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David W. Rivkin

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


David W. Rivkin has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration. He has handled international arbitrations, involving energy, joint ventures, investment treaties and other issues, throughout the world, including many in Asia, and before virtually every major arbitration institution. Mr. Rivkin also represents Asian, European and Latin American companies in  transnational litigation in the United States, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements. Mr. Rivkin holds many positions with international organizations, including as Secretary General of the International Bar Association; President of the North American Users' Council of the LCIA; and a member of the Boards of the Singapore International Arbitration Center and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. He is on the panels of many arbitration institutions. He served as one of the Court of Arbitration for Sport arbitrators at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and at the 2002 and 2004 Olympics in Salt Lake City and Athens. Mr. Rivkin is one of the top seven international arbitration practitioners worldwide ranked in Chambers Global (2010). He is also consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners in the world by other leading publications.

Mr. Rivkin's recent representations include:
- Hyundai Heavy Industries in winning an ICC arbitration award worth approximately $750 million in a dispute involving shareholders rights and governance decisions in a Korean oil refinery company jointly owned by claimants and respondents. 
- Occidental Petroleum Corporation in winning over $100 million in damages in a BIT arbitration resulting from Ecuador's failure to refund VAT payments to Occidental through 2003 and in its subsequent ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, filed on May 17, 2006. The second filing was made two days after Ecuador terminated all of Occidental's exploration and production rights and seized all of its assets in the country, worth significantly more than $3 billion.
- Kenneth Dart and EM against the government of Argentina over defaulted bonds in litigation in federal court in New York, in which he successfully secured a judgment in excess of $700 million.
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