Batuhan Eser

Leaders in Law endorses Batuhan Eser as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Turkey. If you wish to get in touch with Batuhan, please use the contact information provided above.

After graduating from Başkent University Faculty of Law in 2004, Batuhan Eser concluded his lawyer internship subsequently. Following his master’s degree in International Commercial Dispute Resolution at London Westminster University in 2009, Batuhan Eser has been working at Kurucu Law Offices of which he is a founding partner since July 2015 and registered to Ankara Bar Association since 2005.

His expertise has mainly focused on (i) Arbitration, including International Commercial Arbitration and Domestic Arbitration, and (ii) Energy Law, specifically Petroleum and Natural Gas. On the arbitration side, Mr Eser has successfuly represented his clients in numerous ICC, LCIA and ISTAC arbitrations. Among these arbitrations were included those requiring a deep technical knowledge on oil & gas, power markets and construction. Mr Eser, being involved in the disputes from the very beginning, in some cases, even in dispute notice exchange stages, served his client’s submissions and represented them at the hearings and communications with the tribunals.

Professional Memberships

  • Ankara Bar Association (2005)
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • AIPN Unconventional JOA Drafting Committee
  • AIPN Model Farm-out Agreement (Revision of 2004 Model Contract) Drafting Committee
  • TED Ankara College Alumni Association

Lecture and Articles

  • Financial Inclusion for Refugees and Host Communities Project in Turkey – Specialist in Labor and Commercial Law Module- March 2021
  • Turkey Scientific and Technical Petroleum Congress “Petroleum Law Amendment and Revision Proposals” – December 2020
  • Gathering Integration of Refugees – Law Module Specialist 2017/2018
  • “Evaluation of License Adaptation Process under the New Turkish Petroleum Law” EIF International Energy Congress – October 2014
  • “Evaluation of Geothermal Law” Yazıcı Law Journal – 2014
  • “Bringings of Turkish Petroleum Law No. 6491 and Potential Contributions to Oil Exploration Sector” EIF International Energy Congress – October 2013


  • Turkish (Native)
  • English (Advanced)

Firm Description:

The firm: KURUCU is an independent and distinguished law firm formed in 2015 by three lawyers whose names are Batuhan Eser, Serdar Can Özaltınlı and Serkan Çatalpınar, each with its own renowned expertise. It is an Ankara-based law firm committed to provide its superior legal services with its team of lawyers who are highly specialised in their fields.  KURUCU, always meticulous in meeting its clients’ needs, takes pride in deservedly being one of the most successful law firms in Turkey despite its young age. The dynamism of KURUCU originating from its young age is a great help in its success as well as the team’s business-minded approach.

KURUCU’s main area of practice may be described as claim management and dispute resolution services under cross-border projects and disputes, consultancy services with respect to energy investments and legal relations with related regulatory bodies, commercial counselling in corporate matters including various M&As. Not only that, KURUCU’s private litigation consultancy which has enabled many of its clients to reach and/or retrieve their entitlements is its another focal point.

It is also worthwhile to mention that KURUCU has consistently grown both in terms of scope of works undertaken and personnel size. Initially having 3 of its founding partners, it now has a team of lawyers each having extensive knowledge and skill in their respective field of activity. This growth is resulted in establishing another liaison office in Istanbul, Turkey.

Areas of practice: Being primarily energy law, construction law and infrastructure law, FIDIC and FAR contracts and agreements law, M&As, project financing, international commerce, international arbitration and commercial cases. In provision of its services, KURUCU aims to help in all aspects of clients’ needs from the very start of the relevant project and/or legal process until they are completed, to be available at all times, and treat the needs of the clients as if they are KURUCU’s own needs, and to keep these aims in the foreground at every stage of KURUCU’s services. While carrying out its services, in addition to their viewpoint as lawyers, KURUCU team make a point of conducting them as a businessman by benefiting from their past experience and technical-specialist staff.

Energy and natural resources: The globe has been witnessing a transition mainly driven by discussions regarding security of supply and climate change due to unsustainably high levels of CO2 emissions. This transition aspires to implement long term structural changes to energy policies with goal of decarbonization. The demand for conventional primary energy resources is nevertheless very high and it will maintain its importance for decades. This high demand is eye-catching especially in economically growing countries such as Turkey. However, energy market is by its all aspects and types a complex issue which necessitates a technical and economic background.

Abiding by regulations and conforming with legal procedures of energy market regulatory agencies require a strong knowledge in the fields of energy and natural resources. Thus, a lawyer working in this field must have a deep insight with respect to these issues.

