Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > Paris, France

King & Spalding LLP
12 COURS ALBERT 1ER
75008 PARIS
France

Environment Tier 1

Headed by the very experienced Joëlle Herschtel-Jornod, King & Spalding LLP’s practice represents several of the world’s largest oil and gas, mining, industrial manufacturers and waste recycling operators. The firm is handling a large caseload of high-profile matters, including major classified-site authorisation and remediation issues. The defence of clients in highly sensitive litigation, including criminal and toxic tort litigation concerning accusations of air, water and soil pollution and health damages in connection with industrial plants, is another busy line of work. The practice recently achieved two notable successes before courts in two separate criminal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Joëlle Herschtel-Jornod

Key clients

EXIDE

Recylex

Saint-Gobain

Veolia

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP’s Parisian practice acts for leading companies in commercial and investment disputes. The team, which regularly collaborates with its London and US-based colleagues, manages a high amount of work in the energy sector, including several key matters in the Arab world such as a particularly large and sensitive dispute concerning the Iraqi gas sector. The practice also acted for investors in 19 distinct renewable energy-related investment cases led against a number of European states. The firm's role in a prominent mining dispute in Uruguay and several infrastructure construction disputes in Africa and the Middle East, demonstrates its wide geographical reach. Practice head James Castello, Ken FleurietMarc-Olivier Langlois and Laurent Jaeger are all very experienced.

Practice head(s):

James Castello

Other key lawyers:

Ken Fleuriet; Marc-Olivier Langlois; Laurent Jaeger

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

DeutschSolargesellschaft

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

CIC GmbH

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.

DCM

Edisun Power

Hannover Leasing

Triodos Renewable Europe

LSG Building Solutions GmbH

Green Source Consulting GmbH

Samsung

Core Value Investments GmbH

Pressburg UK GmbH

ACF Renewable Energy Ltd.

European Solar Farms A/S

Sapec S.A.

Industry focus: Energy Tier 2

Leading oil and gas companies turn to King & Spalding LLP for their most strategic matters in relation to France or North Africa. The practice is advising on several of the region’s largest downstream and upstream projects in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, such as the Reggane project in Algeria. Practice head Mehdi Haroun and associate Nora Djeraba are key names for these projects. Oil and gas giants retain the firm to assist with strategic permit issues in France, including litigation against the French state regarding damage claims following the adoption of a set of new legislation aiming at stopping hydrocarbon-based activities in the country. Counsel Ruxandra Lazar is recommended in that regard. The firm is also developing its involvement in unconventional energies, with recent work including the launch of bio-gas stations. Top arbitration and environment expertise are also available.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Other key lawyers:

Ruxandra Lazar; Nora Djeraba

Testimonials

Mehdi Haroun and Nora Djeraba are always available, insightful and straight to the point; they are never short of solutions. Very nice people.’

Key clients

Chevron

Wintershall Dea GmbH (formerly Dea Erdoel AG)

Dragon Oil

Endesa Energia

General Electric

Anadarko

Snc lavalin

Vermilion Energy

Maurel & Prom

ConocoPhillips

Administrative and public law Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has built a strong reputation for regulatory litigation initiated against the French state or challenging new regulation before the French administrative courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In that area, the firm is notably representing key client and oil company Vermilion in a series of high-profile disputes regarding hydrocarbons permits issues and the implementation of a new law putting an end to hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation in France. Other work includes healthcare-related matter and high-profile infrastructure projects. Counsel Ruxandra Lazar deserves all praises.

Practice head(s):

Ruxandra Lazar

Testimonials

Ruxandra Lazar is always available, insightful and straight to the point. She is never short of solutions and is a real expert in French hydrocarbon regulations. Very pleasant contact.’

‘King & Spalding’s public and administrative law team is dynamic and highly responsive. They have extensive and in-depth knowledge of their files. Their approach to clients is very personalised; they adapt to each of them and offer the best guarantees of quality service.’

‘Ruxandra Lazar is an excellent lawyer. In particular, her knowledge of mining law is very thorough. Very responsive, she quickly understands the challenges of the files entrusted to her and knows how to adapt to each of her clients.’

‘Accurate and personal support without pushing for the consumption of fees.’

‘High-level legal advice by seeking the best compromise with the minimum risk for the client.’

