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

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has an ‘ability to execute multijurisdictional matters extremely efficiently’ and is active in high-stakes litigation representing large corporations. The firm handles fraud-related disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals for domestic and international clients. Experienced commercial litigator Sarah Walker co-leads the large team with Thomas Sprange QC, who handles a range of cross-border fraud cases.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Testimonials

‘Real experts in the field with a global understanding of complex issues. Ability to execute multijurisdictional matters extremely efficiently. Approachable and experts at the same time’.

‘The London team is fairly small but has a wealth of experience and can call on their international colleagues especially in the US and the UAE when needed’.

‘Sarah Walker is a standout partner in the civil fraud space. She is technically excellent, extremely personable and is available to her clients. She is very popular with her colleagues and peers and leads by example’. 

‘Enthusiasm to exert every effort to understand the importance of the case’.

‘They use every possible means of communication available to contact their client and try to find answers to a long list of questions in order to prepare their defense’.

‘Honestly, they’re unique with outstanding qualities. Their integrity and transparency in dealing with their clients’.

‘Sarah Walker listens and doesn’t dictate. Trustworthy and smart’.

Key clients

The Government of Mongolia

Deutsche Bank

Motorola Credit Corporation and Motorola Solutions

Libyan Investment Authority

Global Jet Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Mongolian Government in ongoing litigation against (i) Sukhbaatar Batbold, the former prime minister of Mongolia, and (ii) various of his proxies, in relation to wrongdoing committed with respect to two of Mongolia’s most strategic and valuable mining assets: the Erdenet and Oyu Tolgoi mines.
  • Acting for Libyan Investment Authority, through Dr Hussein Mohamed Hussein Abdlmora (“Dr Hussein”) in a matter centring on a dispute as to who should have the control over Libya’s USD 67 billion sovereign wealth fund (the Libyan Investment Authority) as its Chairman.
  • Acting as global counsel for Deutsche Bank in the context of various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), the UK High Court (Commercial Court), Canada and Israel concerning previous criminal and regulatory investigations into alleged manipulation of the global foreign exchange (“FX”) market.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP's London international arbitration practice has a solid reputation for handling high-stakes, complex, high-value arbitrations, including ground-breaking investor-state cases. Highly rated for its advocacy prowess, the London group is co-led by Thomas Sprange QC, who has an extensive track record in large-value arbitrations; and John Savage QC, who has over 25 years' experience in large-scale international arbitrations. Ruth Byrne also has notable arbitration credentials, Egishe Dzhazoyan has 'inexhaustible knowledge of Russian and CIS businesses', and Sajid Ahmed specialises in international arbitration and trade matters. Former partner Stuart Isaacs QC departed for Wilberforce Chambers in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sprange QC; John Savage QC

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm has one of the few truly leading practices in international arbitration, particularly in investment arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards.

The international profile and creative approach to risk and fee arrangements are particularly appreciated.

The team consists of experienced, knowledgeable, practical and hardworking lawyers.

Very friendly and easy to work with.

Egishe Dzhazoyan has proven himself, not only as an excellent lawyer but also as a dedicated project manager, driving forward the most complex cases in multiple jurisdictions without losing attention to the smallest detail.

Egishe Dzhazoyan is tireless and enthusiastic, and has inexhaustible knowledge of Russian and CIS businesses and commercial contexts.

Key clients

Vedanta

Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons

Shell

Chevron

Reliance Industries

InterGlobe Enterprises Private

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty

IREO

SL Mining

Islamic Development Bank

The Mongolian Government

Rockhopper Group

Obrascón Huarte Lain

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Emirates International Investment Company

Government of Mongolia

Republic of Turkey

Gerald International

The Stati Family

Ascom Group

Terra Raf Trans Trading

Leidos

Union Fenosa Gas

Cairn Oil & Gas

Vedanta

Work highlights

  • Representing Vedanta and Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons in a pending arbitration against  Indian state oil company, ONGC, over the latter’s interference in the claimants’ recovery of costs under a production sharing agreement and related operating agreement.
  • Representing Reliance in an arbitration seated in New Delhi under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules, which relates to a production sharing contract with the Indian Government.
  • Representing SL Mining (UK), a subsidiary of Gerald Group (global metal trader), in a commercial dispute with the Government of Sierra Leone.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

