Geoffrey Burgess is a corporate partner with a broad international practice that ranges from private equity and cross-border mergers & acquisitions to joint ventures and intricate financing transactions.

Mr. Burgess is recommended for Private Equity and M&A by IFLR1000 (2019) and Chambers UK (2019 and The Legal 500 US (2019) list him as a leading lawyer for Aviation. Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017) notes Mr. Burgess for leading the firm’s India group, which is ranked as a leading international firm for India-related M&A. India Business Law Journal, which recognises the top India focussed lawyers at international firms, also mentions that he is “highly regarded by Indian clients.” He is further recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018) and Chambers Global (2017) for his work in India. The guide describes him as “highly accomplished and very innovative.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 UK for private equity transactions as well as for work in emerging markets. The 2017 edition of the guide praised him for being “an exceptional transactional lawyer with pragmatic business sense.” He was further noted as having “vast experience of Russian inbound and outbound transactions as well as India-related deals.” The guide has stated that he is known for a “broad-ranging Russia, CIS and India Practice.” It has also described him as “excellent and responsive” and “particularly distinguished by his ability to strategically navigate complex negotiations.” Mr. Burgess has been ranked as a leading individual in Chambers Europe (2012, 2013 & 2014) and described as having “considerable experience in advising Russian clients from his London base.” Sources add that he enjoys a “huge amount of respect” and “stands out for his aviation experience”, though “his practice ranges from private equity and international mergers & acquisitions, to financings and joint ventures.”

Mr. Burgess joined the firm in 1997 and has been resident in the London office since 1999. He is Co-Chair of The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) Legal and Regulatory Committee, and recently served on a UN/WTO committee for the preparation of a model joint venture agreement. Mr. Burgess has been a member of the board of advisors of the Survey of East European Law, Columbia University School of Law since 1993.

Mr. Burgess is the author of various articles in trade publications on European private equity and Russian transactional issues. Recent publications include “Governance in Emerging Market Private Capital,” Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (April, 2019); “AVCA Legal & Regulatory Bulletin: The OECD BEPS Action Plan and Tax Considerations for Investors,” AVCA Legal & Regulatory Bulletin (February, 2019); “Africa Insurance M&A: Global Insurers’ Next Frontier,” Legal & Regulatory Bulletin (Fall Edition, 2017); “Opportunities and Trends in Healthcare—How to Achieve Scalable Impact,” Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets (October, 2017); “M&A In Russia: Opportunities And Risks In The Current Environment,” India Unleashed (June, 2017); the corporate governance chapter in the Middle East and Africa edition of the BVCA’s International Series (September, 2013); “Private Equity Manager: Top MENA Risks Identified at Forum,” Private Equity Manager (September, 2013); “Private Equity Manager: Should You Follow Your Star Lawyer?,” Private Equity Manager (September, 2013); “How Russia Joining the World Trade Organization Affects Aviation,” Corporate Jet Investor (November, 2012) and “Mapping The Revised UK Takeover Landscape,” Law360 (September, 2013). Publications on India-related matters include “Up To 49 Percent Foreign Ownership Of Indian Insurers Is Now Law,” FC&S Legal (May, 2015), “India’s Corporate Governance Reforms: Encouraging Companies To Do Business,” Practical Law Company Magazine (December, 2013) and “Indian Regulator Releases New Alternative Investment Funds Regulations; Offshore Funds Unaffected,” Eurekahedge (August, 2012). Mr. Burgess is a regular speaker at the Fundraising Masterclasses held by the Emerging Market Private Equity Association, including delivering sessions in Mumbai and London. Other recent speaking engagements include “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... Can Arbitration Best Reflect the Complexity of the M&A Transaction?,” Dispute Resolution in M&A Transactions Conference, 5th Edition (May, 2019); “A Good Company Always Attracts a Buyer: Examining Pathways to Liquidity via Trade Sales, Secondaries and IPOs,” 16th Annual AVCA Conference (April, 2019); “Structuring PE Deals in Africa,” International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) 2018 – Advanced Training (September, 2018); “Navigating the Healthcare Market in India,” IFLR India M&A Forum (September, 2018); “Sub-Saharan Africa - Looking at the Positive Side. Can we see results on diversification to counter-balance the upheavals of the oil crisis?,” 2018 Agenda Africa Breakfast Forum (June, 2018);“Private Equity Exits,” PEA LP-GP Investor Summit (June, 2018); “Impact Investing Roundtable,” BVCA Roundtable Series (May, 2018); “Core Transaction Agreements—Shareholder Agreements,” AVCA Legal Agreements Training (April, 2018); “Ten Golden Rules for Asian Lessors Entering the Aviation Market,” 20th Annual Global Airfinance Conference (January, 2018); “Cross-border Healthcare PE and M&A Transactions,” IFLR India M&A Forum 2017 (September, 2017); “Structuring PE Deals in Emerging Markets,” EMPEA Fundraising Masterclass and Frontier Markets Private Equity (May, 2017); “A Finger on the Pulse—Investments in Healthcare,” AVCA Conference (April, 2017); “Chapter 11 for Non-U.S. Operators,” Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dublin 2017 (January, 2017); “General Effect of Brexit and the Impact of Brexit on Private Equity,” (November, 2016); “Implementation Debate: What Stage of the Investment Lifecycle has the Most Opportunity for Creating Sustainable Value,” Sustainable Investing in Emerging Markets 2016, (October, 2016); “Equity Investments Core Documentation,” AVCA Legal Agreements in Private Equity Training Programme (October, 2016); “Navigating the Private Equity Landscape in India,” IFLR India M&A Forum (September, 2016); and “The Current M&A Environment: Trends and Drivers,” 18th Annual Global Airfinance Conference (January, 2016).

Mr. Burgess graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill B.Sc., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Morehead Scholar; and in 1993 received his J.D. from Columbia, where he was a Stone Scholar, received a Parker School Certificate in International Law and served on the Journal of Transnational Law as head notes editor, Parker School Journal of East European Law as founding managing editor and Survey of East European Law as managing editor. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow, Institute of State and Law (Moscow) in 1994. Mr. Burgess is a volunteer at the unLtd law clinic.


  • Columbia Law School, 1993, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • New York