Arbitration 2019: Future Leaders Analysis

For the third consecutive year, WWL and Global Arbitration Review have conducted research into the Future Leaders of the international arbitration world. In this edition we feature 320 partners and 264 non-partners who stand out as among the best of their generation for their exceptional counsel and arbitration work in complex international proceedings.

We recognise individuals from a range of jurisdictions and firms around the world, from large international powerhouses to specialised boutique practices, and identify the most highly regarded arbitration lawyers from Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.


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.

Europe - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Florian Mohs Pestalozzi, Zurich
2. Galina Zukova Bélot Malan & Associés, Paris
3. Ben Juratowitch QC Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Paris
4. Nadja Jaisli Kull Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
5. Carine Dupeyron Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Paris
6. Andrea Meier Wartmann Merker, Zurich
7. Tilman Niedermaier CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich
8. José-Manuel García Represa Dechert LLP, Paris
9. Simon Manner Manner Spangenberg, Hamburg
10. Patrizia Netal Knoetzl, Vienna

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

This leading international firm sees three lawyers listed from its European offices.
In Paris, Ben Juratowitch QC is “a brilliant advocate” whose “clarity of thought and efficiency are second to none”. One peer effuses, “Ben has developed an excellent public international law practice.”
Will Thomas is “a real leader” according to sources who note “he bring tremendous energy” as well as “genuine sector expertise in energy and natural resources”. One respondent says, “He is always on top of what is the best practical and commercial decision for a client.”
Hans-Patrick Schroeder is “an excellent and very smart lawyer” who wins high praise for his “outstanding organisational skills”. Sources commend his expert handling of complex commercial disputes, most notably in the insolvency area.

Baker McKenzie

A standout firm in the European market that sees five lawyers recognised here.
Luca Beffa is “a clever legal mind” who “has great knowledge of arbitral rules and a strong ability to identify key strategic opportunities” in a case. He enjoys a strong reputation as “a very sophisticated and experienced arbitration practitioner”.
Heiko Alexander Haller is “very knowledgeable and well versed in arbitration” according to peers who note he is “excellent in technical disputes” and praise his “comprehensive understanding of clients’ needs”.
Edward Poulton is “a truly outstanding arbitration practitioner” who impresses market commentators with his excellent work on investment treaty and public international law disputes.

Clifford Chance

This Magic Circle firm sees four outstanding practitioners recognised here.
Marie Berard is “an incredibly bright and very intellectual practitioner” who stands out for her “calm approach” to complex international commercial arbitration disputes.
Jessica Gladstone “certainly is a rising star”, say sources, who commend her “strong knowledge of international arbitration issues” and regard her as “an excellent speaker”.
Moritz Keller comes highly recommended as “one of the very best in the field of investment arbitration”. He is considered “a very well-prepared, knowledgeable and pleasant lawyer whom peers look up to”.
Tim Schreiber enjoys a strong reputation across the European market where he stands out for his superb work handling both German and international arbitration proceedings.

White & Case

This full-service global firm sees seven partners nominated in Europe.
Markus Burianski is “a very well-known disputes lawyer in Germany with a charismatic style” according to sources who note he is “highly skilled in cross-examination”.
Christophe Von Krause is “very experienced in international arbitration” and stands out for his “great oral advocacy skills”. Respondents say, “He has the capacity to grasp the most complicated legal issues.”
Dipen Sabharwal is “definitely a rising star” in the international arbitration space, according to peers who “would recommend him unreservedly”. They also comment on his “great commitment to clients”.

Herbert Smith Freehills

This international firm achieves four nominations in this edition.
Mathias Wittinghofer gains recognition as “an exceptionally good strategist” who impresses with his “extremely engaged and client-oriented approach”. Sources comment that he has “a strong presence, especially in banking, finance and corporate disputes”.
Chris Parker is “a sophisticated and polished advocate” who sources would highly recommend for his “superb work” in both institutional and ad hoc proceedings. According to one peer, “His cross-examination skills are otherworldly.”

Schellenberg Wittmer

A prominent Swiss law firm that sees five exceptional partners highlighted this year as future leaders in the field.
Stefan Leimgruber is “a very talented arbitration practitioner” who is “responsive” and “great to work with”. He is recommended for his strong expertise handling commercial disputes under a range of rules from UNCITRAL to ICC.
Philipp Groz is a well-recognised figure in the Swiss market. He is commended this year for his outstanding work and particular expertise in IP arbitration disputes.
Manuel Liatowitsch wins high praise from peers who consider him “a formidable arbitration counsel” and commend his excellent work in dispute resolution.
Anna Kozmenko “possesses a combination of all the qualities required to be a superb lawyer and a leader in her field”. One client says: “She is able to identify the most crucial facts and legal arguments at a glance and come up with a winning strategy.”
Anya George “stands out in every respect” when it comes to handling complex arbitration disputes. She is known as an “organised and incredibly bright” advocate who “delivers advice on complex procedural issues in a clear and concise manner”.

Squire Patton Boggs

This full-service global law firm achieves four nominations here.
In Paris, José Ricardo Feris is “by far one of the most prominent young figures in international arbitration” according to sources, who consider him “a true leader of the younger generation”. He is praised for his “strong Latin American practice” as well as his “great experience at the ICC”.
Alexis Martinez “has built himself an amazing arbitration practice” according to respondents who praise him as “very experienced and smart counsel”.
Stephan Adell is “a skilled orator” who is recognised for his “brilliant drafting skills”, “sharp mind” and “excellent advocacy”. One peer says, “I particularly recommend him for construction disputes, where he is excellent in cross-examination.”
James Barratt is “a very knowledgeable lawyer” who is “building a great reputation” in the international arbitration space. One source says, “He’s one of the smartest guys I know.”

