Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards 2020 – shortlist is live!

After nine successful years of awards in the United States, Canada and Asia, Benchmark Litigation is launching its second awards ceremony in Europe and the shortlist is now live.

For full details of the litigation firm and lawyer of the year shortlists, please scroll down. The nominees have been chosen using the research for the Benchmark Europe publication in the final quarter of 2019, with some supplementary surveys and research in January and February 2020.

NATIONAL AWARDS 

AUSTRIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Binder Grösswang 
CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati
DORDA Rechtsanwälte  
Graf & Pitkowitz 
Konrad & Partners 
Wolf Theiss

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Christian Dorda, DORDA Rechtsanwälte  
Christian Klausegger, Binder Grösswang 
Christian Konrad, Konrad & Partners 
Philipp Peters, Konrad & Partners 
Stefan Riegler, Wolf Theiss 
Eva Spiegel, Wolf Theiss 
Clemens Trauttenberg, Wolf Theiss 
Irene Welser, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

BELGIUM 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Allen & Overy 
Baker McKenzie 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
DLA Piper 
Garrigues 
Linklaters 
NautaDutilh 
Stibbe 
Van Bael & Bellis

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Stan Brijs, NautaDutilh
Joost Everaert, Allen & Overy 
Sophie Jacmain, NautaDutilh 
Françoise Lefèvre, Linklaters 
Falk Schöning, Hogan Lovells  
Oliver Stevens, Stibbe  
Joost Verlinden, Acras Law 
Ingrid Vandenborre, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

CROATIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Divjack Topic & Batjarevic 
Maćešić & Partners 
Porobija & Porobija 
Šavorić & Partners 
Wolf Theiss
Žuric i Partneri

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Miroljub Maćešić, Maćešić & Partners 
Ivana Manovelo, Maćešić & Partners 
Boris Porobija, Porobija & Porobija 
Dalibor Valinčić, Wolf Theiss

CYPRUS 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
AGP Law Firm 
Antis Triantafyllides & Sons 
Dr K Chrysostomides & Co 
Elias Neocleous & Co 
Michael Kyprianou 
Ioannides Demetriou 
Patrikios Pavlou & Associates 
Soteris Pittas & Co 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
George Christodoulou, Chrysses Demetriades & Co 
Chrysanthos Christoforou, Elias Neocleous & Co 
Andrew Demetriou, Ioannides Demetriou 
Menelaos Kyprianou, Michael Kyprianou & Co 
Soteris Pittas, Soteris Pittas & Co 
Costas Stamatiou, Elias Neocleous & Co 
George Triantafyllides, Antis Triantafyllides & Sons

CZECH REPUBLIC 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Baker McKenzie  
BBH 
Dentons  
Havel & Partners 
Peterka & Partners 
Weil Gotshal & Manges 
White & Case

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Jiří Černý, Peterka & Partners 
Luděk Chvosta, White & Case
Karolina Horakova, Weil Gotshal & Manges 
Martin Hrodek, Baker McKenzie 
Dušan Sedláček, Havel & Partners 

DENMARK 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Bech-Bruun 
Bruun & Hjejle 
Gorrissen Federspiel
Horten 
Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith 
Plesner 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Christian Alsøe, Gorrissen Federspiel 
Frank Bøggild, Kromann Reumert 
Torben Bondrop, Plesner
Henriette Gernaa, Gorrissen Federspiel 
Karsten Hagel-Sørensen, Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith 
Ole Spiermann, Bruun & Hjejle 

ESTONIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Cobalt 
Ellex Raidla 
Law Office FORT 
NJORD Law Firm 
Sorainen 
TGS Baltic 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Carri Ginter, Sorainen 
Arne Ots, Ellex Raidla 
Paul Varul, TGS Baltic  
Martin Tamme, TGS Baltic
Toomas Vaher, Ellex Raidla 

FINLAND 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Borenius 
Castrén & Snellman 
DLA Piper 
Hannes Snellman 
Merilampi 
Roschier
Waselius & Wist 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Anders Forss, Castrén & Snellman 
Kimmo Heikkinen, Frontia
Marko Hentunen, Castrén & Snellman 
Antti Järvinen, Frontia
Gisela Knuts, Roschier
Jan Waselius, Waselius & Wist 

