David Khachvani specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a focus on disputes between public and private actors in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia and Latin America. Over the past 10 years, David has acted as counsel, arbitrator and arbitral secretary in over 20 arbitrations involving construction, agriculture, M&A, mining, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and technology transfer. He has worked under most major arbitral rules, including ICC, AAA, SCC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL.
Prior to joining Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, David worked at leading law firms and institutions in Georgia and the UK. Notably, he was part of the team representing Georgia in investment and commercial arbitrations. He also advised a multi-billion sovereign wealth fund and assisted major foreign investors in structuring complex trans-border transactions.
David holds an LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from the University of Geneva Law School and the Graduate Institute of Geneva (top 5 of the class). He has authored several publications related to dispute resolution and international law.
With varied degrees of fluency, David speaks and works in English, Georgian, Russian, Spanish and French.
Non-Compensable Regulation versus Regulatory Expropriation: Are Climate Change Regulations Compensable?
ICSID Review 2020, pp. 154-173
Compensation for Unlawful Expropriation: Targeting the Illegality
ICSID Review 2017, pp. 385-403Download (pdf)
Exclusion of the Right to Challenge an Arbitral Award
Latin American Journal of International Trade Law, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2014