Mr. David W. Rivkin

Immediate Past President

International Bar Association

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David W. Rivkin is Co-Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group and Immediate Past President of the International Bar Association (IBA).  Mr. Rivkin is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners and international lawyers in the world.  He has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution, and he has won some of the largest investment treaty and commercial arbitration awards.  Subjects of these arbitrations have included long-term energy and natural resources concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, financial issues, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others, and they have involved common law, civil law, and Islamic law systems. He also represents companies in transnational litigation in the US, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements.  He was the first American to serve as IBA President in 25 years.  He has authored many articles and frequently spoken about international arbitration and litigation, and in his role as IBA President about such topics as business and human rights, judicial integrity, climate change justice and the important role of lawyers in preserving the rule of law.  Mr. Rivkin has served in leadership roles in arbitration institutions on five continents, including formerly the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and he sits on many arbitration panels.  In 2012, the American Lawyer’s Am Law Litigation Daily named Mr. Rivkin one of two “Global Lawyers of the Year.” In 2011, the National Law Journal named him one of the country’s “Most Influential Attorneys.”