enjoys a strong reputation for his “technical ability and reliability” and deep experience in energy-sector disputes. 
One peer says of Kirtan Prasad, “She is one of the most intelligent young lawyers that I have worked with. Her drafting of case and witness statements in big-ticket arbitrations with utmost efficiency is a marvel to watch."

In Switzerland, business law firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER achieves four listings.
Anna Kozmenko "is outstanding as counsel and as arbitrator", and draws particular praise for top-tier work on Russia-related disputes.
Anya George performs well in common and civil law contexts and is internationally recognised as "one of the best of her generation worldwide".

Four dispute resolution experts from full service corporate law firm HOMBURGER are highlighted here. 
Melissa Magliana is considered "the very best young arbitration practitioner in Switzerland" and impresses peers with "her incredible ability to find the ideal middle ground between utmost legal precision and a sensible, practical approach".
Stefanie Pfisterer is a "technically brilliant" lawyer with vast experience before both Swiss and international tribunals.

Four practitioners from Magic Circle firm LINKLATERS are highlighted here. 
Clément Fouchard impresses peers with his “excellent engagement with the tribunal and excellent presentation of the case”.
Christian Albanesi enjoys an excellent reputation as counsel and arbitrator due to his "impressive knowledge of rules and procedures”. He boasts deep expertise in joint venture and acquisition transactions and has wide-ranging experience in construction and energy disputes. 

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


WOLF THEISS is home to Venus Valentina Wong, a go-to practitioner for international disputes involving Asia.


AUGUST DEBOUZY’s Flore Poloni is highlighted as “a very highly qualified and skilled lawyer” who provides sophisticated advice on complex disputes. 


THE GERMAN INSITUTE OF ARBITRATION’s James Menz impresses peers and clients alike with his "very strong international perspective" and his "pragmatic, straight-to-the-issue style". 

Tilman Niedermaier of CMS HASCHE SIGLE is "extremely well recognised" in the arbitration sphere and ranks prominently for his vast experience handling commercial arbitration proceedings.

Anna Masser of JONES DAY draws praise as “a simply outstanding young practitioner" who is commended for her smart and pragmatic advice and “truly international approach”. 


At global law firm NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT, Andrey Panov "is one of the rising arbitration stars in Russia" and "plays a crucial role in promoting best international practices in Russia and the CIS" according to peers.


At WALDER WYSSMarco Stacher "keeps his cool under pressure" and impresses peers with his "profound knowledge of dogmatic aspects in arbitration".

The Americas - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yasmine Lahlou Chaffetz Lindsey, New York
2. Petr Polášek White & Case, Washington, DC
3. Stephen Anway Squire Patton Boggs, New York
4. Natalie Reid Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
5. Luke Sobota Three Crowns, Washington, DC
6. Tai-Heng Cheng Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York
7. Karina Goldberg Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados, São Paulo
8. Rafael Llano Oddone White & Case, Mexico City
9. Silvia Marchili King & Spalding, Houston
10. Marinn Carlson Sidley Austin, Washington, DC

 Leading Firms

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.

With five lawyers listed here, WHITE & CASE has a strong presence in the US market.
Petr Polášek “stands out with persistence and dedication to his work, exceptional responsiveness and knowledge", say clients. 
In Mexico, Rafael Llano Oddone is a “very talented” counsel and draws praise for his expert handling of large cross-border disputes. 
Hansel Pham is widely regarded as “a great legal mind and top flight lawyer".
Damien Nyer boasts "a strong command of a case, both at a high level and with detailed facts and arguments".
Clients endorse Kristen Young for her “full command of the facts in the case and legal theories – she has them all at her fingertips”.

Heavyweight disputes firm QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN achieves two listings in the region.
Tai-Heng Cheng excels in the commercial and investment arbitration spheres due to "his strong advocacy skills, understanding of economic issues and astute case strategies."
Daniel Salinas-Serrano draws widespread praise for his outstanding expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitration as well as his excellent advocacy skills.

