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Scott Horton

Scott Horton

Senior Consultant

Scott Horton is an attorney and legal academic whose work concentrates on international public and private law, natural resource development and human rights matters.

His career has focused heavily on advice and representation of entities in the natural resources sector, with a heavy focus on mining, and most recently he has counseled sovereigns in the restructuring of natural resource licensing regimes to introduce higher levels of transparency and accountability and has supervised extensive anti-corruption investigations relating to existing natural resource investments. His significant clients have included the governments of Georgia, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Taiwan and South Korea as well as AIG, CBS, EBRD, IFC, Newmont Mining, Shell Oil and the financier George Soros.

As a human rights advocate, Horton advised and represented Russian physicist and Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner and has advised and represented CBS and the Associated Press, among other media entities.

Professional QualificationsAttorney-at-law admitted with the Supreme Court of New York


  • Advice to sovereign in connection with reform of natural resources regulatory regime, including a comprehensive review of prior licenses
  • Investigation of corruption allegations on behalf of a sovereign in connection with a world top-10 world iron ore mine
  • Advice and representative of sovereign in connection with the restructuring of holdings in a world top-10 gold mine
  • Representation of constituent member firms of Arthur Andersen in merger discussions following the bankruptcy of the firm's American partnership
  • Representation of the architect Frank Gehry in the conclusion of significant projects in the Middle East and Latin America
  • University of Maryland, BA
  • University of Texas, JD


Scott is a lecturer in law at Columbia University in New York.