Linklaters litigation star quits for Vinson & Elkins

<a class=Linklaters litigation star quits for Vinson & Elkins” />Vinson & Elkins is ramping up its Asia disputes offering with the hire of Linklaters litigation and arbitration star Christopher Walker.

Walker, who was a partner at Linklaters based in both London and Hong Kong, has joined the US firm’s partnership and will be based in Asia.

Walker said: “Vinson & Elkins is a perfect fit for me because I wanted to return to Asia to live, but also to continue my practice, which focuses on energy and investment-related international dispute resolution.”

Walker added it is the right time to be in Hong Kong as international arbitration and litigation is changing as clients look to initiate proceedings in the area.

“While banks and investment banks will continue to have disputes, it is now often Asian rather than US or European corporations who are the investors and the suppliers of capital and it is they who seek to protect their interests by means of international arbitration. The world of the mid-1990s has almost reversed itself,” said Walker.

Vinson international dispute resolution chair James Loftis said it was a coup for his firm as Walker is one of the premier international dispute lawyers in the world.

“Christopher has handled some of the largest, most significant and most complex international disputes of the past decade, from England to India to China,” said Loftis.

Vinson has also transferred London energy partner James Atkin and Dallas finance partner James Matthews to expand the firm’s offering in its Tokyo office.