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King & Spalding LLP

1700 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006, USA
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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘accessible’ team continued to handle a volume of investment mandates for REITs as well as funds and, in one example, New York-based Jennifer Morgan and Charlotte-based Mark Thigpen represented Douglas Emmett in the acquisition of four office buildings in West Los Angeles for $1.34bn. In Atlanta, names to note include Timothy Goodwin, who has the ‘business acumen to get through complex issues’, and Joshua Kamin; the latter was busy on a number of mandates for Jamestown, including advising on the acquisition and financing of 63 Madison Avenue and 200 Madison Avenue in New York. Kamin is also acting for Georgia State University Foundation in its efforts to acquire and redevelop Turner Field in Atlanta. The practice has seen a slight shift in geographical focus, with New York-based John Wilson taking over as head of practice from Sarah Borders, who remains in the firm’s Atlanta office. Wilson’s caseload included acting for key client Clarion Partners in a series of joint ventures with a Korean governmental pension agency, including the $470 acquisition of a Manhattan office building. New York-based Davis Powell, who is a ‘great transaction attorney’, and Charlotte-based Christopher McCoy made partner.

Next generation lawyers

Davis Powell - King & Spalding LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state) - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘extremely knowledgeableKing & Spalding LLP team is ‘excellent at setting legal strategies’, particularly in the regulatory sphere. Practice head Daryl Joseffer led a team in two patent infringement cases at the Federal Circuit: securing a victory in Microsoft Corporation v GeoTag, Inc, arising from alleged patent infringement of the standard store locator tool; and convincing the court to affirm the summary judgment of patent invalidity in Priceplay, Inc v AOL Advertising, Inc on the grounds that Priceplay’s method of setting prices was no more than an abstract idea. Jeffrey Bucholtz represented Chevron in a DC Circuit appeal brought by the Republic of Ecuador challenging the enforceability of a $96.3m arbitral award. In Glennen v Allergan, Bucholtz persuaded the court to affirm the case dismissal on express and implied preemption grounds. Former Assistant US Attorney Anne Voigts joined the Palo Alto office.

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

Lawyers at the ‘excellentKing & Spalding LLP are ‘responsive, knowledgeable and proactive’. Practice head Christopher Wray and fellow Washington DC-based partners Dixie Johnson and Michael Pauzé represented PwC Brazil in investigations and litigation stemming from the Petrobras investigation. Wray and deputy practice chair Andrew Hruska, who is based in New York, acted for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the Bridgegate investigations. Pauzé and Robert Hur secured an acquittal for Vascular Solutions in a criminal trial concerning off-label promotion of a medical device. Other key members of the team include counsel Gary Grindler (Washington DC) and deputy practice chairs Zachary Harmon (Washington DC) and Paul Murphy (Atlanta). Alexander Koch rejoined the Washington DC office in May 2016 after serving as assistant director of the SEC’s enforcement division, and Naana Frimpong joined the Atlanta office in November that year after serving as Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘great team’ at King & Spalding LLP stands out for its extensive trial experience and track record of successful verdicts. It handles litigation and arbitration in various forums in the US and is also adept at cases with cross-border aspects. Clients include multinational energy, industrial and pharmaceutical companies and leading accounting firms. Recent high-profile engagements include Richard Marooney’s representation of a KBR subsidiary in a complex dispute with Pemex; he and the team secured confirmation of an arbitral award, which was subsequently affirmed by the Second Circuit, despite the award being previously annulled by Mexico’s highest court. James Capra, Israel Dahan, Kenneth Turnbull and Michael Pauzé are recommended.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding LLP

At King & Spalding LLP, the ‘strength of the team is outstanding’ and clients can rely on ‘careful review of complex legal matters’. It has a strong track record in the oil and gas sector, and recent highlights include representing Murphy Oil in a UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration with Ecuador involving a dispute under the US-Ecuador BIT and confirming a $100m award in the US Supreme Court for Chevron in a long-running dispute with Ecuador. In addition, the team successfully represented ConocoPhillips in securing an UNCITRAL award in February 2016 against the owner and operator of an Indonesian gas pipeline. The team is jointly led by the ‘astuteEdward Kehoe from New York and the ‘very experienced’ Doak Bishop from Houston. A significant portion of the team is spread across these two cities, with Reginald Smith, John Bowman and Silvia Marchili key contacts in Houston, and David Kiefer, who recently joined from Dentons, James Berger, Henry Burnett and Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez key names in New York. Washington DC-based consultant Margrete Stevens is also recommended. Wade Coriell is now based in the firm’s Singapore office and Eric Schwartz recently retired.

