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Ken Rivlin

Partner

New York

Rivlin Ken
Ken Rivlin

Partner

New York

Ken is Global Co-Head International Trade and Regulatory Law Group, and heads the firm’s Global Environmental Law Group. He and his team advise on environmental and regulatory risk in M&A, projects, capital markets, lending and real estate transactions, compliance with U.S. and EU environmental and regulatory requirements (such as the WEEE and RoHS Directives and REACH), 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 the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. and international economic sanctions, Exon-Florio 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 of Montclair, incoming 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. Chambers USA describes him as “‘knowledgeable and great to work with,’...‘he's among the most creative, entrepreneurial and pragmatic environmental lawyers,’” and Legal 500 notes that “Ken is one of ‘the best environmental deal lawyers’ and has ‘very comprehensive’ knowledge of environmental issues, covering ‘directives, exemptions, and jurisdictions.’” Who’s Who Legal states that Ken is “internationally recognized for his work and ‘the first port of call’ for many clients in relation to environmental and regulatory risk in all types of transactions, as well as compliance and disputes.”

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

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Jochem Spaans joins A&O Netherlands

News: 01 FEBRUARY 2021

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Publications: 18 JANUARY 2021

China’s new blocking statute against extra-territorial application of foreign laws

On January 9, 2021, the PRC Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) issued the Rules on Counteracting Unjustified Extra-territorial Application of Foreign Legislation and Other Measures (the “Rules”).  

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