Vinson & Elkins hires former Salans international arbitration chief

Vinson & Elkins (V&E) has hired Salans’ former head of UK international arbitration, George Burn, from Dentons to join its London office.

George Burn joins V&E as an international arbitration partner having previously worked at two of the three legacy firms that merged to form Dentons earlier this year.

He became a partner at Salans in 2007 having previously been an associate at Denton Wilde Sapte, which merged with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal on 30 September 2010 to form SNR Denton.

Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) merged under the Dentons banner in March (22 February 2013) having ratified the three-way merger in a partner vote in November 2012 (28 November 2012).

Burn specialises in commercial and treaty arbitration work, including disputes relating to the energy, construction, mining, rail, shipping, engineering and financial sectors and industries and is also an international arbitration advocate.

V&E said in a statement that the appointment reinforces the firm’s strategy to expand its dispute resolution and investor-state arbitration practice, while strengthening its presence in Russia and the CIS, Africa, India, the Middle East and Asia.

Since the merger a number of partners have left Dentons around the world, including London-based rail partner Tammy Samuel, who moved to Stephenson Harwood (1 May 2013). However the firm has also hired, picking up Eversheds partner Byron Nurse for its banking practice at the end of June.