Leading lawyers

Doak Bishop - King & Spalding LLP

Edward Kehoe - King & Spalding LLP

John Bowman - King & Spalding LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘service is instant and considered’. The team is active across complex litigation and regulatory matters and is particularly noted for its FCPA and anti-corruption investigations practice. Alongside colleagues in London and Dubai, Mark Maloney in Atlanta is advising KFH Capital Investment Company and Kuwait Finance House Real Estate Company on a London Commercial Court fraud claim. Charles Correll in San Francisco, Richard Marooney in New York and Jeff Bucholtz in Washington DC advised Commisa, a subsidiary of KBR, on the enforcement of an arbitral award obtained in an ICC arbitration in Mexico. Chevron and ConocoPhillips are also key clients. Managing partner of the New York office Edward Kehoe is also noted.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘talented’ team is one of the ‘undoubted leaders on behalf of US petitioners’ in trade remedies cases. Stephen Jones leads the trade remedies sub-group and, alongside Stephen Vaughn, who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in December 2015, successfully secured anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on behalf of AK Steel (as one of the petitioners) in International Trade Commission (ITC) hearings challenging the unfair importation of various steel products by numerous countries. Jones also recently secured anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on behalf of Domtar in the hotly contested ITC hearings against imports of certain uncoated paper. Team head Stephen Orava spends a considerable amount of time in the firm’s Geneva office working on WTO disputes and is representing the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association in challenging Thailand’s subsidies in the sugar sector. Other recommended partners include Michael Taylor for customs work; Christine Savage, who handles a range of export controls and economic sanctions and CFIUS matters; and Section 337 expert Jeffrey Telep. Leading industry figure Joseph Dorn recently retired.

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has a dominant position in shareholder litigation in the Southern United States and its Atlanta office has prominent partners in the form of Michael Smith, Warren Pope and Robert Thornton. Pope’s highlights included In re Books-A-Million, Inc Stockholders Litigation, in which he represented independent directors in a class action arising from the company’s going-private transaction. Pope and Smith represented AGL Resources in a class action challenging its $12bn acquisition by the Southern Company.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s Atlanta-based group often represents automotive manufacturers and transportation companies in a broad range of litigation, including wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. Dan Willoughby has been serving as national discovery counsel to Toyota in a number of matters, including unintended acceleration and product liability litigation. Randall Bassett and Susan Clare led the team in representing UPS as lead trial counsel in a high-profile wrongful death trucking case before state court in Duval County, Florida. The firm’s Washington DC office was strengthened by the arrival of former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief counsel Jacqueline Glassman.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s department primarily acts for clients in the tobacco industry. Led by Richard Schneider in Atlanta, the group continues to act for RJ Reynolds in a number of ‘Engle progeny’ cases in Florida. Charlotte-based Cory Hohnbaum obtained a complete defense verdict for the client in a claim brought by two plaintiffs alleging its cigarettes caused coronary heart disease. Also in Charlotte, Jeffrey Furr obtained a defense verdict in a claim in which plaintiffs sought recovery of $15m for alleged addiction caused by the cigarettes. Bradley Pratt left to found Pratt Law, LLC.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

Always timely, thoughtful and creative’, King & Spalding LLP’s team often acts as national counsel to major clients. Led by ‘excellent’ practice co-head Andrew Bayman in Atlanta, Peter Strotz and Donald Zimmer in San Francisco, the team continued to defend GSK in litigation concerning its antidepressant medication Paxil, including obtaining a directed verdict for the company in Rader v GlaxoSmithKline PLC, et al. Zimmer has been serving as national counsel to Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca in personal injury and wrongful death claims regarding the diabetes medication Onglyza. Bruce Hurley heads the group alongside Bayman, while the overall litigation practice is led by fellow Houston-based lawyer Carol Wood. Clients also recommend ‘superb trial lawyerChilton Varner in Atlanta.

