Commercial Arbitration

For over four decades, Debevoise has maintained one of the world’s foremost commercial arbitration practices. Lawyers in the International Dispute Resolution Group have extensive experience handling all phases of the most complex and demanding commercial disputes, including advising on drafting arbitration clauses, developing dispute resolution strategies, conducting arbitration hearings and seeking recourse in national courts when necessary, with respect to enforcement of arbitration agreements, awards or provisional relief. Debevoise lawyers are multilingual, culturally diverse, and admitted to practice in a wide variety of jurisdictions.

Advocacy is at the core of the practice. Lawyers in the Group have appeared in every major arbitration institution, in over 90 jurisdictions around the world. They serve as arbitrators and play leading roles in major arbitration institutions and organizations. They have invaluable knowledge and insight about the process, secretariats, arbitrators and opposing counsel.

As key players in the field, Debevoise lawyers are at the forefront of developing creative solutions and ideas that improve the arbitration process. For example, the creation of the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Protocol to Promote Efficiency in International Arbitration, first published in 2010, has become the industry standard and sparked other law firms to follow suit.

Clients and peers recognize Debevoise, named in Band 1 for global-wide arbitration capabilities in Chambers Global, Practice Group of the year by Law360 in 2022, International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers USA Awards 2021, and International Arbitration Firm of the Year at the 2021 Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards.