John Xavier Butler is a Specialist Counsel and Solicitor Advocate at Wikborg Rein's London office. He specialises in shipping, commodities and international trade.
Before relocating to London, John spent almost 9 years in Hong Kong, where he is also qualified as a Solicitor and previously spent time on secondment to a P&I Club. John has varied experience of shipping work for owners, charterers and cargo interests, including P&I and Defence work; Charterparty, bill of lading and COA matters; MOA sale & purchase disputes; admiralty work and the arrest of ships and other assets in order to secure and/or enforce claims. Outside of the shipping arena, John's work has included more specialised matters such as complex international fraud cases, as well as shareholder disputes – in particular acting for a Chinese SOE in a long-running shareholder and director dispute involving the management of a heavylift JV valued at US$1bn.
John has represented clients in arbitrations in London, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as at numerous mediations.
John speaks fluent German and conversational Mandarin.
Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, London
2018 - 2021
Senior Associate, CMS
2017 - 2018
Senior Associate, RPC
2014 - 2017
2012 - 2014
2010 - 2012
Trainee Solicitor, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
2004 - 2008
Master of Arts, University of Oxford
Rising Star (Hong Kong), Legal 500