KURUCU carries out legal procedures with related regulatory bodies in accordance with its clients’ wishes. It files, tracks and concludes necessary applications in various respects such as oil and gas, mining and electricity to surpass legal entry barriers by obtaining necessary licences. KURUCU’s cross-border experience not only allows it to meet its foreign client’s needs and but also helps acquainting them with Turkish legal practice.

Arbitration: KURUCU acted as lead counsel for multiple internal arbitrations in ICC, LCIA and ICAC. Because KURUCU represented both Claimant clients as much as Respondent clients, KURUCU has an extensive knowledge on procedures and strategies to be followed for each side. That said, KURUCU also represented its clients in domestic arbitrations, mainly in ISTAC. As part of all those mandates, KURUCU successfully presented cases of its clients, from drafting of each of the submissions to management of the hearings.

KURUCU constantly keeps itself familiar with new trends in energy. With its strong knowledge of energy policy and law, it proposes genuine solutions for its clients involved in renewables as well.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: KURUCU handles incorporation and restructuring of businesses. With its extensive commercial and corporate experience, it manages establishment processes of foreign companies in Turkey. On the other hand, it deals with its clients’ day-to-day corporate issues, provides them legal assistance in each and every respect.

In terms of M&A, KURUCU successfully combines its expertise in conducting healthy and comprehensive due diligence processes and other legal procedures. While taking a picture of the firm before the client with its proper and extensive due diligence reports, it then enables the clients to take well-informed decisions with respect to their potential transactions. Then, in accordance with clients’ decisions, KURUCU finalizes legal procedures both between the parties and before related authorities meticulously.

Recently, KURUCU has achieved two significant acquisitions in 2016 and 2017 in the areas of oil and gas law and contract law. In the scope of a recent acquisition, which was valued over EUR2m, KURUCU acted as lead Turkish Counsel for the Buyer which had enhanced the Client’s fabricated production capacities in Europe. On the other hand, under another acquisition in relation to oil and gas, which was valued over US$6m, KURUCU again acted as lead Turkish Counsel which had improved the client’s natural gas production capacities in Turkey.

Real estate and construction – project finance and projects: Construction projects necessitate a careful and farsighted approach. Keeping this in mind, KURUCU delicately drafts contracts and executes checklists with interpreting contracts in the light of its previous experiences for its clients which summarize the points that require special attention. In course of performance, KURUCU analyses conflicts and help its clients take necessary actions. KURUCU, resulting from its experience in practice on both employer’s and contractor’s side, lead construction projects and contracts to the end smoothly.

KURUCU’s practice in construction is primarily focused on projects based on FIDIC and FAR contracts. Whether the project is domestic or cross-border, KURUCU is always committed to furnish its clients with innovative solutions. KURUCU, in that works, has represented engineers, employers and contractors in a distinguished way. KURUCU has undertaken very important national and international claim management works under almost each and every FIDIC book, mostly Yellow, Red and Silver. KURUCU provides its counsel with respect to significant FAR projects mostly in Europe and Middle East.

Employment: Corporate clients face important risks once it comes to their employees. KURUCU offers its support to employers in each and every aspect of an employment relationship. KURUCU, drafts employment contracts and workplace bylaws which are suitable for protecting employers’ rights in case of non-satisfactory performance of employees or an adverse economic state. KURUCU effectively represents Turkey’s leading firms in every kind of labour lawsuits.

Data privacy and data protection: KURUCU provides legal consultancy service concerning data protection and advises its clients on the full range of data privacy and data protection issues with a focus on GDPR compliance for a mix of major local and multinational clients. It represents investigations relating to the handling of personal data and data breach issues as well as on employment-related data issues, forms personal data processing inventory, practices cross-border data transfer, data security breaches, employee privacy and monitoring.

KURUCU measures data regulatory compliance for the companies by drawing up the documents of Personal Data Retention and Destruction Policy, Personal Data Protection Policy and  Clarification text on processing of personal data of employees etc. Data protection aspects of M&A transactions, data transfer and  related  safeguarding issues are also handled by our firm.

Dispute resolution: Especially in commercial arbitration, be it national or international, KURUCU analyses the case before it elaboratively, builds a strategy to be followed throughout the case and then sticks to it. This way, KURUCU represents its clients competently. In that regard, KURUCU managed to obtain an ICC award in favour of its client whose value is over EUR2m. KURUCU also has experience in alternative dispute resolution methods, most importantly : mediation.

