The current ‘Profiles in Arbitration’ is devoted to the remarkably accomplished and esteemed J. William Rowley, former Chairman of McMillan LLP.
Since his retirement from McMillian in 2009, William has retained the role of Special Counsel as well as that of Chairman Emeritus. During his time at McMillan, William drove the development of the firm’s arbitral specialization. In 2002, he became a part of 20 Essex Street, a highly reputable set of chambers specializing in international arbitration, as an independent international arbitrator.
From the time of his election to the Bar of Ontario, William has practiced in the areas of commercial law, project disputes relating to infrastructure, investment disputes, EU and competition law, corporate governance and arbitration law.
In addition to being listed as a prominent figure within the field of international arbitration in European and North American professional guides, William is acknowledged as both an author and lecturer on international competition law and policy.
William has served as the chairman of the International Bar Association in addition to the IBA Antitrust and trade committee. Additionally, he has served as a member of the LCIA Court as well as acting on the board of directors of both LCIA and LCIA India. William also acts as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Throughout his many years of experience, William has either chaired or taken part as a tribunal member or counsel in numerous arbitrations on both a national and global scale that have included, to some extent, an involvement of national laws and systems about investment agreements. He currently acts as the chairman of the editorial board of the Global Arbitration Review as well as the general editor of Arbitration World – Jurisdictional Comparisons, The European Lawyer, Reference Series.
To add to his several achievements, William has served as editor-in-chief and founder of Business Law International in addition to acting as a member of the editorial panel of the Competition Policy Record.