New York, NY, October 25, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Dewey Ballantine LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that Robert de By has joined the firm to lead its International Arbitration practice. Mr. de By, who joins the firm as partner, resides in New York and will work out of the New York and London offices.
“We are very excited that Robert is joining the firm to lead our international arbitration efforts,” said Harvey Kurzweil, Co-Chairman of Dewey Ballantine’s Litigation Department. “The increasingly complex litigation needs of our existing multinational client base makes Robert’s arrival a significant step in continuing to meet their global needs. Robert is widely recognized for his in-depth knowledge of national and international legal systems in a wide range of business sectors. His expertise and leadership will be invaluable to our growth in this vital area of business.”
With more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international arbitrations and trans-national litigation, Mr. de By has represented clients in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Caribbean with complex cross-border contractual, business, investment and other multi-jurisdictional disputes. His clients include, among others, financial services, communications, oil, media, insurance, travel, manufacturing and electronics organizations.
Prior to joining Dewey Ballantine, Mr. de By, after starting his career at Sullivan & Cromwell, practiced in both New York and Europe. He has represented multinationals in the U.S. and numerous overseas locations. His recent experience includes the defense of a Big Four accounting organization in the multi-billion dollar Parmalat litigation, the defense of a NASD-arbitration for a leading U.S. investment bank involving claims of nearly $40 million, and representations of multi-national Japanese and European banks concerning complex, high stakes securities litigations, and various disputes in the US, Europe and several off-shore regions.
“International arbitration and litigation oftentimes involve high stakes, complex trans-national disputes,” said Robert de By. “Dewey Ballantine’s litigation department stood out from its competitors with its impressive track record of trial experience and multinational client base. I look forward to leveraging my expertise and international knowledge in working closely with Dewey Ballantine’s litigators to serve the needs of our national and international clients with cross-border issues that require resolution.”
Mr. de By graduated with a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Amsterdam Law School in The Netherlands. He is a member of the New York State Bar (1st Department) and the Federal Bar (S.D.N.Y.). Mr. de By is fluent in Dutch and Flemish.
About Dewey Ballantine
Dewey Ballantine LLP, founded in 1909, is an international law firm with more than 550 attorneys located in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, East Palo Alto, Houston, Austin, London, Warsaw, Budapest, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome. Through its network of offices, the firm handles some of the largest, most complex corporate transactions, litigation and tax matters in such areas as M&A, private equity, project finance, corporate finance, corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, antitrust, intellectual property, sports law, structured finance and international trade. Industry specializations include energy and utilities, healthcare, insurance, financial services, media, consumer and industrial goods, consumer electronics, technology, telecommunications and transportation.