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King & Spalding LLP
75008 PARIS

France > Environment Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP has been especially active in environmental and toxic tort litigation before administrative, civil, commercial and criminal courts as well as before the European Court of Justice. With a ‘360° vision’ the team handles the entire spectrum of environmental law matters for clients. Practice head Joëlle Herschtel has extensive experience in remediation management of former industrial sites as well as in the management of their requalification.

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‘The collaboration with King & Spalding is comfortable because they have a 360° vision on all the environmental issues that we encounter.’

‘The collaboration with Joëlle Herschtel is very effective both in terms of the quality and relevance of legal and regulatory aspects and in the speed of responses. Joëlle Herschtel treats all subjects with rigour and involvement. There is never room for superficiality. Confident and efficient.’

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France > Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP is particularly praised by leading oil and gas companies undertaking high-profile projects in North Africa, especially in Algeria. The practice is advising on several of the region’s largest downstream and upstream projects in addition to handling related litigation. The practice also handles work in France, including hydrocarbon and renewables matters. Practice head Mehdi Haroun and associate Nora Djeraba are recommended. Ruxandra Lazar left the firm in autumn 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

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Key clients

Endesa Energia

General Electric


Vermilion Energy

Maurel & Prom




Renaissance Heavy Industries

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fosmax LNG (Engie group) with a proceeding before the French Council of State which confirmed and enforced an arbitral award in favour of our client.
  • Advised McPhy in the framework of its €180m share capital increase.
  • Representing Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa Gas (UFG) in three arbitrations concerning the failure to supply natural gas to a major LNG export plant in Egypt that Unión Fenosa Gas constructed.

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP Paris' experienced team regularly collaborates with its London and US colleagues. The practice covers commercial and investment disputes, acting for French and international companies. The caseload features several multi-billion-dollar investment cases in relation to mining and gas issues as well as a large real estate project. The practice regularly handles cases in relation to Europe and Africa, especially Algeria, as well  matters in the Middle East and Latin America, acting notably in various construction and energy disputes. Additionally the team shoulders a large caseload of disputes arisen from renewable energy investments made in several EU countries. The excellent team includes practice head James Castello, Ken FleurietMarc-Olivier Langlois and Laurent Jaeger.

Practice head(s):

James Castello

Key clients

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Ltd.

Union Fenosa Gas

Government of Turkey

Air Canada

Trinh Vinh Binh

Minera Aratiri

Emirates International Investment Company LLC

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Cavalum SGPS, S.A.

KS Invest GmbH & TLS Invest GmbH

Cube Infrastructure Fund SICAV

Demeter Partners

ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH et al.

Tauber Solar


VC Holding II S.a.r.l. et al


Enernovum GmbH

SunReserve Luxco Holdings S.a.r.l. et al.

CEF Energia B.V.

Foresight Luxembourg

FREIF Eurowind Holdings Ltd.

9Ren Holdings

Greentech Energy Systems

Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A.


Edisun Power

Hannover Leasing

Triodos Renewable Europe

LSG Building Solutions GmbH

Green Source Consulting GmbH


Core Value Investments GmbH

Pressburg UK GmbH

ACF Renewable Energy Ltd.

European Solar Farms A/S

Sapec S.A.

OMV Upstream International GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing numerous clients in 19 investment arbitrations brought under the Energy Charter Treaty against Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania.
  • Represented Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa Gas in three arbitrations against the Government of Egypt and its national natural gas company, EGAS, as well as in an ICSID annulment proceeding.
  • Representing Minera Aratiri, a group of UK investors, in an investment arbitration against the Republic of Uruguay relating to the expropriation of a mining project worth billions of dollars.

France > Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP  focuses on high-level investigations and criminal matters. The Paris practice is growing at full speed, notably adding a new leading internet platform to its portfolio. The practice is very experienced in highly international matters thanks to its bench of practitioners with international backgrounds and the ability to join forces with colleagues in the Washington and New York offices. Its work advising a country on conducting large-scale corruption internal investigations is a prime example of the group's cross-border strength as is its role in Carlos Ghosn’s criminal defence in a landmark international case. The team deals with a wide spread of matters, including criminal employment law issues, and is regularly involved in matters relating to the defence and military sectors. Sensitive human rights and geopolitical cases, defending victims of terrorisms and war crimes, are other areas of strength. Practice head Jean Tamalet, US lawyer and counsel Amy Madigan, and senior associate Aurélie Chazottes are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jean Tamalet

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‘Jean Tamalet is a rising star within Paris’ criminal bar, mainly in the area of business criminal matters. He is very experienced, very available to his clients, quick, lively and confident in his advice. He has easy and pleasant contact.’

