Described by Chambers UK (2015) as ‘a very skilled individual who does a nice job of exposing the argument’ and by Chambers UK (2014) as ‘highly knowledgeable’, Mark is a partner in Vinson & Elkins’ international dispute resolution practice group based in London and Dubai.
Mark’s practice is primarily focused on international dispute resolution (through arbitration, litigation or ADR techniques). He acts as arbitrator, arbitration counsel and advocate, with a particular focus on disputes arising from the energy sector, or involving the Middle East, Africa or India. In the courts, Mark has acted as both solicitor and counsel in proceedings before the English High Court and the Dubai International Financial Centre Court.
He has acted as arbitration counsel and advocate under all the major arbitral rule systems (including ICSID, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC, AAA, HKIAC and CIArb) and in most common arbitral seats. His litigation practice includes arbitration-related applications (including challenges to awards) and also substantive commercial disputes. In addition, he advises clients on the drafting and selection of dispute resolution, jurisdiction and forum clauses, as well as nationality planning in connection with investments in foreign jurisdictions. He also advises on bribery, corruption and international sanction violation issues, particularly those connected with the UK.