George Burn is a partner in the Vinson & Elkins International Dispute Resolution Group. He is based in the firm’s London office and has over 15 years’ experience representing companies, individuals and States in international arbitrations.
George is an experienced international arbitration advocate. His practice is evenly divided between Investor-State arbitration and commercial arbitration, and has involved the full range of arbitral rules and arbitral seats. The cases on which George works involve issues of public international law, private international law, English law and the law of numerous other jurisdictions (e.g., Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Russia, France, Kazakhstan, South Sudan, Romania, etc.). George’s team was “Highly Commended” in the 2013 Legal Business Awards, in recognition of being the first to win an award that confirms jurisdiction for an Investor to bring a claim directly against a State under the Investment Agreement of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (Al-Warraq v Republic of Indonesia). That award is highly significant for anyone doing cross-border business amongst the 27 States that have ratified the Investment Agreement.
George has considerable experience of disputes in the technical and infrastructure fields (construction and engineering, energy, mining, rail and shipping), as well as experience in areas such as real estate development, shareholder disputes, finance, broadcast media, sports, insurance and pharmaceutical. He has particular strength in arbitrations coming out of projects in emerging markets, with clients from or working in regions including the Middle East, the CIS, Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Caribbean.
As well as acting as Counsel, George regularly sits as an arbitrator, and has been appointed as Sole Arbitrator, Chair of the Tribunal and Co-Arbitrator. The cases on which he sits have been both commercial and investment treaty cases and have been under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA, UNCITRAL and the OIC Investment Agreement.
George is active in arbitral institutions, and currently serves on taskforces for the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. He writes and speaks on issues relating to international commercial disputes on a regular basis, and he is a member of the Organising Committee for the International Arbitration Charity Ball.