Key clients

Vermilion

Maurel & Prom

Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas

ConocoPhillips

ENVEA

Coloplast

Dispute resolution: White-collar crime Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP  launched its Parisian white-collar crime practice in August 2020 after hiring a team from Bird & Bird led by Jean Tamalet, one of France’s most promising criminal lawyers. The team also includes US lawyer and counsel Amy Madigan, who was already at the firm, and senior associate Aurélie Chazottes. The firm, a well-established heavyweight in the field in the US, has quickly became a major player in France, too. The practice benefits from the firm's strong international platform which makes it particularly suited to handle complex cross-border cases. The team is notably one of Carlos Ghosn’s defense representatives in the eponymous case. The team acts for many leading French and international corporations as well as high-profile individuals. It is involved in several high-profile fraud and corruption cases and several highly significant domestic cases, notably in relation to bankruptcy proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Jean Tamalet

Real estate Tier 3

Headed by Guillaume AubatierKing & Spalding LLP ’s team assists leading French and international investors and developers. The team runs a busy practice in the asset investment field, spanning major office and logistic assets, with a number of recent large investment transactions and large surface office leasing negotiations in the caseload. The practice assists major retailers with leasing issues, including handling litigation linked to the Covid-19 outbreak. Key members also include counsel Dorian Scemama and associate Malvina Dahan. Tax partner Aurélia de Viry and property finance expert Anne Vrignaud also contribute. The firm has concluded a partnership with a notary firm (DNA Notaires) which nicely completes its range of services.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Aubatier

Other key lawyers:

Dorian Scemama; Malvina Dahan

Testimonials

Excellent; swift to respond; very knowledgeable; very client service-driven; good value for money.’

‘Responsive and practical.’

‘Guillaume Aubatier and Malvina Dahan are great professionals and always committed to clients.’

‘A dynamic and practical team which shows strong listening skills and knows how to adapt to clients’ needs and anticipate them.’

Key clients

CNP Assurances

La Française Real Estate Partners

AEW

M&G Real Estate

Segro Plc

WeWork

Deka Immobilien GmbH

Diderot Real Estate

Novaxia

Banque Mirabaud

Foncière des Andes SPPICAV

DTZ Investors

Alex Gambal Group

University of Chicago

Banque Pictet

Inmark

Scaprim

Accuracy

BT Immo

Constructa Asset Management

Ingka Investment

Ikea

Clemium

Futura Fund P.l.c.

Hugo Boss

6ème Sens Immobilier

Mileway/The Blackstone Group

Paref Asset Management

Paris Society

Estée Lauder

Tax Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP’s Aurélia de Viry advises on major real estate investments, structured finance and corporate tax law issues. Often acting alongside the corporate and real estate practices, she assists leading international investors, including several recent and particularly significant property tax investment transactions. The practice also advises on debt restructuring and fund structuring work. Private client tax work is also handled.

Practice head(s):

Aurélia de Viry

Testimonials

‘The King & Spalding tax law team is extremely agile in finding solutions to the questions submitted to it. It is always very up to date with tax news.’

‘Very dynamic, professional and responsive team.’

Key clients

Banque Mirabaud

ENVEA

DTZ investors

M&G Real Estate

Foncière des Andes SPPICAV

France Galop

Alex Gambal

Fermentalg

Safe Othopaedics

University of Chicago

Inmark

Futura Fund P.l.c.

Algeria > Foreign firms Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP’s practice in Algeria focuses primarily on advising large multinationals on high-value projects and transactions, with a strong focus on the country’s oil and gas industry. Mehdi Haroun, the head of the practice, is Algerian-qualified and has extensive experience of the social, political, and economic environment of the country, which he brings to bear in both transactional work and in litigation. Associate Nora Djeraba, a dual French-Algerian national, also provides deep knowledge of Algeria’s legal environment. Recent work includes advice on oil and gas projects, as well as major construction and infrastructural projects in the leisure, retail, and energy spaces.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Other key lawyers:

Nora Djeraba

Key clients

Dragon Oil

Wintershall Dea

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Chevron

Baker Hughes GE

Anadarko

GE Power

Baxter

OMV

CNPCIA

Renaissance Heavy Industries (Rönesans)

Bloom/EIIC

Dalma

Morocco > Foreign firms Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP is a major player in energy projects in both anglophone and francophone Africa, with Morocco a hotspot for project development and financing. Mainly focused on the energy sector, the firm is also active in projects in the telecoms sector. It is a long-standing adviser to Chevron on its joint venture with Moroccan conglomerate Akwa. Mehdi Haroun in Paris is the main contact. He is an energy specialist and focuses on project development, M&A, divestitures and the acquisition of upstream and downstream interests, as well as related dispute resolution work.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Key clients

Chevron International Pte Ltd

Tunisia > Foreign firms Tier 2

The Paris-based team at King & Spalding LLP focuses primarily on the energy, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors and on complex corporate restructurings and acquisitions. Dual-qualified in France and Algeria, Mehdi Haroun is an energy specialist and has expertise in project development, M&A, divestitures and the acquisition of upstream and downstream interests, as well as related dispute resolution work.

Practice head(s):

Mehdi Haroun

Key clients

OMV

Anadarko

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.

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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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Guillaume Aubatier photo Guillaume Aubatier
 Mehdi Haroun photo Mehdi Haroun
 Joëlle Herschtel  photo Joëlle Herschtel
 Ruxandra Lazar photo Ruxandra Lazar
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