Shashank Verma

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

Shashank is a disputes lawyer with over two decades of extensive experience in appellate court advocacy, domestic and international arbitration and commercial litigation. He has a broad commercial practice and his areas of expertise include Administrative & Constitutional Law, Banking & Finance, Construction & Projects, Commercial Law including Media & Telecommunications, Mining, Employment & Labour, Energy & Natural Resources, Corporate (Joint Venture, Shareholder/Partnership disputes).

He began his career working in Mumbai office of one of India’s largest law firm of the time and thereafter shifted to counsel practice and joined chambers of an eminent senior counsel, wherein he practiced primarily before the Appellate and Constitutional Courts.

As counsel, Shashank has appeared for several leading public sector undertakings, banks, financial institutions, multinational corporations, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions and universities before various courts, including the Supreme Court of India, and arbitral tribunals.

In early 2016, Shashank restructured and reorganized RPV Legal, an over 80-year-old law practice into a modern chamber styled commercial law boutique focusing on arbitration, litigation and corporate advisory with offices in New Delhi, Jabalpur & Dubai. As part of his counsel practice, he also regularly receives instructions from leading law firms and chambers in commercial and constitutional matters before appellate courts and arbitral tribunals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative & Constitutional Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction & Projects
  • Commercial Law including Media & Telecommunications
  • Mining
  • Employment & Labour
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Corporate (Joint Venture, Shareholder/Partnership disputes)

Firm Description:

RPV Legal is a chamber styled litigation and arbitration law firm.

Our boutique set up is rooted in the belief that resolution of disputes in modern times require innovative collaboration and focused advocacy.

RPV Legal was established in 2015 by restructuring, an over eighty five-year-old commercial law chamber into a boutique law firm focused on delivering targeted legal expertise to complex business situations. Our modern set up retains our chamber’s age old and time-tested ethos of hard work and integrity and combines it with the agility, flexibility and sophistication of a new age law practice.

The firm’s structure allows us to be highly selective and enables our lawyers to be creative and efficient in the pursuit of success for our clients. We believe in innovative collaboration and a team approach for achieving optimal results. Our dedicated team of lawyers possess the rare blend of deep industry knowledge and extensive experience in handling a wide gamut of legal issues involving municipal and international laws.

The members of our team have acted as counsel in many landmark litigations and complex domestic and international arbitrations and advised on many significant corporate transactions and situations in India. In recent past, our members have been involved in some of the most significant commercial disputes in India. We have expertise in dealing with commercial disputes across different sectors such as Aviation, Banking & Finance, Construction and Infrastructure and Real Estate, Energy, Life Sciences, Technology etc. Our lawyers are specialists in high value international and multi-jurisdictional arbitrations under ad hoc and institutional rules (LCIA, ICC, SIAC, PCA) both under Indian and foreign law.

We also have the expertise and experience of handling white-collar investigations and trials including corruption, money laundering, extradition and mutual legal assistance matters involving several billion dollars. Additionally, our team is also skilled and experienced in rendering corporate advisory services to help our clients sail through complex business situations.

We have long standing referral relationships with leading international firms and full-service law firms in India. Our clientele comprises of sovereign states and state corporations, business conglomerates, non-governmental organisations, trusts, banking and financial institutions and several high net worth individuals.

Our headquarters in New Delhi is close to the major judicial institutions and we have a strong presence in the appellate courts, particularly, the Supreme Court of India.


Denis Philippe

Leaders in Law endorses Denis Philippe as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in 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

  • Banking and financial law
  • Contracts and business relationships
  • Debt recovery
  • Energy
  • European, Chinese and competition law
  • Gaming and betting
  • Insurance and tort
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Merger and acquisition, corporate and restructuring


  • 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.


