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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

International Dispute Resolution Group.


Samantha J. Rowe is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution and Business Integrity Groups whose practice focuses on international arbitration and public international law. Ms. Rowe has represented private clients and States across multiple jurisdictions (most notably, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe) in arbitrations governed by various substantive laws and conducted under the rules of the ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC, the ICC and the LCIA.

She has experience across a broad range of industries and sectors, including energy, mining, construction, financial services and pharmaceuticals. She advises clients on a broad range of international law issues, including the international protection of investments, and represents her clients in associated disputes.


Ms. Rowe is fluent in French and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, and frequently handles contentious matters involving these languages.


Ms. Rowe sits on the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Arbitration Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s Young & International Group. Ms. Rowe has previously served on the Board of Directors and the Program Committee of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and the Programme Committee for the American Society of International Law’s 2013 Annual General Meeting.


Ms. Rowe received her B.A. (Hons.) with First Class Honors in English Law and French Law from the University of Oxford, Wadham College, a Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français from the Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University. She was a scholar of Wadham College and received a Dean’s Graduate Award at NYU.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

(Next Generation Partners)

Samantha RoweDebevoise & Plimpton LLP

One of the leading PIL firms in the world‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s London practice consistently acts for sovereign governments, corporations, international organisations, NGOs and high-profile individuals. Recent work ranges from BIT claims, humanitarian law and international human rights law, to international environmental law, Law Of The Sea, state immunity, and acts of state doctrine. Former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith KC is global co-chair of the firm’s PIL group, his track record including appearing before several international courts and tribunals; Samantha Rowe focuses on PIL and international arbitration matters; and co-head of the firm’s Africa practice group, Patrick Taylor, advises on PIL issues, human rights and investment disputes. The second line of practitioners features experienced international counsels Aimee-Jane Lee and Conway Blake, along with senior associate Merryl Lawry-White, who ‘has excellent knowledge and experience in PIL matters‘; and Monika Hlavkova, whose ‘preparation is impeccable‘.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

Samantha Rowe Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Housing a ‘good mix of legal minds‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s international arbitration department conducts all its own arbitration and arbitration-related High Court advocacy. Operating at the top end of the international arbitration market, former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith KC is consistently mandated to handle the most complex commercial and investment disputes; ‘outstanding lawyer‘ and Africa practice group head Patrick Taylor, who divides his time between London and Paris, represents both corporate and sovereign clients in international arbitration disputes throughout the world; London and Hong Kong-based Tony Dymond co-chairs the Asia arbitration practice; and commercial and investor-state arbitration and public international law specialist Samantha Rowe, also works across the London and Paris offices. At international counsel level, Gavin Chesney, Robert HooseAimee-Jane Lee and Conway Blake, all maintain active international arbitration practices, while Laith Najjar, Shreya ArenMaxim Osadchiy and Merryl Lawry-White are experienced associates.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

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.

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United Kingdom: International Arbitration November 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to International Arbitration laws and regulations that may occur in United Kingdom.