Leading lawyers

Chilton Varner - King & Spalding LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘incredibly strong’ group serves as counsel to a wide range of clients, including chemical, pharmaceutical and automotive manufacturers. Robert Meadows continues to defend Chevron in various litigation, including serving as lead trial counsel to the client in a high-profile multi-defendant lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East alleging that nearly 100 oil and gas companies caused coastal erosion and weakened the area’s flood protection. In San Francisco, Gennaro Filice and Nicholas Kayhan have been serving as national counsel to Dow Chemical in a number of lawsuits and actions alleging water contamination. Kevin Buster heads the practice. All partners are based in Atlanta unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Robert Meadows - King & Spalding LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Taber - King & Spalding LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has a team spread across eight US offices that is ‘supportive, experienced, always quick to respond and extremely patient in explaining details’. Paul Bessette and Israel Dahan are representing FXCM in a class action alleging misrepresentation of the risk of the Swiss National Bank allowing the franc to trade freely against the euro. Peter Isajiw is acting for directors of Digital Domain Media Group in securities fraud and class action lawsuits concerning alleged misstatements. James Capra’s highlights included advising PwC Brazil in connection with the Petrobras corruption scandal. William Johnson, Austin-based Michael Biles and Dixie Johnson in Washington DC are all recommended. Warren Pope and Michael Smith in Atlanta defended misrepresentation claims against Galectin Therapeutics. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘excellent’ asset finance and leasing group at King & Spalding LLP has a strong presence in Charlotte, and significantly strengthened its offering there with the addition of Jason Huff and Christopher Buchanan from Moore & Van Allen, PLLC’s equipment finance department. The two new hires have extensive experience handling the gamut of transportation and equipment finance matters, and have completed leasing transactions around the world. In 2016, the team acted for Wells Fargo Rail Corporation during a $1bn acquisition of a portfolio of 77,000 railcars and 1,000 locomotives and a full acquisition of General Electric Railcar Services and various subsidiaries. ‘Going above and beyond expectations’, the group is also active in the aviation sector, having advised aircraft sale and management companies, private equity firms and banks in relation to various loan and credit facilities and acquisitions. At associate level, Mickey Jett is highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Mickey Jett - King & Spalding LLP

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Capital markets: debt offerings
Capital markets: debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

Providing ‘the expertise of New York firms at a more reasonable cost’, Atlanta-headquartered King & Spalding LLP has a significant issuer-side practice that has recently acted for companies in the energy, financial services, consumer products and real estate industries. Lawyers demonstrate ‘excellent knowledge of the rules and markets’, with Keith Townsend praised as a ‘very strong lawyer’. Townsend acted for ConocoPhillips in its $3bn offering of fixed rate senior notes, and assisted Total System Services with its $1.5bn offering of fixed rate senior notes. Other key names include William Smith, who has ‘strong knowledge of the law, excellent client skills and business understanding’, Jeffery Malonson, who joined the Houston office in 2016 from Vinson & Elkins LLP, and newly promoted partner Carrie Ratliff.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘absolutely fantastic’ finance team is headed by Atlanta-based Carolyn Alford and has several highly active partners based in New York and Charlotte, including Ron Lovelace, Bill Fuller, the ‘first-rate’ Todd Holleman, Hector Llorens, Chris Molen and Michael Urschel. Clients rate the firm’s ability to ‘achieve a great balance of partner and associate time to yield a very efficient result’. Recent highlights include advising JPMorgan Chase on a $1bn loan to Scheitzer-Mauduit International to help finance the acquisition of Argotec Intermediate Holdings. The firm is also experienced in the alternative lending sector and recently advised GSO Capital Partners on a $415m loan to Sequential Brands Group to finance its acquisition of Gaiam. Other key clients include SunTrust Bank, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Golub Capital and Antares Capital.

