Debevoise Is Recognized in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for North America 2017

21 December 2017

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP was recognized by the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for North America 2017 as “Highly Commended” in the Driving Value category.

The report highlights the firm’s Protocol To Promote Cybersecurity in International Arbitration. Released in July 2017, the protocol addresses the threat cyberattacks can pose to the integrity of the international arbitration process and demonstrates the firm’s commitment to innovation. The report states: “The advantage of international arbitrations is that they are private and confidential for the parties. However, they are attractive hacking targets. The firm created an industry-wide cybersecurity protocol to address these threats, so the arbitration process can be protected.”

Debevoise has long been at the forefront of working to make international arbitration more efficient and secure. This important cyber effort reflects Debevoise’s commitment to counsel clients on the most critical issues in international arbitration. The procedures reflected in the Debevoise Cybersecurity Protocol are designed to improve the arbitration process while appropriately managing risks. These procedures are adaptable, so that parties, counsel and arbitral tribunals can use the flexibility inherent in international arbitration to develop procedures relevant and appropriate for each individual arbitration. The Debevoise Cybersecurity Protocol can be found here.

FT Innovative Lawyers North America 2017 is a rankings report and awards for North America-based lawyers. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top scoring submissions in each ranking. Over 530 submissions and nominations from 79 law firms and legal service providers were received, for 85 in-house legal teams. Research was conducted by RSG Consulting, which conducted interviews with over 600 clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts. Each entry is scored out of 10 for originality, leadership and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. We deliver effective solutions to our clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.