Competition: KURUCU acts in a client-focused way and advises on a broad range of merger control issues, aspects of mergers and acquisitions, competition compliance matters, handles merger filing relating to sizeable M&A transactions, as well as state aid and abuse of dominance cases.

Private litigation and enforcement:  In terms of private litigation, our firm is dealing with various type of cases and represents its clients successfully. Recently, KURUCU managed to obtain a judgment in favour of its well-known client under a multi-million case related with energy law. This success repeated itself in another case under which KURUCU represented its client who is a contractor against a powerful employer. Private law set aside, KURUCU advises its clients in respect of disputes under administrative law. In that regard, KURUCU managed to recover a considerable tax penalty paid by one of Turkey’s major firms.

KURUCU’s renowned background is not limited to commercial and administrative cases. The firm also includes other areas of law, such as labour law, intellectual property law, law of execution, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and foreign court decisions in Turkey. On the other hand, KURUCU specialises and has very important expertise in debt enforcement. KURUCU has significant practices in different areas of enforcement.


Denis Philippe

Leaders in Law endorses Denis Philippe as our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in the Belgium. If you wish to get in touch with Denis, please use the contact information provided above.

Denis is one of the founding partners of Philippe & Partners. He has extensive experience in arbitration, banking and financial law, energy law, European law, insurance, torts and liabilities. He benefits from more than 30 years of professional experience in civil and commercial law and, more specifically, in drafting, reviewing and negotiating national and international contracts, as well as in transactions that include financing aspects.

From 1985 to 1998 Denis Philippe was partner at “Balon Buyle Maingain & Philippe” and from 1998 to 2000 he was partner at “Simonet, Kelder, Philippe, Domont, Lories & Mertens”. He is professor in banking and contract law at the University of Louvain and Paris and he is the author of various academic books, including a thesis on the change of circumstances in contract law and articles relating to privatisations. Denis has been appointed arbitrator by CEPANI and CCI and since 1960 he has been selected numerous times by the European Union to perform the function of expert for the implementation of European directives and for the approximation of legislation’s in Eastern European countries.

Denis Philippe is the current appointed arbitrator by the Arbitration Court of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. He is also author of numerous publications on arbitration.

Practice Areas


  • Licence en Droit, Université catholique de Louvain, magna cum laude, 1976
  • DESS en Droit européen, Université d’Utrecht, magna cum laude, 1977
  • Licence en Sciences économiques, Université catholique de Louvain, magna cum laude, 1978
  • Docteur en droit, Université catholique de Louvain, summa cum laude, 1983


  • English
  • French
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Italian
  • Luxembourgish
  • Slovak
  • Spanish

Firm Description:

What motivates us?

We are convinced that priority must be given to innovation as a source of progress.

Our action is therefore guided by a core value, a value reflecting a lawyer’s social role: the success of your projects.

How do we work?

Above all, we seek to understand you and your business.

This is why we do not see a lawyer’s role solely as describing legal rules, but much more as coming up with pragmatic yet legally sound solutions tailored to ensure the successful realisation of your projects. As many of us have worked within your companies (outsourcing/outplacement), we understand “how you tick”.

Anticipating legal developments helps ensure the long-term accuracy of legal solutions. This is the reason why our firm is made up of specialised lawyers. It has very close links with the academic world, and a number of our lawyers take on teaching assignments in the main Belgian universities and certain European ones.

Our firm has branches in several countries and our lawyers are multilingual. We have also developed, over time, privileged partnerships with international lawyer networks sharing our humanist values, allowing us to support your projects throughout the world.

Our firm is completely independent, has a human size and is guided by an irreproachable professional ethic.

Attentive to the sound financial management of our firm, we offer particularly attractive fees.


Cláudio Finkelstein

Leaders in Law endorses Cláudio Finkelstein as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Brazil. If you wish to get in touch with Cláudio, please use the contact information provided above.

Claudio Finkelstein is currently a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of SP, at undergraduate and graduate levels. Director of the National Institute of Economic Litigation and the Brazilian Institute of Constitutional Law, former coordinator of the Course on International Contracts at COGEAE and Fundação Getulio Vargas – SP and advisor for TCC, Scientific Initiation, Master’s and Doctorate at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo . He has experience in the field of Law, with an emphasis on Private International Law.