Olena Perepelynska

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

Professional Expertise

  • Head of International Arbitration
  • Recognized legal expert in international arbitration, litigation and international trade with 19 years of professional experience in these fields
  • Since 2003, she participated as a representative in over 90 arbitral proceedings in more than 10 jurisdictions under the following arbitration rules – ICC, LCIA, SCC, SCAI, ICAC and MAC at UCCI, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, UNCITRAL
  • Acted as an arbitrator in over 70 arbitrations seated in Almaty, Bishkek, Vienna, Kyiv, London, Paris, and Stockholm

Industry Focus

  • Agriculture
  • Chemicals
  • Energy

Professional Appointments

  • President of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association (since 2016)
  • Vice-President of ICC Ukraine (since 2022)
  • Chair of Arbitration Commission of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Ukraine) (since 2022)
  • Vice-President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club (since 2020)
  • Member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission (since 2018)
  • Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (since 2018)
  • Member of the Global Steering Committee of the ERA-PLEDGE (since 2019)
  • Member of the Baltic Litigation Fund (BLF) Advisory Committee (since 2021)
  • Head of ADR Committee at the Ukraine’s National Bar Association (since 2021)

Professional Membership

  • Admitted to Ukraine’s National Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and Member of the CIArb Approved Faculty List (AFL)
  • Member of IBA, ICCA, UAA, CEA, ASA, ArbitralWomen, ArbAut

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Olena Perepelynska is an author and co-author of more than 130 publications in Ukrainian, Russian, English and Spanish. She takes part in different arbitration events in the CIS counties, Europe, Latin America and the USA, as well as in virtual events, as a speaker, moderator or lecturer.
  • Editorial board member of ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin (since 2021)
  • View full list of publications


  • ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Central & Eastern Europe, 2015
  • Diploma in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (the UK), 2014
  • Master of International Law, Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 2005


  • Spotlight in Dispute Resolution: International in Ukraine (Chambers Global/ Europe 2023); Band 1 (Chambers Global/ Europe 2022). “Olena Perepelynska is excellent at her craft and walks an extra mile to ensure the case is handled with utmost professionalism and care,” one client comments, while another adds: “She was a joy to work with. She’s great at explaining the selected strategy.”
  • Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration and Mediation, recommended for international arbitration, Litigation, Best Lawyers 2022
  • Recognized as a Thought Leader-Arbitration 2022, Global Leader-Arbitration 2023, Commercial Litigation Future Leaders-Partners 2022, Transport Aviation Contentious 2023, Who`s Who Legal
  • Recognized as Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution, The Legal500 EMEA 2022
  • Recognized as Leader of Practice for International Arbitration and Private clients, “Client’s choice. TOP 100 best lawyers of Ukraine – 2021” by Yurydychna Gazeta
  • Ranked as #1 arbitration practitioner and one of the leading legal experts in International Trade in Ukraine, Ukrainian Law Firms 2021. А Handbook for Foreign Clients
  • Included into the list of the most successful female lawyers in Ukraine, Women in Law 2021
  • Recognized as an expert, Commercial Arbitration; Women in Business Law, Expert Guides 2021
  • Included into Arbitration Powerlist 2020: CIS and Caucasus released by The Legal500 editorial

Representative projects

  • Successfully represented Ukrkhimtransamiak in ICAC (Kyiv) arbitral proceedings against Togliattiazot with over USD 190 million at stake. She prevailed on both the main claim and the counterclaim.
  • Successfully represented the UK-based Jereh’s exclusive official dealer for Ukraine – MOSTON Properties Limited – in a USD 8 million LCIA arbitration against the largest gas production company in Ukraine PJSC UkrGasVydobuvannya. She prevailed on both the main claim and the counterclaim. Later on, she successfully represented the client before the Ukrainian courts of all instances in recognition and enforcement proceedings.
  • Successfully represented one of the leading Ukrainian steel works in USD 1,5 million arbitration against the Russian buyer under the Swiss rules. The tribunal granted 100% claims of her client and rejected all respondent’s objections regarding reduction of penalties.
  • Successfully represented the Swiss grain trader in GAFTA arbitration against another Swiss grain trader, where she has prevailed on damages claim. As a result, the defeated debtor has voluntarily paid the awarded amount to her client.
  • Advised the party on Ukrainian law issues in the USD 2 billion litigation before the High Court of London.
  • Advised a Swiss grain trader regarding fraud and conspiracy litigation in Cyprus against the Ukrainian agricultural group and its UBO.

