David W Rivkin

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David W Rivkin, co-chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s inter­national dispute resolution group and a litigation partner in the New York and London offices, has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration. He has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution. Mr Rivkin also represents companies in transnational litigation in the US, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements. His recent successes include winning US$2.3 billion on behalf of Occidental Petroleum Company in a BIT arbitration against Ecuador – Global Arbitration Review named it ‘The Most Important Published Decision of 2012’, and American Lawyer selected it as ‘2013 Global Dispute of the Year – Investment Arbitration’. Mr Rivkin also won (with Debevoise partner Chris Tahbaz) one of the largest ICC arbitration awards ever, worth approximately US$750 million, in his representation of Hyundai Heavy Industries. Global Arbitration Review called this the ‘Arbitration Win of 2010’.Mr Rivkin is consistently ranked worldwide as a top international dispute resolution practitioner. In 2012, American Lawyer’s Am Law Litigation Daily named him one of two ‘Global Lawyers of the Year’. In 2011, the National Law Journal named him one of the country’s ‘Most Influential Attorneys’. He is identified as one of the top 11 international arbitration practitioners worldwide in Chambers Global (2013), which recognises his ‘big following and incredible profile’. Chambers Latin America (2013) states: ‘He is one of the best arbitrators in the international community.’

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