Hogan Lovells expands International Arbitration Leadership Team, sharpening focus in the Asia-Pacific market

Press releases | 30 October 2023

30 October 2023 – Market-leading international arbitration lawyer Emerson Holmes, who joined Hogan Lovells last year from King & Spalding’s Singapore office (along with Patrick McPherson and Randall Walker, both in Dubai), has joined the firm’s International Arbitration (IA) Leadership Team. Holmes will be principally responsible for implementing Hogan Lovells’ strategy for its IA practice in South/SE Asia and the Middle East.

Holmes has been involved in some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets involving power plants, petrochemical plants, liquefied natural gas facilities, mines, railways, roads, and airports.

Holmes complements a global leadership team that has a strong and diverse representation across multiple sectors, regions, in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. The multicultural leadership team includes:

Holmes said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining the International Arbitration Leadership Team and I look forward to working with James Kwan and other members of the team to further build out our IA offering in AsiaPac, as well as continuing to expand our presence in the Middle East which I view as a crucial market. We know that the Middle East and Asia are important strategic hubs for many of our clients, and I plan to spend a considerable amount of time in both regions, especially in Singapore.” 

Hogan Lovells’ IA Leadership Team is led by Oliver (Ollie) Armas, who took the helm of the firm’s international arbitration practice in 2020. Under his tenure, the practice has continued to expand, building on its unique position among clients as a firm of choice for cross-border disputes that involve parties from multiple jurisdictions. 

Armas commented: “With our AsiaPac caseload growing considerably, it makes strategic sense to bring Emerson, with his years of construction and energy sector experience in the region, into our leadership team. Emerson also brings extensive experience in the Middle East, another focus for our practice. We continue to expand in markets where our clients are active, and Emerson will be key to helping us achieve those goals, especially in Singapore and the Middle East.”