Three Crowns

Two future leaders from the firm are recognised.
Carmen Martinez Lopez stands out as “a great legal mind” who “has certainly been building up a fantastic reputation” in the market for her work in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
Kathryn Khamsi is “an excellent lawyer” who is “very well regarded” by market commentators for her “great proficiency in public international law matters”.


This excellent Austrian firm has two lawyers recommended.
Patrizia Netal is “definitely a future leader” say sources who praise her “tenacity, reliability and diligence”. One peer commends her “truly excellent work” and highlights her “very clear and straightforward way of thinking and arguing”.
Emmanuel Kaufman possesses “excellent analytical and drafting skills” and impresses peers with his “strategic approach and strong understanding of arbitration law”.

Leading Individuals


Veit Öhlberger at Dorda Rechtsanwälte is “an outstanding lawyer” who has “a deep knowledge of the law” and stands out for his particular expertise in issues relating to China.

At Platte, Martin Platte “conducts proceedings and cross-examinations with great skill and rigour”, according to peers who note he is “very good at making strategic decisions”.


Jones Day’s Vanessa Foncke is well known among peers for her “excellent advocacy skills” and is “very well regarded for her work on high-level cases”.

Sophie Goldman at Tossens Goldman Gonne stands out as “an arbitration specialist” who “handles cases with precision” and never fails to demonstrate “great communication skills”.


WilmerHale’s Duncan Speller is “an experienced arbitration practitioner with impressive oral advocacy skills”, according to sources who consider him “extremely smart and a quick thinker”.
Charlie Caher wins high praise from peers who note he is “a brilliant lawyer” with “a sharp analytical mind and excellent strategic skills”.

Sarah Vasani at Addleshaw Goddard is recognised as “a skilled advocate with a thorough knowledge of public international law”. She is “a smart and dedicated lawyer” who has “a truly impressive roster of clients”.
Jon Tweedale is “a leading practitioner in the field” who enjoys a strong international reputation for his “specialist knowledge of arbitration”. He is described as “definitely a rising star” and “a great strategist”. 

Greg Fullelove at Osborne Clarke is “a very strong and astute advocate” who “drafts excellent submissions” and is “always calm under pressure”.

At Vinson & Elkins, Amir Ghaffari is “a rising star” in the field of arbitration who stands out for his “great client service and thorough approach”. He receives particular praise for his work on construction matters in the Middle East.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Epaminontas Triantafilou is “absolutely a star of investor state arbitration” who is recognised as “an excellent legal mind who thinks clearly about complex issues”. One peer effuses: “He is one of the most effective cross-examiners I have ever witnessed.”

Jones Day’s Sylvia Tonova is well recognised among international peers who commend her “incredibly impressive work” on investment treaty and commercial disputes as well as her “strong analytical thinking”.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Sherina Petit is “a standout name” in the international arbitration space where she is well known for her “in-depth expertise” in the Indian market.

Dmitri Evseev at Arnold & Porter gains recognition from sources who consider him “one of the brightest minds and a clear future leader in the field of investment treaty arbitration”.


Galina Zukova at Bélot Malan & Associés is “an excellent and experienced lawyer with a particular focus on CIS-related cases”, according to sources. They note, “She has vast experience in and great knowledge of ICC arbitration proceedings.”

At Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, Carine Dupeyron is “definitely a star” in the international arbitration space and wins praise from peers who consider her “highly knowledgeable on arbitration matters under French law”.

Dechert’s José-Manuel García Represa “has tremendous advocacy skills” say sources, who consider him “very dynamic and excellent with cross-examinations”. One peer comments, “He is in my view one of the very best.”

Alejandro López Ortiz at Mayer Brown is “an extremely intelligent lawyer” who is recognised for his “great strength in Latin America-related matters”. He impresses market commentators who consider him “one of the future, if not current, leaders, without a doubt”.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Thomas Voisin is “extremely responsive and reliable counsel” who is “an asset to any case”, according to sources. He is highly respected for his expert handling of both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.

Allen & Overy’s Marie Stoyanov is “a star” in the arbitration field in France, where she enjoys a sterling reputation as “a very bright, committed and great advocate”.


Tilman Niedermaier at CMS Hasche Sigle is “one of the rising stars in the German arbitration market” who “always displays very strong advocacy skills while keeping his composure and calm”. Sources consider him “a very knowledgeable arbitration specialist”.

At Manner Spangenberg, Simon Manner is “a stellar lawyer” who draws widespread praise for his “great legal mind” and “no-nonsense approach”. He is recognised for his particular expertise in energy arbitrations.

Wagner Arbitration’s Philipp Wagner is “a truly innovative lawyer” who is known for his “calm and controlled style” when acting both as arbitrator and counsel.

Gustav Flecke-Giammarco at Seven Summits Arbitration is “an extremely well-prepared counsel and arbitrator” who stands out for “his unrivalled insight and knowledge of ICC arbitration”.
Gebhard Bücheler is “a leading practitioner in the German market” who stands out for his “particular strength in energy disputes, especially in pricing matters”.

At Corinius, Antje Baumann “is well versed in international arbitration” and is noted for her “excellent legal skills” and “pragmatic approach”. One source says she is “always well prepared and ready to go the extra mile”.

New partner Anna Masser at Jones Day is “a stellar name” in the arbitration field where she “combines huge experience with a focused approach to the issues in dispute”. One source notes, “She is an experienced and intelligent lawyer with perfect professional skills.”