Key clients

Carlos Ghosn

Sea Shepherd global and France

Etablissement Public Palais de la Découverte

Lagardère Multimédia/Europe 1 Telecommunications SAS



SDW Group/Stanislas Dewynter

Ellipse (Dubai Papers)

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Work highlights

  • Assisting Carlos Ghosn with a very sensitive case, one among the more significant international white-collar and political matters of the past ten years.
  • Advising Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation, on over 40 different files.
  • Representing Etablissement Public Palais de la Découverte and its representatives in prosecution proceedings arisen from allegations of undeclared work.

France > Real estate Tier 4

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‘Available, responsive, didactic, sharp.’

Key clients

CNP Assurances

La Française Real Estate Partners


M&G Real Estate

Segro Plc


Deka Immobilien GmbH

Diderot Real Estate


Banque Mirabaud

Foncière des Andes SPPICAV

DTZ Investors


Banque Pictet




BT Immo

Constructa Asset Management

Ingka Investment



Futura Fund P.l.c.

Hugo Boss

6ème Sens Immobilier

Mileway / The Blackstone Group

Paref Asset Management

Paris Society

Estée Lauder

Colliers Global Investor


Cromwell Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ingka Investment/IKEa on the acquisition from Invesco of Forever 21’s former retail space and on the restructuring of the premises to develop its complex store.
  • Assisted SEGRO France with the development of its future urban distribution and logistics site of almost 90,000m² in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (38).
  • Assisted 6ème Sens Immobilier with the disposal to Ardian Real Estate of an office property to be redeveloped located on Rue du Temple in Paris.

France > Tax Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's Aurélia de Viry works in close collaboration with the firm’s M&A and corporate team to advise on the structuring of mid-cap M&A and private equity transactions, including public M&A and convertibles transactions. The tax practice is also recognised for its strong real estate and fund investment expertise. As a stand-alone a practice, de Viry and her team also handle patrimonial tax issues and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Aurélia de Viry


‘The tax team is well known to stakeholders and recognised by its peers for the quality of its analyses and its dynamism.’

‘I appreciate Aurélia de Viry’s pragmatism, her approach to problems and her very good knowledge of the tax administration and practices.’

‘Aurélia de Viry is an expert in French tax law. Her availability and ability to search for solutions are greatly appreciated.’

Key clients


France Galop





Banque Mirabeau



M&G Real Estate

Alex Gambal

Work highlights

  • Advised the controlling shareholders of Neotys (including the founders of the company and French private equity funds Ardian and BPI) on the sale of the entire Neotys share capital and voting rights to Tricentis.
  • Advised France Galop (a non-profit association that organizes and controls the gallop racing industry in France and depends both on the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Budget) in relation to the change of the French VAT regime (introduction of a provision) related to race winnings incomes.
  • Advising Banque Mirabaud Luxembourg on the investment structure named ‘Grand Paris’, set up in Luxembourg as regulated vehicle, on the French aspects of the fund structure and investments.

France > Administrative and public law

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP has a longstanding history in Algeria of assisting international clients with transactions and financing major energy projects. The team is also active in the retail, leisure and construction sectors. Paris-based Mehdi Haroun oversees the team, which includes team members qualified in both France and Algeria, with additional expertise working across other Francophone Africa countries. Haroun is supported by associate Nora Djeraba.

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Key clients

Baker Hughes GE


GE Power




Renaissance Heavy Industries


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Work highlights

  • Advised Anadarko on its day to day operations of the Berkine Project, including contractual, employment, customs, regulatory, tax and social security issues.
  • Advised Anadarko on the change of control of its Algerian assets in relation to Anadarko’s acquisition by Occidental Petroleum (Oxy).
  • Advised Baker Hughes – GE on the restructuring of its investment in Algeria through new corporate structures and service contracts, in the context of restricted foreign ownership legislation and following the merger between Baker Hughes and GE.

Morocco > Foreign firms Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP's Paris office has a dedicated Africa group, in which vastly experienced partner Mehdi Haroun is focused purely on Morocco. It is regarded as a leading firm for project work in North Africa with strong experience in both French- and English-speaking countries. Haroun frequently handles deals in the energy, oil and gas and telecoms sectors, with his work encompassing complex corporate restructuring and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP is active in Tunisia through its Paris office, which frequently supports international clients on projects and general business law matters in North Africa. The firm is further distinguished by its robust public law offering and it has deep experience in advising on the public law-related aspects of regional project developments. Paris-based Mehdi Haroun is dual-qualified in France and Algeria and has a focus on project development, M&A and oil and gas as well as dispute resolution. Senior associate Nora Djeraba, also based in Paris, supports on Tunisia-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

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Key clients


Panoro Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Panoro Energy on the extension of the Sfax Offshore Permit.
  • Advised Anadarko on its Tunisian legal issues, in particular its exit from Tunisia.

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 23 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.

International arbitration and litigation
Contracts and business torts
Intellectual property
Patent, trade mark and copyright litigation
Mergers and acquisitions
Projects and infrastructure
Capital markets
Global disputes
Government investigations
Number of lawyers : 1200+ firmwide
Contact : Vanessa Benichou (office managing partner)
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