Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > London, England

King & Spalding LLP
125 OLD BROAD STREET
LONDON
EC2N 1AR
England

Fraud: civil Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP's 'thorough and diligent' practice utilises its roster of advocates to represent clients, including large corporates, in complex international fraud disputes. Thomas Sprange QC regularly acts as counsel in proceedings before the High Court. In an ongoing case, he is representing Motorolla in a $3bn fraud case against the Uzan family, which currently involves securing the recovery of assets across the world. Sarah Walker has over 25 years of experience in commercial litigation, encompassing major cross-border fraud disputes.

Testimonials

‘The combination of barristerial incisiveness with case management competencies of top-notch solicitors, under one roof, makes King & Spalding extraordinary in the London scene and a go to firm for us.’

‘Tom Sprange QC – a unique coming-together of legal insight, commercial nous and practical application.’

‘Ruth Byrne has the ability to marshal enormous doses of information, retain key facts, be diligent and patient, and follow through as if it were her personal matter – her analysis is always based on facts, the law and the cultural sensibilities of the jurisdictions involved.’

Key clients

Motorola Credit Corporation and Motorola Solutions

Libyan Investment Authority

Attock Oil

Antracite Investment Limited, Urgula Platinum Limited and Menrela Limited

Global Jet Capital

Ascom Grup S.A., Anatolie Stati, Gabriel Stati and Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd

WesternZagros Resources Ltd

IREO

Bank & Clients

ConocoPhillips

International arbitration Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP's London practice 'excels in international arbitration' and fields a large team, which frequently conducts its own advocacy; has a  large portfolio of complex, high-value arbitrations; and represents high-profile repeat clients including many of the world’s largest and well-known corporations and investor-state clients. The London office houses three silks: Thomas Sprange QC, who has served as counsel or arbitrator in over 150 international arbitrations; corporate, construction, energy and investment disputes expert Stuart Isaacs QC; and John Savage QC. At partner level, Egishe Dzhazoyan is an investor-state arbitration specialist; and Ruth Byrne is particularly focused on energy matters, as well as being increasingly active in life sciences-related disputes.

Testimonials

‘John Savage QC and Ruth Byrne are stand out individuals that I have worked with on international arbitration matters. John is the type of lawyer that comes into the case at the appropriate time, learns everything, dispenses sage advice and then advocates on your behalf in a manner that never fails to impress. He is only able to do this with the support of a terrific team that works the case up with the client. Ruth is a talented attorney who is delves into complex details to ensure that your case is presented clearly and persuasively.’

‘Egishe Dzhazoyan is very much on the case, pragmatic and client oriented.’

‘King & Spalding is a powerhouse in international dispute resolution with an impressive track record. The team excels in international arbitration and multi-jurisdictional enforcement matters.’

‘John Savage has the ability to absorb a lot of material in a short amount of time. He sees a case from the lens of an arbitrator, which makes him brilliant in anticipating the important issues that the arbitrators will focus on in deciding a case.’

‘Vince Rowan is extremely experienced on international matters and has an exceptional ability to understand the complex engineering issues and putting them into simple explanations.’

‘Vince Rowan is a very experienced lawyer who is always a pleasure to work with. Vince is extremely practical, very commercially aware and always provides well considered advice to clients. Vince is the go-to lawyer for complex energy and process projects. Shareena Edmonds is very bright with brilliant client management and expert management skills. Shareena is a pleasure to work with and just like Vince, is an automatic choice for complex energy and process projects.’

‘Vincent Rowan is a valued business partner for both our UK and international litigation teams. Provides direct and pragmatic advice. Highly knowledgeable of key experts in the international arbitration and litigation arena.’

‘Shareena Edmonds. Extremely diligent and effective. Cuts through complicated and complex matters with her no-nonsense approach. Somebody in whom I would have absolute confident in doing a stellar job.’

Key clients

Shell Philippines Exploration B.V.

Rockhopper Group

Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A.

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Emirates International Investment Company LLC

Chevron Overseas Finance GMBH

Republic of Turkey

Gerald International Limited

The Stati family

Ascom Group S.A.

Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd

Leidos Inc

Chevron

InterGlobe Enterprises Private Limited

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd

SL Mining

IREO

Islamic Development Bank

Oil and gas Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP acts for leading sponsors, lenders and government clients with notable depth in M&A, corporate and project development work in the upstream oil and gas sector. The practice also fields experts in the LNG sector, with notable expertise in handling LNG export and import projects in Europe, Africa and further afield. Martin Hunt and Nikhil Markanday are the key figures in the London office and are supported by an extensive international network of energy specialists across multiple jurisdictions.

