Haig Oghigian, FCIArb, is an international arbitrator, mediator and counsel. Focusing his practice on international dispute resolution, he has acted in over 100 high profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and North America. Foreign Registered Lawyer in Japan, Haig has developed a unique expertise in ADR and in counselling foreign clients doing business in Asia during his twenty-year residency in Tokyo. Now Canada-based, he is active in a wide array of commercial disputes occurring in Asia and is in a favourable position to guide companies with their business ventures there. Haig's long-standing experience is in demand in contentious issues in M&A, joint ventures, licensing and distribution agreements and construction and engineering contracts. He has particularly advised pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on a wide range of issues, with an emphasis on government relations and regulatory matters.
Haig is fluent in English, French and Japanese and has conducted arbitration and mediation in those languages. Widely regarded as a leading figure in international commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, he is consistently ranked highly by his peers and his clients in the most reputable international legal publications including Chambers, Legal 500, GAR and Asia Law 500. He is widely published in various journals and is the author and editor of The Law of Commerce in Japan (Prentice Hall). Before working in private practice in Japan, Haig began his career in Tokyo as the Legal Economic Officer at the Canadian Embassy.