Gary Born

United Kingdom

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
49 Park Lane
London, W1K 1PS
United Kingdom

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Gary Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Born is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has been ranked for the past 20 years as one of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners and the leading arbitration practitioner in London.

Mr. Born has participated in more than 600 international arbitrations, including four of the largest ICC arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations in recent history. Mr. Born is uniformly ranked by Euromoney, Chambers, Legal 500 and Global Counsel as one of the leading practitioners in the field. He is one of only two lawyers in the world, and the only lawyer in London, to receive global “starred” status in Chambers rankings for international arbitration.

Mr. Born was selected by leading international arbitrators and peer practitioners to receive the Global Arbitration Review’s inaugural “Advocate of the Year” award for 2010. To read Global Arbitration Review’s interview with Mr. Born, please click here. He was also chosen by his peers as the “World’s Best International Litigator” in a recent survey by Legal Media Group. He is described by competitors and clients in Chambers and other publications as “awesome,” “inimitable,” “a force of nature,” “stellar,” a “powerful advocate,” “extremely talented” and “utterly phenomenal.” To watch highlights of Mr. Born’s oral advocacy in the Abyei arbitration (Sudan v. SPLM/A), please click here or here.

Mr. Born heads the firm’s 70-person international arbitration group, which is based in London and integrated with related practices in the New York, Washington, Berlin and Brussels offices. Mr. Born has represented European, US, Asian and other companies in arbitrations under all leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, AAA, Vienna, Stockholm, ICSID) and in ad hoc arbitrations in all leading international seats (London, Paris, Geneva/Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, New York, Washington, Singapore). He has particular experience in joint venture, investor-state, M&A, investment banking and other financial services, project finance, energy, oil and gas, intellectual property and insurance disputes.

Mr. Born also advises on the litigation of international disputes in US courts. He has particular experience in the fields of jurisdiction, enforcement of judgments, conflict of laws and international judicial cooperation, and also serves as an expert witness on aspects of US private international law in foreign proceedings.

Mr. Born also sits as arbitrator (presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator). He has served as arbitrator in more than 175 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Mr. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Second Edition Kluwer 2014), the leading treatise in the field, which has received the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and OGEMID’s Book of the Year award for 2009. He has also authored International Arbitration: Law and Practice (Kluwer 2012), International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing (Kluwer 3d ed. 2010, 4th ed. 2013), which received OGEMID’s Book of the Year award for 2010, International Arbitration: Cases and Materials (Aspen 2011) and International Commercial Arbitration: Commentary and Materials (Kluwer 2d ed. 2001). Mr. Born is also the author (together with Peter Rutledge) of International Civil Litigation in United States Courts (Aspen 5th ed. 2011), the leading commentary on the subject. Reviews of Mr. Born’s publications can be accessed here.

Watch an interview with Gary Born on the second edition of International Commercial Arbitration, presented in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer. The second edition is an authoritative 4,500 page work, in three volumes, providing the most comprehensive available commentary on all aspects of the international commercial arbitration process. It includes parts on international arbitration agreements, arbitral proceedings and arbitral awards, as well as references to more than 20,000 awards, judicial decisions and other authorities.

Mr. Born is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has also taught at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Stanford Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, National University of Singapore, Peking University School of Transnational Law, University of Virginia College of Law, University College London and the University of Arizona College of Law.

Mr. Born is a member of the American Law Institute and of the Board of Trustees of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Advisory Committee of the ALI’s Restatement of US International Arbitration Law, the Advisory Committee of the ALI Restatement of US Foreign Relation Law (Fourth) and as co-chair of the ABA International Section, Committee on International Aspects of Litigation. He is also a Vice President of the American Society of International Law.

Mr. Born is President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), a member of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), a member of the International Arbitration Committee of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and a member of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center’s Court of Arbitration.

He is a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the Advisory Board of African International Legal Awareness, the Advisory Board of the Indian Journal of Arbitration Law and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of World Investment and Trade.

Mr. Born delivered the inaugural Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitor Lecture at the National University of Singapore and was the Bok International Law Professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School.