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Project finance
Project finance: advice to sponsor - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

Philip Weems and Ken Culotta are the Houston-based heads of King & Spalding LLP’s department, which has a strong oil and gas focus and is particularly adept at handling LNG projects. Daniel Rogers acted for SeaOne Caribbean on the $3bn development and associated financing of a facility in Mississippi for the production and delivery of compressed gas liquids to the Caribbean. Culotta advised Quebec LNG on the development and financing of a multibillion-dollar LNG export project in Canada, and acted for Floridian Gas Storage on financing an LNG storage facility to serve southern Florida. Other clients include Magnum Energy, Mountaineer NGLs, NextDecade Pipeline and Haddington Energy Partners IV. In an illustration of the practice’s workload outside of the oil and gas space, the Charlotte-based Todd Holleman assisted Atlanta Falcons Stadium Company with financing the construction and operation of an $850m football stadium to replace the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Atlanta-based Hector Llorens acted for the lead arranger on the financing of a sugar refinery. The New York office was bolstered in November 2016 by the arrival of Brian Betancourt from Alston & Bird LLP and counsel Brandon Dalling from Latham & Watkins LLP. In February 2017, project finance expert David Runnels joined the Houston office from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP.

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Structured finance
Structured finance - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s structured finance and securitization department was strengthened in 2016 with several new additions to the team, including Terry Novetsky, who was previously at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. Focusing on secured lending, debt capital markets and global trade finance, he acted for MidCap Financial Trust in a $60m bankruptcy exit financing of SPV entities formed by Relativity Media. Practice head Michael Urschel has been involved in multiple matters involving whole-business securitizations, having represented the joint lead managers in the sale of $2.3bn of fixed-rate notes and $100m in variable-rate notes backed by the whole-business securitization of Taco Bell’s franchise assets. Urschel also advised a global investment bank on the sale of $685m of whole-business-backed notes issued by Arby’s Funding. Through the new additions to the team, the department picked up a number of new clients, including Citibank, RBC Capital Markets and InSite Wireless Group. Counsel Anthony Mechcatie is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Anthony Mechcatie - King & Spalding LLP

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United States: Government

Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is expanding its international capabilities and was retained by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia concerning its interest in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The group often handles regulatory work for foreign corporations with US subsidiaries as well as congressional investigations and political law matters. A pronounced sector focus is the healthcare area, where the team advised multiple pharmaceutical clients on congressional inquiries concerning the pricing of drugs. Acting for a coalition of health systems, representing over 200 hospitals, the group was part of a bipartisan legislative process, led by the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, to consider reforms to the Stark Law. In the defense sector, it is helping Decision Sciences secure funding for operational testing of technology designed to detect nuclear and radiological materials entering the US. Thomas Spulak leads the practice, which saw the additions of automotive sector specialist Jacqueline Glassman and healthcare specialist C’Reda Weeden in 2016.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘excellent’ team at King & Spalding LLP has significantly increased its partner bench strength, promoting Kevin Clark, Benjamin Pollock and the ‘outstanding’ Elizabeth Taber in Houston, as well as Atlanta-based Susan Clare and arbitration-focused attorney Elizabeth Silbert. Highly recommended national commercial litigation practice head Robert Meadows, whom clients regard as being ‘one of the best defense lawyers’, acted as lead trial counsel for Chevron in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East over alleged oil and gas drilling damage to coastal ecosystems. Charles Correll represented the multinational energy corporation in a royalty class action case filed in California where plaintiffs seek to certify a class of all private-lease royalty owners associated with California oil and gas leases. Other areas of expertise include construction, commercial, damage and personal injury litigation and international arbitration.

Leading lawyers

Robert Meadows - King & Spalding LLP

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is well versed in advising clients on regulatory matters arising from sales and acquisitions and in representing them in revenue and rate-related proceedings before FERC, while also having experience in enforcement and contentious work. Chair of the firm’s global energy practice Neil Levy assisted Tenaska with seeking FERC approval of several transactions, including the sale of seven power plants with a combined generation capacity of approximately 4,800MW to Eastern Generation, a newly formed subsidiary of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI. Levy also represented subsidiaries of LS Power alongside Calpine, Tenaska, NRG Ebergy, Dynegy, Exelon and Entegra Energy in FERC proceedings to obtain, modify and transfer reactive power service revenue requirements. The client roster also includes the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) and the New England Power Generators Association (NEPGA).

