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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ivars Mēkons draws plaudits from sources for his impressive experience acting for airlines, lessors, financiers and investment funds on a range of transactions. 

Biography

Ivars Mēkons has been practising international and EU aviation, as well as international investment law for more than 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in international law (LLM) from the University of Latvia Law School (2004). Among his regular clients are foreign airlines, lessors, lessees, unmanned aircraft systems manufacturers and operators, financiers, investment funds and venture capitalists. He is regularly hired as counsel to assist in complex international commercial deals, as well as disputes pertaining to international and EU aviation, and international investment protection. Through publishing papers and opinions in various popular industry internet sources (including, among others, Lexis Nexis and the SSRN portal), he is an active proponent of a progressive and realistic risk-assessment based approach to business issues from the standpoint of law. 

During his tenure at the Latvian State Chancellery (2003-2015), he devised a new, productive and fruitful strategy for dealing with international investment disputes under the auspices of the Latvian government. After leaving in order to pursue private practice in 2015, he continued focusing on advising and representing clients in complicated international arbitration proceedings, including international investment arbitration cases. Substantive matters of his expertise relate in particular to international financing; securities, securitisation; corporate and deal structures; transnational infrastructure; the interaction of EU and general or specialised provisions of international law; and EU state aid. He’s also actively engaged in aviation regulatory matters.

As of 2018, he is a member of the German Arbitration Institute.

He also frequently acts as a sole or co-arbitrator under the UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitrations, which have so far been seated in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Singapore.

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