We are proud of our members of the Selection Committee who have played a major role in shortlisting and finalising the member firms. The Committee comprises of legal professionals from different continents with diverse areas of practice and well respected for their legal acumen.

Jouslin Khairallah

Founder and Managing Director; Khairallah Advocates & Legal Consultants

Jouslin Khairallah is the Founder and Managing Director of Khairallah Advocates & Legal Consultants, which is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

She is a profound litigator and legal advisor, and has advised and represented various Middle East and Multinational corporate entities and individuals in an array of complex and high value corporate, commercial, criminal, maritime, banking, construction, real estate, insurance, family, employment, and rent disputes. She is additionally licensed to appear before all courts in the United Arab Emirates, including the Federal Supreme Court, Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

Ms. Khairallah is an active member of the International Chamber of Commerce, UAE National Committee for ICC, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dubai International Arbitration Center, Legal Practitioners of DIFC Courts, Dubai Business Women Council, Amnesty International, Emirates Human Rights Association, Abu Dhabi Business Women Council, German & Emirate Business Council.

Gautam Bhatikar

Partner; ALMT Legal

Gautam Bhatikar is a Partner at ALMT Legal, and is based at the firm’s office in Mumbai, India.

Mr. Bhatikar heads the Shipping, Energy, Insurance and Oil & Gas practice at ALMT Legal. He has vast experience in advising on international Business, Emerging Markets, Employment Laws, Corporate & Commercial Transaction, Real Estate, Corporate, Civil and Commercial Disputes, Arbitrations and Alternate Dispute Resolution. Mr. Bhatikar has advised on significant matters both in conventional energy as well as renewable energy. He has also advised on transactions relating to setting-up of power plants, IPPs, construction of transmission facilities etc in addition to his corporate-commercial disputes practice.

His Admiralty and Maritime practice includes both dry and wet shipping. During his professional career, he has acted for ship owners, charterers, ship building and ship repair yards, terminals and ports, hull & cargo insurers, P & I & Defence Clubs, salvage & tug companies, handlers, shipbuilders, bunker suppliers, etc. He has also advised clients on disputes pertaining to bills of lading, charter parties, carriage of goods by sea, ship building and ship repair contacts, PPP projects, limitation of liability, collision, salvage, general average and marine pollution.

Mr. Bhatikar is a board member of the Indo-Arab and Indo-African Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bhatikar closely works with Indian Corporates and advises on international business transactions especially in emerging markets. He has advised several indian Companies in their venture into the African and Middle Eastern Region and also advised foreign Companies setting up in India.

Pedro Abad

Partner; San Simon & Duch

Pedro Abad is a Partner at the law firm San Simon & Duch, responsible of the South of Spain area and is based at the firm’s office in Seville and Algeciras, Spain

His areas of expertise are maritime, transport and insurance Law. He deals with all kind of transactions, litigation and claims involving the interests of insurance companies as well as with the defense and representation of P&I clubs.

In the academic field, he is a teacher of the Master's degree in Law Practice at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide of Seville. He also teaches insurance Law in postgraduate courses at the Universidad de Cádiz and ASIDEM (Association of Maritime Law Researchers)

He is a member of the Spanish Branch of the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law for which he was the chairman during 2007-2009; member of IBA, Shipping Comitee, and member of the Spanish Association of Lawyers specialized in Civil Liability and Insurance.

Vinita Bahri-Mehra

Director- Asia Pacific;
Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter

Vinita Bahri-Mehra is the Director- Asia Pacific Team Leader of Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, and is based at the firm’s office in Columbus, USA.

Ms. Mehra counsels corporate clients regarding a broad range of complex national and international corporate transactions and intellectual property issues. Further, she represents numerous U.S. companies in international transactions on a wide variety of legal issues, including outsourcing agreements, joint ventures, greenfield projects, brownfield projects, logistics and distribution restructuring, exporting overseas, tax structuring, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, investment and divestment issues, technology transfer, licensing, intellectual property protection, and management and operational strategies. She also counsels non-U.S. companies on the legal and tax issues pertaining to undertaking new or expanding business operations in the U.S. Ms. Mehra also advises companies on federal trade compliance issues such as export control regulations, FCPA and more.

