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Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston and 10 more

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: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins RLLP 'produces excellent work and is fully available to clients'. The practice is well known for its significant energy sector roots, but it has also expanded into advising financial services, technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, construction and engineering clients. In addition, the firm has a robust investor-state arbitration practice. James Loftis leads the group from Houston; the London names to note are Nick Henchie, Louise Woods and Alexander Slade, who was recently promoted to counsel, and senior associate Georgina Barlow.

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