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Key clients

European Investment Bank

Anadarko Petroleum Company

MODEC, Inc.

Korea Electric Power Company

EDF

JERA

OMV

Denham Hill Capital

Transocean

Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Total

Sierra Oil & Gas

LNG Canada

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's 'superb' trial and global disputes team handles corporate and commercial disputes for an impressive roster of domestic and international clients. The 'fantastic' Sarah Walker has a breadth of expertise covering financial services, aviation, IT, communications and energy sector issues, and jointly leads the team alongside experienced litigator Thomas Sprange QC. The team is known for its expertise in multijurisdictional disputes and is 'excellent at giving real-time advice to evolving situations without regard to differing time zones across the world; Egishe Dzhazoyan frequently handles disputes for clients based in Russia and the CIS region, while recently promoted partner and energy sector expert Ben Williams has particular experience in disputes in the Middle East. 'Exceptional litigator' Ruth Byrne is popular among multinational corporates.

Testimonials

An unparalleled team in terms of dispute resolution in the London market’

‘Ruth Byrne is an exceptional litigator and extremely calm in complex situations.

This practice has been excellent at giving real-time advice to evolving situations without regard to differing time zones across the world. They have made an effort to understand our business and our risk tolerances and keep these in mind when handling our matters.

King & Spalding have a particularly good knowledge of the Middle East market. Their expertise in this area is of relevance to our practice offshore both through London and New York which are essential hubs.

Sarah Walker is one of the best litigators in London. She is a fantastic adviser and mentor who always endeavours to be available to her clients, regardless of her other commitments. She is fearless and leads an impeccable team, inclusive of Jessica Trevellick.

They are incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable. Sarah Walker is a fantastic operator; hard-working and experienced, she always has the client’s interests in focus.

Superb team.

Key clients

Libyan Investment Authority

Attock Oil

MOTOROLA

Libya Africa Investment Portfolio

Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd

Anatolie and Gabriel Stati

Antracite Investment Limited

Leidos Inc.

Urgula Platinum Limited

Menrela Limited

Ascom Grup S.A.

Aldersgate Investments Ltd

Flushing Bank

GE

Bank & Clients

Global Jet Capital

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

With a strong international presence, King & Spalding LLP is actively involved in high-profile energy infrastructure projects,  and market-first oil and gas M&A and investment transactions, such as advising the private equity firm, SigmaBleyzer, on the $250m  fund to invest in upstream oil & gas projects in the Ukraine. Martin Hunt and Nikhil Markanday are the leading transactional and project finance specialists, supported by a sizeable disputes team led by Thomas K. Sprange QC and John Savage QC.

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Testimonials

‘The team includes partners and senior associates who display great patience and valuable experience’

‘John Savage QC, Tom Sprange QC and Ruth Byrne have well-developed experience in disputes involving the energy sector. Consequently, when you bring a new matter to them, you do not have to educate them on the basics

Key clients

European Investment Bank

Anadarko Petroleum Company

MODEC Inc.

Korea Electric Power Company

JERA and EDF

OMV

Denham Hill Capital

Transocean

Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Total

Sierra Oil & Gas

LNG Canada

Shell Philippines Exploration BV

Rockhopper Group

Chevron Overseas Finance

Republic of Turkey

The Stati family, Ascom Group S.A. and Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd

InterGlobe Enterprises Ltd

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP advises multinational corporations on cross-border investigations, financial and economic crime, fraud litigation and compliance matters. Areas of focus include anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions. The team is headed by dual US and UK qualified Aaron Stephens and Robert Dedman. Former co-head of team Gareth Rees QC left for Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Testimonials

‘Aaron Stephens and Joanna Harris are an outstanding team; they are both reassuring, completely unflappable and able to see all the angles’.

‘Aaron Stephens has a great understanding for client needs and can navigate the trickiest of situations’.

‘Aaron Stephens is superb on regulatory and criminal crossover matters..

‘Hugely experienced on cross-border and civil/criminal crossover cases’.

‘One of the key strengths of the entire team has been their ability to answer our inquiries in a very detailed way’.

‘They are very fast with their responses and very good communicators’.

‘The entire team is very pro-active’.