As leader of the firm’s Global Education practice initiative, Ms. Mehrahas led dozens of education projects for institutions across the country doing business in nearly twenty of the world’s leading markets. She is savvy in guiding public universities through the complex regulatory and funding process involved in global expansion and is deeply experienced in leading private universities beyond their initial vision and onward to goal realization.

Apart from being honoured and awarded by various forums for her professional work, Ms. Mehra was rated as a Foreign Expert in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions by Chambers USA, in 2015.

Esben Kjaer

Partner; Plesner
Esben Kjaer is a Partner at the law firm Plesner, and is based at the firm’s office in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mr. Kjaer is a corporate lawyer,and specialises in transactions in the fields of energy, infrastructure and transport, and has extensive experience in operating agreements with public contracting entities.

During his career,Mr. Kjaer has been engaged in numerous transactions and is often used as a negotiator in the establishment or termination of investments and joint ventures.He has great ability in negotiating and communicating solutions, in a complex environment, involving a wealth of competences in the firm’s various practice areas.

Mr. Kjaer has received various accolades for his professional work and has been regularly featured as a leading individual in various publications over the years.

Su Yin Anand

Partner; Ince & Co

Su Yin Anand is a Partner at Ince & Co, and is based at the firm’s office in Hong Kong.

Ms. Anand specialises in shipping, international trade and commodities, and general commercial dispute resolution. She also has a special focus on regulatory work, which includes international sanctions.

She has extensive experience in advising clients on charter-party disputes, carriage of goods by sea and cargo claims, ship sale and purchase disputes and asset recovery actions. She is also known for her expertise in debt enforcements including those arising from cross border insolvency situations.

Her international trade and commodities practices covers all aspects including advising on disputes arising from the sale and purchase of mines, off-take agreements and general international sale of goods. She is also well versed in handling letter of credit disputes, fraud and mis-selling of financial instructions.

Ms. Anand has received various accolades for her professional work including being nominated and shortlisted as a finalist for the “Rising Star for Litigation” at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014, and was named as the Lloyd’s List Next Generation 2015, in which she was one of the 10 shipping professionals named in Asia.

Howard B Miller

Member; Girardi | Keese

Howard B Miller is a member at Girardi | Keese and is based at the firm’s office in Los Angeles, and heads the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice.

Mr. Miller specializes in the areas of patent, copyright and other intellectual property litigation, anti-trust laws, and general complex commercial litigation. Among his many successful cases, his patent cases have included outstanding results in technologies as different as cancer radiation therapy and GPS location technology for cell phones. He has successfully argued one of the most important recent U.S. intellectual property cases, including the Montz v. Pilgrims Films and NBC Universal, 649 F.3d 975, (9th Circ., 2011), Cert Denied, 181 L.Ed. 2d 410 (2011).

Mr. Miller served as the 85th President of the State Bar of California in 2009-2010. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

Mr. Miller has over the years received several awards and honours for his professional work, including, being the recipient of the, Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles Chapter, 2011. He has also been voted as the "Top 100 Lawyers in Los Angeles", by Los Angeles Business Journal, etc.

He is also a member of various committees and associations in the field of law.

Ms. Anand has received various accolades for her professional work including being nominated and shortlisted as a finalist for the “Rising Star for Litigation” at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014, and was named as the Lloyd’s List Next Generation 2015, in which she was one of the 10 shipping professionals named in Asia.

Christian Dwyer

Partner; Ince & Co LLP

Christian Dwyer is a Partner at Ince& Co LLP, and is based at the firm’s office in London.

Mr. Dwyer’s practice covers shipping, energy & offshore and international trade. He is a member of the firm’s India team and travels both there and to the Middle East regularly.

Mr. Dwyer’s practice covers shipping, energy & offshore and international trade. He is a member of the firm’s India team and travels both there and to the Middle East regularly.

