Section 1: International Overviews
International energy dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region
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Vinson & Elkins RLLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
James Lloyd Loftis
CityPoint, 33rd Floor
Vinson & Elkins is a full-service international law firm working for clients on transactions and dispute matters all over the world. The firm has been serving clients for almost 90 years and has approximately 700 lawyers in 12 offices across the globe – Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington, DC – making V&E one of the largest international law firms in the world. V&E's culture of collaborative energy enables our lawyers to provide innovative business solutions for clients whose needs are as diverse as our extensive team of talented experts.
The firm's solid base of over 3,000 clients includes publicly and privately held for-profit and non-profit entities; domestic and international financial institutions; cities, municipalities and other governmental entities; and individuals.
Our international dispute resolution practice is distinguished by a depth and breadth of experience that few firms can match – particularly in disputes involving energy and infrastructure. Our international dispute resolution lawyers are regularly involved in cases before international tribunals, constituted by international arbitral institutions and pursuant to ad-hoc rules, giving us one of the most extensive international arbitration practices among our peer firms. We have tried energy and infrastructure related arbitrations in most common arbitral venues and under all major international rules systems, including UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and AAA, as well as under many important regional systems, including those of Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Zurich and Geneva.
Our lawyers are experienced with legal issues presented by specialised international disputes, particularly those arising from the energy and infrastructure sectors, as well as investor-state disputes, claims brought under treaties, including bilateral investment treaties and public international claims. V&E lawyers have experience with some of the largest commercial claims ever brought under international law and understand the complex technical issues these cases typically involve.
As the world's leading energy law firm, we have represented parties involved in oil and gas production and power generation in every facet of their business, and have represented clients along the entire chain of energy production – from upstream exploration and extraction to downstream power production, distribution and sales. V&E has been credited as one of the 'inventors' of the production sharing contract, and have frequently litigated disputes arising from such agreements, as well as from the entire suite of related contracts involved in exploration and production projects – from construction and financing transactions, through concession and tax disputes.
The V&E team has a significant history of actually trying arbitrations, thinking beyond the proceeding itself to finding ways to help our clients succeed. Our skills as trial lawyers and our exceptional international experience place us at a competitive advantage to firms with less advocacy experience before tribunals, an advantage we use to achieve significant successes for our clients. This history of success, as much as anything else, has resulted in our status as one of the top dispute practices in the United States and the world.
The firm's oil and gas practice is ranked No. 1 by Chambers Global.
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