Victor Bonnin at VBArbitration is “a conscientious and hard worker” who comes highly recommended for his “practical thinking” and “willingness to dive into the details of the case”.

Independent arbitrator Elena Gutiérrez García de Cortázar is recognised as “a leading figure in Spain, not only among the younger generation”. One peer says, “She is particularly sharp and quick at identifying the relevant issues and part of the debate.”


Florian Mohs at Pestalozzi is “superb counsel, in particular for commercial and construction cases”. He possesses “strong visibility in the market” as well as “the ultimate legal precision combined with business common sense”.

At Bär & Karrer, Nadja Jaisli Kull is “a calm, decisive and highly persuasive arbitration lawyer” who is recognised as “one of the premier arbitration practitioners of her generation”.
Alexandra Johnson is “an excellent arbitration lawyer” who comes highly recommended for her exceptional work handling complex proceedings across a range of sectors from energy to pharmaceuticals.

Wartmann Merker’s Andrea Meier is “highly recommended as both counsel and arbitrator” and stands out as “one of the top names in Switzerland”. She is “extremely quick and responsive as arbitrator” and is well known for her “hands-on and well-prepared work”.

Sabina Sacco at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler is highlighted as "top-notch in investment arbitration" by sources, who say "there are few like her in Switzerland" owing to her "amazing technical knowledge of arbitration".

Paolo Marzolini at Patocchi & Marzolini is highlighted for his “strong legal knowledge” and “precise legal reasoning”. He wins high praise from sources one of whom notes, “He impressed me with his dedication to his client as well as his mastery of the facts and the law.”

Archipel’s Giulio Palermo is “an excellent lawyer with unquestionable advocacy skills” comment impressed interviewees. Peers add, “He tackles complex issues with ease and is a pleasure to work with.”

At Sidley Austin, Tanya Landon is considered “one of the best international arbitration practitioners practising out of Geneva” and is further highlighted by peers as “an amazing lawyer”.

Michael Feit at Walder Wyss stands out as “a highly intelligent arbitration lawyer, a true strategic thinker and a very effective advocate”. One peer effuses: “He is a brilliant attorney who has great understanding and knowledge not only of Swiss law but also various parallel relevant laws.”

Barandun’s Simone Hofbauer is “a very focused and internationally minded practitioner” who is praised for her “very thorough work” and “excellent legal analysis”.

At Altenburger Ltd legal + tax, Clarisse von Wunschheim is “a smart, fast and solutions-oriented lawyer” who “delivers a very high standard work product in all circumstances”. She wins particular recognition for her impressive knowledge of China-related disputes.


Europe - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sarah Ganz WilmerHale, London
2. Eva Kalnina Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
3. Clement Fouchard Linklaters LLP, Paris
4. Flore Poloni August & Debouzy, Paris
5. Michele Potestà Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva
6. Eliane Fischer Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Vienna
7. Alexandre Mazuranic White & Case LLP, Geneva
8. Olivier Luc Mosimann Kellerhals Carrard, Basel

Leading Firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

This international full-service powerhouse possesses a strong team of up-and-coming arbitration lawyers, with 11 non-partners nominated this year.
In Vienna, Eliane Fischer is “a very knowledgeable and skilled arbitration practitioner”, according to sources, one of whom describes her as “one of the best of her generation”. She is regarded as “a respect-inspiring advocate” who displays “intellectual vigour” and “strategic foresight”.
Martin Mekat is “highly respected by clients and peers” who praise his “fantastic demeanour and well-versed legal mind”. One peer effuses: “He is someone you can full rely on when you’re about to sail through stormy seas.”  
Oliver Marsden
is “a very talented lawyer” who is highly active in the international arbitration space. He is “absolutely brilliant” and considered by peers to be “a star in the making”.
Michael Kotrly is “definitely a rising star” in the field as well as “an excellent lawyer and advocate”, according to sources. He displays “extraordinary commitment and a deep understanding of the client’s and company’s needs”.
Gisele Stephens-Chu stands out as “a young rising star” who “is always on top of matters”. Respondents consider her “an excellent speaker” and praise her “well-drafted reports”.


A global full-service firm that is recognised for its strong arbitration offering at all levels. We list 11 impressive non-partners in this edition.
Sarah Ganz is “an incredibly clever and pragmatic lawyer”, according to sources who consider her “clearly one of the leaders in arbitration”. One peer notes, “She has excellent legal acumen and is able to cut through complex legal and factual issues to provide simple, client-focused solutions.”
Jonathan Lim is regarded by peers to be “highly intelligent, articulate and very professional” and “a sure bet as a future global leader”. Sources note, “His work is consistently of a high quality and he never fails to provide top-of-the-class legal and strategic advice.”
Helmut Ortner is “an excellent lawyer as both counsel and arbitrator” according to interviwees, who commend his “excellent strategic skills” and highlight his “strong background in quantum and damages matters”.
Olga Braeuer has “a clear and analytical approach” and comes highly recommended for her “great attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of all the facts of a case”. One respondent effuses: “Olga is simply fantastic!”
Michelle Bock is “a smart and thorough” practitioner who “is extremely good at cross-examining witnesses” and “excellent on damages matters”. According to peers, “Her ability to digest massive volumes of information is tremendous.”


