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Rahul Patel

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King & Spalding LLP


Rahul Patel is a partner in King & Spalding’s Corporate Practice Group. Mr. Patel’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic corporate transactions, and general corporate work. A significant portion of Mr. Patel’s practice focuses on cross-border transactions, particularly transactions involving Indian companies. In addition, Mr. Patel has represented both underwriters and issuers in corporate finance transactions and general corporate and securities matters.


J.D., with honors, University of Florida B.A., with honors, University of Florida.


Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Leveraging the firm's strong corporate, finance and investment practice as well as its global disputes experience, the team at King & Spalding LLP handles inbound and outbound, contentious and non-contentious India-related matters. Singapore-based Richard Nelson continues to lead a team acting for Hiranandani Gas Company on the establishment of liquefied natural gas regasification terminals in India. Rahul Patel (based in Atlanta) is advising  Lumis Partners on several M&A matters relating to portfolio companies. London-based Thomas Sprange is a key names to note for disputes.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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

Within: M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)

King & Spalding LLP's experience includes acquisitions and divestitures of public and private companies, joint ventures and going-private transactions, and it advises investment bankers on facilitating deals. Other areas of strength are anti-takeover strategies, solicited and unsolicited acquisition offers, and tender offers and proxy contests. The firm also has a significant private equity practice as well as sector expertise in energy and infrastructure, real estate, healthcare and life sciences, business services, and technology and telecoms. Active key clients are Energizer, Transocean, Roper Technologies, Brookfield Infrastructure Group and The Coca-Cola Company. The team acted for Energizer in its proposed acquisition of the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands; and advised Roper Technologies on the agreement to divest its transmission electron microscope business to multinational biotechnology product development company, Thermo Fisher Scientific. In other matters, the team assisted Brookfield Infrastructure Group with its acquisition from AT&T of 32 internet data centers in 12 countries. James Woolery in New York leads the firm’s M&A and corporate governance practices; key Atlanta names are global corporate practice leader Raymond Baltz Jr, William Calvin Smith III, Rahul Patel, Russell Richards and Keith Townsend. Judy O’Brien and Laura Bushnell are notable Silicon Valley contacts. Significant growth includes Jonathan Melmed joining the New York office as co-chair of the global private equity practice from Morrison & Foerster LLP, while Washington DC-based Alan Noskow and Brian Ashin, formerly of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, were hired in the corporate, finance and investments practice group.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

King & Spalding LLP has increased its emphasis on private equity in recent years, with considerable success in energy, infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences deals. Bringing a team with him, Jonathan Melmed joined the New York office in 2018 from Morrison & Foerster LLP, becoming co-chair of the private equity practice alongside Rahul Patel in Atlanta. The expanded group now advises clients including Arcapita Group, Brookfield Infrastructure Group, DE Shaw, HIG Capital, OMERS Private Equity and Starwood Energy Group. It is 'extremely practical and provides solution-oriented legal advice from partners to associates', is 'extremely well-coordinated', has a 'very broad skill set with all required specializations' and is 'user-friendly'. Melmed led a team that advised Starwood Energy on its $1.2bn agreement to acquire two combined-cycle gas turbine plants with a combined output of 1.7GW from Dominion Energy. In another headline deal, the firm advised Brookfield Infrastructure Group on its $1.1bn acquisition of 32 internet data centers in twelve countries across five continents from AT&T.  Atlanta partner Raymond Baltz 'appreciates the environment that clients operate in', is 'adept at providing technical legal analysis to in-house lawyers as he is giving business-oriented legal advice to non-lawyers' and 'appreciates the business relationship between client and counterparty'.

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