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The HK45 Virtual Fireside Chat series showcasing female talent continues! Join us for a discussion with Natalie Reid to hear about her journey, values, and successes.

09:00-10:00 Hong Kong time, 15 January 2021

20:00-21:00 New York time, 14 January 2021

About our guest

Natalie Reid

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

New York


Natalie Reid is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group of Debevoise & Plimpton focusing on international arbitration, public international law and complex commercial litigation matters. A Jamaican national, she regularly advises and represents multinational corporations, States, international organizations and non-governmental organizations in proceedings in domestic and international courts and tribunals. As part of that practice, Natalie acts as counsel in commercial and treaty arbitrations, where her recent representations include disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties in South Asia and East Asia and sits as an arbitrator in commercial cases. Prior to joining Debevoise, she was an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Natalie's current leadership positions include serving on the Board of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR, the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and as a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). Natalie is Co-Chair of the Young Attorneys in Dispute Resolution Steering Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Y-ADR).


Natalie is recognized by the leading legal directories for her outstanding experience in international arbitration. In Chambers Global (2020), she is described as "a gem in terms of talent, knowledge and approach to a case," and, according to Chambers USA (2020), she is "phenomenal," a "superstar" and one of the "leaders of international arbitration" of her generation. In 2019, Benchmark Litigation recognized Natalie as a Litigation Star for International Arbitration in New York and, in 2018, as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation." The Legal 500 US (2020) recommends her as a Next Generation Partner, with previous editions of the guide describing her as "creative and inspiring." She is also recommended by Who's Who Legal as a global leader for Arbitration. The guide has described her as "an exceptional lawyer who stands out in complex cases," "a great and very positive leader who values flexibility and teamwork," and has noted that "peers also speak highly of her expertise in public international law." In 2015, Natalie was named a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal.


Natalie speaks and lectures frequently on international law, including guest lectures at Yale Law School and New York University School of Law. She is the author or co-author of a number of publications concerning international arbitration and public international law, including contributions to The Arbitration Review Of The Americas, the ICCA Congress Book and Current Issues and Future Challenges in International Arbitration, and is a co-author of the International Criminal Law Practitioner Library (Cambridge University Press, Vols. I–III).


Natalie received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was co-managing editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. She received her A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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