Brazilian dispute boutique FERRO CASTRO NEVES DALTRO & GOMIDE ADVOGADOS sees two lawyers listed here. 
Karina Goldberg is a "fierce and dedicated lawyer" who is "very responsive and engaged", say peers.
Eduardo Pecoraro "is very focused and strategic with a practical sense of how to solve problems," say peers.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


At MANGE & GABAY, Flavia Mange “is very meticulous in her technique and has great experience in procedures involving arbitration”. 

L O BAPTISTA ADVOGADOSRafael Francisco Alves draws praise as “a logical, straightforward and strong strategist with very good client skills".


Yasmine Lahlou of CHAFFETZ LINDSEY is a highly regarded practitioner with “an exceptional ability to read a situation and understand her client’s needs. She is intelligent, skilled and client-friendly.”

Stephen Anway is a standout name at SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS, described as “a tremendously energetic lawyer who handles the most difficult technical issues with ease”.

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON’s Natalie Reid is “a very dynamic practitioner who really stands out in the US”. Peers also speak highly of her expertise in public international law. 

Luke Sobota of THREE CROWNS is “a very sharp intellectual” with broad expertise in commercial and investor-state arbitrations. 

SIDLEY AUSTIN’s Marinn Carlson is “a very knowledgeable and strong oral advocate” who draws wide-ranging praise as “an emerging leader in the field of investor state arbitration”. 

At KING & SPALDING, Silvia Marchili “is very smart and has a great ability to discern the relevant factual and legal issues to be able to attack all of them in a very methodical and effective way."

At MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY, Lisa Richman is an “excellent” attorney, who “always remains calm and focused”. 

The Americas - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Remy Gerbay MoloLamken, New York
2. Ben Love Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York
3. Viren Mascarenhas King & Spalding, New York
4. Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta Dechert, Washington DC
5. Floriane Lavaud Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
6. Simon Batifort Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, New York
7. Stephanie Cohen Independent Arbitrator, New York
8. Sara Nadeau-Séguin Woods, Montreal
9. Montserrat Manzano Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Leading Firms

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.

Four lawyers from KING & SPALDING’s US offices are listed here.
Viren Mascarenhas is highly regarded by sources, one of whom states: "He is one of the most talented, hard-working and intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure of working with. He is a top-notch writer and advocate and is adored by clients and colleagues alike."
Aloysius Louie Llamzon is described by peers as “an outstanding senior associate” who is “sharp, knows the law and also excels on the commercial side of things".

Global law firm DECHERT achieves two listings in its Washington office. 
Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is a skilful advocate who "is definitely going to go the whole way", say peers, who particularly speak highly of his strong expertise in the Latin American region. 
Erica Franzetti is well regarded as “an excellent lawyer with sharp analytical skills. She is a very good writer, oral advocate and cross-examiner.”

Eminent full service Mexican law firm VON WOBESER Y SIERRA sees two stand-out lawyers listed here. 
With "superb advocacy skills", Montserrat Manzano is recognised as "one of the most distinguished young attorneys in the field".
Alexandra von Wobeser draws widespread praise as "a motivated and focused lawyer with first-rate international experience".

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


WOODS’ Sara Nadeau-Séguin is "brilliant and very sharp" and impresses peers and clients alike with her case management skills. "She is certainly a name to watch", says one peer.


At MOLOLAMKEN, Remy Gerbay enjoys an outstanding reputation in the international arbitration market. He has extensive expertise in disputes in sub-Saharan Africa and impresses peers with his “strong understanding of business and his perfect grasp of both civil and common laws”.  

Ben Love is an esteemed practitioner at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER who is recognised as “a rock star in his field. He is poised, knowledgeable, likeable, and eminently qualified.” 

DEBEVOISE & PLIMPTON is home to Floriane Lavaud, who peers describe as “one of the best practitioners in her field. She pays attention to detail and is very talented in respect of analysing and constructing legal arguments."

