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Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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James Loftis

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration




James heads V&E's International Dispute Resolution practice, and focuses his practice on the arbitration and litigation of international commercial and investor-state disputes, and counseling in matters involving public international law and treaties. He acts both as counsel and as arbitrator.

His practice includes disputes involving all aspects of energy, construction, and infrastructure development; disputes under investment laws and treaties; and boundary disputes, cross-border technology disputes, and sovereign debt. He also represents and advises clients in reviews under U.S. national security law. Since 2009, James has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches investor-state and international commercial arbitration.

From 1997 to 2000, James served in Geneva, Switzerland, as chief counsel for the Oil Sector (E1) and Construction and Engineering (E3) Panels of the United Nations Compensation Commission (the Gulf War claim tribunal). He maintains offices in London and Houston, and is admitted in Texas, in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, and in the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


French (proficient), Russian, and Spanish (reading proficient)


The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1990
University of Texas, B.B.A., 1983
Admitted to practice: Texas; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Court for the Southern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas
Granted full rights of audience before the Dubai International Financial Centre Court
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Vinson & Elkins RLLP advise on projects, transactions and international disputes relating to India. James Loftis solely heads the team following Mark Beeley's departure to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.

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Foreign law firms

Within: Foreign law firms

The multijurisdictional team at Vinson & Elkins LLP advises on M&A and joint venture transactions, energy project developments and commercial disputes. Managing partner of the Dubai office Ahmed T. El-Gaili has advised a private equity firm on a potential tender offer for shares in a bank, and has also acted for the Iraqi government in relation to the $17bn Basra gas project, which included the establishment of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Royal Dutch Shell. Other key partners include James Lloyd Loftis, an international arbitrator in the Houston office, and London-based Christopher B. Strong, who has considerable experience of energy and infrastructure transactions.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The 'responsive, accessible and thoroughly trustworthy' oil and gas offering at Vinson & Elkins RLLP is described as 'first class' by one client. The team is 'very attentive to the needs and urgencies of the matters clients approach them with' and spearheaded by Alex Msimang who 'is a to-the-point adviser and always available'. In recent highlights, associate Nadine Amr supported Msimang to handle Statoil's $2.5bn acquisition of a 66% interest and operational capacity in the offshore Carcara field from Petrobas, and Shaun Lascelles teamed up with counsel Simon Rootsey to oversee Vitol's sale of a 50% stake in the VTTI group to Buckeye Partners for $1.15bn. Key names on the projects side include construction specialist Andrew Nealon and finance expert Nabil Khodadad who are currently assisting SOCAR with its proposed development of a gas processing plant and petrochemical facility in Azerbaijan. On the contentious side, James Loftis is representing ExxonMobil in annulment arbitration proceedings brought by Argentina with regards to an award against it on the grounds of its violation of the US-Argentina bilateral treaty agreement.

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