Practice Areas

  • International Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Arbitration Law


  • The Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (1989)
  • Master’s in International Law – University of Miami (1991)
  • PhD in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (2000)
  • Free Teaching from the Pontifical Catholic University (2011)

Firm Description:

Finkelstein Advogados is a Law Firm that fits into a Boutique category, agile, modern, specialized, technologically advanced and economical. Able to devote to the customer all the attention of their cases demand. Situated in the noble region of Avenida Paulista, in the capital of São Paulo. Our expertise is business consulting, mergers and acquisitions, contracts and arbitration, a neglected market niche by the medium-sized law firm’s market and almost exclusively attended by large-sized firms, usually with high costs passed on to customers. Finkelstein Advogados therefore is a law firm dedicated to consulting in corporate matters, domestic and international trade, focusing on advisory areas and arbitration, both domestic and international. Our partners and consultants are teachers of some of the most traditional and important Universities of the country, such as PUC (Pontifical Catholic University), IICS (International Institute of Social Sciences) and FGV (Foundation Getulio Vargas).

We pledge to dedicate to our clients the necessary attention to the discussion and solution of their problems, offering legal services of unquestionable quality and personality, as our clients are closely accompanied by the partners when the case demands their attention, and associated lawyers, always under the supervision of the responsible partner, when the nature of the task does not require the physical presence of a partner. Our professional practice policy enables us to offer the best service for each case for more consistent rates considering the country’s reality. The firm represents clients of various nationalities, along with a range of Brazilian entrepreneurs with interests locally and abroad. Personal customer service is our main feature, which along with the continuous study and specialization in the most important areas of interest of our customers, provide for the quality work we intend to deliver.

Finkelstein Advogados is therefore a firm dedicated to consulting in business, corporate and domestic and international trade matters, with a vocation for advisory and arbitration areas, both domestic and international.;Our partners and consultants are professors of some of the most traditional and important Universities in the country, such as PUC, FGV and IICS. We are committed to dedicating to clients the necessary attention to the discussion and solution of their problems, offering legal services of unquestionable quality with personality, since our clients are closely monitored by the partners whenever the case demands their attention, and by the associated lawyers, always under the supervision of the responsible partner, when the nature of the task does not demand the physical presence of the partner. Our policy of professional performance allows us to offer the best service to the specific case at rates that are more consistent with the reality of the country.

The office represents clients of the most varied nationalities, in addition to a range of Brazilian entrepreneurs with local and foreign interests. The personal attention to the client is our main characteristic, which combined with the continuous study and specialization in the most important areas of interest to our clients, provide the quality of the work that we propose to deliver.


Mr.Sunil Kumar P Mittal

Leaders in Law endorses Sunil Kumar Mittal as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Qatar. If you wish to get in touch with Sunil please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Sunil Kumar P Mittal has obtained his degree of law from University of Bangalore. He has been in legal profession for more than 16 years. He has been working with the firm more than 10 years. He has significant experience in the practice of both in transactional and litigation side. His practice area includes Corporate, Arbitration, International Trade, Intellectual Property, Shipping & Logistics, Banking & Finance, Energy, Real Estate and Construction. He is a member of Calicut Bar Association, India. He has proficiency in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada.

Firm Description:

AL KHORRI & PARTNERS was founded by Mr.Hassan Abdulla Al Khorri, a distinguished jurist in the year 2002. Then known as Hassan Abdulla Al Khorri, Advocates and Consultants, the firm was concentrating on litigation practice. In the last 15 years the firm has grown in its size and diversified and expanded its practice in to all the areas. We recognize the role of a law firm as a bridge between international investors and the domestic legal system. We approach the corporate legal issues from the commercial and business perspective of our clients. We are equipped with a team who is capable of addressing any corporate and litigation requirement of our clients. We have strong net work across the Globe through our associates.


William Leung

Leaders in Law endorses William Leung as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Hong Kong. If you wish to get in touch with William please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • International Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Disputes
  • International Arbitration and Investors-state Arbitration
  • Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring
  • International Trade and Investment Litigation
  • M&A
  • Capital Market
  • Constructions and Infrastructure Project Development
  • Intellectual Property

Mr. William Leung, founder of his firm has been a practicing solicitor of the High Court of the Hong Kong SAR since 1988.He graduated from University of London with a Master of Law degree in 1988, Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Hong Kong in 1992. Prior to and shortly after the re-unification of Hong Kong and China in 1997, he has also taken the initiative to polish his legal expertise in China by obtaining a Bachelor in Chinese Law from China University Politics and Law in 1997 and a Master in Economic Law from Peking University, China in 2002. Mr. William Leung is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK; the Hong Kong and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and he is a Panel Arbitrator with Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre; Singapore International Arbitration Centre; China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission, China Maritime Arbitration Commission; Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration in Malaysia.

