Arbitration & International Disputes

A Premier International Dispute Resolution Practice

The Legal 500 puts the Debevoise International Arbitration practice “in a class of its own in the U.S., and among the top 5 internationally.” The American Lawyer ranks it part of the “Litigation Department of the Year.”

The Debevoise International Dispute Resolution Group is a global leader with an extraordinary win record that has racked up some of the largest awards in the world for its clients. Indeed, Global Arbitration Review recently remarked, “If any team has consistently brought home “the big results,” it seems to be Debevoise.” In 2017, we handled more than 120 international matters, in over 30 countries, worth in excess of $64 billion. Spanning Debevoise’s New York, London, Paris, Moscow and Hong Kong offices, the practice’s lawyers are fluent in more than 30 languages and trained and qualified under a host of common law and civil law systems.

Lawyers in the practice handle a broad range of matters, including international commercial and treaty arbitration, public international law and complex commercial litigation. Just as diverse is its industry experience, which spans energy and natural resources, manufacturing, mining, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and many others.

Nine members of the team are ranked in one of the major directories, including two Debevoise partners who are among Chambers Global’s top 14 practitioners in the field for 2015. The Group also has a next generation of partners with remarkable talent and consistent world-class rankings. Debevoise lawyers hold leadership roles with virtually every major arbitration body in the world. They do not just know today’s law; they are shaping tomorrow’s.

Flexible in approach, cost-effective and readily able to adjust resources to changing circumstances, the practice can efficiently meet the full range of client needs in high-stakes matters. Debevoise’s Protocol to Promote Efficiency in International Arbitration, first issued in 2010, has now become an industry benchmark.

Debevoise’s collaborative culture gives clients the benefit of the full firm’s resources. Partners in the International Dispute Resolution Group work closely together on disputes, and seamlessly among offices and other practices inside the firm. In addition, the firm’s network of external contacts includes leading local counsel and other experts in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.