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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States

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Ina C. Popova is a partner in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, and her practice focuses on international arbitration, international litigation and public international law. 


Ms. Popova is recognized within the legal community as one of the top international lawyers of her generation. She sits as arbitrator and serves as counsel in a broad range of international matters and has particular experience in the energy, mining, and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Fluent in several languages, Ms. Popova leads matters in English, Spanish and French, and she regularly handles complex disputes arising out of Latin America and Africa. She also advises investment firms and asset managers in evaluating investments in international claims or arbitration awards.


Over the course of her career, Ms. Popova has represented individuals, corporations and states in a broad range of disputes under the rules of all of the major arbitral institutions, as well as several regional institutions. She also advises parties in international litigations involving proceedings in foreign and domestic courts and has represented parties before the federal and state courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.

She is a member of the bar in Paris and in New York and is admitted to appear before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 


Ms. Popova speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Bulgarian.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

(Next Generation Partners)

Ina PopovaDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

One of the best in the business‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution group fields an impressive team to handle a full range of cross-border litigation. Andrew Ceresney and Mary Beth Hogan jointly lead the predominantly New York-based team which includes the ‘formidableCatherine Amirfar, Donald Donovan and David Rivkin, who all combine cross-border litigation, international arbitration and public international law expertise and enforcement experience. The group has a strong reputation for litigation involving white-collar crime allegations and international investigations, for which Ceresney, Hogan, Andrew Levine, Bruce Yannett and Washington DC-based David O’Neil are noted. It also boasts a strong intellectual property litigation practice while Ina Popova focuses on energy, mining and TMT sector litigation.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

Ina PopovaDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

A longstanding force in complex arbitrations, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is widely admired for its impressive bench strength, with sources quick to assert that with this firm, ‘you do not hire an arbitration star, you hire a star team‘. A go-to firm globally, it is routinely selected by multinational corporations, states, NGOs and individuals to advise on the full range of international commercial arbitrations, investment treaty arbitrations and public international law cases. Equally adept in representing claimants and respondents, the group’s comprehensive experience spans all major arbitration rules and all industry areas. International disputes specialist Catherine Amirfarseems to do a week’s worth of work every day‘ and successfully defended the government of the Republic of Iraq in two separate arbitral proceedings totaling over $1bn. Ina Popova has ‘more talent in her little finger than in some entire law firms‘ and acted alongside Amirfar to co-lead the group’s defense of Iraq in the arbitration brought by Agility Public Warehousing Company. Mark W. Friedman is a ‘top-class strategist‘ and recently secured a $390m award for Perenco Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador. Other key names include Dietmar Prager, who has an ‘unparalleled capability to deal with foreign law matters‘, the ‘innovativeDavid W. Rivkin  and Caribbean practice group co-chair Natalie Reid. The firm also fields a talented band of rising stars including Floriane Lavaud (‘impeccable and greatly motivated‘) and Laura Sinisterra. Former group co-chair Donald Donovan retired from active practice at the end of 2021.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

Ina PopovaDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

The ‘hard-working, high-quality attorneys’ in Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution practice handle all major sets of arbitration rules, providing multinational corporations, sovereigns, international organisations and individuals with support in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration matters. The practice has a strong presence in Latin America, securing significant awards for clients across a broad range of industries, including energy and natural resources, mining, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. The Latin American practice is led by the New York-based trio of Dietmar Prager , who displays ‘exceptional intelligence’; Mark W. Friedman  has some 20 years’ experience and is a former Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration; and Catherine Amirfar. In addition, the group has recourse to the extensive experience of veteran arbitration practitioner David W. Rivkin  , who divides his time between New York and London. Furthermore, the deep bench also houses an array of younger talent, including energy, mining and telecommunications expert Ina Popova  and London-based energy specialist Samantha Rowe. In addition Laura Sinisterra, who clients note is ‘very good at dealing with experts and witnesses’, was raised to the partnership in 2022; and young triple-qualified (Brazil, New York, England & Wales) associate Guilherme Recena Costa is undoubtedly an up-and-comer of note. Donald Francis Donovan retired from his of counsel position in August 2022 after over 35 years at the firm, subsequently taking up a role as an independent arbitrator at Arbitration Chambers.