Simon Batifort of CURTIS MALLET-PREVOST COLT & MOSLE impresses peers with his technical expertise and “business acumen beyond his years."

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Stephanie Cohen is "an entrepreneurial and courageous independent arbitrator" who excels in international commercial disputes.


Rest of the World - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Paul Tan Rajah & Tann Singapore, Singapore
2. May Tai Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
3. Yu-Jin Tay Mayer Brown, Singapore
4. Timothy Lindsay Lindsay, Auckland
5. Frances van Eupen Allen & Overy, Hong Kong
6. Simon Dunbar King & Spalding, Singapore
7. Sapna Jhangiani Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore, Singapore
8. Kabir Singh Clifford Chance, Singapore
9. Andrew Battisson Allen & Overy, Singapore
10. Cameron Hassall Clifford Chance, Hong Kong

 Leading Firms

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.

With six listings, HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS performs well in this year’s research.
May Tai is a seasoned adviser in commercial arbitration proceedings. Peers say, “She is calm under pressure and handles the biggest disputes with ease.”
David Gilmore impresses clients with his strategic counsel, with sources also commenting on his “high level of wisdom, sharpness and dedication to complicated issues”. 
Mike McClure boastsextensive experience of multi-jurisdictional work subject to a wide range of governing laws", and is particularly well regarded for his expertise in the energy and infrastructure industries.
Elaine Wong is a highly skilled expert in cross-border commercial arbitration and enjoys a fantastic reputation as “a tough opponent who puts you through your paces”.
Christopher Hunt is recommended as a meticulous strategic adviser who impresses client with his “sharp mind and distinctive ability to break down legal jargon and provide clear understandable explanations”.
Leon Chung advises major clients in large-scale international disputes and draws praise for his “user-friendly and practical approach”.

Leading business law firm CLIFFORD CHANCE sees four practitioners listed here.
In Singapore, Kabir Singh impresses peers with his “deep experience and strategic thinking” in high-value disputes.
Cameron Hassall boasts a superb reputation in the market. According to one peer, “Cameron is one of the most talented team leaders I have ever worked with. Sources are quick to praise his superb ability in handling complex cross-border disputes.
Paul Sandosham enjoys an outstanding reputation for his expertise in construction disputes. Peers say “He is technically skilled, deals with clients well and is very internationally minded.”
Timothy Grave is an esteemed expert in commercial dispute resolution with impressive experience in cross-border disputes and regulatory investigations. 

Three dispute resolution experts from international firm KING & SPALDING are listed here.
Simon Dunbar is described as “a very impressive arbitration lawyer. He has a good profile and is clearly a future leader."
Elodie Dulac is “an outstanding practitioner” who is recognised for her broad knowledge of investment law.
Christopher Bailey is a prominent figure in the Japanese arbitration market who “really understands the culture of Japanese companies”.

WHITE & CASE performs well with three lawyers listed here.
Aloke Ray is a prominent practitioner who “is consistently making strong inroads into the Singapore international arbitration scene".
Julian Bailey has a well-established practice in the Middle East and enjoys a superb reputation for his “cerebral” counsel in construction disputes. 
Michael Turrini is highly regarded in the Middle East for his formidable expertise in large-scale construction and energy disputes.

Specialist dispute resolution firm QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN achieves two listings.  
John Rhie stands out for his approachable and responsive client service and his “expansive and innovative development of legal arguments”.
Duncan Watson boasts a strong practice in Asia and is highlighted as "a very impressive young partner".

Global business law firm ALLEN & OVERY sees two specialists listed here.
Frances van Eupen impresses clients as “a very thorough and competent lawyer who always has my company’s best interest in mind."
Andrew Battisson is well known as “an understated and clever” advocate with broad commercial expertise in energy and infrastructure disputes.