A leading Swiss law firm that enjoys a stellar international reputation for its arbitration practice. Nine lawyers are nominated here.
Catherine Anne Kunz “will definitely be one of the leading arbitration practitioners in Switzerland one day”, say peers, who commend her “excellent advocacy” and consider her “one of the best cross-examiners of her age”.
Laura Halonen is “an excellent lawyer with impressive drafting skills” who is highly sought after by clients for her “professional and cooperative approach”. One peer comments, “She is one of the cleverest advocates I have seen.”
Lorraine de Germiny stands out as “a sharp and excellent attorney” who is “definitely someone to look out for”. She is considered “a very knowledgeable and extremely skilled arbitration lawyer” by commentators.
Eléonore Caroit draws high praise for her “truly international arbitration practice”, which encompasses both commercial and investment treaty disputes.
Samuel Moss gains recognition from international peers who highlight his strong expertise handling disputes within the construction sector. One source describes him as “a leader in the construction arbitration field”.

Schellenberg Wittmer

Five non-partners from this full-service Swiss firm are listed here.
Sebastiano Nessi is “a strong academic with great advocacy skills”, according to market commentators who praise him as “a rising star of the Swiss arbitration community”.
Benjamin Gottlieb possesses “excellent analytical skills” and “a strong knowledge of international law” according to peers who praise him as “a talented young lawyer who will go far”.
Annabelle Möckesch is “a super-bright and incredibly engaged lawyer” commended for her “smart and persuasive approach” to international disputes. One source says, “Annabelle is a top-notch arbitration practitioner.”  

White & Case

A first-rate international law firm that gains recognition for its impressive arbitration offering and sees eight practitioners highlighted here.
Geneva-based Alexandre Mazuranic is “an excellent and experienced lawyer” who is “very active on the arbitration scene”. His strong expertise spans disputes across a range of sectors from pharmaceuticals to construction.
Marily Paralika is a top name in the French market, where she is well known for her “exceptional legal mind”. One client effuses: “Marily is one of the finest young lawyers I have had the privilege to work with.”
In London, Luiz Aboim is regarded as “a very complete and knowledgeable arbitration practitioner” and wins high praise as “a leader in the field, especially when it comes to Brazil-related arbitrations”.
Tuuli Timonen is “an excellent lawyer” who stands out in the Finnish market for her impressive practice, which encompasses both investment treaty and commercial disputes.

Bredin Prat

This leading French law firm sees five lawyers highlighted this year.
Veronika Korom draws praise as “a responsive and dedicated young professional who demonstrates strong experience in and a clear understanding of international arbitration”. She stands out for her “strong verbal and analytical skills” as well as her “impressive legal knowledge”.
Laura Fadlallah is a firm favourite among clients who note she is “a very talented lawyer who grasps the most complex legal issues with ease”.
Giulia Carbone is “extremely bright and very hard-working” according to sources, who regard her as “a dedicated and smart international arbitration lawyer”.

Essex Court Chambers

A top-tier set that sees six barristers recognised here.
Lucas Bastin is “exceptionally bright and diligent”, according to sources who praise his “clever strategy and well-prepared arguments”. One source notes, “He is arguably the strongest junior barrister for investment treaty arbitration.”
The “exceptional” Jern-Fei Ng QC stands out as “a brilliant strategist and lawyer” who “in difficult situations, delivers solutions on solid grounds”.
Siddarth Dhar is “an extremely bright and personable advocate” who is highly recommended for his expert handling of complex commercial arbitration proceedings. 

Lenz & Staehelin

This leading Swiss law firm sees three well-regarded lawyers recognised here.
Hanno Wehland is lauded by peers who describe him as a "top lawyer with unique knowledge of public international law" who has "extensive experience in both common law and civil law jurisdictions".
Martin Aebi is a highly skilled arbitration counsel who advises clients across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in intellectual property disputes. He is also recommended for his first-rate handling of complex corporate finance disputes.
Fadri Lenggenhager is hailed by sources as "a hard-working and perceptive lawyer" who offers "cogent presentations of fact and law".

20 Essex Street Chambers

This leading UK set sees three individuals recommended here.
Kate Parlett is “an excellent orator with in-depth public international law and investment arbitration experience”, according to sources. She is recognised here as “a go-to barrister” who is “the whole package”.
Belinda McRae is “an outstanding advocate” who peers note possesses “experience way beyond her years of call”. They praise her “sharp legal mind mixed with excellent client engagement” and highlight her as “a shining rising star in the arbitration and public international law world”.
Philippa Webb has built “a highly respected academic reputation” and stands out among peers in the arbitration space as “the top of her generation for sure”.

Shearman & Sterling 

This firm also performs well this year with five non-partners listed.
Benjamin Siino is a top choice for clients who commend his “impressive submissions and performance at hearing”. One peer notes, “He is the most knowledgeable lawyer of our generation in respect of enforcement and setting aside proceedings.”
Alexander Marcopoulos gains widespread recognition from international peers who praise his “great strategic mind” when handling complex disputes, particularly in the maritime and energy sectors.
Tsegaye Laurendeau is “highly experienced in investment arbitration” and is recognised for his “remarkable cross-examination skills” by interviewees to our research.

Leading Individuals


At Konrad & Partners, Heidrun Halbartschlager is recognised as “a fantastic lawyer who comes up with practical and creative solutions”. She impresses sources with her “great attention to detail” and “incredible advocacy”.


Maarten Draye at Hanotiau & van den Berg stands out as “one of the go-to people in Belgium for international commercial arbitration”. He wins praise as “a professional and true arbitration leader to watch”.


Dechert’s Maria Claudia Procopiak is “one of the very best” in the arbitration field according to peers who regard her as “an outstanding and inspiring lawyer” who is “well rounded and incredibly efficient”.

At Debevoise & Plimpton, Aimee-Jane Lee comes highly recommended as “a consummate professional and lawyer”. She is known for her “very impressive” work handling international commercial and public international law disputes.

Ema Vidak Gojkovic at King & Spalding is “a very energetic and smart lawyer” according to sources, who note, “She is capable of transforming complicated issues into simple and straightforward points.”

