Salans is set to launch an arbitration practice in London on Thursday (17 January).
The new department will be headed up by counsel George Burn, who joined the UK firm last year from Denton Wilde Sapte.
In addition to Burn, the practice will be made up of three partners, a consultant and four assistants.
Burn told The Lawyer that the decision to build a London arbitration practice is part of Salans’ strategy to grow an international arbitration capability to service all its offices worldwide.
“The key to Salans’ success in its arbitration practice is the integrated work of its arbitration lawyers from across the firm,” said Burn. “The creation of the department in London is an important part of this overall strategy.”
Chair of the international arbitration practice group Sarah François-Poncet added that the firm took the decision to open a practice in London after identifying the UK’s capital as an increasingly important venue for international arbitration.
“With a dedicated arbitration team in London, Salans is well placed to build upon its existing arbitration capabilities and deliver the level of arbitration service that top clients expect in London,” said François-Poncet.
Salans launch follows in the footsteps of other US firms such as O’Melveny and Myers which launched its arbitration group in London last year.