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

Providing ‘very good service’, King & Spalding LLP is particularly active in the gas regulatory space, dealing with FERC permitting matters, tariff issues and gas pipeline rate cases, while also handling an increasing amount of pipeline and hazardous material transportation safety work. Key contact James Bowe assisted Eagle LNG Partners with obtaining regulatory approvals from FERC and the DOE for the siting, construction and operation of two LNG production facilities and an export terminal to be located in Jacksonville, Florida, and with obtaining authorization to export LNG from each of the facilities. Neil Levy, who ‘always considers the bigger picture when making decisions’ and is ‘easy to work with’, served as outside counsel to Destin Pipeline, handling FERC regulatory and transactional matters.

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Energy transactions: oil and gas
Energy transactions: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘outstanding’ Houston-based team at King & Spalding LLP is led by the ‘quick, efficientKen Culotta, whose ‘deep industry experience’ is good value for money. Though its upstream and pipeline work is excellent, LNG is where the team truly shines: Kathryn Marietta advised ConocoPhillips Alaska on all aspects, including gas supply and LNG marketing, of its enormous Alaska LNG project. ‘Successful negotiator’ Archie Fallon made partner in January 2016, Jeffrey Malonson arrived from Vinson & Elkins LLP in July 2016, and David Runnels joined from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP in February 2017. Daniel Rogers is highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Archie Fallon - King & Spalding LLP

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

Houston-based Carol Wood heads the tort and environmental practice group at King & Spalding LLP, and has significant experience defending energy companies across domestic and international forums, particularly in relation to mining and oil and gas. Patricia Barmeyer and Granta Nakayama are the key contacts in Atlanta and Washington DC respectively; Barmeyer handles climate change and white-collar criminal defense matters, while Nakayama brings significant engineering, technical and energy expertise to the team. Highlights included defending Dow Chemical in water contamination suits filed across the country by municipal entities, and representing Chevron in over 100 suits concerning damage to groundwater, soil and sediments. Rayonier and Halliburton are also clients.

Leading lawyers

Granta Nakayama - King & Spalding LLP

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Environment: regulatory
Environment: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

At King & Spalding LLP, highlights included acting for Kia Motors in response to US government claims relating to the fuel economy of the client’s vehicles. The firm also represented Statoil in a series of regulatory investigations and enforcement actions related to a well pad fire and explosion, and acted for the City of Fort Smith in a CWA enforcement action brought by the EPA. Patricia Barmeyer heads the environmental practice from the firm’s Atlanta office.

Leading lawyers

Granta Nakayama - King & Spalding LLP

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Environment: transactional
Environment: transactional - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

At King & Spalding LLP, Joseph Eisert supports clients in corporate transactions and also advises on compliance, climate change regulation and other environmental issues. Cynthia Stroman splits her time between the Houston and Washington DC offices, and combines chemical engineering expertise with industry experience to provide insight into transactions involving various environmental statutes. Highlights included advising Zep Inc on its $692m acquisition by the affiliates of New Mountain Capital, and assisting Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group with its $592m acquisition financing to Blackstone Real Estate Partners. Stroman also assisted EDF Renewable Energy with securing a $300m funding for its Spinning Spur 3 wind energy project.

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Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is well known for its regulatory and government enforcement capabilities, supported by its equally strong product liability and mass tort defense litigation practice. Andrew Bayman, Peter Strotz and Donald Zimmer are representing GlaxoSmithKline, as national counsel, in litigation involving the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) anti-depressant medication, Paxil. The group has also been active in the licensing and collaboration space, such as advising Jounce Therapeutics on its collaboration with Celgene to develop and commercialize immuno-oncology treatments. In a typically prolific year on the fundraising front, the practice’s California-based team acted for numerous emerging life sciences companies, such as Apama Medical, Mission Bio and Lightstone Ventures and new Enterprise Associates. Washington DC-based Seth Lundy, Mark Brown and Christina Markus focus on the regulation of drugs and compliance issues, and transactional attorneys Jon Harris and Thomas Duley are other names to note. Regulatory and compliance specialists Sheldon Bradshaw, Kyle Sampson and Gary Messplay joined from Hunton & Williams LLP in 2016. Lisa Dwyer, Preeya Noronha Pinto and Stephen Abreu are also notable practitioners.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Dwyer - King & Spalding LLP

