Abhinaya Swaminathan is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Swaminathan advises clients on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation, including cross-border disputes.

Ms. Swaminathan currently serves as coach of the Harvard Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team. While in law school, she served on the Board of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students’ Association, served on the Harvard International Law Journal, and won writing and oralist awards as part of the Harvard Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team. 

Ms. Swaminathan’s signature matters include representing:

  • Strabag SE, an Austrian investor, in opposing vacatur and seeking confirmation and enforcement in the District Court of the District of Columbia on an award against Libya under the ICSID Rules (Strabag v. Libya)
  • A Norwegian defense-industry manufacturer in an ICC arbitration involving a manufacturing and supply agreement, including claims for breach of confidentiality provisions and misuse of intellectual property 
  • A French pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration involving a licensing and development agreement, including claims for breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing

Thought Leadership

  • Co-author, “A Witness Outside Your Control… Obtaining Evidence from a Witness in the Other Party's Control in International Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review (June 2020)
  • Co-author, “How CFTC's Agricultural Enforcement May Evolve Amid Crisis,” Law360 (May 2020)
  • Co-author, “Cybersecurity Issues in Arbitration,” Practice Note in Practical Law UK (December 2019)
  • Co-author, “Compelling Third-Party Discovery in New York Arbitration,” New York Law Journal (November 2018)

Bar Qualification

  • New York

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2018
  • BA in Economics, Political Science and Philosophy, Baruch College, 2015
    summa cum laude, Valedictorian

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Tamil