Advisory Board

The Best Lawyers Board of Advisors is an esteemed group of distinguished legal professionals from around the world. Almost 400 organizations are currently represented including leaders from many of the world's preeminent law firms and general counsel from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies.

  • 440 Members

  • 390 Lawyers

  • 45 Corporate Counsel

  • 397 Organizations

  • 61 Countries

Advisory Board Spotlight

Chris Ewing is a consultant in the Corporate and Commercial practice.Chris is also Chairman of the Board of DLA Piper Africa. 
András Szecskay is the Founder and Managing Partner of Szecskay Attorneys at Law, a law firm with an international clientele and scope of activities. He specializes in M&A, corporate and project finance, litigation/arbitration, IP. 

Gary McDiarmid is CEO of Russell McVeagh, a 250 lawyer firm, with a total staff of over 400 shared across our Auckland and Wellington offices. The firm won 4 awards, was nominated for Managing Partner/CEO of the Year and was the only New Zealand firm nominated for the Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year by the ALB Australasian Law Awards 2010.

Gary is a forward thinking and inclusive CEO determined to continue developing a sustainable and diverse workforce. He is proud of the firm’s commitment to supporting a welcoming workplace, and was a driver behind the firm's recent achievement of the Rainbow Tick certification. In addition, Gary is an active member of Global Women and the CEO Champions for Change group.

Gary is an active and visible contributor to New Zealand's legal profession. He was the only New Zealander nominated for law firm leader of the year at the Australasian Law Awards, a finalist in the New Zealand “Walk the Talk” category at the 2016 Diversity Works Awards, and shortlisted for Managing Partner of the Year at the 2016 New Zealand Law Awards.

Sietze Hepkema

Chief Governance and Compliance Officer

SBM Offshore

Sietze Hepkema joined SBM as Chief Governance and Compliance Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining SBM, he was a partner of Allen & Overy, a prestigious international law firm, from 1987 to 2011 and before that of Graham & James . Sietze has decades of experience advising companies on matters of coporate governance and corporate finance.
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Advisory Board Meeting

Bringing together the distinguished members of the Best Lawyers Advisory Board for discussions about management of law firms and in-house legal departments.

  • Wednesday - Thursday

    May 11 - 12, 2016

    Event Starts at 1:00 PM

  • Metropolitan Opera House

    30 Lincoln Center Plaza

    New York, NY 10023

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