At King & Spalding LLP, the oil and gas practice delivers a ‘first class’ service to clients, with it being strong in M&A and investment transactions, project development work and international arbitration. The group, which is jointly led by Martin Hunt and Nikhil Markanday, also excels in large project finance transactions, where it acts for lenders and sponsors. LNG work is a notable driver of activity; in one highlight, the team recently acted for Total on its $50bn Mozambique LNG project. Sajid Ahmed is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hunt; Nikhil Markanday

Other key lawyers:

Sajid Ahmed; Nina Howell

Testimonials

‘This team delivers first class legal advice in a client-oriented manner. The team is able to think through the critical legal issues whilst recognising the underlying commercial drivers.’

’An excellent team which is always willing to make that extra effort to ensure client satisfaction. Sajid Ahmed is an excellent lawyer with good business acumen and understands client’s perspective and overall business context and comes out with pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes

Chevron

ConocoPhillips

Gunvor

MODEC, Inc

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

OMV and OMV Petrom

Reliance

Seplat Petroleum

Sequa Petroleum

Shell

Sierra Oil & Gas

SigmaBleyzer Investment Group LLC

Total (successor of Anadarko Petroleum Company)

Transocean

Work highlights

  • Represented Baker Hughes in the sale of its global rod lift applications business relating to Lufkin.
  • Advised private equity firm SigmaBleyzer on the $250m fund it has set up to invest in upstream oil & gas projects in the Ukraine.
  • Representing Total (as successor to Anadarko) on all aspects of its $50bn Mozambique LNG Project, the largest proposed LNG export project in the world.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's 'smart and savvy' commercial litigation practice is praised for its 'exceptional' expertise and 'wealth of experience', particularly in cross-border disputes involving the US and the Middle East. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC jointly lead the team, which includes Ruth Byrne , who is popular among energy and life sciences sector clients. Recently promoted partner and energy dispute expert Ben Williams relocated to the firm's Dubai office.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Byrne; Jessica Trevellick

Testimonials

Dispute resolution is the DNA of King & Spalding and their expertise in this space is exceptional. Great strategists.

The King & Spalding litigation team, and Sarah Walker in particular, has been amazingly supportive and creative in their support of our business. Sarah has taken time to thoroughly understand our product, give advice that meets our business objectives while taking into account risk and appropriate expense.’

They are very efficient and skilful. They give candid legal advice which is commercially sensible.

Sarah Walker is incredibly user friendly.

Smart and savvy.

Sarah Walker is a stand-out partner who makes an immense effort to understand our business, make herself available on our time zone, is not intimidated by any opposing party, and provides clear and valuable advice regarding our appropriate paths forward. Jessica Trevellick who is an amazing rising associate.

The London team is fairly small but has a wealth of experience and can call on their international colleagues especially in the US and the UAE when needed.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Motorola Solutions Inc

ConocoPhillips Company

International AirFinance Corporation

The Government of Mongolia

Global Jet Capital Holdings

Union Fenosa Gas

Coloplast Ltd

Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Union Fenosa Gas (“UFG”) in securing a US$2.2bn ICSID award against Egypt for cutting off the gas supply to liquefaction facilities in Damietta and in resisting challenges to the recognition of that award in England, making new law in the process. The latter led directly to the satisfactory settlement of the matter in early 2021.
  • Defending Deutsche Bank in claims against it relating to previous criminal and regulatory investigations into alleged manipulation of the global foreign exchange (“FX”) market by traders at various FX dealer banks. King & Spalding is global counsel for Deutsche Bank in the context of various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the Southern District of New York, the UK High Court , Canada and Israel.
  • Representing ConocoPhillips in a $140m claim brought by Chrysaor E&P for consideration adjustments relating to the latter’s acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK assets by way of a put option agreement.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's projects practice includes London duo Nikhil Markanday and Martin Hunt. Markanday, who joined from Ashurst in mid-2019, leads on major international project development and financing matters, acting for a number of major banks, while Hunt - who is also a US qualified lawyer in Texas and New York - focuses on M&A and joint venture transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nikhil Markanday; Martin Hunt