His recent publications include “Exercise Of Residual Discretion under Article V Of The New York Convention By Enforcement Court When Award Is Alive Dead And Undead” published in January 2019 on China Legal Science, focusing on Arbitration.

Other contributions in the area of corporate finance include “Oxford handbook of Asian Business Systems – Hong Kong: Hybrid Capitalism as Catalyst, by professor Gordon Redding, Gilbert Wong and William Leung” published in 2014 on 2014 oxford handbook of Asian Business System.

Our Mr. William Leung has been an insolvency practitioner since the year of 2001, has been appointed by both the Hong Kong High Court and the Hong Kong Official Receiver, in acting as company liquidators in liquidating company assets.

In year of 2016, our Mr. William Leung has been granted the status of Solicitor Advocate* having higher right of audience to appear and make submissions in any higher courts (including the Court of Final Appeal) in Hong Kong [Law Society Circular 16-857].

In year of 2020, our Mr. William Leung was appointed by The High People’s Court of Guangdong Province as a mediator for cross-border commercial disputes in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. (see Letter of Appointment)

Firm Overview:

We are a leading boutique law firm providing legal services of specified areas in international trade, shipping and transportation, intellectual property, corporate restructuring and insolvency (liquidation) with solid, extensive experience in handling complex corporate, commercial and international litigation, international commercial and investment arbitration and corporate rescue operations for more than 30 years.

Of course, general practice works including, but not limited to, matrimonial and divorce, probate, conveyancing works also part of our daily working routines.

Since our opening in the year of 1992, we have a long-established reputation in shipping and international trade litigation works. In shipping, the firm acts predominantly for owners, charterers and freight forwarders. In international trade, the firm acts for factories, manufacturers, multinational shippers and world-renowned-brand owners, traders and financial institutions in relation to disputes over trading of all types of goods including toys; physical commodities (for example, coal etc.)

Our corporate litigation works include:

  • Shareholders disputes;
  • Derivative actions (statutory and common law);
  • Unfair prejudicial, Just equitable winding up;
  • Action against directors including misfeasance proceedings;
  • Preservation of corporate assets;
  • Restructuring: moratorium, schemes of Arrangement; appointment of (Provisional) Liquidators;
  • Cross border and multiplicity of proceedings in both HK, mainland China and offshore proceedings eg. in BVI, Cayman Islands;
  • Forum shopping.

In 2001, we acted for a private enterprise from city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province China and won against Jardine group company for misdelivery of cargo: Center Optical (Hong Kong) Limited -v- Jardine Transport Services (China) Limited which was reported in the reputable Lloyd’s Law Reports [2001] Vol 2. Page 678 – 690.

In another significant case in 2005, he acted for a Hong Kong shipper and won against an international logistics service provider: Vastfame Camera Limited -v- Birkart Globistics Limited which was reported in three Law Reports of worldwide-fame: American Maritime Cases [2005] AMC page 2864 – 2879; European Transport Law [2006] Vol. XLI No.2 page 182 – 195 and Hong Kong Cases [2005] 4 HKC page 117-135.

His recent highlight cases in the area of Private International Law include:

  • Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Co. Limited v Fan Ji Qian [2019] 2 HKLRD 173 – “quasi-contractual” anti-suit injunction against a respondent who was not party to the relevant arbitration clause
  • Dickson Holdings Enterprise Company Limited v Moravia CV [2019] 3 HKLRD 210 – application for striking out unfair prejudice petition on the group of lack of locus standi; mandatory stay of the petition in favour of arbitration pursuant to an arbitration agreement

In our international litigation and arbitration works, we are quick, nimble and dedicated in acting for our clients in taking emergency preservative measures including, but not limited to, the obtaining of worldwide mareva injunction orders in freezing bank accounts and assets; disclosure orders in aid of such orders (see X v A (judgment by Zervos J in HCA 2433/ 2013)).

We have extensive experience of undertaking arbitrations both as advocates and as arbitrators in London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre  (HKIAC), China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)/ China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC) in the People’s Republic of China, Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration (KLRCA) in Malaysia and Korean Commission Arbitration Board (KCBA) in Korea.

We have a strong reputation locally and internationally for its intellectual property (IP) works. We handle all aspects of trade mark, design, patent and domain name registration, licensing and distribution rights including computer contracts and IP consultancy, and infringement matters. We are fast in taking emergency preventive measures including, but not limited to, the obtaining of Anton Piller orders; and injunction orders and disclosure orders in aid of such orders.

In our corporate works, apart from company secretarial and listing compliance works, we undertake all sorts of M&A works whether or not in the capital market.

