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Dietmar W. Prager

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Dietmar W. Prager is a litigation partner in the firm's New York office who focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation with a particular emphasis on Latin America.

Dr. Prager has represented parties in numerous arbitrations throughout the world under the auspices of ICSID, the ICC, the AAA and ICDR, and the PCA as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He was also one of the youngest lawyers ever to argue before the International Court of Justice.

Dr. Prager's recent representations include disputes involving bilateral investment treaties, mining ventures, the retail sector, the finance sector, the media sector, sovereign debt, and distribution agreements.

Dr. Prager is ranked among the leading international arbitration practitioners by Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America (2011, 2012 and 2013) and in Legal 500 Latin America (2012). Chambers Latin America (2011) highlighted his "impressive work and responsiveness to clients' needs."

Dr. Prager is also active in the firm's White Collar practice and has played a senior role in the firm's representation of Siemens AG's Audit Committee in connection with a world-wide investigation into possible corrupt payments to government officials; and of Ferrostaal AG's Audit Committee in an extensive internal compliance investigation relating to allegations of corruption and other wrongdoing in several jurisdictions.

Dr. Prager is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and served as the first chair of ITA's Americas Initiative. He co-chairs ITA's 25th Anniversary Workshop to be held in June 2013. Dr. Prager is also a member of the Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (CBAr), the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALArb) and its Committee for Relations to Other International Organizations, the ICDR Translation Committee, the IBA, the Club Español de Arbitraje and the American Society of International Law. He is also a member of the list of practitioners of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre.

Dr. Prager serves as Special Rapporteur for ICSID for kluwerarbitration.com. He is the author of several articles and blogs on international arbitration, international courts and tribunals, international procedural law, as well as Latin-American integration, and speaks regularly at international arbitration conferences.

Dr. Prager is a member of the bar of New York. Prior to joining Debevoise in September 2000, Dr. Prager served as Legal Officer at the Registry of the International Court of Justice. He received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law, his Dr. iur. from University of Innsbruck and his Austrian law degree from University of Vienna.

Dr. Prager speaks German, English, Spanish and French and is proficient in Portuguese.

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