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Javier H. Rubinstein

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Partner, King & Spalding LLP

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International arbitration practitioner for 30 years of experience, natively fluent in Spanish and English, combining international dispute resolution expertise both as external counsel and as a former Global General Counsel of PwC.

Javier Rubinstein regularly handles high-profile international commercial and investment arbitrations, representing clients from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia in complex disputes before such institutions as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Javier was previously Vice Chairman and Global General Counsel of the PricewaterhouseCoopers network of firms spanning 157 countries. As Global General Counsel of PwC, Javier was involved in a wide variety of commercial, regulatory and other disputes all over the world, enhancing his ability to bring a client-focused perspective aimed at solving clients’ problems. A native of Argentina raised in the U.S. and trained as a U.S. trial lawyer, Javier regularly handles arbitration and litigation matters in both English and Spanish. Javier is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is ranked by Chambers USA 2020 as one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the U.S., noting that he “understands the business perspective of an issue” and “is particularly well placed to act for investors in treaty matters.” He also has been cited by Chambers for his “marvelous ability to translate the client’s position into the language of international arbitration,” “a very sophisticated cross-examiner” equally “effective with the written word,” and that “being fluent in Spanish accentuates the decidedly international edge to Rubinstein’s practice, whereby he has acted for U.S., Latin American, European and Asian clients.” Since 1996, Javier has served as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, teaching seminars on U.S. Supreme Court litigation, international commercial arbitration and managing legal risk in a global economy.