Brian King’s Curriculum Vitae

  • Current Independent Arbitrator
    (New York and London)

    • Serve as presiding, party-nominated, sole or  emergency arbitrator in high-value commercial and investment disputes under all major sets of institutional rules and in ad hoc proceedings, with a particular focus on the energy, construction and life sciences sectors, M&A/joint venture/licensing disputes and international investments. A list of representative recent cases can be found on my website, at
    • Arbitrator Member of Chambers, 3 Verulam Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London.
    • Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the New York University School of Law, where I have taught investment arbitration law since 2013.
  • 1999-2018 Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Partner in International Arbitration Group based in New York, and until 2007 in Europe. Acted as counsel or arbitrator in commercial and investment arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, CPR, JAMS, NAI, SIAC and other sets of rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings.
    • Consistently highly ranked in league table publications, including Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Legal 500.
  • 1996-1999 Senior Associate, Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot
    Acted with Albert Jan van den Berg in a large number of general commercial and construction arbitrations.
  • 1994-1996 Legal Advisor, Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal
  • 1992-1994 Litigation Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • 1991-1992 Law Clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • 1990-1991 Law Clerk to Judge Leonard B. Sand, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • J.D. 1990 New York University School of Law
    • University Graduation Prize (class valedictorian)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar
    • Senior Note and Comment Editor, New York University Law Review
  • B.A. 1985 Princeton University, summa cum laude
    • Atwater Prize in Politics (thesis prize)
    • Buchanan Prize in Politics (highest class standing)
  • New York, 1991
    Washington, D.C., 1991
  • English (native); Dutch (advanced); Spanish (reading); French (reading)
  • Chapters entitled Evidentiary Issues and Post-Award Access to Justice, in Cambridge Compendium Of International Commercial And Investment Arbitration (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
  • Editor, International Investment Arbitration (West Academic 2020).
  • Back to the Future? Investment Protection at a Time of Uncertainty, 1 ITA in Review (Issue 2) (2019).
  • Construction Arbitration in East Africa, in Global Arbitration Review: The Middle Eastern And African Arbitration Review (2d ed. 2018).
  • Procedural Orders and Beyond: Tailoring the Arbitral Process to Maximize Efficiency, in 6 Korean Arb. Review 54 (2016).
  • Party Autonomy, the “Right” to Appoint, and the Rise of Strategic Challenges, in Limits To Party Autonomy In International Commercial Arbitration (Juris Publishers, 2016).
  • Enforcing Awards Involving Foreign Sovereigns, in International Commercial Arbitration In New York (2d ed. 2016).
  • International Arbitrators as Lawmakers, 46 NYU Journal of Int’l. Law and Pol. 875 (2014).
  • Enforcement after the Arbitration: Strategic Considerations and Forum Choice, in Forum Shopping In The International Commercial Arbitration Context (Sellier Publishers, 2013).
  • Application of Article V of the New York Convention in the Netherlands, 25 J. Int’l Arb. 6 (2008).
  • Consistency of Awards in Cases of Parallel Proceedings, in Towards A Uniform International Arbitration Law (Juris Publishers, 2005).
  • Obtaining Evidence Abroad (Chapter on The Netherlands) (ABA Publication, May 2005).
  • Arbitrage zonder (contractuele) grenzen: heden en toekomst van investeringsarbitrage, in Tijdschrift Voor Arbitrage (April 2005).
  • Consolidation of Arbitral Proceedings, in IBA Section on Business Law, Arbitration and ADR Committee Newsletter (May 2004).
  • Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards, 18 Mealey’s Int’l Arb. Rep. (April 2003).
  • The United States Perspective on Impecuniousness and Arbitration Agreements, in DIS Papers (2003).
  • Enforcing Eurocontrol Awards, in PCA Papers (2002).
  • Rethinking Discovery in International Arbitration, 12 ICC Bull. 1 (2001).
  • Summary Arbitral Proceedings, 15 Mealey’s Int’l Arb. Rep. (March 2000).
  • Enforcing Annulled Awards, 14 Mealey’s Int’l Arb. Rep. (January 2000).
  • Yearbook Of Commercial Arbitration (contributor), Vols. XX & XXI (1995-96).
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS)
  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)
  • ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Conciliators (ICSID)
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (U.S. national committee) (ICC)
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR)
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
  • Adjunct Professor, and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, NYU School of Law
  • Founding Board Member, New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC)
  • Co-Chair, ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for North America
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Member, International Arbitration Club of New York
  • Member, Advisory Board, NYU Journal of Law and Business
  • Lectures and speeches at:  numerous industry and governmental conferences; Harvard University; McGill University; New York University; Columbia University; Leiden University; Amsterdam University.
  • Substantial experience conducting hearings and other proceedings using virtual electronic platforms.
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