Two practitioners from CLYDE & CO are recognised here.
Sapna Jhangiani is a top name for international arbitration in Singapore. Peers describe her as "a charming advocate, who is well respected within the arbitration fraternity".
Nassif BouMalhab draws effusive praise from peers, who comment: “Nassif’s approach to commercial litigation and strategy is fantastic and is informed by his in-depth knowledge of client business and the legal landscape, which allows him to provide pragmatic advice aligned with commercial goals."

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


Peers endorse LPA-CGR’s Karim Nassif as “a smart lawyer and creative thinker”, adding: “He is one of the stars in the UAE.”

Alain Farhad of SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS stands out as an extremely intelligent and effective lawyer who “is efficient and deals with matters expeditiously”. 

Hong Kong

John Choong is a leading light at FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER who is well recognised as “an excellent lawyer and an expert in international arbitration”. One source adds: “He is responsive and hard-working, and knows both Hong Kong and Singapore jurisdictions well."


At ARISTA CHAMBERS, Promod Nair is widely regarded as “one of the best arbitration practitioners in the Indian market” and draws praise for his “measured, commercial and user-friendly advice”.


PKM AVOCATS is home to Bassam Mirza, who is held in high esteem as “an excellent adviser throughout the different steps of an international arbitration process". 

New Zealand

Timothy Lindsay at LINDSAY is “developing a great reputation” according to sources as “an excellent and hardworking all-round lawyer”.



Paul Tan of RAJAH & TANN SINGAPORE “is very astute, commercial and user-friendly” and is lauded as “a very impressive and exciting lawyer in the new generation". 

MAYER BROWN Yu-Jin Tay draws extensive praise from sources, who note: “He is well established in the market and is extremely knowledgeable, business savvy and attuned to client needs."

Rest of the World - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Chiann Bao Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Hong Kong
2. Tomas Furlong Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
3. Darius  Chan Ascendant Legal, Singapore
4. Sheila Ahuja Allen & Overy, Hong Kong

 Leading Firms

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.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is a dominant player on the global stage and achieves nine listings across Asia. 
Tomas Furlong is highlighted as "an extremely talented lawyer with excellent judgement and impressive advocacy skills".
Peers comment that “the standards don’t get any higher” than Martin Wallace. “He is an obvious first choice for bet-the-company disputes and boasts unrivalled knowledge of Hong Kong arbitration law."
Jun Bautista is “a very smart and diligent individual” with vast legal knowledge in Hong Kong and the Philippines.  

Leading business law firm CLIFFORD CHANCE sees three lawyers listed here.
With broad experience working in Hong Kong and Korea, Thomas Walsh "is very much a leader in the Asian market”.
Peers praise Julia Popelysheva as “a very sharp arbitration practitioner with solid experience in the field of international arbitration.”
Also recommended is Peter Harris, who is “an impressive arbitration lawyer” for mining and construction disputes.

ALLEN & OVERY achieves three listings in Hong Kong and the UAE. 
The “engaging and extremely capable” Sheila Ahuja “is a very through and competent lawyer who always has the client’s best interest in mind”. 
Kirsten O'Connell impresses sources with her “exemplary” case management skills and “ability to assimilate huge amounts of complex information”. 
The “brilliant” Yacine Francis is highly visible in the market and stands out for his sophisticated arbitration practice.

Two leading lights at SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM are recognised here. 
Chiann Bao is widely regarded as “an excellent lawyer”. Her experience as the former HKIAC Secretary General “will surely help her clients in the whole region”, say peers.  
Eleanor Hughes is highlighted as “a real future leader – she is already head and shoulders above her competition”. 

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


The highly rated Julie Raneda at SCHELLENBERG WITTMER stands out as "a brilliant and very sharp lawyer, with outstanding analytical skills".

Darius  Chan at ASCENDANT LEGAL is prominent name in the Singaporean market who impresses peers with "his sharp legal insight, client-friendly manner and consistently high work ethic".

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