Preeya Noronha Pinto - King & Spalding LLP

Stephen Abreu - King & Spalding LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has a fine reputation in the healthcare industry, undertaking a full range of work for hospitals and managed care systems. San Francisco-based Marcia Augsburger is representing Prime Healthcare Services in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the amount owed to the client for services provided to Kaiser Permanente members. It is also advising the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on its joint venture with UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources to form a jointly operated hospital and clinically integrated physicians network. Government investigations and white-collar crime cases are other areas of expertise. Jon Harris and James Boswell are the Atlanta-based practice heads. Joseph Lynch left the firm to join Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. but the departure was mitigated by Washington DC-based Christopher Kenny’s elevation to the partnership and four new hires: Phillip Street joined the Atlanta office from Paul Hastings LLP, while Gary Messplay, Sheldon Bradshaw and Kyle Sampson arrived in the Washington DC office from Hunton & Williams LLP.

Leading lawyers

Jon Harris - King & Spalding LLP

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Transport: rail and road
Transport: rail and road - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding LLP

The team at King & Spalding LLP has extensive experience handling litigation and advising clients such as auto manufacturers and trade associations on regulatory investigations, especially concerning recalls. Washington DC-based Jacqueline Glassman, who recently joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP, is part of a team assisting Toyota with the regulatory, legislative and enforcement aspects of the Takata airbag recall - the largest auto recall in history. Granta Nakayama (also in Washington DC) specializes in tort and environmental law, and is advising a number of auto manufacturers, including Kia Motors America, on Clean Air Act offenses arising out of vehicle emission regulations. Other clients include General Motors, which the team assisted with enforcement matters, labor and employment lawsuits and recalls, and UPS, which the group has represented in high-profile trucking injury cases. Atlanta-based Philip Holladay Jr, who focuses on product liability, toxic tort and commercial disputes, is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

Granta Nakayama - King & Spalding LLP

Jacqueline Glassman - King & Spalding LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is particularly recommended for matters at the intersection of copyright and new technologies. Highlights included the representation of Pandora Media, Netflix, Google and others in the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the antitrust consent decrees of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) governing the licensing of public performance rights in musical compositions, and the successful representation of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in a suit against Public.Resource.Org regarding copyright protection for safety standards. Kenneth Steinthal and Joseph Wetzel in San Francisco are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Kenneth Steinthal - King & Spalding LLP

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s team assists a diverse range of clients with domestic and international trademark protection, including enforcement matters and cancelations and oppositions. Richard Groos in Austin assists Home Depot with trademark prosecution and enforcement. Kathleen McCarthy in New York successfully registered ‘Zero’ as a mark for several soft drinks of The Coca-Cola Company, after facing an opposition based on the genericness of the mark. Other clients include Mary Kay, Ignite Restaurant Group and Mac Parent.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is particularly focused on the energy and financial sectors, but is also retained by clients such as Coca-Cola and Home Depot to handle employment and ERISA disputes. Atlanta-based David Tetrick is part of AIG’s national fiduciary liability panel and is also representing Peabody in a stock-drop suit as well as SunTrust in class actions alleging that the client retained its mutual funds as investment alternatives for its 401(k) plan despite charging excessive fees and poor returns. In Washington DC, Bobby Burchfield handles healthcare litigation, especially regarding vested retiree benefits issues; clients of his include Moen, CNH and BorgWarner.

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Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s team regularly advises on the ERISA aspects of real estate and other transactions. Recent examples include New York-based {Kenneth Raskin 53309} advising Jamestown Premier Partnership Fund on its acquisition of several high-profile real estate assets, including Chelsea Market and One Times Square in New York. In the Atlanta office, Sam Choy and associate Ryan Gorman acted for a publicly traded client with respects to the design and implementation of executive benefit programs for its expatriate workforce, including senior executive compensation based on the client’s common stock performance. Other work highlights include assisting an affiliate of Roark Capital Group with a growth equity investment in Orangetheory Fitness. Based in New York, senior associate Laura Westfall plays a key supportive role in the team and is also a key contact.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Corporate governance
Corporate governance - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘excellentKing & Spalding LLP has a ‘strong team of very responsive and professional attorneys’. The team, which is based in Atlanta, is led by Cal Smith and William Baxley. Together with Alan Prince, Baxley advised Carmike Cinemas on governance issues connected to communications with several shareholder activists. Jeffrey Stein acted for Under Armour in the creation of a new class of non-voting stock. Keith Townsend assisted Concurrent Computer Corporation with the adoption and implementation of a shareholder rights plan, and with handling shareholder activism. Other highlights included acting for the special committee of the board of directors of Books-A-Million in a going-private transaction. ‘Excellent’ New York-based attorney Robert Leclerc became a partner in January 2016.