In our corporate restructuring works, our Mr. William Leung, having been appointed by both the Hong Kong High Court and Hong Kong Official Receiver since the year of 2001, has acted as company liquidators in liquidating assets.


Dr. Mohamed Janashal

Leaders in Law endorses Mohamed Janashal as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Oman. If you wish to get in touch with Mohamed please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Mohamed Janashal is Founding Partner of the firm. He holds PhD in arbitration law with a cross disciplinary research in Islamic Banking and Finance related disputes from prestigious International Islamic University, Malaysia. Before his PhD, he obtained his Master degree in International Commercial Law from Alexandria, Egypt. He earned his LLB from Mohamed-I University, Oujda, Morocco.

As a qualified lawyer in the Sultanate of Oman, Dr. Mohamed enjoys right of audience before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of the Sultanate. On account of his wide experience in the dispute resolution, he is also a recognized arbitrator. With more than two decades of law practice, he has a wealth of legal experience that leads the firm’s overall practice. The firm prides itself with his experience in litigation, arbitration, corporate, commercial, Islamic Banking and Finance, mergers, capital markets, regulation, employment, contracts and transactional matters. A long list of corporate and high net-worth individual clients summarizes his credibility and reputation as a seasoned lawyer in the Sultanate.

As part of his legal practice, Dr. Mohamed has acted as arbitrator in addition to his representing clients in commercial arbitration matters ranging from construction to cross border trade. He acts as lead counsel in arbitration matters inside the Sultanate and outside as well. Currently he is leading firm’s representation in the ongoing construction, contractual and contractor’s liability claims in local and international arbitration claims where the firm has been engaged by notable public and private entities.

Dr. Mohamed has keen interest in legal training and academics, and has written in law journals. He is passionate about legal writing and research with special focus on his core areas of practice. His fluency in Arabic and English, and working knowledge of French gives him privileged access in this regard.

Firm Description:

As we look back over the Firm’s history, we feel proud to find ourselves at the forefront of legal discipline in the Sultanate of Oman, offering advisory services to the best in busi­ness, from across several countries.

The evolution of MJLO as a leading full service law firm is comparable in many ways to the economic progress of Oman over the past decade.

MJLO has evolved keeping pace with the emerging needs of the times, and has acted for several leading names in the region. MJLO offers legal advice to clients on diverse areas including General Corporate, Arbitration, Islamic banking & finance, strategic business advisory, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, Intellectual Property law, litigation and dispute resolution, among a range of other services.

In a short time, MJLO has gained national and international acclaim for successful representation of its client before legal institutions and government agencies, winning advocacy in litigation, and guiding business transactions.

Sharply focused on its clients, MJLO has a team of specialized lawyers, offering comprehensive legal advisory services through its office in Muscat, the booming capital of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Firm has been part of several headline transactions in various segments of industry & services, besides representing several major transnational corporations on their Oman entry & business strategy.

Such pre-eminent counselling by MJLO has earned the Firm, the enviable reputation of being a leader amongst its peers. Some of corporate Oman’s most influential entrepreneurs turn to MJLO for innovative legal solutions and strategies.


James Bridgeman SC

Leaders in Law endorses James Bridgeman as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Ireland. If you wish to get in touch with James please use the contact information provided above.

A litigator, arbitrator and mediator  in general practice 1992, prior to which an in-house lawyer in a firm of patent and trademarks attorneys, he has a wide practice as an advocate, advisor and neutral. He holds current practicing certificates as barrister in Ireland and England & Wales, practicing from the Law Library, Dublin and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, London.  Calls: Kings Inns Dublin, Middle Temple, and the Bar of Northern Ireland. Patent of Precedence granted by the Government of Ireland.

His wide ranging practice in 2019 and 2020 included matters before the Court of Justice of the European Union (Case C 265/19), the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention  Opinion No. 42/2020), the Superior Courts of Ireland (chancery, common law and commercial),statutory adjudication, international arbitration, arbitration, construction adjudication (building, engineering and M&E), and mediation. Issues in dispute include construction, intellectual property (performers rights, copyright and internet domain names), International Treaties (TFEU, Vienna Convention, WPPT), European Law (transposition of EU Directive), human rights (arbitrary detention, statutory  tribunals established by the Irish Mental Health Commission) alleged professional negligence, provision of academic services within a University and  a neighbour/boundary/property dispute. He is an active member of three disciplinary & regulatory standing tribunals (professional regulatory).

A Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018), past Chair CIArb Irish Branch (2005), former CIArb Trustee (2013-2017) and past member of the ICC National Committee for Ireland, he is a Chartered Arbitrator and has acted as tribunal member, arbitrator, both as chair and sole panellist in over 500 arbitrations, tribunals and administrative proceedings including 80 construction, partnership, insurance,  real property, distributorship, intellectual property arbitrations and adjudications, over 400 Internet domain name references (UDRP), numerous statutory tribunals, appeal boards and professional regulatory determinations.

He is on the Panel of Arbitrators ICSID (nominated by the Government of Ireland), the panel of 15 arbitrators for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea (Council Decision 2014/794/EU), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Chartered Arbitrators, Beijing Arbitration Commission/ Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) Panel of Arbitrators for International Investment Disputes and ICDR Panel of Arbitrators.

He is an arbitrator on the General List of the Court of Arbitration for Sport by the International Council for Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) Lausanne, Switzerland, a member of the National Contractual Disputes Panel (Construction Industry Federation, Ireland), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch) Panel of Conciliators for Government Contracts. He is a member of the panel of adjudicators of construction disputes appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Ireland) and the Law Society of Ireland Panel of Arbitrators.

He is on the panel of mediators and arbitrators of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Geneva for the National Arbitration Forum, USA. ( Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel), Nominet UK, United Kingdom ( Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel), ADNDRC Hong Kong/ China ( Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel) and Czech Arbitration Court, Prague (Internet Domain Name Dispute Panel).

He is a member of the faculty of the Higher Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration (Trinity College Dublin) and in the month of June each year since 2007 he has convened the Dublin Forum on International Dispute Resolution .


Mehmood Mandviwalla

Leaders in Law endorses Mehmood Mandviwalla as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Pakistan. If you wish to get in touch Mehmood please use the contact information provided above.

Founding and Senior Partner

Mr. Mehmood Mandviwalla has extensive experience spanning over 38 years in all aspects of commercial and corporate law including Banking; Corporate Finance & Securities; Arbitration; Commercial litigation; Energy; International Trade; Privatisations; Investment Funds; Educational Institutions; Venture Capital; Environment; Media; Arbitration; Acquisitions and Amalgamations; Underwriting Agreements; Insurance; Joint Ventures; Infrastructure Projects; Securitization; Credit Rating etc and Intellectual Property litigation.

He has drafted various statutory enactments and regulatory frameworks for Pakistan and has from time to time, assisted Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan in the restructuring of the regulatory framework for the corporate sector of Pakistan.

Mr. Mandviwalla is currently the president of SAARC LAW for the year 2016-2018. He is presently on the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan Limited and Director on Board of Directors of Deposit Protection Corporation – A Subsidiary of State Bank of Pakistan.

Mr. Mandviwalla has served as a Director on the Board of the State Bank of Pakistan from 2013 to 2016. He was also the Caretaker Minister of Law and Prisons in the Caretaker Government of Sindh in 2013.


  • LLB (Hons.)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom


  • Sindh Bar Council
  • Sindh High Court Bar Association

Current Position

PRESIDENT SAARCLAW – Association of persons of the legal communities of the eight South Asian Countries

Firm Description:

Mandviwalla & Zafar, an established law firm in Pakistan has the distinction of being the largest in the country, providing legal services across the country through its offices, in all the major cities nationwide. Having achieved this goal we set our sights even higher and in 2005 were the first Pakistani law firm to have established an actual international presence as opposed to having representations and affiliations, by setting up our office in Kabul.

The secret of our success lies in going to the heart of the legal issue and coming up with a commercially viable and legally enforceable solution for our clients. We work in close association with regulators and governmental units to keep abreast of all developments which, in turn, enables us to respond quickly to changes in the legal and regulatory environment, manage risk and to achieve business success.

Our size facilitates committed personal service and ensures that sufficient resources are available to meet the demands of the modern day legal practice. With offices across Pakistan and Afghanistan we have the ability to offer clients an integrated service on a broad range of business and financial transactions, whether public or private, cross border or mid-market. We are ideally placed to offer expert advice, from the letter of intent to due diligence and signing, to advice on risk management strategy that will enable our clients to strive ahead and prosper. We are committed to providing advice on a day to day basis to our clients.

Recent innovative economic policies have encouraged SAARC countries (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) to embark on a wide variety of new ventures. We have particular expertise on advising clients on the economic and fiscal reforms of these countries. We have considerable experience in advising on all investment related projects, banking and joint ventures in the SAARC countries. As a result of our close association with the legal communities of the SAARC countries we are fully conversant with the laws of this region and the developments therein. We pride ourselves on being an information resource on the laws and legal developments of the SAARC countries and being able to fully assist our clients in the SAARC region.


