David G. Sabel’s practice currently focuses on sovereign finance and sovereign debt restructuring, as well as sovereign arbitration and litigation.

Since 1991, he has been the principal partner responsible for Cleary’s representation of the Russian government.

David joined the firm in 1976, became a partner in 1984, and became a senior counsel in 2020. He previously was based in New York 1984 to 1990 and from 1996 to 2003, in the firm’s Brussels office from 1991 to 1995, and in Cleary’s London office from 2004 to 2015.

Selected Activities

Board Member, Royal Academy America, Inc.

Member, Vollard Group, British Museum

Member, Associates of the Drawings and Prints Department, Museum of Modern Art

Member, Friends of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art


Publications on Sovereign-Debt Related Matters

David G. Sabel, An Introduction to the Euro Area’s Collective Action Clause, in Collective Action Clauses and the Restructuring of Sovereign Debt (2013).