Amir Ghaffari, an international arbitration lawyer, has joined the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, according to a press release from the firm.
Ghaffari will work in the London office of the firm, but will also spend time in the Dubai office.
Scott N. Wulfe, the Managing Partner of Vinson & Elkins, said, “Amir brings the experience that comes with having been based in the past in the key arbitration centres of London, Dubai and Paris. He’s known as a client-focused and driven lawyer who will fit well in our international disputes practice. His strong links in the Middle East, knowledge of the region and his adeptness at handling construction matters, make him a solid addition to our practice.”
Ghaffari comes to Vinson & Elkins from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. He has spent time as the co-chair of the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group.
In the press release, Ghaffari said, “V&E’s international dispute resolution practitioners always have impressed me and I’m thrilled to be part of a team that is handling some of the most important disputes in the energy and infrastructure space. V&E offers a vast global reach and depth of knowledge in handling disputes, especially in key international markets and industries, such as energy where the firm has a proven track record and offers deep, historical ties.”
The leader of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice, James Loftis, said the following in the firm’s release about Ghaffari:
“Amir brings the right combination of legal skill, advocacy experience and diplomacy during a time when the importance and the complexity of international disputes has grown in recent years,” Loftis said. “Amir has worked for several years with one of the best of the international arbitration bar and we are pleased to have him as part of a team that offers a unique understanding of the regions of the world where our clients operate, the work they do and the legal framework in the cross-border environment in which they operate.”
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