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Craig Celniker leads Morrison & Foerster’s global international arbitration and Asia dispute resolution practices. He has more than 25 years’ experience in international commercial litigation and arbitration, and 16 years of experience in commercial litigation and arbitration in Asia. Clients value Craig’s ability to assess difficult situations, strike the right tone and manage parties effectively. They describe him as “an exceptional strategist on both the legal and business levels”, “a world-class lawyer” and “highly experienced, knowledgeable and business-minded. His strategies make you feel safe”.
Craig represents clients from every continent and across diverse industries on their most challenging litigation issues. He is particularly well-versed in matters that involve Japan, China and Southeast Asia. His experience spans a wide range of commercial disputes and investigations before courts, administrative agencies and arbitral tribunals. He is well respected for his deep experience in IP litigation, and he regularly arbitrates IP disputes.
Craig has acted in more than 80 international arbitrations before the world’s leading tribunals. He advises clients on a wide range of arbitration issues including jurisdiction, the benefits of arbitration under different regimes, and the enforcement of awards. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, Shanghai International Arbitration Centre and the IP Panel of Arbitrators for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He is also a recommended international arbitrator for the Pacific International Arbitration Centre in Vietnam.
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