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Ina C. Popova

Ina C. Popova

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA

Ina C. Popova is a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group and is based in New York. Ms. Popova is admitted to the Paris and New York Bars and also holds degrees in English law. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, complex litigation and public international law. She has particular experience in the mining and energy sectors, in which she regularly handles multi-billion-dollar disputes involving commercial and public international law issues across a variety of jurisdictions.

Ms. Popova is dual-qualified in civil law and common law and she frequently handles contentious matters in Spanish and French. She has advised extensively on the interpretation of investment instruments, international sanctions regimes, the interaction between international law and domestic law, the interpretation and enforcement of concession agreements, international commodities contracts, the impact of regulatory change on investor rights, complex shareholder disputes, and comparative law issues. She represents private clients and States in arbitrations governed by various substantive laws and conducted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, ICSID and UNCITRAL, and in court proceedings in federal and state courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court. She also has experience in cross-border white collar issues and works on a variety of pro bono matters, including consular rights, asylum, and other human rights cases. In 2009, she was recognized by the New York State Bar Association’s “The Good We Do” campaign for her pro bono representation of a family facing eviction.

Ms. Popova has taught law at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and is a Fellow of the Société de Législation Comparée. She is a regular speaker at arbitration events and is a rapporteur for the ASIL-ICCA Joint Task Force on Issue Conflicts in Investor-State Arbitration. Ms. Popova's recent publications include “Can State Counterclaims Salvage Investment Arbitration?,” World Arbitration and Mediation Review (2014 Vol. 8, No. 2), “Arbitrator Challenges in Investment Arbitration: Recent Developments,” Arbitration Quarterly (April, 2014), “Protection for Foreign Investors – How to Safeguard Against Regulatory Change,” Caribbean Corporate Counsel Journal (Winter, 2013), “Bridging the Atlantic Divide? US Court Enforces Annulled Award,” Arbitration Quarterly (December, 2013), “International Arbitration in Africa: Round-Up of Recent Developments,” Arbitration Quarterly (December, 2013), and Terminologie Contractuelle Commune – European Contract Law (2008), available in French and English.

In addition to graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and from the University of Cambridge, Ms. Popova received her B.A. (Hons.)(Cantab.) with First Class Honors in Law (Double Maîtrise) from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, and her Maîtrise en droit comparé, mention droits anglais et français with high honors from the Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She is a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and was a Hollond Fund Scholar at Harvard Law School.

Ms. Popova is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian, speaks basic Portuguese, and is a native Bulgarian speaker. She has served on a number of arbitration associations and committees, including the Arbitration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators of the Civil Court of the City of New York. She is admitted to practice in Paris and to appear before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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