CHICAGO – Sept. 7, 2016 – Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Javier Rubinstein will join the Firm’s Chicago and New York offices on Oct. 1 to help build the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group.

Mr. Rubinstein is well known in the legal community, both in the United States and abroad, from his service as Vice Chairman and Global General Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers International (PwC) during the past 10 years, and his earlier role as the global leader of the International Arbitration Practice at Mayer Brown LLP. At PwC, Mr. Rubinstein was responsible for handling a broad range of disputes and other legal matters spanning the global network’s 157 territories.

“Javier is a leader in the international arbitration world who brings invaluable experience in handling high-stakes international disputes as both a global general counsel and as outside counsel,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His leadership in international and cross-border dispute resolution will greatly benefit our clients and our Firm.”

Mr. Rubinstein has handled 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 Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. As a global general counsel, he has been involved in a wide variety of commercial, regulatory and other disputes all over the world, enhancing his ability to bring a multidisciplinary and client-focused perspective aimed at solving client problems. He also has had an active litigation practice throughout his career, handling trials and appeals in state and federal courts across the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court, with a particular focus on securities litigation.

“Javier has a unique understanding of the in-house counsel’s perspective because of his experience as general counsel of one of the largest business institutions in the world. That perspective, coupled with his extensive worldwide experience, will help us better serve our clients, who have growing needs for international dispute resolution offerings that match their increasingly complex businesses. We believe Javier will fit seamlessly into the Firm and strengthen our practice,” said Mark Filip, a partner in Kirkland’s Litigation Practice Group and member of the Firm’s Global Management Executive Committee.

“I am thrilled to work at Kirkland and see so much potential to help clients with their international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution needs,” Mr. Rubinstein said. “I hope to extend the dispute resolution offering globally and build upon the work of those already strategically positioned across the Firm. International arbitration is a fascinating, complex area that requires lawyers to look at problems across a broad range of legal, political and cultural perspectives. Kirkland’s multidisciplinary approach and incredible bench strength offer a powerful platform for my practice.”

Mr. Rubinstein is a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught international commercial arbitration and U.S. Supreme Court litigation for 20 years. He is a member of the board of directors at the American Arbitration Association.

He holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. Mr. Rubinstein is from Argentina and speaks Spanish and English fluently. Before taking on his global general counsel role, he was rated by Chambers & Partners as a top international arbitration specialist in the United States and globally.

Kirkland’s International Arbitration Group has broad experience representing clients before arbitral tribunals around the world. Kirkland’s reputation as a firm that provides the highest quality of advocacy on behalf of its clients both reflects this wide ranging experience and results in prompt, favorable outcomes. More information on the Firm’s international arbitration practice is available here.

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