Brenda Horrigan is a partner with Herbert Smith Freehills, based in Sydney, and heads HSF’s Australian arbitration practice. She specialises in international arbitration, with a particular focus on disputes involving emerging markets, and has worked from the US, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai prior to Sydney.
Brenda acts as counsel on complex international commercial and investment treaty arbitration matters conducted under a wide variety of arbitration rules, assists with enforcement of arbitral awards, and also sits as arbitrator.
Early in her career Brenda spent a number of years as a transactional lawyer, an experience that provides valuable insight for clients into the underlying commercial and contractual aspects of the disputes on which she advises.
Brenda has published numerous articles and spoken at many conferences and seminars on both arbitration and the challenges of investments in emerging markets. She is the past co-chair of the China Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law, and served for several years as Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School (Shanghai campus). She currently serves on the Board of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).
She is fluent in English, French and Russian, and speaks elementary Mandarin.