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International Arbitration: Woods Expands its Global Reach With the Addition of Haig Oghigian


Woods is pleased to announce that Haig Oghigian, FCIArb, a prominent international arbitrator, mediator and counsel, is joining the firm as senior counsel. With a practice devoted to international dispute resolution, Haig is a tremendous addition to our highly regarded international arbitration team.

A Foreign Registered Lawyer in Japan and member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Mr. Oghigian returns to Canada after twenty years of private practice in Japan where he developed a unique expertise in contentious issues and disputes related to the Asia-Pacific market and practical experience advising foreign clients doing business in the region. He has acted in over 100 high profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and North America. Additionally, his service as as a foreign service officer with the Department of External Affairs including as 1st Secretary at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo from 1986 to 1991 and his in-depth knowledge of corporate practice and regulatory policies across many Asian jurisdictions are aspects of his unique background offering 40 years’ experience to our clients.

“Respected for his international commercial and dispute resolution expertise, Haig’s addition to our team greatly expands the experience and scope of our international arbitration practice in the Asia-Pacific region”, says Stephen L. Drymer, head of the firm’s international arbitration practice.

“We are very proud to welcome Haig to our firm. Widely regarded for his commercial expertise and his experience in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, Haig complements perfectly our dedicated international arbitration team and our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our work”, commented Caroline Biron, Managing Partner.

The firm and its renowned international arbitration team, led by Stephen L. Drymer and consisting of highly distinguished arbitrators, mediators, litigators (James A. Woods, Joseph R. Nuss, Bogdan Catanu, Louis Seveno, Alex Dobrota and Laurence Ste-Marie), are proud to provide an in-depth service offer to their clients.

About Woods

Woods is the foremost litigation, arbitration and insolvency boutique in Montreal, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise. Woods is ranked as a leading litigation firm by the Lexpert, Chambers Global and Benchmark Canada directories.