The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlists

Featuring individual profiles, spotlight team profiles and ‘In conversations’ with the leading arbitrators in the region.

Middle East

The Arbitration Powerlist: Middle East showcases the leading practitioners working in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Iran, Iraq and Jordan. It remains a region full of opportunity, reinforced by the adaptability that arbitrators have shown throughout the pandemic. We hope the following guide will provide an insight into this fascinating and ever-evolving  market.

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Latin America

The Arbitration Powerlist: Latin America highlights and showcases the leading practitioners of one of the world’s most fertile grounds for producing arbitration talent, with the ICC reporting in 2019 that around one of eight of its registered arbitrators are from Latin America. The region also shows impressive growth as an arbitral centre; although Europe and the United States handle the largest share of international arbitrations conducted for Latin American clients, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico are all popular seats of arbitration.

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Africa

The Arbitration Powerlist: Africa showcases the leading practitioners working in one of the most exciting legal markets today. In addition to showcasing the ever-growing strength and depth of Africa’s community of arbitration counsel is clear, we offer examples of how the continent at large has taken the lead on a number of procedural and institutional innovations. For example, the African Arbitration Academy’s response to Covid-19 lockdowns was swift and decisive, with its Protocol on Virtual Hearings in Africa outlining one of the earliest and most thorough set of recommendations on virtual hearings. Beyond this, the nearly 100 arbitration institutions that exist across Africa have continued to develop and respond to the needs of business. Other notable developments include Ethiopia’s ratification of the New York Convention in 2020, and the new Uniform Act on Arbitration issued by the Organisation for the Harmonisation in Africa of Business Laws (OHADA). The positive impact of this on arbitration is already being seen, and we can expect further initiatives that will strengthen the already vibrant culture of arbitration in Africa.

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Central and Eastern Europe

The Arbitration Powerlist: CEE showcases the leading practitioners working in a broad sweep of countries, stretching from Austria and Poland to the Baltic nations and down to Serbia and North Macedonia. As with any publication of this nature, we were faced with the dilemma of including as many worthy candidates as possible without diluting the significance of their listing. After lengthy discussions across the editorial team, we decided that a larger selection was necessary to provide sufficient nuance and balance across so many different markets. We hope that by expanding the selection we have managed to include some surprises.

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CIS and Caucasus

The Arbitration Powerlist: CIS & Caucasus showcases the leading practitioners working in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Moldova. It is a region unfamiliar to many outsiders, and we hope the following guide will provide an insight into an often opaque disputes market.

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United Kingdom

The International Arbitration Powerlist UK showcases 200 of the UK’s leading practitioners working in law firms and at the Bar (and, for good measure, a professor and a funder, both of whom sit regularly as arbitrators). As with any publication of this nature, we were faced with the dilemma of including as many worthy candidates as possible without diluting the significance of their listing. After lengthy discussions across the editorial team, we decided that 200 was the right number. The all-too-frequent criticism that international arbitration is a ‘gentlemen’s club’ would be perpetuated by a smaller selection. While the established names in the field are impossible to overlook, we hope that by expanding the selection we have managed to include some surprises. More importantly, we wanted to highlight the incredible diversity of the London market. When it comes to international arbitration, no other city on earth has the same depth of talent. In the face of stiff challenges from other cities, and with the disruption (perceived or real) introduced by Brexit, we felt it was necessary to stand up for London and give a platform to the incredible array of legal talent it offers clients. This reflects The Legal 500’s support for London International Disputes Week. It also reflects our growing focus on arbitration.

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