Claire Morel de Westgaver at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has “an astute legal mind” and is highly sought after by clients for her “strong knowledge” of international arbitration law.

At Arnold & Porter, Monty Taylor is “absolutely superb” and is highlighted as “a great advocate, beyond his years”. He draws high praise for his “growing reputation in investment treaty arbitration”.

Rachael O’Grady at Mayer Brown is recognised by peers as “an experienced arbitration lawyer with a keen eye for detail”. She is well versed in advising clients on both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

At Matrix Chambers, Alison MacDonald QC is “a definite leader” in the international arbitration space, according to sources, who note she is “lovely to work with and at the top of her game”.

Allen & Overy’s Naomi Briercliffe “has remarkable expertise in public international law” and is widely regarded as “a rising star and a future leader” by market sources.

Duncan Bagshaw at Stephenson Harwood “has a sharp mind and is extremely eloquent” note peers, who commend his “hugely impressive advocacy skills” as well as his strong specialism in Africa-related disputes.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Hanna Roos is “very well respected by colleagues and clients” who consider her “an up-and-coming leader in the field”.


At Linklaters, Clement Fouchard is “a rising star” who “is really making a name for himself” according to respondents. They add, “He always delivers very high-quality work.”

Flore Poloni at August & Debouzy has “a fast-rising profile” in the international arbitration market, where she is recognised as “a go-to person for arbitration in France”.

At Latham & Watkins, John Adam is “a true class act” who stands out as “one of the brightest and most hard-working lawyers in the field”. One source notes, “He is among the sharpest and most technically proficient lawyers I have ever had the opportunity to work with.”

At McDermott Will & Emery, Thomas Granier wins strong commendations from sources who consider him “an all-round star and one of the future global names in the arbitration field”. He is “an energetic and proactive lawyer” who is “the definition of a future leader in Paris”.

Laurie Achtouk-Spivak at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is “one of the best of our generation” say peers, who commend her “encyclopaedic knowledge of public international and investment law”.
Aren Goldsmith is praised as “an extremely creative and excellent advocate” who is “highly recommendable for international commercial arbitration”.

Alexandre Reynaud at Betto Seraglini is “a dedicated practitioner who is very well versed on the legal side”, according to sources who note, “He works tirelessly for clients and never leaves a stone unturned.”

Julie Spinelli at Le 16 Avocats is “always a pleasure to work with” say peers, one of whom comments, “Julie is one of the best French lawyers I have worked with and is highly respected.”


At the German Arbitration Institute, James Menz is recognised as “a brilliant lawyer and speaker” by peers, who are quick to commend his “outstanding work” and “in-depth knowledge” of international arbitration rules.

Georg Scherpf at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is highlighted as “a bright and hard-working lawyer” by sources who note he is “extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of international arbitration”, particularly when it comes to investment matters.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, Catrice Gayer has “a great deal of experience in arbitration” and is highly recommended for her “profound knowledge” and “commercially minded approach”.

Sebastian Müller at King & Spalding stands out as “a very smart strategist” who wins praise from peers for his strong expertise in data protection-related arbitrations, an area in which he is considered “Germany’s leading authority” by one source.


At ARBLIT - Radicati di Brozolo Sabatini Benedettelli Torsello, Emilio Bettoni is “an excellent academic lawyer” who is recognised for his “impressive understanding of the key details of a case”.
Flavio Ponzano is a “very diligent” arbitration lawyer who sources say “can always be relied upon to go the extra mile for clients”.


Michael Nueber at Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law is “an outstanding practitioner” who is “definitely worth recommending” according to peers. He is regarded as “a very thorough worker” who is “excellent in his pleadings”.


Judith Levine at the Permanent Court of Arbitration is “very impressive and highly recommended” by sources who praise her deep understanding of international arbitration proceedings.


At PLMJ, Filipa Cansado Carvalho is “definitely a future leader in Portuguese-language arbitration and beyond” say respondents who commend her “strong and powerful arguments” as well as her “dedicated and determined approach”.

Pedro Sousa Uva at PBBR & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados has a very strong international reputation for his work in the field is “doing amazing work” according to market commentators,


Andrey Panov at Norton Rose Fulbright stands out as “one of the top next-generation arbitrators” and is highlighted as “one of the most prominent Russian practitioners” in the field by respondents.


Heidi López at Uría Menéndez is “an excellent lawyer” who is widely respected for her impressive work handling complex domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

At Hogan Lovells, Silvia Martínez Sastre impresses market sources who consider her “the rising star of the Spanish arbitration community”. They commend her “sharp legal mind” and describe her as “a clear future leader”.


At Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Eva Kalnina is “a well-established arbitration practitioner” who is highly rated by sources, who praise her exceptional work on “complex and sophisticated arbitrations”.
Michele Potestà is highlighted as “a future star of ICSID arbitration”. He is “a terrific advocate and a brilliant speaker” who is considered “the go-to person in matters relating to public international law and investment arbitration”.

Olivier Luc Mosimann at Kellerhals Carrard is a “very talented arbitration counsel” who impresses with his “clear mind and great analytical skills”. Sources say, “He always puts the client’s interests first and is a very hard worker.”

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Simon Vorburger “excels at resolving complex issues” according to respondents who praise his “astute legal mind” and consider him “incredibly sharp counsel when it comes to complex commercial arbitration”.

Homburger’s Stefanie Pfisterer is “a highly dedicated and extremely talented lawyer” who “has the keen ability to deduce the essence of any contentious or legal issue”.

