Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > Paris , France

King & Spalding LLP
75008 PARIS

Environment Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP stands out for its ‘high level responsiveness, expertise and professionalism in dealing with classified site and polluted ground issues’. The firm is entrusted by several leading French industrial corporations, as well as international clients. The five-lawyer team is handling highly sensitive litigation concerning industrial pollution, site remediation and other regulatory issues. It is also assisting with mining permits and site closure projects, and advises on energy infrastructure projects. Exide, Recyclex, Saint-Gobain and Veolia are clients. The ‘determined, proficient and available’ Joëlle Herschtel has ‘high level technical skills’ and ‘stands her ground’.  

Leading individuals

Dispute resolution: International arbitration Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP's Paris team has grown in strength after attracting two high-profile names: Marc-Olivier Langlois from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and Laurent Jaeger from Orrick Rambaud Martel. They join forces with an office which includes ‘excellent’ practice head James Castello, who has ‘very strong forensic skills and is detail-oriented’, Ken FleurietJoël Alquezar and Amy Frey. The team, which works closely with the firm’s international offices, notably in the US, handles commercial and investment arbitration disputes. It is assisting companies with highly significant cases relating to North Africa and recently obtained a series of victories. It successfully represented Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction in an ICC dispute with Damietta International Port Company and Kuwait Gulf Link Ports International. The practice is also representing Unión Fenosa Gas in one investment and two commercial multibillion-dollar disputes with the government of Egypt and Egas, as well as acting in a number of ICSID investment arbitrations relating to renewable energy on behalf of investors challenging various EU countries, such as Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania.

Industry focus: energy Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP has ‘remarkable energy and mining expertise’ and provides ‘excellent quality work’. The team is handling groundbreaking hydrocarbons and mining work in France including challenging the French state and its legal framework before the courts for major oil and gas operator clients. Counsel Ruxandra Lazar is praised for her ‘exceptional commitment and expertise, and ability to never leave anything aside and to ask herself the right questions’. The practice is also a popular choice for handling strategic and complex hydrocarbons deals in North Africa and was recently particularly busy in Algeria and Morocco. It is advising Dea Erdoel on various legal aspects of the Reggane upstream developments in Algeria. Arbitration and environment-related work are also strengths, while the firm is also developing its involvement in large renewables energy projects in Europe. General Electric, OMV, Vermilion Energy and Chevron are other clients. Practice head Mehdi Haroun is highly regarded and ‘responsive’ senior associate Nora Djeraba provides ‘clear answers’.

Leading individuals: Mining, oil and gas and natural resources

Next Generation Partners: France energy regulatory

Administrative and public law Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP is praised for its ‘availability, proficiency and ability to build a strong case’. The team also shows ‘great consideration for its clients’ needs and expectations and adjusts its advice accordingly’. It is mainly active in the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors, where it shows ‘remarkable expertise’. Recently, the firm successfully represented major hydrocarbon and mining operators in challenging decisions made by the French state. It is also representing an oil company in litigation relating to hydrocarbons permits and concessions, and advising on a gold-mining project in French Guiana. The team is also assisting Spanish utility company Endesa with the development of its activities in France. Vermilion is another key client. Counsel Ruxandra Lazar is a ‘remarkable lawyer who shows exceptional client commitment and expertise and never leaves anything to chance’.

Tax Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP’s Aurélia de Viry has strong property tax expertise and is also developing a tax fund structuring practice. The two-lawyer team also advises on other tax issues including on the new France-Luxembourg Double Tax Treaty, and handles tax controversy matters and litigation. Highlights included assisting Idec Invest with the sale of an office building in Paris.

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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
Number of lawyers : 1000+ firmwide
Contact : Benoit G Marcilhacy (office managing partner)
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