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King & Spalding LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+
M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+ - ranked: tier 6

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is particularly strong for servicing M&A instructions from energy corporates and financial institutions, with a growing list of private equity houses in its client roster including KKR and Promethean LLP. Representative clients include United Parcel Services, Gett and General Electric. Department head William Charnley and Ilan Kotkis handled Armour Group’s acquisition of a portfolio of 12 landfill sites from Cory Environmental, while Charnley also advised MxP Partners on the £154m purchase of the share capital of Amber Taverns. Marcus Young was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2018; he advised GE Oil & Gas (now Baker Hughes) on the acquisition of 50% of the PII Group.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is adept at handling high-value, cross-border civil fraud matters including breach of contract, insolvency and commercial agreements. It has experience in multi-jurisdictional matters governed by English law, dealing with cases in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Recent highlights include acting for Motorola Credit Corporation, successfully securing injunctive relief worth $2.5b in the English courts as part of its attempt to recover funds from the Uzan family. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC head the team. Gareth Rees QC and Aaron Stephens both joined as partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP 'offers qualified legal services and its lawyers are very easy to work with'. The practice handles a large volume of complex work for household-name, commercial litigation clients. It successfully represented the defendant (Alexander Chistyakov) in high-profile fraud claims in the Commercial Court, which alleged misuse of funds paid to the defendant.  Nicholas Cherryman 'can deal with any sort of legal issue'; and the team boasts four silks in Thomas Sprange QC, John Savage QC,  Stuart Isaacs QC and Gareth Rees QC, the latter joining from the Financial Reporting Council, where he was the executive director of enforcement. Other key contacts include Sarah Walker, Egishe Dzhazoyan, Ruth Byrne and counsel Glyn Rees. Aaron Stephens  joined the special matters and government investigations practice in 2018 from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.

Leading individuals

Nicholas Cherryman - King & Spalding LLP

Next generation lawyers

Glyn Rees - King & Spalding LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP 'provides a top-level service for international arbitration; the practice has the requisite industry knowledge in order to efficiently and effectively handle disputes and its advice is spot-on'. The practice has a special focus on disputes involving energy, particularly oil and gas, and it fields lawyers with additional experience in financial services, mining and shipping. Thomas Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed led advice to Reliance Industries in a New Delhi arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, which related to a production-sharing contract with the Indian Government. Other key figures include Stuart Isaacs QC, who 'possesses a fine legal mind and is articulate, persuasive and extraordinarily efficient'; Nicholas Cherryman, who is 'an extraordinary specialist and a highly reliable person, whose commitment to excellence and sharp instincts of a court lawyer make his performance unparalleled'; and John Savage QC, who divides his time between London and Singapore and 'stands out as a person who has exceptional international experience'. Ruth Byrne and Egishe Dzhazoyan are also key names.

Leading individuals

Thomas Sprange QC - King & Spalding LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

King & Spalding LLP

The team at King & Spalding LLP 'sets an exemplary standard in the market with prompt, clear and informative advice delivered by a team whose experience and knowledge of the field if second to none'. Jules Quinn leads the practice and is 'an intellect to admire with a passion for her clients that is unbounded'; examples include Alexander Proudfoot, MasterCard UK Management Services, Quintain and BearingPoint. Clients also praise counsel Kim Roberts as 'a supportive, competent and trustworthy professional who can easily guide a company through choppy waters'. The group's other clients include Eddie Stobart, Gett Taxi, AEW Europe and Cobham.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP recently handled the $3.4bn acquisition of Songa for Transocean and continues to advise Anadarko on its landmark Mozambique LNG project. Garry Pegg and his team were appointed by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to oversee the implementation of the Tema LNG project including re-gasification and storage facilities and related infrastructure. Thomas Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed are currently representing Reliance in three disputes against the government of India on the grounds of cost recovery, gas pricing and gas migration arising from a production sharing contract, and Egishe Dzhazoyan is leading the advice to a group of investors in their claim against the state of Kazakhstan following its allegedly illegal seizure of the clients' petroleum operations in 2010. Other notable contacts include Martin Hunt and Hywel Jones .

Leading individuals

Garry Pegg - King & Spalding LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nina Howell - King & Spalding LLP

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