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About Adam Betts

Adam is an associate in our New York office.  He focuses his practice on international law and arbitration and has acted in commercial and investment arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC and LCIA rules.

Adam also represents non-U.S.-based clients in American bankruptcy litigations and advises on investigatory and compliance matters under both U.S. and foreign law.

Recent work

  • Representing Grupo Agroinsumos in obtaining a US$2.8 billion ICSID award against Venezuela under the Venezuela-Spain BIT, resulting from the expropriation of its investment in the most important agribusiness company in the country. 
  • Representing Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in securing a US$100 million award in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Bolivia under the Spain-Bolivia BIT, arising out of government measures nationalizing the pension fund administration service provided by BBVA’s Bolivian subsidiary.
  • Representing a group of mining companies in an ICSID arbitration against a South American country relating to the State's refusal to liquidate the companies' holdings in certain mines and return them to the State, as permitted under that State's laws.
  • Representing a leading Paraguay energy company in an ICC case initiated by two other Paraguayan commercial shipping, storage, and distribution companies, arising out of to two interrelated contracts for the shipment and storage of gasoline.
  • Representing a leading energy company in an LCIA arbitration against a foreign State-owned energy company's US subsidiary arising out of gas purchase and supply obligations that were disrupted by a winter storm.
  • Representing international financial institutions and structured investment vehicles in clawback litigations brought by the Bernie Madoff bankruptcy trustee.
  • Conducting internal investigations for large multinational companies under both U.S. and foreign law.
  • Advising large multinational companies in regulatory compliance matters under both U.S. and foreign law.
  • Providing dispute-related due diligence in connection with the acquisition of high-litigation-risk targets.
  • Representing asylum seekers in U.S. Immigration Court.



  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law (New York, NY)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International and European Business Law, ICADE Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain)
  • B.A. in International Relations, New York University

Languages (in addition to English)

  • Spanish (full working proficiency)
  • French (basic working proficiency)


  • Admitted to practice in:
    • New York State;
    • The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.); and
    • The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (E.D.N.Y.).