Boaz S. Morag’s practice includes representing foreign and domestic clients (both sovereign and private entities) in trials and appeals in state and federal courts in the United States and in arbitration hearings internationally.

He has extensive experience with complex commercial disputes, as well as with disputes over sovereign immunity under United States law and over the scope and applicability of various bilateral and multilateral treaties and conventions.

Boaz joined the firm in 1993 and became counsel in 2001.

Selected Activities

  • Member, International Commercial Disputes Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Former Member, Arbitration Committee, New York City Bar Association


The Lithium Triangle: Challenges and Opportunities for Latin America,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, September 25, 2023  

“Second Circuit Rules FSIA Sovereign Immunity Defense May Be Raised Where a Defendant Gains Sovereign Status After the Lawsuit is Filed,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, September 8, 2023  

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Due Process Challenge to Statute Requiring Out-of-State Corporations to Submit to General Personal Jurisdiction,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, July 5, 2023 

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That An Appeal Of An Order Denying A Motion To Compel Arbitration Automatically Stays District Court Proceedings,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, June 29, 2023

U.S.: Waiver of Sovereign Immunity Clause,” Thomson Reuters UK Practical Law, June 15, 2023

The Waiver and Arbitration Exceptions to Sovereign Immunity Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,” Thomson Reuters UK Practical Law, June 15, 2023

U.S. Supreme Court Holds FSIA Does Not Immunize Foreign Sovereigns From Criminal Prosecution,” co-author, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 21, 2023

Five International Arbitration Trends And Topics For 2023,” co-author, Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, January 30, 2023

Creditor Files SDNY Lawsuit Against Sri Lanka in Connection With Its Sovereign Debt Default, Asserting Breach of Contract and Pari Passu Claims,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, June 30, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Applicability of Section 1782 Discovery Statute With Respect to Private Commercial and Treaty Arbitrations,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, June 15, 2022

Second Circuit Rules Foreign State-Owned Bank Does Not Have Sovereign Immunity From Criminal Prosecution,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, November 23, 2021

Second Circuit Dismisses Antitrust Claims Against Chinese Pharmaceutical Companies Based on International Comity,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, September 2, 2021 

Ecuador Re-Ratifies The ICSID Convention: Impact Of The Ratification In Ecuador And In The Region,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, August 9, 2021.

Second Circuit Reinforces Its Approach To Section 1782 While U.S. Supreme Court Case On Application Of Section 1782 To Private International Arbitration Remains Pending,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, July 19, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Revisits the Contours of Specific Personal Jurisdiction,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 6, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Defines Contours of FSIA’s Expropriation Exception,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, February 8, 2021

NY Ruling Underscores Federal, State Arbitration Law Conflict,” Law360, November 6, 2020 

SDNY District Court Rules Foreign Sovereigns Are Not Immune From Criminal Jurisdiction In U.S. Court,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, October 9, 2020 

Circuit Split Intensifies Over Use of 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to Obtain Discovery for Use in Private International Arbitration,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, July 13, 2020

Supreme Court Holds That New York Convention Does Not Preclude Non-Signatories From Invoking State Law Principles To Compel Arbitration,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, June 3, 2020

Second Circuit Overturns Arbitration Award Against Non-Signatory Parent Company,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 3, 2020

COVID-19 and the Tolling Of Statutes of Limitations: Impact on Arbitrations Seated in New York,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 25, 2020

Implications of PDVSA Alter Ego Decision for Other Sovereigns,” September 9, 2019; republished by the AIRA Journal, February 2020

CPLR Article 75 or the Federal Arbitration Act: Which One Applies to Arbitrations in New York and Why It Matters,” International Lawyer, 2019

Supreme Court Confirms Arbitrators Decide Threshold Issues,” January 9, 2019

The State Of Creditor Recovery Efforts In Venezuela: Part 2,” June 5, 2018

The State Of Creditor Recovery Efforts In Venezuela: Part 1,” June 4, 2018

Start Your Engines: Are We Going to See More Creditor Recovery Efforts in Venezuela?,” May 29, 2018

The Many Facing Venezuela Bribery Suit: Part 2,” April 16, 2018

Update on PDVSA US Litigation Trust v. Lukoil Pan Americas, et al.,” April 10, 2018

PDVSA US Litigation Trust: What Creditors Should Know About the Trust, Its Claims and Its Implications for Venezuela’s Restructuring,” March 15, 2018

“Third Circuit Dismisses Crystallex’s Fraudulent Transfer Claim but Potential Liability Remains for PDVSA,” January 5, 2018

Venezuela’s Debt Crisis: Why Litigation Is More Advantageous Than Arbitration for Bondholders,” December 13, 2017

Venezuela’s Imminent Restructuring and The Role Alter Ego Claims May Play in this Chavismo Saga,” November 9, 2017

Second Circuit Confirms That an Arbitral Award That Has Been Nullified at the Seat of the Arbitration Should Rarely Be Enforced,” July 27, 2017

Second Circuit Rules That FSIA Provides Sole Basis for Jurisdiction Over Foreign Sovereigns in Actions to Enforce ICSID Awards,” July 17, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court: Hague Service Convention Permits Service of Process by Mail,” May 23, 2017

Restitution Despite the Revenue Rule: An Opportunity for Foreign States to Recover Through U.S. Courts the Taxes They May Not Purse Directly,” May 2012