Alex Kaplan is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office who focuses his practice in international arbitration and litigation.
Mr. Kaplan has represented both claimants and sovereigns in investor-state arbitrations at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and in ad hoc arbitrations under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). At ICSID, he successfully defended the Government of Romania in a €150 million ICSID claim brought under the Romania-Greece bilateral investment treaty. The case involved arbitration of claims related to expropriation, human rights, tax law, European Union regulation, and the pursuit of a novel counterclaim. Romania defeated all of the investor’s claims and was awarded €8 million for legal fees and costs. Mr. Kaplan also represented a European fund at ICSID in a claim against Bulgaria arising out of its investment in a concession to provide public works to the city of Sofia.
Mr. Kaplan also is part of the Winston & Strawn team that represents the Republic of Ecuador against Chevron Corporation in international arbitration and litigation in United States federal district and appellate courts. In particular, Mr. Kaplan works on litigation related to the pursuit of discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782(a) in aid of the international arbitration pending against the Republic of Ecuador at The Hague, Netherlands.
He has also litigated in United States federal courts on behalf of McKesson Corporation in a dispute concerning a 1984 Iran-United States Claims Tribunal award that has been actively litigated to the present day.
Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Mr. Kaplan worked in the litigation practice of a major international firm. His previous litigation experience includes work on behalf of investment banks and broker-dealers in SEC and state regulatory enforcement proceedings. In addition, he has litigated real estate and mortgage claims arising out of the subprime mortgage crisis, patent disputes, and claims consolidated into the multidistrict litigation involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Mr. Kaplan is also a former staff member of the World Bank, where he assisted in the administration of loans and grants to sub-Saharan African nations to develop and maintain transport infrastructure in that region.
Mr. Kaplan received a B.S. in Languages from Georgetown University in 2001 and a J.D. in 2007 from The George Washington University Law School. During law school he interned with Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the District Court for the District of Columbia and for Judge Gerald I. Fisher of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. At George Washington, he was a Dean’s Fellow and representative of the school at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.