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Ken Rivlin

Partner

New York

Rivlin Ken
Ken Rivlin

Partner

New York

Ken, a long-time partner in A&O’s New York office, founded the Firm’s U.S. Environmental Law Group, heads the Firm’s International Environmental Law Group, founded the Firm’s sanctions practice, and co-heads the Firm’s International Trade and Regulatory Law Group. He and his team handle a broad range of environmental, ESG, and regulatory issues in transactions, stand-alone compliance matters, and disputes.

He advises clients on EU environmental and regulatory requirements (such as the WEEE and RoHS Directives and REACH), the Equator Principles, conflict minerals, emissions trading and climate change, environmental disputes, toxic tort risk, SEC disclosure requirements and corporate governance issues. Ken and his team also advise on U.S. and international economic sanctions, foreign direct investment rules (CFIUS), anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance and similar matters.

Ken writes and speaks frequently on environmental and regulatory matters, and is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law, where he co-teaches a seminar called “Environmental Concerns in Business Transactions.” He is Chair of the Advisory Council for the Institute at Brown (University) for Environment and Society, President of the Board of Trustees for the Human Needs Food Pantry, Chair of the New York City Bar Committee on International Environmental Law, Advisory Trustee for Pure Earth, a member of the Leadership Council for the Environmental Law Institute, and has served on numerous additional boards. He also is a core member of the International Environmental Lawyers Network, and a member of the Environmental Law Advisory Committee at Columbia Law School.

Ken is widely recognized as a leading international lawyer by the leading legal publications, including Chambers & Partners (Ranked Band 1), The Legal 500 (Ranked as a “Leading Lawyer”) and Who’s Who Legal (“Recommended”).

Office

New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1997

Admitted: Bar of the State of New Jersey, 1995

Academic

J.D., cum laude, Boston University, 1994

B.A., Brown University, 1987

Published work

  • 'The REACH of Europe's Regulatory System:  New Era Begins for Registration and Assessment of Chemicals', New York Law Journal, P. 9, July 14, 2008,  by Kenneth Rivlin, Felise Cooper, Matthew Townsend and Rebecca Lawson
  • 'WEEE and RoHS Directives: New Requirements Impacting the Global Supply Chain of the High-Tech Industry,' American Competitiveness Institute, August 2005, with Jean-Philippe Brisson and David Wharwood
  • 'Preparing for the WEEE Directive,' Circuits Assembly, April 2005, with Jean-Philippe Brisson and David Wharwood
  • 'Proposed Rule Changes to Federal Civil Procedure May Introduce New Challenges in Environmental Class Action Litigation,' Harvard Environmental Law Review, Volume 27, Number 2, (July) 2003, with Jamaica Potts
  • 'Not So Fast: The Sealed Air Asbestos Settlement and Methods of Risk Management in the Acquisition of Companies with Asbestos Liabilities,' 11 NYU Environmental Law Journal, July 2003, with Jamaica Potts
  • 'Rising Environmental Stakes in Europe—The New Environmental Laws Applicable to Electrical and Electronic Equipment and What They Mean for High-Tech Companies,' AeA and Allen & Overy, April 2003
  • 'The Precautionary Principle Under U.S. Law,' 11 Environmental Liability 1, February 2003, with Jean-Philippe Brisson
  • '2002 Annual Report, Environmental, Energy & Resources Law: 2002 Year in Review 227,' 2003 (summary of recent developments in parent corporation liability), with Valerie Vena and the American Bar Association Environmental Transactions, Audits and Brownfields Committee
  • 'Atlantic Coast May End State Waste Flow Scheme,' New Jersey Law Journal, March 13, 1995

News & insights

Webinar: International sanctions 2021 update

Publications: 14 JULY 2021

Webinar: International sanctions 2021 update

The panellists on this webinar discussed recent U.S., EU, UK and PRC sanctions developments, in particular in regards to China, Myanmar, Russia, Belarus and Iran. 

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Spiral staircase leading down

Publications: 06 JULY 2021

Webinar: International Sanctions update

A&O is hosting an “International Sanctions update” webinar on Wednesday 14 July 2021.

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Biodiversity; ecosystem protection; CBD COP15; COP26

Blog Post: 18 JUNE 2021

Countdown to COP and Beyond blog launches

Climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation are becoming critical issues across the globe.  

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Aerial view of a boat sailing between two large iceburgs

Publications: 13 MAY 2021

A&O virtual conference – The global transition to a sustainable economy

On 28 April 2021, A&O hosted a global virtual conference “The global transition to a sustainable economy”. This was the second global sustainability conference the Firm has hosted and it kicked off a…

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