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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. He co-leads the firm’s Latin America Practice Group.

Dr. Prager has represented parties in numerous arbitrations throughout the world under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA, 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 complex investment projects, investment treaties, energy and mining projects, oil & gas projects, the retail sector, the finance sector, sovereign debt, and distribution agreements. Dr. Prager also regularly sits as arbitrator.

Dr. Prager is ranked among the leading international arbitration practitioners by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 Latin America, Benchmark Litigation and Who’s Who Legal. He has been described as “brilliant,” “outstanding” and an “excellent lawyer.” The publications have highlighted his “impressive work and responsiveness to clients’ needs,” his “great depth of analysis,” his “great ability to manage stressful situations” and his “vast linguistic ability” and observed that “clients speak highly of his qualities, saying ‘He’s dynamic, intelligent, accessible and knowledgeable.’”

Dr. Prager is a vice-chair and member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC). He also serves as a member of the Vance Center Committee, the governing body of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. He is a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (CBAr), the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALArb), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Club Español de Arbitraje and the American Society of International Law.

Dr. Prager 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.

Dr. Prager’s recent representations include:

  • A South American construction company in an ICC arbitration against a major oil & gas company arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of an FPSO.
  • A South American Shipyard in an ICC arbitration against a major oil & gas company arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of the lower hull of a semi-submersible platform.
  • A power company in a construction dispute with an Asian contractor arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a thermal power plant in a South American State.
  • A power company in a construction dispute with an international consortium arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a hydroelectric plant in a South American State.
  • An owner in a dispute with a contractor arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a wind farm.
  • A major U.S. construction company in an ICC arbitration in a dispute arising out of a subcontract regarding the construction of a fertilizer plant.
  • The Australian investor Tethyan Copper Company in parallel arbitrations arising from a copper-gold project against the Government of Balochistan under a contract, and the Government of Pakistan under the Australia-Pakistan Bilateral Investment Treaty
  • The founder of a leading Brazilian retail company in three ICC arbitrations seated in São Paulo against a European joint venture partner regarding control of the company.
  • A major U.K. Investment fund in an ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo regarding an investment in a restructured Brazilian consumer products business. The representation also included coordination of litigation proceedings in Brazil, Bermuda and Uruguay.
  • LafargeHolcim Ltd. in an ICSID proceeding against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under a bilateral investment treaty for the expropriation of its Venezuelan subsidiary, in which LafargeHolcim recovered some US$650 million.
  • Government of Mexico in Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States) before the International Court of Justice, in which the ICJ rendered a judgment finding violation

 

Dietmar W. Prager is associated with the following items:
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