Flavio Peter at Wenger & Vieli stands out as “among the best in his generation” and is regarded by sources as “a very internationally minded and experienced lawyer”.

At Walder Wyss, Marco Stacher is “an excellent lawyer with a strong academic background” say peers who commend his “enormous procedural knowledge”.

Johannes Landbrecht at Gabriel Arbitration is recognised as “the best legal mind of his generation” and is highly recommended for his ability to “manage the largest arbitrations with ease”.


The Americas - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yasmine Lahlou Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York
2. Patrick W Pearsall Jenner & Block LLP, Washington DC
3. Natalie L Reid Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
4. Flavia Mange Mange & Gabbay, São Paulo
5. Ricardo de Carvalho Aprigliano Aprigliano Advogados, São Paulo
6. Petr Polášek White & Case LLP, Washington, DC
7. Francesco Campora Loy Letelier Campora, Santiago
8. Rafael E Llano Oddone White & Case SC – Mexico City
9. Borzu Sabahi Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, Washington, DC

Leading Firms

White & Case

This full-service global firm has a strong presence in the North and South American markets, and achieves five listings here.
Petr Polášek “definitely merits inclusion” in this edition according to peers who commend him for his strong expertise in investment treaty arbitration. He is regarded as “a very bright lawyer with a big future”.
Damien Nyer is “an investment arbitration specialist” who stands out among peers as “very experienced in Africa-related matters”.
Rafael Llano Oddone leads the firm’s international arbitration practice in Mexico and draws widespread international recognition for his work on both commercial and investor-state proceedings.

Ferro Castro Neves Daltro & Gomide Advogados

This standout Brazilian law firm achieves three listings this year.
Eduardo Pecoraro is “a focused and strategic arbitration practitioner” who wins high praise from sources for his “practical approach to solving problems”.
Karina Goldberg is commended by peers who note she is “fierce and totally dedicated to the cases she is working on”. One source remarks, “She is a very talented counsel and great legal strategist.”
Natália Lamas is highly respected by market commentators who praise her “comprehensive understanding of arbitration proceedings” and say, “She always demonstrates strong commitment to client needs.”

Zuleta Abogados Asociados 

This Colombian multi-service law firm possesses a strong arbitration practice and sees two respected figures highlighted here.
Rafael Rincón is “an outstanding and very well-known arbitrator” who is frequently engaged in handling international state-related disputes. One respondent notes, “He is a future authority on arbitration in Colombia.”
María Angélica Burgos is “an extremely intelligent lawyer” who is recognised for her “deep knowledge of arbitration”. She wins praise for her “excellent understanding of the client’s internal structure and needs”. 

Leading Individuals


Francisco Amallo at Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is “a standout lawyer who produces top-quality work”, according to sources. One respondent notes he “understands clients and the arbitral process better than anyone else” while another says, “He is my number-one pick in Argentina.”


At Mange & Gabbay, Flavia Mange is “a thorough, hard-working and knowledgeable lawyer” who provides clients with “a good blend of academic background and practical experience”. One interviewee praises her “deep knowledge of arbitration proceedings and her ability to fully understand the key business matters behind the legal dispute”.

Ricardo de Carvalho Aprigliano at Aprigliano Advogados is “a very talented arbitrator” who has “great knowledge of procedure”. He is commended for his “professional approach” and “strong academic background”.

At Visconte Advogados, Debora Visconte is regarded as “a truly remarkable arbitrator” who respondents consider to be “a leading individual” in the international field.

Flávia Bittar Neves at Flávia Bittar Sociedade de Advogados is “one of the very best” in the Brazilian arbitration space according to market commentators who consider her “an excellent arbitrator”.

At L O Baptista Advogados, Rafael Francisco Alves is “an outstanding attorney” who “stands out for his intelligence and wide knowledge and experience” in international arbitration. One respondent says, “He is one of the best arbitration lawyers of his generation in Brazil.”


At Borden Ladner Gervais, Sarah McEachern is “very well regarded” in the Canadian arbitration market where she is highly recommended for her “impressive practice”, that spans commercial and product liability disputes.
Robert Deane leads the firm’s international trade and arbitration group and is regarded as “very knowledgeable” when it comes to advising on both international and domestic arbitration proceedings.


At Loy Letelier Campora, Francesco Campora “has established himself as a leader of the next generation of Chilean arbitration practitioners”, according to sources. He possesses “a deep knowledge of arbitration” and is described as “legally brilliant”.


Diana Correa at Diana ​Correa International is “an innovative arbitrator” who is “very hard-working” and has “a great understanding of international law”.


At Pérez Bustamante & Ponce, Juan Manuel Marchán-Maldonado is recognised as “one of the most important arbitrators in Ecuador”. He is commended for his “expert handling of Ecuadorian law” and is regarded by one peer as “a courteous and skilful practitioner”.


At Von Wobeser y Sierra, Montserrat Manzano is “an outstanding lawyer” who has “great talent and a deep knowledge of the field”. She is praised for her superb work handling both complex investment and commercial arbitration proceedings.

René Irra de la Cruz at Cuatrecasas “absolutely belongs on the list” according to respondents who praise his “remarkable work” as arbitrator and counsel. One source says, “He is a passionate attorney with great persuasive abilities.”


Yasmine Lahlou at Chaffetz Lindsey is “a sharp and witty arbitration practitioner” who stands out among peers for her “extremely well-prepared and thorough work”. She is further recommended as “an excellent legal analyst”.

Jenner & Block’s Patrick Pearsall is highly commended as "an incredible advocate", and as "a clear future leader in public international law and investment treaty arbitration".

Natalie Reid at Debevoise & Plimpton is recognised for her “growing reputation regarding international arbitration and public international law”. She is well known for her impressive experience handling disputes under various arbitral rules.

At Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, Borzu Sabahi is “an excellent and academic lawyer”. He is considered “an outstanding counsel” who is “an expert on the legal aspects of valuation disputes”.

At Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Tai-Heng Cheng is a widely recognised figure in the US arbitration market where he stands out as “a very clever and articulate advocate”.


The Americas - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Remy Gerbay MoloLamken LLP, New York
2. Ben Love Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, New York
3. Christian Albanesi Linklaters LLP, Washington DC
4. Kabir Duggal Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, New York
5. Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta Dechert LLP, Washington DC
6. Simon Batifort Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, New York
7. Floriane Lavaud Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
8. Héctor Anaya Mondragón Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez SC, Mexico City
9. Sara Nadeau-Séguin Woods LLP, Montreal

Leading Firms

King & Spalding

This US law firm has an impressive arbitration offering and sees four non-partners recognised here.
Aloysius Llamzon is widely recognised as a top emerging name in the arbitration space. According to sources, he possesses “a rare combination of strong theoretical and academic knowledge with top lawyering and advocacy skills”.
Cedric Soule is “an extremely bright and promising young practitioner” who is commended for his “phenomenal work ethic” as well as his “ability to break down complicated issues”.
David Weiss “has a great command of international law” according to respondents who praise his “great grasp of the ins and outs of international arbitration practice”.
Charles Rosenberg is “a brilliant writer and tactician” who peers note “really gets it” when it comes to complex arbitration proceedings and is “one to watch”.

Leading Individuals


At BMA – Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, Gustavo Santos Kulesza “is certainly a leading lawyer of his generation” say peers who consider him “a prominent name” in the Brazilian arbitration market.

Isabela Lacreta at Valença Advogados “has years of experience in both international and domestic cases” and stands out as “excellent at all areas of arbitration law”.


At Woods, Sara Nadeau-Séguin comes highly recommended as “a strong advocate” in arbitration proceedings, who “approaches each issue thoughtfully” and demonstrates “excellent communication of very complex issues and arguments”.

Hugh Meighen at Borden Ladner Gervais is “a clear thinker” who is recognised for his top-notch arbitration practice as well as his “calm demeanour in even the highest-pressure situations”.


At Pérez Bustamante & Ponce, Javier Jaramillo-Troya is “a very analytical and thorough arbitration lawyer” who demonstrates “a strong conceptual understanding of the arbitration process”. 


At Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, Carlos Martínez Betanzos is internationally recognised as a standout figure in the arbitration field and wins praise for his ability to have a “great overview of all the important parts of a case”.
Héctor Anaya Mondragón possesses “great knowledge of how arbitration works” and is described as “a strategic guy who is always two or three steps ahead of his opponent”.


At MoloLamken, Remy Gerbay draws effusive praise from sources who note he has “the legal mind of an academic and the business sense of a seasoned practitioner”. He “is not only technically and legally excellent but is uncompromising in the quality of service he aims at providing”.

Ben Love at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is “a top practitioner” and “a true rising star”, say respondents, who note he is “great to work with and very good with clients”.

At Linklaters, Christian Albanesi is recognised as “a well-established name” in the US arbitration market and is highlighted as “a hard-working lawyer who always gets the best for his clients”.

Kabir Duggal at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer is recognised as “an intelligent and sophisticated arbitration practitioner” who is “truly one of the future leaders of US arbitration”. He is “extremely knowledgeable in investor state arbitration” and acquires “immense knowledge of his cases”.

At Dechert, Juan Felipe Merizalde Urdaneta is “extremely talented and possesses a deep knowledge of arbitration”. He is highly recommended for his expertise in the field, particularly for his “impressive cross-examination skills”.

Simon Batifort at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle “will definitely go far”, say sources, who praise his “excellent combination of seeing the big picture as well as having a keen eye for the details” of a case.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Floriane Lavaud stands out as “one of the most polished lawyers in the field”. She is recognised as “an up-and-coming leader in the field” and is particularly recommended for her work on high-profile investment arbitration matters. 

At Foley Hoag, Christina Hioureas is “an excellent advocate” in arbitration proceedings who is described as “a delight to work with” and “very good with clients”.


Asia-Pacific - Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Paul Tan Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, Singapore
2. Cameron Hassall Clifford Chance, Hong Kong
3. Simon Dunbar King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP, Singapore
4. Yu-Jin Tay Mayer Brown, Singapore
5. Timothy Lindsay Lindsay, Auckland
6. Elodie Dulac King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP, Singapore
7. Arthur Ma DaHui Lawyers, Beijing
8. Andrew Battisson Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Sydney
9. Yutaro Kawabata Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo

Herbert Smith Freehills

A full-service international firm that sees six partners from its offices across the region recognised here.
Hong Kong-based May Tai is a well-respected name in the arbitration space where she stands out among peers as “a real specialist in China-related disputes”.
Christopher Hunt is “a very knowledgeable and reliable lawyer” who “always knows where to hit hard” when representing clients in complex arbitration proceedings.
In Seoul, Mike McClure “always does an excellent job”, according to sources, who praise his expert handling of sophisticated disputes across the construction, transport and infrastructure sectors.

King & Spalding

This renowned global outfit sees three of the most highly regarded younger practitioners in the region highlighted this year.
In Singapore, Simon Dunbar is “definitely a future leader in the field” according to respondents who commend his impressive work handling international proceedings on a range of disputes from M&A to construction.
Elodie Dulac is a well-recognised figure in the Asia-Pacific market where she is highly recommended for her top-tier work on both investment and commercial arbitration.
Christopher Bailey is an "excellent arbitration practitioner to work with", comment fellow practitioners, who add, "He knows a lot about Japanese clients, which makes things very easy for us."