Public Engagement

  • Takes an active part in improving Ukrainian arbitration legislation
  • Coordinates UAA Arbitration School – an annual platform gathering students and lecturers from different countries aimed at sharing experience and knowledge in the field of international arbitration
  • Supports the global initiative of gender diversity in arbitration through ERA Pledge and other international and local initiatives

Firm Description:

Full-service law firm with offices in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, and contact offices in Germany and the UK. We provide legal advice to companies that need support in large transactions and large-scale disputes, as well as in current operations.

In 18 years Integrites has served more than 1600 clients from around the globe, including Fortune 500 companies and international financial institutions.

Our clients are recognized leaders in various industries: from real estate and construction, infrastructure, and agriculture to manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and retail. Our Climate Change Task Force provides clients with comprehensive advice on projects targeted at the sustainable development of their business and the country in the context of energy transition and green technologies. Currently, 80% of the companies we serve are international.

Integrites is highly recommended for its cross-border work – investment deals, sophisticated transactions, complex dispute resolution, and for projects which require in-depth industrial expertise. The firm has been consistently recognized by the leading international legal directories and ratings: Chambers Global/Europe, The Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers, FT Innovative Lawyers.


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.


Amine Ghellal

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

Amine Ghellal, the founding partner of Ghellal & Mekerba, has 44 years of experience and is considered as one of Algeria’s leading law practitioners. Amine is said to know the Algerian Business framework “like the back of his hand”.

He has a wide knowledge of all aspects of Algerian law regarding investment, corporate, financing, exchange control, tax and customs law.

Mr. Ghellal is an international arbitrator and a member of the International Arbitration Institute. He has a perfect knowledge of contractual mechanisms and precautions governing dispute resolution.

Dr. Ghellal is a graduate in public and private law and in political sciences. He studied in France and obtained a Higher Diploma in Public law with Magna Cum Laude, a Higher Diploma in Political Sciences with Magna Cum Laude and a PhD with Summa Cum Laude and praises of the examination board.

Dr. Ghellal is a member of the Algerian Bar Association, a member of the International Bar Association, a member of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), a correspondent of the World Bank in Algeria, an honored Member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals and of Project Finance, a member of the International Lawyers Club (Head Office in France), and a member of the International Lawyers Association “Mackrell International” (Head Office in Great Britain).

Firm Description

Ghellal Law Firm is undeniably the leading law firm in Algeria. Since its creation 40 years ago by Dr Amine Ghellal, this firm has been involved in all major projects especially:

  • Investments
  • Construction
  • EPC
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Oil and gas
  • Banking law
  • Exchange control
  • Financing

The partners are Dr Amine Ghellal, his daughter Maya Ghellal and Sid Ahmed Mekerba.

The firm has built an extensive professional network and has ensured a thorough, highly practical and comprehensive understanding of Algerian law. Ghellal Law Firm is renowned for being close to its clients’ requirements and for assisting them in ensuring in concrete terms the success of their business ventures.


  • “Lawyer of the Year in Africa” for 2015 and 2016 (Lawyers Worldwide Awards)
  • Lawyer of the Year 2016 (Worldwide Financial Advisor Magazine)
  • Best Law Firm in North Africa” 2017 and 2018 (Leaders League, Paris, Les Trophées du Droit)


Algerian, English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.

Main Areas of Practice

The firm advises and assists investors in various areas of law:

  • Investments laws and regulations; oil and gas: mining and natural resources, international arbitration
  • Corporate law, mergers and acquisitions; privatisations; audits and due diligence; competition law; telecommunications
  • Financing and project finance.
  • Banking law and exchange control. Taxation. Economic regulation. Construction. Intellectual and industrial property. Health and pharmaceutic. Litigation. Environment. Employment

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 .