FRANCE 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Bredin Prat 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Clifford Chance 
Courrege Foreman 
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Mayer Brown 
Orrick Rambaud Martel 
Shearman & Sterling 
Veil Jourde 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Claudia Annacker, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Jean-Daniel Bretzner, Bredin Prat 
Jean-Michel Darrois, Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier 
Emmanuel Gaillard, Shearman & Sterling  
Jean-Yves Garaud, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Anne Wachsmann, Linklaters 
Jean Veil, Veil Jourde 

GERMANY 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Busse Disputes 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 
Debevoise & Plimpton 
Glade Michel Wirtz 
Gleiss Lutz 
Hengeler Mueller 
Noerr 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Tobias Boecken, Gleiss Lutz 
Daniel Busse, Busse Disputes 
Uwe Hornung, Clifford Chance 
Richard Kreindler, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Markus Meier, Hengeler Mueller 
Stefan Rützel, Gleiss Lutz
Carsten van de Sande, Hengeler Mueller  
Stephan Wilske, Gleiss Lutz 

GREECE 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Bernitsas Law
Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners 
Koutalidis Law Firm 
Moratis Passas 
Potamitisvekris 
Watson Farley & Williams 
Zepos & Yannopoulos 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Panayotis Bernitsas, Bernitsas Law 
Gregory Logothetis, Koutalidis Law Firm  
George Moratis, Moratis Passas 
Christos Paraskevopoulos, Bernitsas Law 
Dimitris Roussis, Bernitsas Law
Eleni Skoufari, Zepos & Yannopolous 
Ioannis Vassardanis, Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners 

HUNGARY 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Bird & Bird 
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Ormai es Tarsai 
Dentons
Evershed Sutherland 
Gardos Mosonyi Tomori Law Office 
Nagy es Trocsanyi 
Oppenheim 
Wolf Theiss 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Zoltán Faludi, Wolf Theiss 
Peter Nagy, Nagy es Trocsanyi
Zsolt Okányi, CMS 

ICELAND 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
BBA 
Juris
Lagahvoll 
Landslog Law Offices 
Logos 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Andri Árnason, Juris
Dadi Bjarnasson, Lagahvoll 
Ólafur Eiríksson, LOGOS  
Jóhann Tómas Sigurðsson, Lagahvoll  
Jóhannes Karl Sveinsson, Landslog Law Offices

IRELAND 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
A&L Goodbody 
Arthur Cox 
Beauchamps 
Mason Hayes & Curran 
Matheson 
McCann FitzGerald
William Fry 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Sean Barton, McCann FitzGerald
Edmund Butler, LK Sheilds 
Audrey Byrne, McCann FitzGerald 
Michael Byrne, Matheson 
Sharon Daly, Matheson 
Karyn Harty, McCann FitzGerald 
Emma Keegan, Beauchamps 
Helen Kilroy, McCann FitzGerald 
Conor McDonnell, Arthur Cox  
Eve Mulcrony, Arthur Cox 
Owen O’Sullivan, William Fry 

ITALY 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
BonelliErede
Chiomenti 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Clifford Chance 
Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners  
Hogan Lovells 
Legance Avvocati Associati 
Lombardi Segni & Associati 
Pedersoli Studio Legale 
Watson Farley & Williams 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Vittorio Allavena, BonelliErede
Enrico Castellani, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 
Ferdinando Emanuele, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Silvio Martuccelli, Chiomenti 
Andrea Magliani, Pedersoli Studio Legale 
Francesca Rolla, Hogan Lovells

LATVIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
Cobalt 
Ellex Klavins
Kronbergs 
Primus Derling 
Sorainen 
Satvos  

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Lauris Liepa, Cobalt 
Sintija Radionova, Primus Derling 
Jevgenijs Salims, Ellex Klavins 
Daiga Zivtina, Ellex Klavins

LITHUANIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Cobalt 
Ellex Valinus  
Law Office FORT 
Magnusson
Primus Derling 
Sorainen 
TGS Baltic 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Marius Liatukas, Magnusson 
Valentinas Mikelėnas, TGS Baltic 
Rimantas Simaitis, Cobalt 
Andrius Smaliukas, Ellex Valiunas 
Vilija Vaitkutė Pavan, Ellex Valinus 

