International Arbitrator George Burn Joins Vinson & Elkins as Partner
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Today Vinson & Elkins announces the addition of a new partner, George Burn. He is joining the London office and has previous experience as the head of Salans’ UK International Arbitration practice. Burn has a strong reputation and is recognized for his commercial and treaty arbitration work, including disputes relating to the energy, construction, mining, rail, shipping, engineering and financial sectors and industries.

V&E’s global International Dispute Resolution practice has a proven track record of providing strong commercial and legal advice and representation to clients under all major arbitration rules throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, Asia, Latin America and North America.


George Burn is well-known throughout the industry for his extensive commercial and treaty arbitration work, including disputes relating to the energy, construction, mining, rail, shipping, engineering and financial sectors and industries. With much experience behind him as an international arbitration advocate, “ he has appeared in proceedings brought under major arbitration systems, including ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC, UNICITRAL and LMAA; he frequently sits as an arbitrator.” Burn will help enhance V&E’s esteemed investor-state arbitration practice and join its existing strengths in disputes originating in Russia/CIS, Africa, India, the Middle East and Asia, according to a statement by Vinson & Elkins.

Burn’s team was recommended in the London Dispute Resolution Team of Year in the 2013 Legal Business Awards and “highly commended” for winning the first jurisdictional award for an investor claiming protection under the Investment Agreement of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

V&E Chairman Mark Kelly commented on the new hire, “George’s arrival reinforces our strategy to expand our already substantial dispute resolution practice that will benefit our clients across multiple geographic regions. I am certain that with his knowledge and experience in inventory state cases, George will be an asset to our clients and the firm.”

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James Loftis, the head of V&E’s International Dispute Resolution Practice, commented that George Burns is known for quality and innovation. He has wide and varied experiences and is well known in the legal world. He is from one of the premier arbitration practices in Europe. He added that his addition to the firm’s investor-state practice will add immense value as it expands its commercial arbitration offering to clients. “We are pleased to be working with him.”

Burn commented on his move, “It is fantastic to be joining Vinson & Elkins, a firm I have long admired for its work in international dispute resolution and its deep strength in areas like energy, infrastructure and telecoms. This is a firm that has made a major commitment to growing its international disputes practice, and I am delighted to be part of that.”


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