Key clients

Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO)

MODEC, Inc

European Investment Bank

Japan Bank for International Coorperation

Scatec Solar

Shell

SMBC

Axius Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Kalahari Energy on the development and financing of it $600m coal bed methane power project in Botswana.
  • Advised Scatec Solar ASA on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in SN Power AS for a total equity value of $1.166bn from Norfund.
  • Advised EIB on its financing to Solar Works’ off-grid programme in Malawi and Mozambique.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Buoyed by the hiring of Shareena Edmonds and Vincent Rowan from Reed Smith LLP in January 2021, King & Spalding LLP offers significant international arbitration expertise. It represents a large number of household-name construction clients, using its international office base to connect across jurisdictions. Edmonds and Rowan have brought extensive experience in acting in energy and infrastructure disputes to the team, while Andrea Stauber is also recommended for her dispute avoidance work.

Practice head(s):

Shareena Edmonds; Vincent Rowan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘King and Spalding are particularly well organised and professional. The dispute process is very well orchestrated with very efficient meetings and work product focused on getting the best result in the most cost-efficient manner. They are not afraid of telling a client what they need to tell them.’

‘Shareena Edmonds is professional and results-driven and she orchestrates her client’s case to perfection. She is a top-class talent.’

‘It is great to work with the K&S team as they are all very capable and specifically well informed in construction issues, even if the issues are technical.’

‘I have worked closely with Shareena Edmonds and she is an excellent lawyer. She is technically very capable and has in-depth knowledge of construction. She is always very close to the case, and aware of the details and the subtle issues which would make a difference in the long term even if the client is not aware of it. She also manages the case and expectations really well throughout. She is very articulate and capable when presenting the case.’

‘Vincent Rowan is an exceptionally experienced team builder and litigator for complex infrastructure disputes. He provides clear and practical advice, instilling confidence in the management of the case, and is a valued partner for our in-house litigation team. We have had successful results.’

Key clients

Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A

Work highlights

  • Acting for Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A in an investor-state dispute against the State of Kuwait related to an elevated highway in Kuwait City.

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

King & Spalding LLP’s London-based team routinely works alongside colleagues in the firm’s US and Middle East offices to handle internal investigations for large companies, as well to provide compliance and due diligence advice on cross-border transactions and multinational business operations. The key figure on the ground in London is Aaron Stephens, ‘the epitome of a trusted adviser’ on matters relating to fraud, tax offences, money laundering and bribery and corruption. Robert Dedman jointly leads the team alongside Stephens. Senior associate Joanna Harris is also recommended for her 'great way with clients'.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Stephens; Robert Dedman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great network of people – super collaboration.

Aaron Stephens is the epitome of a trusted adviser on those subjects where it matters most.’

‘Joanna Harris is extremely capable and has a great way with clients.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Stripe, Inc.

Sun Nuclear Corporation

Care Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Deutsche Bank in various class and direct-action litigation matters proceeding in the Southern District of New York, the UK High Court, Canada and Israel.
  • Advised Stripe, Inc. on the anti-financial crime due diligence aspects of its $200m acquisition of Nigerian payments company, Paystack.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP's special matters and government investigations team handles contentious financial services matters for a variety of global banks and their employees. The team draws heavily on the firm's network in the US to provide solid advice in cross-border representations. Jointly taking the lead are Aaron Stephens and former head of enforcement at the Bank of England Robert Dedman. Senior associate Joanna Harris is also recommended for investigations work.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Stephens; Robert Dedman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Aaron Stephens is a big name in the market with particularly good connections on the US/UK overlap cases. Brings huge energy to all he does.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Deutsche Bank in the context of various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), the UK High Court (Commercial Court), Canada and Israel.
  • Representing a senior banker in the context of an ongoing DOJ and FCA investigation into alleged “spoofing” and related market manipulation.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

At King & Spalding LLP, regulatory lawyer sit within the special matters and government investigations practice. The group is predominantly focused on criminal regulatory compliance, often from a transatlantic perspective. The group in London is co-led by Robert Dedman, former head of enforcement at the Bank of England, and Aaron Stephens.

