Gene M. Burd

Partner

Fax: 202.677.4031

Biography

Gene is a partner in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and is a member of the Global Commerce industry team. Gene handles some of the most complex, high-stakes international legal disputes at the firm. He is deeply experienced in the international principles of establishing jurisdiction in federal courts, establishing or defeating personal jurisdiction over foreign corporations, securing stays of litigation based on international arbitration agreements, and applying the forum non conveniens and Foreign Sovereign Immunities in litigation involving foreign states and state-owned companies. He handles matters involving foreign investment, international trade, and U.S. financial sanctions. . Given his definitive experience over the last 22 years, cross-border clients choose to work with Gene on cross-border disputes. His valuable advice to corporate clients on international risk management and international business transactions is second-to-none.

Gene represents clients hailing from the energy, biotechnology, real estate, and finance industries. He handles arbitrations under the rules of leading international institutions such as ICC, LCIA, LMAA, and UNCITRAL. He also litigates cases involving enforcement of international arbitral awards including awards against sovereign nations and petitions to obtain evidence in the United States in aid of foreign legal proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 1782.

Nationally recognized for his depth in international legal matters, Gene frequently appears as a resource to the media. Most impressively, Gene was retained by the U.S. International Revenue Service as an expert on Russian law and business practices to assist in and testify in court proceedings involving cross-border assignment of receivables. Gene served as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Law, teaching international litigation in United States courts. Gene speaks fluent Russian and is conversant in Ukrainian.

Experience

  • Advised a Russian film production company in connection with a joint venture with an American/Canadian producer involving production of films in the U.S.

  • Secured recognition in the United States of an international arbitration award against a foreign state. Not only did the court recognize the award but also convert the amount of the award in U.S. dollars at a favorable exchange rate and award prejudgment interest.

  • Represented a Russian party in connection with request to obtain evidence pursuant to Section 1782 for use in Russian marital property division proceedings.

  • Advised a U.S. investor in connection with sale of its interest in a major Russian construction conglomerate.

  • Advised a U.S. Payment Processor in connection with international money laundering investigation.

  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of a Salvadoran company against a Florida-based distributor in commercial arbitration under UCITRAL Rules. Pursued and succeeded in the action to recognize the award in a United States district court.

  • Served as an expert retained by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on foreign legal issues involving assignment of distressed assets.

  • Secured recognition in Russia of a $28 million international arbitration award for a U.S. company owned by prominent New York real estate developer.

  • Advised international investors in all aspects of the acquisition of the ferroalloy and steel assets in the United States including acquisition through receivership and bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Successfully secured stay of the U.S. District Court proceedings in favor of the arbitration under the rules of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.

  • Obtained recovery for an international coal distributor, in a multimillion breach of contract claim against a U.S. coal supplier.

  • Represented a foreign real estate investment in an action alleging conversion of properties by local managers. Acted as a lead counsel in bench trial.

  • Represented a major international pharmaceutical corporation in Section 1782 proceedings in connection with a patent validity dispute in Canada.

  • Represented as lead counsel a prominent New York real estate investor in Stockholm arbitration against major Russian oil refinery.

  • Secured dismissal of the proceedings in an arbitration claim brought by a Russian coal producer against a U.S. coal trader in the International Chamber of Commerce arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland.

Credentials

  • Rutgers University School of Law, Juris Doctor — 1997
  • Salzburg University, Certificate of International Legal Studies — 1995
  • District of Columbia Bar 2013
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1997
  • State of New Jersey 1997
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 1997
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 1997
    • Ukrainian Arbitration Association, Board Member
    • America Bar Association–Section of International Law, Co-chair Russian Eurasia Committee, 2011–2015
  • Russian ( Fluent )
  • Ukrainian ( Fluent )

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