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M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

Practicing from Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Washington DC, King & Spalding LLP has 100-plus lawyers principally focused on M&A. The team recently advised EndoChoice Holdings on a definitive merger agreement under which EndoChoice will be acquired by Boston Scientific. Other key matters included acting for HD Supply in the sale of its Interior Solutions and Power Solutions units. Large deal highlights included advising Belk on its sale to affiliates of Sycamore Partners Management, with the deal valued at approximately $3bn. It also acted for Post Properties in its merger agreement with Mid-America Apartment Communities, and assisted TSYS with its $2.35bn acquisition of TransFirst Holdings. Atlanta-based Raymond Baltz is global corporate practice head and Jack Capers Jr and William Baxley are also recommended. Other highly rated advisers include Richard Bange III, who splits time between Charlotte and New York, and Matthew Jacobson, who works between New York and Silicon Valley. New York-based Robert Leclerc, whose clients include private and publicly traded companies and private equity firms, and Justin King in Atlanta, who has notable experience representing professional sports franchises, were promoted to partner. Since publication, John Crespo has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Maya Mitchell - King & Spalding LLP

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is ‘incredibly responsive’, ‘detail oriented’ and ‘lawyers are knowledgeable, commercial, and great value for the cost of the service’. According to a client, responsiveness is ‘superior to any other firm’ and the firm is equally adept at aligning itself with a client’s interests and approach, ensuring a ‘remarkably positive experience’. The firm has an exceptional record in energy, healthcare, life sciences and real estate deals. Deal highlights included advising HIG Capital on its acquisition of Dominion Colour and assisting American Capital Equity with the sale of WRH to Charles River Laboratories. Arcapita and Roark Capital are major client. Atlanta-based Raymond Baltz is a key name.

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Venture capital and emerging companies
Venture capital and emerging companies - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

Silicon Valley-based Judith O’Brien is head of King & Spalding LLP’s team, which has a depth of expertise in company-side venture financing, including bridge loans and preferred stock financing. Recent work includes advising a cloud-based point-of-sale software solutions provider on the initial closing of its Series B preferred stock financing, advising a Nashville-based palliative care company on its Series A preferred stock financing, and advising a healthcare company on completing its Series D preferred stock financing. San Francisco-based Tom Duley led advice to Jounce Therapeutics on a strategic collaboration with Celgene for the development and commercialization of immuno-oncology treatments for cancer patients, under the terms of which Celgene will make an upfront payment to Jounce of $225m. GE Ventures, Montage Ventures, Lightstone Ventures, Nurix, Mission Bio and Omni Projects are all clients.

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Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding LLP

An ‘exceptional firm’, King & Spalding LLPgets results’, with its ‘technical knowledge proving an immense advantage’. The group is primarily based across various offices in Texas and accordingly focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, with the vast majority of the client base consisting of large multinational energy owners; these include Jordan Cove LNG, and major Middle Eastern and South American energy companies. Although centered in Texas, the team works on matters across the globe; the ‘trustworthy and results-orientated’ Angus McFadden is based in Houston and is currently leading the team in its advice to Chinese petrochemical group Yuhuang Chemical on the construction of a world-scale methanol plant in Louisiana. As a result of the commodities price drop, the team is also handling several large pieces of litigation. These include the successful representation of KBR in relation to the rescission of a major construction contract with Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, concerning offshore oil platforms. Scott Greer and David Strickland are also highly regarded construction attorneys. David Kiefer joined the firm’s New York office in February 2016 from Dentons; other named lawyers are based in Houston.

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Scott Greer - King & Spalding LLP

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