Practice head(s):

Aaron Stephens; Robert Dedman

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Harris

Key clients

Stripe, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Stripe, Inc. on the anti-financial crime due diligence aspects of its $200 million acquisition of Nigerian payments company, Paystack.

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

King & Spalding LLP's corporate and M&A practice is well regarded by its blue-chip energy and financial institutions client base, whom it routinely represents on cross-border, upper mid-market transactions. Practice head William Charnley is highly experienced in public and private deals, most notably in the financial services sector. Dual-qualified (England and US) Martin Hunt has an expansive international energy offering, with a recent focus on offshore oil and gas instructions in North and West Africa. Krishna Omkar is noted for his emphasis on emerging markets, especially on mandates with a strong Indian aspect.

Practice head(s):

William Charnley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team to work with – very responsive with quick turnaround.’

Key clients

Utmost Group of Companies

Active Healthcare Solutions Ltd.

Baker Hughes

Life Company Consolidation Group (“LCCG”)

Eddie Stobart Logistics plc

Salic UK

Micrometrics Instrument Corporation

Olivier Creed

SATS

Global Switch

Anexo Group plc

Veloce Esports

Afendis Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc on the terms of a recommended cash offer to acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Scapa Group plc.
  • Advised Eddie Stobart Logistics plc on the disposal of 51% of its trading entities.
  • Advised the Utmost Group of Companies (“Utmost”), backed by US private equity group Oaktree Capital in finalising its group reorganisation.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

King & Spalding LLP’s employment team largely offers multinational clients advice on day-to-day issues, including data privacy, regulatory frameworks, post-termination restrictions, senior exits, and the drafting of internal handbooks and employment policies. Jules Quinn heads up the group, which is particularly active in the tech and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jules Quinn

Other key lawyers:

Kim Roberts

Testimonials

Strong commercial advice, combining technical expertise with common sense and commerciality.’

Jules Quinn provides excellent commercial advice, very responsive to requests and gets to the point quickly and clearly. Sees the bigger picture but able to give a pretty good steer – some HR lawyers tend to sit on the fence due to the inherent uncertainties of some of the issues.’

Jules Quinn is excellent. A huge presence in the employment field. And Kim Roberts is terrific too.’

I have found that the unique quality they have is that they are not too risk-averse, they are very commercial and practical in their employment advice.’

I have complete confidence and faith in the advice they provide, it’s a breath of fresh air working with them as they are super commercial and practical. They are subject matter experts and also provide the options in a clear and concise manner. Their advice and support is excellent.’

Key clients

MasterCard

AEW Europe LLP

Envirogen Group

Bank of East Asia

Coloplast Corporation

Sojitz Europe plc

SCSK Europe Ltd

Sumi Agro Europe Ltd

The Utmost Group

Bank and Clients PLC

Eddie Stobart Logistics Limited

NexantECA Ltd

Clarion Partners LLC

Quintain Limited (client for 5 years plus)

Toronto Dominion Securities

Hurst Point Capital Limited

iland Internet Solutions Corporation

United Rentals, Inc.

Amryt Pharma Plc

Xerox Corporation

Dispute resolution > Public international law

Real estate > Commercial property: investment

King & Spalding LLP caters to a broad client roster, which includes private equity funds and REITs, and is often engaged on investments with cross-border and real estate finance elements.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

India > Foreign firms Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has outstanding strengths in disputes and international arbitration and the financing realms. This is combined with corporate transactions and project development matters. It has an exceptional range of expertise in energy sectors in relation to India-based deals. Lawyers work principally out of the USA, London, Geneva, Singapore and Tokyo. Andrew Brereton (Singapore) attracts complex financing mandates relating to the Indian market and is winning work in the green energy space, including wind and solar projects and is considered by one client to be ‘unsurpassed as a finance partner‘. Nikhil Markanday advises on mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures from London, as does Rahul Patel from Atlanta, all with an India nexus. Thomas K. Sprange QC and John Savage QC are leading practitioners in disputes and international arbitrations, which are often high-stakes finance or projects cases in the power, mining, or oil and gas sectors. Sajid Ahmed is also noted for his experience in arbitration matters relating to India.