LUXEMBOURG 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Arendt & Medernach 
Bonn & Schmitt 
Clifford Chance 
Elvinger Hoss Prussen 
Loyens & Loeff
Luther 
NautaDutilh 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Marc Elvinger, Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Véronique Hoffeld, Loyens & Loeff 
François Kremer, Arendt & Medernach 
Guy Loesch, Linklaters 

NETHERLANDS 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
AKD 
Allen & Overy 
Bird & Bird 
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Houthoff  
NautaDutilh 
Simmons & Simmons 
Stibbe 
Van Doorne 
Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Arnold Croiset van Uchelen, Allen & Overy
Yvo de Vries, Allen & Overy  
Bart Gerretsen, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh 
Dirk Knottenbelt, Houthoff 
Paul Olden, NautaDutilh 

NORWAY 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma 
BAHR
DLA Piper 
Thommessen 
Wikborg Rein 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Asle Bjelland, Thommessen 
Jan Jansen, BAHR 
Ola Haugen, Wikborg Rein

POLAND 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Bird & Bird 
BWHS Bartkowiak Wojciechowski Hałupczak Springer 
Clifford Chance 
CMS 
Dentons 
DLA Piper 
Greenberg Traurig 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Andrzej Chrzanowski, Kancelaria Krassowski 
Michał Jochemczak, Dentons 
Wojciech Kozlowski, Dentons
Paweł Pietkiewicz, Greenberg Traurig 
Wojciech Sadowski, K&L Gates 
Andrzej Wysokiński, Greenberg Traurig 

PORTUGAL 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Cuatrecasas 
Garrigues 
Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados
PLMJ 
Servulo 
SRS Advogados 
Uría Menéndez-Proença de Carvalho 
VdA 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Fernando Aguilar de Carvalho, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho 
Francisco Cortez, Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados
Pedro Faria, PLMJ
Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, VdA 
António Pinto Leite, Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva & Associados 
Miguel Pinto Cardoso - VDA 
José Carlos Soares Machado, SRS Advogados

ROMANIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Maravela & Asociații 
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen 
PeliFilip
Popescu & Asociaţii
Popovici Niţu Stoica & Asociaţii 
Suciu Popa 
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners


Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Cătălin Alexandru, PeliFilip 
Ioana Gelepu, Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații 
Luminita Popa, Suciu Popa 
Octavian Popescu, Popescu & Asociatii
Ioan Roman, Maravela & Asociatii 
Sorin Stratula, Stratula & Asociatii

RUSSIA 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance 
Dentons 
MGAP Attorneys at Law 
Peterka & Partners 
White & Case 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Timur Aitkulov, Clifford Chance 
Amiran Gogberidze, MGAP Attorneys at Law 
Mikhail Ivanov, Dentons 
Vladimir Khvalei, Baker McKenzie
Vlad Rudnitskiy, Peterka & Partners 

SPAIN 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Baker Mckenzie 
Clifford Chance 
Cuatrecasas
Garrigues 
Gómez Acebo & Pombo 
Linklaters 
Pérez-Llorca  
Uría Menéndez

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Luis Ortiz Blanco, Garrigues  
Marcos Araujo Boyd, Garrigues 
Jose Antonio Caínzos, Clifford Chance  
Jaime Folguera, Uría Menéndez 
Alfonso Iglesia, Cuatrecasas
Patricia Vidal, Uría Menéndez

SWEDEN 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Baker McKenzie 
Lindahl 
Mannheimer Swartling 
Roschier
Setterwalls 
 
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Fredrik Andersson, Mannheimer Swartling 
Jonas Benedictsson, Baker McKenzie 
Stefan Bessman, Baker McKenzie 
Olle Flygt, Mannheimer Swartling 
Rikard Wikström-Hermansen, Roschier
 
SWITZERLAND 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
Bär & Karrer 
Homburger 
Lalive 
Lenz & Staehelin 
Niederer Kraft Frey
Pestalozzi Law 
Schellenberg Wittmer 
Walder Wyss 
 
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Peter Burckhardt, Schellenberg Wittmer 
Felix Dasser, Homburger 
Daniel Eisele, Niederer Kraft Frey
Harold Frey, Lenz & Staehelin 
Balz Gross, Homburger 
Michael Kramer, Pestalozzi Law 
Andreas Länzlinger, Bär & Karrer
Stefan Leimgruber, Schellenberg Wittmer 
 