Christian has long experience across the full range of admiralty work, including collisions, salvage, total losses, wreck removal, pollution, liabilities, groundings and shipboard fires, as well as with complex multijurisdictional disputes. He is particularly active in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and India.

Mr. Dwyer has acted for a number of offshore energy contractors and operators. He advises on the construction and operation of state-of-the-art drill ships, offshore drilling units and production platforms. He has successfully dealt with a number of large-scale offshore construction disputes relating to issues involving design changes, cost overruns and warranty claims. Christian regularly assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for offshore drilling projects and he has also drafted bespoke turnkey supply and drilling contracts.

Alfred Majamanda

Partner; Mbendera& Nkhono Associates

Alfred Majamanda is the Partner of Mbendera&Nkhono Associates, and is based at the firm’s office in Malawi.

Mr. Majamanda is the Business Development Partner at the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a Senior State Advocate in the Ministry of Justice.

He has the experience and training in conducting high profile cases in International Commercial Arbitration. He also specialises in civil litigation, commercial related disputes, Employment Law, Insurance Law, Media Law, etc, drafting of land and trade related instruments. He also specialises drafting loan agreements and related legal aspects of financing, and international commercial law.

He is a member of the Centre for Alternatives for Victimized Women and Children and Civil Liberties Committee where he offers free legal advice to needy people. He is a registered Notary Public, and on the board of several companies and organizations in Malawi .

Andrew Lee

Partner; Hill Dickinson LLP

Andrew Lee is a Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP, and is an experienced maritime disputes and arbitration specialist. Since the inception of Hill Dickinson’s Singapore office in 2009, where Andrew is based, he has been primarily responsible for the office’s dry shipping,international trade and arbitration practice and has built up a strong team in conjunction with the other partners.

Andrew has practised in the shipping and arbitration field since he qualified in 2003. From 2003 – 2005, Andrew worked in the firm’s(former) Dubai office. There he was engaged in a variety of disputes on all aspects of ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ shipping matters, including but not limited to casualty work, charterparty and bill of lading disputes, ship repair and offshore disputes. Andrew returned to London in 2005, gaining greater arbitration experience and beginning to build a substantial maritime arbitration practice.

Since moving to Singapore in 2009, Andrews has had conduct of matters involving arbitration and court disputes in numerous jurisdictions including Singapore, London, Perth (Australia), Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai, Texas and Copenhagen. Andrew has built up and works with a strong network of correspondent lawyers in these jurisdictions.

With his colleagues, Andrew regularly provides numerous workshops in Singapore and Hong Kong across a range of topics in his practice areas.

Ziad A. Najm

Founding Partner; Albert Najm and Ziad Najm Law

Ziad A. Najm is one of the founding Partners of Albert Najm and ZiadNajm Law, and is based at the firm’s office in Lebanon.

Mr. Najm specializes in all aspects of marine litigation in particular relating to cargo claims, charter party disputes, sale and purchase disputes, shipbuilding disputes, general average claims, commercial litigation and international trade.

He has represented a wide range of international clients, such as ship-owners and operators, charterers, insurance companies, protecting and indemnity clubs, trading companies, recovery agents, ports operators, and diverse businesses.

L. Chidi Ilogu

Senior Partner; Foundation Chambers

L. Chidi Ilogu, is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is the Senior Partner in Foundation Chambers, a foremost maritime law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, and has over 40 years’ experience in legal practice.

Mr. Ilogu specializes in Shipping & Maritime law, including sale and purchase of ships, ship financing & mortgages. He acts for various Shipping Companies, Terminal Operators and P&I Clubs and also consults from time to time for the National Assembly, the Federal Ministry of Transport and the major maritime parastatals in Nigeria, on maritime policies and legislation.

He is a Consultant to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on legal matters; member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), International Bar Association (IBA) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He is the Second Vice President of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria. He is the Author of Essays on Maritime Law and Practice and has published several Articles in local and international journals on Shipping and Maritime Law.