  • Ranked second among all London lawyers by Chambers 100 UK 2013—a list that identifies the top lawyers who excel in both technical legal ability and in client service.
  • Ranked by Chambers Global as one of only two “Star Performers” and named among the “Most in Demand Arbitrators” in international arbitration (2009-2015). In 2014 and 2015, he was also recognized for his dispute resolution and public international law practices.
  • Ranked by Chambers Europe (2008-2015) as a “Star Performer” in the area of Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (UK and Europe-wide) and listed among the “Most in Demand Arbitrators” (Europe-wide) in 2008-2015
  • Ranked as England’s only “Star Performer” in international arbitration by Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession (2006-2015 editions)
  • Highlighted in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Legal 500 UK as a leader in the field of international arbitration and public international law. He was recognized as an outstanding arbitrator who “leads an impressive arbitration force” of “highly sophisticated and powerful advocates” and who “deserves his stellar reputation.”
  • Honored by Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom as the “2014 London International Arbitration ‘Lawyer of the Year,'” and recognized in the in the arbitration and mediation, international arbitration and litigation practice areas
  • Awarded American Society of International Law’s “Certificate of Merit” (2011) for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars
  • Awarded Global Arbitration Review‘s inaugural “Advocate of the Year” (2011)
  • Named the exclusive recipient of the 2014 Client Choice Award for Arbitration in the UK from International Law Office (ILO). He was previously awarded the 2012 Client Choice Award as Arbitration Practitioner of the Year.
  • Listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers as a Europe-wide and Global-wide leader in international arbitration and dispute resolution (2006-2015)
  • Recognized in Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best as among the world’s leading lawyers for International Commercial Arbitration (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and Litigation (2011)
  • Selected for Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best as “World’s Best International Litigator” (2006)
  • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 as a leader in the “dispute resolution: arbitration” category
  • Named one of the world’s “top 20 arbitration specialists” in PLC Cross-border Quarterly; highlighted as “one of the world’s leading arbitrators” (2006)
  • Recognized by Global Arbitration Review as “Super-arbitrator” and “a model of how it’s done” (2006)
  • Listed in Euromoney’s The Best of the Best: The World’s Top Twenty Experts in Commercial Arbitration as one of leading European practitioners (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Ranked by Global Counsel as one of the “World’s Top Ten International Arbitration” lawyers (2003)
  • Listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers (2003 to present)

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP offers one of the world’s premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices. Our multi-national team consists of over 70 lawyers, trained and qualified in jurisdictions around the world, including Austria, France, Germany, Serbia, Switzerland, UK, the United States, as well as in Latin America and Asia.

We have extensive experience with arbitration administered by all of the major international arbitration institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC and others, as well as more specialised forms of institutional arbitration and ad hoc arbitrations. In recent years, our arbitration group has handled more than 650 proceedings, in numerous arbitral seats, and governed by the laws of more than 70 different legal systems. In addition to representing clients as counsel, many of our lawyers regularly sit as arbitrators.

Our practice is consistently acknowledged to be one of the very best in the world. We have featured every year in the top ranks of Global Arbitration Review’s annual GAR30 listing of leading arbitration practices and we are regularly ranked in the top tier by directories such as Chambers UK and Legal 500. We have been named “Firm of the Year” for International Arbitration by The Legal 500 UK Awards 2013 and U.S. News and Best Lawyers have named us “Law Firm of the Year” for International Arbitration in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

We have particular experience in a number of specialised substantive areas, including:

  • Disputes involving States: disputes involving public international law, foreign states and state-owned entities.
  • Energy: representation of leading international energy companies in a wide range of disputes, including under operating agreements, joint bid agreements, concessions, oil and gas supply contracts and other arrangements.
  • Financial services: representation of leading financial services companies in a wide range of disputes, including securities-related disputes and regulatory investigations involving accounting and related issues.
  • Joint venture, services and franchise disputes: joint venture, shareholder, corporate governance and control, and related disputes.
  • Insurance: insurance coverage disputes.
  • M&A disputes: disputes involving merger, acquisition, disposal and other related types of agreements.
    Construction and engineering: disputes involving construction, engineering and related forms of contracts and projects.
  • Intellectual property: disputes involving patents, technology transfer and licensing agreements, copyright infringement, expropriation of trademarks.
  • Telecommunications: disputes involving acquisition, joint ventures, disposal and other related types of agreement.
  • Employment: disputes involving employment contracts.
“Gary Born’s reputation precedes him. He is regarded as “a real phenomenon,” and is respected both as an authority on international arbitration and as an incredibly hard worker. Based in London, he dominates the European market and appears in some of the biggest multi-jurisdictional arbitrations. He is also much in demand as an arbitrator”
Chambers & Partners, 2015