Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > Frankfurt, Germany

King & Spalding LLP

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP puts significant emphasis on instructions at the interface with pharmaceutical, food and nutritional supplement law, while also having solid experience in medical device law. The team led by Ulf Grundmann also succeeded in expanding its data protection and compliance services. As part of the firm's Food & Beverage practice, it is able to draw on in-house expertise in non-German legal frameworks when handling cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Ulf Grundmann

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Kohoutek


‘Very experienced in pharmaceutical, competition, food, trademark and European law.’

Key clients

biomo-vital GmbH

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co.KG

Eckes-Granini Group

Novartis Pharma AG

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

ratiopharm GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

SGF International e.V.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V.

VSM Geneesmiddelen B.V.

Investment funds Tier 3

The team at King & Spalding LLP led by managing partner and co-founder of the Frankfurt office Mario Leissner is particularly well versed in real estate investment fund work, advising capital management companies, institutional investors and fund platforms on the structuring, launch, administration, restructuring and liquidation of investment funds as well as on real estate-related regulatory issues. Other work pertains to representing fund companies and asset managers in disputes with investors. Investment and regulatory expert Alexandra Weis was elevated to the partnership in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mario Leissner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Tishman Speyer

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH

Barings Real Estate Advisers GmbH

Savills Fund Management LLP


Hannover Leasing Investment GmbH

PATRIZIA Frankfurt Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Principal Real Estate Investors

RFR Management GmbH

STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH

Prudential Financial, Inc.

CBRE Global Investors

Union Investment

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Allianz Global Investors

Real estate Tier 3

At King & Spalding LLP, a strong focus of its real estate practice lays on transaction-related longterm advice to banks, capital managers and investment companies on the development of pan-European funds. Furthermore, the team around Mario Leißner  has a traditional strength in assisting with supervisory law aspects of fund structuring as well as with the refinancing of single properties and portfolios. Andreas Bohme often advises borrowers, while Sebastian  Kaufmann assists creditors either with the first-time edition of investment platforms or in relation to specific transactions. Henning Aufderhaar advises on national or cross-border real estate transactions across all asset classes and Alexandra Weis made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mario Leißner

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Bohme; Sebastian Kaufmann; Henning Aufderhaar

Key clients


Tishman Speyer

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment GmbH

Barings Real Estate Advisers

Bank of Montréal Real Estate Partners

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 4

The dispute resolution practice at King & Spalding LLP is headed by Jan Schäfer, who focuses on arbitration. The team has particular experience in Energy Charter Treaty conflicts that are led due to retrospective reduction of feed-in tariffs. Here, the team often represents German investors. The practice is generally characterised by its internationality: thus, the team is involved in proceedings related to the US, Asia and Africa. Schäfer as well as senior associate Sebastian Müller also act as arbitrators.

Practice head(s):

Jan Schäfer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


DCM Energy GmbH & Co. Solar 1 KG

ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH, ESPF

Matthias Kruck

KS Invest

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP is known for its class action work, acting for a range of manufacturers, including in the chemical, petroleum, agricultural, automotive, mining, and waste disposal industries. The firm also serves as national coordinating counsel for product liability and mass tort litigation. Carol Wood in Houston focuses on environmental issues arising in the energy industry, oil, gas, and mining. She co-leads the team with San Francisco-based Matt Blaschke, who represents clients in the chemical, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries, particularly in the defense of complex litigation involving scientific or technical issues. Also notable are Houston-based Robert Meadows who is an experienced trial lawyer and commercial litigator, and Elizabeth Taber who has expertise in environmental litigation, notably groundwater contamination matters, mass tort, and wrongful death cases. The practice was further strengthened in 2019 by the arrivals of Douglas Henderson who joined the Atlanta office from Troutman Sanders and brings experience in environmental litigation, toxic and mass torts litigation, and property rights disputes, Chicago-based Karl Heisler who arrived from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and is an environmental lawyer specializing in enforcement defense and incident response, energy specialist Marcella Burke who joined in Washington from the Department of the Interior, and experienced litigator Adam Spicer who joined in Atlanta from Butler Snow LLP.

Practice head(s):

Carol Wood; Matt Blaschke

Other key lawyers:

Robert Meadows; Elizabeth Taber; Douglas Henderson; Karl Heisler; Marcella Burke; Adam Spicer; Shannon Kasley; Tracie Renfroe; Megan Nishikawa


‘Deep knowledge, great contacts, experience with a wide variety of companies and industries ensures great sharing of best practices and experiences’

‘Shannon Kasley provides excellent client support. He is always available, knowledgeable about all aspects of a case and the people handling it and goes out of his way to ensure to leverage the firm’s capabilities for his clients’

‘All members of the King & Spalding team – from file clerks, IT personnel, secretaries, paralegal, associates and partners – work hard to ensure that the clients’ needs are met’

‘They all work hard and are willing to go the extra mile’

‘In my decades in practice, I have worked with numerous law firms and I find King & Spalding to be one of the best’

‘Tracie Renfroe is an excellent trial lawyer and a great advocate. She works harder than anyone I know, delegates where appropriate, and is a pleasure to work with’

‘Megan Nishikawa is intelligent, very well organized, manages others well, and also a hard worker’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson Consumer



Dow Chemical Company

International Paper

Becton, Dickinson (BD Bard)

Forestar Group

The Renco Group


Chevron Phillips

BASF Corporation

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice is integrated alongside other verticals within the firm, and routinely advises on REIT transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and M&A deals in the energy or financial services sectors. Georgia-based Sam Choy and New York-based Laura Westfall provide advice on the full scope of equity-based compensation and incentive negotiations, post-transaction benefit plan integrations and tax-related questions. Plan asset managers also benefit from the team’s ERISA fiduciary expertise. Former practice head Kenneth Raskin announced his retirement in early 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Institute of Nuclear Power Operations

Vectra Capital


Bob Evans Farms

JW Aluminum

Escape Games NYC

Roark Capital

Morgan Stanley

Jamestown Properties Corporation

Clarion Partners

Partners Group


Nature’s Bounty management team

Allen Systems Group

UMC Health System

United Rentals

The firm: Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,200 lawyers in 22 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.

The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognised for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions
Financial restructuring
Global disputes
Government investigations
Real estate
International arbitration and litigation
Capital markets
Private equity
Financial institutions
Food and beverage
Life Sciences
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mario Leissner photo Mr Mario Leissner With more than 23 years of experience, Mr. Leissner specializes in international…
Mr Jan Schaefer  photo Mr Jan Schaefer Jan K. Schaefer heads the dispute resolution practice in Germany. As a…
Number of lawyers : 1200 firmwide
Contact : Mario Leissner (office managing partner)
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