Alan Burke | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Alan Burke
Alan Burke

Alan Burke

Partner, London

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An experienced corporate, and mergers and acquisitions lawyer, Alan leads teams from multiple practices in complex international deals.

Clients benefit from his extensive track record in international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, reorganisations and restructurings. His knowledge and experience spans a broad range of business sectors, including energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, mining and financial institutions.

Alan's client list is varied and includes public and private corporations, governments and banks, such as Saudi Aramco, MOL, PetroSaudi International, Rosneft, Nordea, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Camargo Corrêa and Queiroz Galvão. Notable recent matters include Alan's team-leading role in Saudi Aramco's US$1.3 billion Vela-Bahri merger, which created one of the world's largest shipping companies.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales


  • LPC, College of Law, London
  • LLM, University College Dublin
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University College Dublin


  • English


International Finance Corporation, 2016

Alan represented International Finance Corporation (IFC), together with other consortium members IFHA-II Cooperatief U.A. (IFHA-II), Swiss Re and CIEL Healthcare Africa Limited (CHL), on an investment in Hygeia Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's leading private healthcare company.

Wintershall's asset swap with Gazprom, 2015

Alan represented Wintershall on a major asset swap with Gazprom. As part of the deal Wintershall, agreed to exit certain gas trading and storage activities and further expand its production of oil and gas by acquiring a participation in a natural gas and condensate fields in Western Siberia. In return, Gazprom took a significant step in increasing its industrial presence in Western Europe by acquiring Wintershall’s share of a jointly operated natural gas trading and storage business and a 50 percent share in activities of Wintershall Noordzee, active in the exploration and production of oil and gas in the UK North Sea.

Saudi Aramco's US$1.3 billion Vela-Bahri merger, 2014

Alan led the international team of lawyers that advised the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on the complex, US$1.3 billion Vela-Bahri merger of the fleet and operations of its wholly owned subsidiary, Vela International Marine Ltd, with the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri). The integration of the shipping businesses of Vela within the corporate structure of Bahri created one of the world's largest shipping companies.

International Finance Corporation, 2014

Alan represented International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its acquisition of a 2.65 percent stake in Borsa Istanbul-listed Soda Sanayii A.Ş. Soda Sanayii, an affiliate of Turkey-based global glass and chemical producer Şişecam Group, which is among the world's ten largest soda producers with facilities in Turkey, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy.

Camargo Corrêa and Queiroz Galvão's sale of an equity stake in Estaleiro Atlantico Sul SA, 2013

Alan represented Camargo Corrêa and Queiroz Galvão in connection with the sale to a Japanese consortium of an equity stake in Estaleiro Atlȃntico Sul SA, the largest shipyard in the shipbuilding and offshore industry in Brazil.

Petro-Saudi Ltd Inc on the sale of its stakes in Andes Energia Plc, 2013

Alan represented Petro-Saudi Ltd Inc. on the sale of its equity stakes in Andes Energia Plc, a Latin American oil and gas company listed on AIM.

GDF Suez Energy International's divestment of its equity interest in T-Power NV, 2012

GDF Suez Energy International sought Alan's counsel on the divestment of its 33.3 per cent equity interest in T-Power NV, the Belgium-based power generation company, to Itochu Corporation.

Natixis SA and Captiva Capital Management S.a.r.l., 2011

Alan represented Natixis SA and Captiva Capital Management S.a.r.l. in connection with the sale of 65% of the share capital of Natixis Capital Partners Limited to Captiva International Partners LLP by way of a management buy-out, including advising on related fund and security agreements.

Entero BV in its acquisition of Powerfuel Mining Ltd and Powerfuel PLC, 2011

Alan represented Entero BV in the acquisition of the business, assets and workforce of Powerfuel Mining Limited and Powerfuel PLC from KPMG as joint administrators.

PetroSaudi International's purchase of the drillship Neptune Discoverer, 2010

Alan advised PetroSaudi International and its subsidiaries on the purchase of the drillship Neptune Discoverer from the Neptune group of companies, and on the related assignment to PetroSaudi of a drilling contract with Petróleos de Venezuela SA.

En+'s US$1 billion consensual financial restructuring, 2010

Alan represented En+, the Russia-based metals, mining and energy group, on its US$1 billion consensual financial restructuring.

Nordea Bank's acquisition of JSB Orgresbank's remaining shareholding, 2009

In a deal worth €100 million, Alan led the team that advised Nordea, the leading financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region, on its agreement to acquire the remaining 17.7 percent in Russian bank JSB Orgresbank from the two management shareholders and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This transaction highlighted Alan's experience in advising on M&A transactions and capitalizations in the Russian banking sector.

Disposal of Nordea Bank’s institutional global custody business to JP Morgan

Alan led the team who advised Nordea in relation to the sale of its institutional global custody business to JPMorgan, following a controlled auction process.

Awards & Recognition

Leading individual:, The Legal 500, 2014


The Legal 50, 2014 and 2013

Named as one of the top 50 Irish legal professionals in the UK

Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)