Gustaf Möller

Gustaf Möller works as an international arbitrator and adviser in demanding legal proceedings. He is one of northern Europe’s leading international arbitrators. Prior to joining Krogerus, Mr Möller has served as a Justice at the Supreme Court of Finland. He has also served as the chairman of the board for the Arbitration Institute of the Finland Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Mr Möller has numerous domestic and international memberships and positions of trust. He has written many articles, mainly in the fields of arbitration, civil procedure and private international law.

  • International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, Chapter on Finland (Kluwer Law International, 2008)
  • Välimiesmenettelyn perusteet (Arbitration Fundamentals) (Lakimiesliiton kustannus, 1997) (available only in Finnish)
  • Report on the Convention on Jurisdictions and the Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters Done at Lugano on 16 September 1988 (Official Journal of the European Communities, 1990) (co-author)
  • Explanatory Report on the 1980 Hague Access to Justice Convention (HCCH Publications, 1983)
  • Chair of the Finnish branch of the International Law Association
  • Member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association
  • Chair of the Finnish Arbitration Association
  • Member of the European Group for Private International Law

The Dispute Resolution Law Practice:

Our lawyers provide a full range of commercial litigation and arbitration services, many of which frequently involve international aspects. We have a strong record of bringing parties to an early and successful resolution of their disputes. We act on a broad range of disputes across all industries and have considerable experience in complex and high-value litigation.

Many of our practitioners frequently serve as arbitrators. We are also experienced in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.


Krogerus is a premier business law firm whose practice covers a broad spectrum of transactional, dispute resolution and regulatory matters. We have a particularly strong focus in the energy, finance, food and beverage, healthcare, real estate, technology and telecommunications sectors.

Our frequent involvement in international assignments means that Krogerus lawyers are on the forefront of transactions that drive global business operations. Clients value the common sense we bring to discussions and our ability to see past the clutter to those issues that are relevant.

The firm’s achievements stem from the talent of our professionals, our focus on providing results and the strength of our commitment to clients and each other. We are regularly retained in some of the most challenging and high-profile assignments in the market.

Dr. Sharif Bhuiyan

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Sharif Bhuiyan as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Bangladesh. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Bhuiyan please use the contact information provided above.

Sharif Bhuiyan, LLM, PhD, University of Cambridge, is an Advocate enrolled in both the High Court and the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is a Founder Partner and Deputy Head of the law firm, Dr Kamal Hossain & Associates and leads the firm’s international and commercial practice, including arbitration.

He was Honorary Director of the South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (2007-14), Co-Rapporteur of the Committee on International Trade Law, International Law Association (2009-14) and Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2006).

He is the author of National Law in WTO Law: Effectiveness and Good Governance in the World Trading System (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007, paperback, 2011), co-editor (with Philippe Sands and Nico Schrijver) of International Law and Developing Countries (Leiden/Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2014; South Asian edition, 2017) and author of many articles in internationally published books and journals.

Bhuiyan practises in a wide range of areas, including, arbitration, admiralty, aviation, banking, competition, corporate and commercial, employment, energy, insurance, intellectual property, securities, taxation, technology and telecommunication.

He acted as lead counsel in several international commercial arbitrations involving substantial claims and parties and arbitrators of multiple nationalities and as lead Bangladesh counsel in many cross-border projects and transactions, including multibillion dollar transactions, in the energy, infrastructure, telecommunication and various other sectors. He acted as counsel in leading cases on arbitration before the Bangladesh Supreme Court.

Bhuiyan is consistently ranked as a top tier legal practitioner by international practitioners’ directories, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.

Bhuiyan also acts as a consultant in various matters, including as a consultant for the World Bank.

Firm Description

Dr. Kamal Hossain and Associates, established in 1980, is one of the largest law firms in Bangladesh. It provides a comprehensive range of legal services for both national and international clients. The firm’s strength lies not only in the breadth of individual expertise available, but also in forty years of institutional experience of advice and litigation in key practice areas.

Firm’s main practice areas include admiralty and shipping, arbitration, aviation, banking and financial regulation, commercial and corporate law, constitutional and administrative law, employment law, energy, human rights law, intellectual property, revenue law, taxation and telecommunications. It has special expertise in arbitration, constitutional and administrative law, infrastructure, oil, gas and power sector projects and in telecommunications.

The firm actively encourages and supports its members in providing pro-bono advice and representation in public interest and human rights cases.