Haig Oghigian is senior counsel at the Tokyo office of Squire Patton Boggs. He is a graduate of McGill University, attended graduate studies at Harvard University, has a diploma in Japanese language studies from the Foreign Service Institute and a diploma in international commercial arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Keble College, Oxford. He is admitted to practise in Japan (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) and is a barrister and solicitor, British Columbia, Canada. Haig began his career in Japan as the legal economic officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. He returned to private practice in Japan in 2000. His practice is focused on international dispute resolution and advises on a wide range of issues in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, with an emphasis on government relations and regulatory matters. He has acted as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in more than 100 cases, including high-profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and the US. He is consistently highly ranked by the leading rating institutions including Chambers, 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).
Class actions and major group litigation can be a seismic event not only for large commercial entities but for whole industries. Their reach and impact mean they are one of the few types of claim that have become truly global in both importance and scope.