TURKEY 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Erdem & Erdem Law Office  
Gurkaynak Attorneys at Law 
Gün + Partners
Moroğlu Arseven 
Paksoy 
Pekin + Pekin 
 
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
H Ercüment Erdem, Erdem & Erdem Law Office 
İsmail Esin, Esin Attorney Partnership 
Mehmet Gün, Gün + Partners
Gönenç Gürkaynak, Gurkaynak Attorneys at Law 
 
UKRAINE 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Asters 
Arzinger 
Dentons 
Evris 
Ilyashev & Partners 
Redcliffe Partners 
Sayenko Kharenko
Vasil Kisil & Partners 
 
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Oleg Alyoshin, Vasil Kisil & Partners 
Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Asters 
Markian Malskyy, Arzinger 
Dmytro Marchukov, Integrites 
Sergey Pogrebnoy, Sayenko Kharenko
 
UNITED KINGDOM 
Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year 
Allen & Overy 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton  
Clifford Chance 
Debevoise & Plimpton  
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer  
Kirkland & Ellis 
Herbert Smith Freehills
Slaughter and May 
Mayer Brown 
White & Case 
 
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Roger Best, Clifford Chance 
Damien Byrne Hill, Herbert Smith Freehills
Simon Davis, Clifford Chance 
Rob Fell, Travers Smith 
Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton

 
PRACTICE AREA FIRM AWARDS 
Commercial & Transactions Firm of the Year 
Allen & Overy 
A&L Goodbody 
Clifford Chance 
Debevoise & Plimpton 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 
Hengeler Mueller 
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters 
McCann Fitzgerald 
White & Case 
 
Competition Firm of the Year 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton  
Clifford Chance 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer  
Herbert Smith Freehills 
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Uría Menéndez  
White & Case
 
Intellectual Property Firm of the Year 
Allen & Overy 
Bird & Bird
Crowell & Moring 
DLA Piper 
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek 
Hogan Lovells 
Hoyng Rokh Monegier 
Homburger 
Linklaters 
Meyerlustenberger Lachenal 
 
International Arbitration Firm of the Year 
Castrén & Snellman 
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Debevoise & Plimpton 
Gleiss Lutz 
Hengeler Mueller 
Homburger 
Kirkland & Ellis 
White & Case 

White Collar Crime Firm of the Year 
Homburger
NautaDutilh 
Schellenberg Wittmer 
Stibbe 
Uría Menéndez  
White & Case


PRACTICE AREA LAWYER AWARDS 
Commercial & Transactions Lawyer of the Year 
Christa Band, Linklaters 
Jean-Daniel Bretzner, Bredin Prat 
Simon Davis, Clifford Chance 
Deborah Finkler, Slaughter and May 
Jean-Yves Garaud, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC, Debevoise & Plimpton 
Damian Byrne Hill, Herbert Smith Freehills 
 
Competition Lawyer of the Year 
Jean-Francois Bellis, Van Bael & Bellis 
Olivier Billard, Bredin Prat  
Cani Fernández, Cuatrecasas 
Jaime Folguera, Uría Menéndez 
Craig Pouncey, Herbert Smith Freehills 
Ingrid Vandenborre, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sven Volcker, Latham & Watkins  
Stephen Wisking, Herbert Smith Freehills 
 
Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year 
Laëtitia Bénard, Allen & Overy 
Bas Berghuis van Woortman, Simmons & Simmons 
Yves Bizollon, Bird & Bird 
Peter Brownlow, Bird & Bird 
Neville Cordell, Allen & Overy 
Nicola Dagg, Kirkland & Ellis
Martin Kohler, Hoyng Rokh Monegier 
Stanislas Roux-Vaillard, Hogan Lovells 
Steffen Steininger, Hogan Lovells 
 
International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year 
Claudia Annacker, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Daniel Busse, Busse Disputes
Yas Banifatemi, Shearman & Sterling  
Christopher Colbridge, Kirkland & Ellis 
Felix Dasser, Homburger 
Balz Gross, Homburger 
Phillipp Hanfland, Hengeler Mueller 
Stefan Leimgruber, Schellenberg Wittmer 
 
White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year 
Peter Burckhardt, Schellenberg Wittmer 
Éric Dezeuze, Bredin Prat  
Joost Everaert, Allen & Overy 
Jean-Yves Garaud, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
Jane Shvets, Debevoise & Plimpton 
Hans Van Bavel, Stibbe