Clifford Chance

This international firm sees three lawyers nominated this year.
Cameron Hassall draws high praise from sources who “would definitely single him out” as “a leading name” in the Hong Kong market for international arbitration matters.
Paul Sandosham is “a top-quality lawyer” who is “well known in the Singapore arbitration market for his construction-related work”. One source effuses, “He is articulate and persuasive in his presentation and oral submissions.”
Kabir Singh is “an excellent lawyer” who comes highly recommended for his “great attention to detail” and “ability to highlight potential issues and mitigate risks”.

Leading Individuals


Andrew Battisson of Norton Rose Fulbright is “someone I highly respect” says one interviewee. He has a “strong track record” and is “very good to work with” in an international arbitration context.


At DaHui Lawyers, Arthur Ma is “a terrific lawyer” who has “strong international expertise” and stands out as being “highly knowledgeable and experienced in international commercial arbitration”.

Hong Kong

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, John Choong is a well-known name in the Hong Kong market and is recognised as “a thorough lawyer who is not afraid to get into the details of a case”.

John Rhie at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is a top name in the arbitration space where he enjoys a strong reputation as “the most prominent Korean-English bilingual counsel in Hong Kong”.


At Arista Chambers, Promod Nair is “very active in international arbitration” and is recognised for his outstanding work on complex commercial disputes.


Yutaro Kawabata at Nishimura & Asahi is “a great lawyer” who “really understands the case and connects with both parties”. One source says, “I have no doubt that in five years from now he will be the leading arbitration practitioner in Tokyo.”


Kim & Chang’s Joel Richardson is “an excellent lawyer” who “absolutely belongs on the list” according to sources, who commend his “exceptionally high-quality work” on institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

David MacArthur at Bae Kim & Lee is “an amazing lawyer” who is recognised for his “hands-on approach and client-driven thinking”. One respondent says, “He is at the top of my list for legal counsel in Korea.”

Sue Hyun Lim at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board is “a knowledgeable and well-regarded arbitration practitioner” who “has the magic touch with witnesses”. One peer describes her as “a pillar of the arbitration community”.

New Zealand

Timothy Lindsay at Lindsay is “very experienced in handling large cases” according to sources. He gains recognition as “a very talented cross-examiner and a sharp, well-rounded lawyer”.


Paul Tan at Rajah & Tann Singapore has “an excellent reputation” in the international arbitration market where he stands out as “a star in the making”. He is “one of the sharpest in the business” and is commended for his “meticulous attention to detail”.

Mayer Brown’s Yu-Jin Tay is “a go-to lawyer for Asian matters” according to respondents who praise his “sharp and commercial mind” as well as his “great reputation” among peers and clients alike.

At Shearman & Sterling, Daryl Chew “leads a strong team in Singapore”. He is “very highly thought of in the market” and is recognised “not only as a great advocate but also a great arbitrator”.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore’s Sapna Jhangiani possesses “excellent advocacy skills” and wins high praise from sources who “really rate her” for her “impressive commitment to the field”.

Julie Raneda at Schellenberg Wittmer is “extremely intelligent and well respected in the Singapore arbitration community”. She is known for her “strong oral advocacy” as well as her “ability to handle matters with a clear strategy”.


Asia-Pacific - Non-Partners

Most Highly Regarded
1. Robert Kirkness Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Singapore
2. Tomas Furlong Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong
3. Darius Chan Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP, Singapore
4. Andrew Pullen Fountain Court Chambers, Singapore
5. Mariel Dimsey CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP, Hong Kong
6. Thomas Walsh Clifford Chance, Hong Kong

Leading Firms

Herbert Smith Freehills 

This full-service firm sees two non-partners recognised for their excellence in the field.
Tomas Furlong is “a very prominent arbitration practitioner in the Hong Kong market” where he enjoys an excellent reputation as “a very smart and hard-working lawyer with great instincts”.
Ben Jolley is “a strategic thinker” with “great organisational skills” according to peers, who commend his superb work in the construction and engineering space, where they note he is “really able to grasp the key details of the case”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

An international firm that also sees two individuals highlighted here.
In Singapore, Robert Kirkness possesses “excellent advocacy skills” and is “bound to be a star” according to sources. They praise his excellent work on important investor state cases and say, “He is very commercial and popular with clients.”
Kate Apostolova is “a fine arbitration lawyer with outstanding knowledge in the field”. She is “articulate and responsive” and is “quick in analysing complex legal situations”.

Other Leading Individuals

Hong Kong

Mariel Dimsey at CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong is “an excellent and exceedingly intelligent arbitration lawyer” who “has a lot of experience in civil law arbitration matters”. She is praised for her “outstanding experience” as well as being “quick on her feet”.

Clifford Chance’s Thomas Walsh wins high praise as “one of the best arbitration lawyers in the market”. He is “a top-notch advocate” who peers “cannot recommend highly enough”.

Eleanor Hughes at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is considered “very smart go-to counsel” for both investor state and commercial arbitrations. She is “very commercial but also possesses that killer instinct”, interviewees add.


At Norton Rose Fulbright, Darius Chan stands out as “a very bright, hardworking and articulate lawyer” who “always knows how to fight and keep calm when facing complex cases”. Clients note he “is meticulous about every detail and demonstrates dedication throughout”.

Andrew Pullen at Fountain Court Chambers is “making a good name for himself as counsel in Singapore” and is highlighted for his “extensive experience of arbitration in Asia”, as well as his “keen understanding of the commercial dynamics of a case”.

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