Testimonials

‘King & Spalding’s Singapore finance team knows India. They have a depth of experience and are highly skilled at navigating a jurisdiction that presents formidable regulatory challenges. Particularly when it comes to offshore structures that provide robust onshore protections without sailing too close to the FEMA wind, King & Spalding delivers.’

‘The team of Andrew Brereton (partner) and Soumya Bhagavatula (associate) is excellent on India deals. Andrew is unsurpassed as a finance partner. Soumya is a capable, hardworking rising star in finance law in the region.’

Key clients

Nomura Singapore Limited

Greenko Ventures Limited

Reliance Industries Limited (India)

IGE Group

Aditya Birla – Novelis

Work highlights

  • Acted for Reliance Industries on its acquisition of Niko Resources’ 10% shareholding in the eastern offshore KG-D6 block following the settlement of its arbitration with Reliance and BP for US$36 million.
  • Represents Reliance in an arbitration seated in New Delhi under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules relating to a production sharing contract with the Indian Government, with the other two co-claimants being BP Exploration (Alpha) Ltd and Niko (Neco) Ltd, in a dispute relating to cost recovery issues under a contract and over US$3 billion is at stake.
  • Advised Nomura in relation to a facility to Blue Planet, a Singapore headquartered integrated waste management company, in connection with its strategic acquisition of a key minority stake in Zigma Global Environ Solutions Pvt Ltd, India’s largest landfill mining company.

United States > Dispute resolution > International litigation

King & Spalding LLP‘s trial and global disputes team handles a full range of cross-border disputes and enforcement-related litigation. Following the departure of James Berger and Charlene Sun in October 2021, the team is led by Andy Bayman in Atlanta, who counts product liability among his areas of expertise, and Houston-based energy sector expert Reginald Smith. The group is popular among life sciences sector clients, an area strengthened by the arrival of Chicago-based Lazar Raynal in October 2021, who frequently advises on high-profile patent and breach of contracts disputes, from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. David Wallach in San Francisco, who joined from Jones Day in November 2021, also has experience in this space, as well as in the cross-border construction, energy and retain disputes. The group has an impressive complementary international arbitration team; Washington DC-based Kenneth Beale, who joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in March 2021 and is strong for energy and financial services sector disputes, is among the names for enforcement litigation. Also in Washington DC, international arbitration expert Érica Franzetti joined from Dechert LLP in October 2021 and has experience representing international clients before the Brazilian courts.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman; Reginald Smith

Key clients

Stati (Ascom Group S.A.)

Exterran

Rusoro Mining Limited

Union Fenosa Gas

Chevron Corporation

NSO

Work highlights

  • Representing the Stati parties as global litigation counsel in proceedings arising out of a US$541m investment arbitration award against the Republic of Kazakhstan under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Exterran in a major dispute with Iberoamerica de Hidrocarburos, S.A. related to the production of natural gas in three fields in San Fernando, Mexico. This dispute encompasses litigation proceedings in the U.S and an ICC arbitration in Mexico.
  • Representing claimants in global enforcement proceedings arising out of six arbitration awards (currently totalling around $200m) against Spain and Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty for the withdrawal or modification of renewable energy incentives.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

King & Spalding LLP's trial and global disputes practice in Dubai includes Patrick McPherson, who focuses on disputes relating to construction, energy and infrastructure projects. Randall Walker has a similar contentious practice and specialises in disputes in the oil and gas sector. Ben Williams is another key individual to mention and has a broad commercial disputes practice that covers litigation, arbitration and ADR. Senior associate Guillaume Hess is also noted and is based in Abu Dhabi.

Practice head(s):

Edward Kehoe

Testimonials

KS has a very strong and sound team on disputes. They are able to appreciate the complexities, the clients’ mindsets and limitations and are always open to discussions.

Randall Walker is an exceptionally sound disputes lawyer. He is always dependable, accessible and bright. I have found him always willing to extend support and create stepping stones to get the transactions through.’

Key clients

Riyad Bank

Saudi Aramco

Riyad Capital (Riyadh)

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited

Sadara Chemical Company

Western Union

OMV

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hexagon in an AED claim against the Dubai International Finance Centre (the “DIFC”) for breaches of a joint venture agreement concerning a building development project within the DIFC.

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.

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