Corporate and Securities
Whitney Debevoise is a Senior Partner in the firm's International practice with particular involvement in international financial transactions, public policy, international arbitration, multijurisdictional litigation, banking, and international trade. Mr. Debevoise rejoined Arnold & Porter LLP in 2010, having served as US Executive Director of the World Bank from 2007.
Mr. Debevoise has extensive experience in major international financial transactions and the capital markets, including five Brady Plan restructurings and other more recent sovereign restructurings (Belize, Greece, Argentina), numerous major privatizations, Eurobonds, and medium term note programs. He has handled significant International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitrations and served as an arbitrator in commercial and investor-state cases. In addition, Mr. Debevoise functions at the forefront of trade liberalization, advising with respect to World Trade Organization (WTO) accession and panel proceedings, and regional trade integration.
As US Executive Director of the World Bank, a presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed position, Mr. Debevoise represented the United States on the Boards of Directors of four institutions of the World Bank Group: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Association, the International Finance Corporation, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. In addition, he represented the United States at meetings of the Administrative Council of the World Bank Group's fifth institution, ICSID.
During Mr. Debevoise's tenure, the World Bank increased its financial operations significantly in response to the successive food, fuel, and global financial crises affecting developing countries. Mr. Debevoise had a leading role in capital increase and share realignment negotiations and participated in preparations for G-8 and G-20 summits.
Mr. Debevoise has written articles on securities regulation, WTO dispute resolution, debt restructuring, international banking, US export controls, and sovereign immunity. He has lectured at the Harvard and Yale Law Schools, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Hungarian Institute for the Training of Bankers.
Mr. Debevoise is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, with departmental honors in history and Latin American studies, and a graduate of Harvard Law School. He holds an honorary degree from the Vermont Law School.
Mr. Debevoise is fluent in French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Chambers Latin America: Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013-2015 for Capital Markets
Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 for International Arbitration (USA)
The Legal 500 Latin America 2012-2013 for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, and International Arbitration
Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013-2014 for Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013-2014 for Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (USA)
The Best Lawyers in America 2007 for International Arbitration and International Trade and Finance Law.
Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2007 for International practice
The Order of Rio Branco, Brazil's highest honor for foreigners
US Treasury Department Exceptional Service Award