Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

International Arbitration Department

USA
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What the team is known for

Maintains its position at the forefront of the commercial and investment treaty arbitration market, acting for a wide range of multinational corporations and sovereign states. Offers a deep bench of experienced arbitration counsel, well versed in handling disputes conducted under the auspices of all major institutional rules as well as in those heard in ad hoc settings. Offers particular expertise in arbitrations involving Latin American parties, as well as increasing activity in disputes seated in Asia.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Amirfar is well regarded for her representation of sovereigns and multinational corporations in complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Fellow practitioners describe her as "incredibly accomplished" and note her "impressive skills" in arbitral disputes. Her credentials in the field are considerably burnished by her former role advising on international law in the US Department of State.

The "smart and talented" Christopher Tahbaz has noted expertise handling commercial arbitrations on behalf of both Asian and US-based multinational corporates. He co-chairs the firm's Asian litigation practice.

The "outstanding" David Rivkin has a market-leading practice as an advocate and arbitrator, garnering praise from interviewees who describe him as "one of the top figures in the field." He calls upon a wealth of experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitration matters, alongside notable expertise in public international law. He is based in the firm's New York and London offices.

According to clients, Dietmar Prager "comes with a practical approach and proposals that are easy to present to a board of directors." He assists clients with disputes in areas such as investment treaty violations, sovereign debt issues and energy and mining projects, with particular experience in Latin America-related matters.

Clients praise Donald Donovan as a "sophisticated thinker and a very trusted adviser," noting that "he is clearly a leading figure in the international arbitration market." He is held in high regard for his work as both an advocate and arbitrator, frequently appearing in high-profile commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Ina Popova is described by interviewees as "a rising star," and they note that "her demeanour in an arbitration is phenomenal." She is known for her work with corporates, states and individuals in arbitrations arising in the energy, media and mining sectors.

Mark Friedman frequently represents leading corporate clients in complex international arbitrations arising in the construction, energy and mining sectors, among others. One client reports: "He is one of the most talented, thoughtful and strategic people I have ever worked with. He has extensive experience in this area, and his insight and experience was invaluable to our team."