Carl Micarelli

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 

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New York 10022 NY US

Carl Micarelli is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice has included international and domestic commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration, economic sanctions compliance advice, litigation aspects of insurance regulation, class action defense and general commercial litigation.

Mr. Micarelli regularly advises clients in connection with sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This work has included ongoing compliance advice, investigations of potentially noncompliant transactions, licensing matters and litigation.

Together with other attorneys at Debevoise, Mr. Micarelli has frequently represented clients in arbitration matters, including arbitrations under commercial contracts and investment treaties. He also has significant experience with litigation regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards.

Mr. Micarelli has assisted a number of life insurance companies on regulatory matters. Mr. Micarelli regularly advises the Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York in matters pertaining to insurance company insolvencies.

He also has substantial experience with litigation involving insurance insolvency proceedings, including litigation involving the interaction between state insurance company insolvency laws and the federal arbitration and bankruptcy laws.

Mr. Micarelli was admitted to the bar in New York in 1992. He received his A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton in 1987 and his J.D. from Yale in 1990, where he was managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Mr. Micarelli served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Carter, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1990 to 1991. His recent publications include: “Anti-Money Laundering and Economic Sanctions Laws,” in Regulation of Foreign Banks and Affiliates in the United States (8th ed., 2014); “Insurance Guaranty Funds,” in New Appleman New York Insurance Law (2nd ed., 2011); and articles on recent developments in economic sanctions law for Pratt’s Energy Law Report and Westlaw Journal.


  • Pernod Ricard, in obtaining dismissal of ownership claims filed by a Russian Federation entity related to the Stolichnaya trademark.
  • A medical device manufacturer in an arbitration arising from an acquisition.
  • A major global insurer in a purported class action arising from its acquisition of certain lines of business from an insurer in receivership.
  • Several life insurers and other clients on regulatory and other matters in the insolvency of other insurance companies.
  • Several private equity funds, a major property and casualty insurance company, and other companies and organizations in compliance with U.S. economic sanctions regulations advice.
  • A major U.S. industrial corporation with OFAC licensing and compliance issues arising from an overseas acquisition.
  • Pernod Ricard and Cubaexport in litigation and other matters related to the United States embargo of Cuba.
  • A subsidiary of GOL Airlines in U.S. litigation to enforce a Brazilian arbitral award in a dispute arising from an acquisition.


  • Yale Law School, 1990, J.D.
  • Princeton University, 1987, A.B.

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  • New York


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