‘They put together the perfect team for every case’.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Travelex

Halkbank

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP acts across a range of investigations by regulators, with particular expertise in the UK and US . Aaron Stephens represents financial services clients in contentious regulatory cases involving  the FCA, PRA and SFO, including investigations, enforcement and cross border matters. He co-leads the team with Robert Dedman, who is a former head of enforcement at the Bank of England and PRA. Angela Hayes left for TLT in 2019 and Gareth Rees departed for Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2020.

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Testimonials

‘A major player in the UK and US for financial services.’

‘Aaron Stephens is the guru on spoofing and other highly topical FS matters. Exceptional on cross-border matters.’

 

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Halkbank

Employers Tier 6

King & Spalding LLP's employment practice is known for its specialist advice to multinational corporates (especially US-based companies with extensive European operations) on cross-border employment projects. It excels in senior-level investigations, and in dealing with clients in the tech and financial sectors and with PLCs. Practice head Jules Quinn has particular experience advising on international project management; she works alongside counsel Kim Roberts.

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Key clients

MasterCard

AEW Europe LLP

Envirogen Group

Cobham plc

Bank of East Asia

Capital & Regional plc

Coloplast Corporation

Sojitz Europe plc

SCSK Europe Ltd

Sumi Agro Europe Ltd

Simba Sleep

The Utmost Group

Gett Taxi

Bank and Clients PLC

Eddie Stobart Logistics Limited

Nexant Limited

Clarion Partners LLC

Quintain Limited

Toronto Dominion Securities

Mark Newton- Jones

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

King & Spalding LLP 's team includes UK-based dual qualified practitioners who are experienced in a range of non-contentious regulatory matters. The firm can also draw on the expertise of its strong US practice. Aaron Stephens has experience representing financial services sector clients across non-contentious and contentious regulatory matters involving the FCA, PRA, SFO and other agencies. He co-leads the team with Robert Dedman, who represents clients in regulatory and enforcement advisory matters.

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Key clients

Travelex

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

King & Spalding LLP 's compact but capable City transactional team has established itself as a key adviser to large blue-chip corporates on cross-border public and private M&A. Its London practice is best known in the energy and financial institutions sectors and is complemented by a strong private equity team. William Charnley  leads the department and has a particular specialism advising financial institutions. Martin Hunt  is a key name on the energy side and is dual qualified in New York, Texas and England and Wales. Partner Ilan Kotkis left for Seddons in summer 2020.

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Martin Hunt; Marcus A Young; Derek Meilman

Key clients

Utmost Group of Companies

Active Healthcare Solutions Ltd

Baker Hughes

Sierra Oil & Gas

Life Company Consolidation Group (“LCCG”)

Eddie Stobart Logistics plc

Salic UK

Micrometrics Instrument Corporation

Olivier Creed

SATS

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP's projects practice focuses on energy projects, across the sectors of renewables, power, and oil and gas. The team's oil and gas work covers upstream, midstream and downstream developments, and in addition it is increasingly active in LNG work. The practice is led by Kelly Malone, who focuses on power projects, Richard Nelson, who leads on LNG work, Merrick White, and Simon Cowled. White's practice includes LNG, oil and gas, and power work, while Cowled specialises in M&A transactions related to projects. Lachlan Clancy joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP while Anthony Patten has moved in the opposite direction.

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's India-related capabilities are not confined to one discipline; instead, the team covers a range of verticles, acting in matters ranging from corporate and M&A to private equity, finance, dispute resolution, and projects. With India-based companies at the core of the group's client base, the practice is particularly noted in the energy space. Rahul Patel (Atlanta) oversees the India group, and primarily focuses on M&A transactions. Singapore-based Andrew Brereton, whose experience in complex financing arrangements relating to India spans more than 20 years, has been particularly active advising on clean energy financing matters. High-stakes arbitration proceedings are notable areas of practice for Thomas K. Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed in the London office.

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Testimonials

‘King & Spalding’s Asia finance team is responsive, efficient and hard-working. Andrew Brereton is a talented financing and restructuring partner who knows India well. He has had a long career in Asia, yet still remains a hands-on deal manager. He runs his transaction team efficiently and has an even manner that is a real asset in difficult negotiations.’

Key clients

Pierfront Capital Mezzanine Fund Pte. Ltd.

Nomura Singapore Limited

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
Chairman Robert D Hays
Managing partner, London office Thomas K. Sprange