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George Vlavianos FCIArb

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Dispute Resolution
About

George Vlavianos has a vast experience in dispute resolution with a focus on energy and constructions disputes.

He has considerable experience advising owners, contractors and engineers on a wide range of complex, multi-party construction disputes and arbitrations across the Middle East, Europe and the North America, including insurance claims arising out of large-scale construction projects.

In addition, George has a significant experience in handling energy-related disputes for national and international energy companies. He regularly conducts arbitrations under various ad hoc and institutional rules.

EXPERIENCE

  • Advising an international EPC contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings in relation to multi-million dollar disputes arising out of the design and construction of a stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
  • Advising a foreign government in relation to a multi-billion dollar dispute arising from a contract for the manufacture and supply of military equipment to a country in the GCC.*
  • Advising an international EPC contractor in relation to multi-million dollar claims arising out of the design and construction of a highway network in Qatar.*
  • Advising an international consultant in HKIAC arbitration proceedings in relation to the recovery of consulting fees arising from the award of a contract for the construction of a pipeline system in Bangladesh.*
  • Advising an international energy company in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in relation to a multi-million dollar costs overrun and delay claim arising out of the design and construction of a billion-dollar oil sands project in Canada.*
  • Advising an international EPC contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings advancing a multi-million dollar claim arising out of the construction of a gas processing plant in Oman.*
  • Advising the joint venture owners in a multi-million dollar gas pricing dispute with a Saudi Arabian petrochemical company.*
  • Advising the international joint venture owners in advancing a multi-million dollar insurance (property and BI) claim arising out of the construction and operation of an aluminum smelter in the GCC.*
  • Advising an insulation sub-contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings advancing a multi-million dollar claim arising out of the construction of an LNG plant in Qatar.*
  • Advising an international energy company in a series of UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings relating to multiple multi-million dollar disputes arising out of the ownership and operation of a gas field in the Caspian Sea.*

  • *Denotes experience from previous firm.

Languages
  • English
  • Greek
  • French
  • German
  • Arabic
Education
  • Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France, 1994
  • McGill University, Montréal, Canada Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 1992
  • McGill University, Montréal, Canada, Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), 1993

Awards

  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners, 2020, Dispute Resolution – Qatar
  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners, 2020, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (foreign expert for Canada)
  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners, 2020-2022, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – Canada (expertise based abroad in Qatar)

Publications

  • "Consolidation of International Commercial Arbitration Proceedings in the Energy Sector", GAR – The Guide to Energy Arbitrations, 2019
  • "Protecting Your Foreign Operations in the Age of BITs", Canadian Mining Journal, 2018

Seminars

  • How to Best use an Expert Witness in Arbitration, 6th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Summit – Istanbul, 2019
  • Consolidation of International Arbitration Proceedings, 5th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Summit – Doha, 2019
  • Arbitration Clauses: An Introduction for Transactional Lawyers, 6th Annual International Arbitration & Regulatory Summit – Dubai, 2019
  • Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution Clauses – Benefits, Drawbacks and Effects of Non-Compliance, Third International Arbitration Conference – Doha, 2018

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper in May 2020, George worked at an international law firm, based in Doha.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • New York Bar, 1993
  • Law Society of Alberta, 1996
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Canadian National Committee, Member
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Arbitration Committee, Member
  • Congress of Fellows of the Center for International Legal Studies, Member
  • London Court of International Arbitration, Member

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