Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > London, England

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

International arbitration Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has a large portfolio of complex, high-value arbitrations, with approximately 30 pending arbitrations currently being run out of the firm's London office. The practice acts for many of the world’s largest and best-known corporations and governments, and it boasts three silks in Thomas Sprange QCStuart Isaacs QC and John Savage QC, who specialise in international arbitration and conduct their own advocacy. Also highly rated are Ruth Byrne, whose practice is particularly focused on energy, and Egishe Dzhazoyan, who specialises in arbitration matters involving Russia and the CIS. Giorgio Mandelli was hired from Volterra Fietta, while Nicholas Cherryman left for Kobre & Kim LLP.

Key clients

Obrascón Huarte Lain

Emirates International Investment Company

Samsung C&T

Reliance Industries

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Ascom Grup

Government of Turkey

Chevron

Shell

Islamic Development Bank

Betamax

Reliance Industries

Shell Philippines Exploration

Oil and gas Tier 3

From London, King & Spalding LLP advises on major LNG export and import projects around the world, including Anadarko’s Mozambique project. The team also covers a diverse range of M&A, corporate and project development work in the upstream sector, including production sharing contracts and licences, joint operating agreements, and gas transportation and sales agreements. In recent highlights, Martin Hunt and his team advised Sierra Oil & Gas on the first major upstream corporate deal in Mexico since the energy reforms of 2014. Also notable is the team's dispute resolution offering, which has a particular emphasis on commercial and investor-state arbitration within the sector. Nina Howell moved to Bracewell (UK) LLP and Gary Pegg retired from the profession.

Key clients

Anadarko Petroleum Company

Transocean

Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Total

Sierra Oil & Gas

German LNG Terminal GmbH (a joint venture between Gasunie, Vopak and Oiltanking)

Sequa Petroleum

SigmaBleyzer Investment Group LLC

Shell and Chevron

Commercial litigation Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's London disputes practice is a key part of the firm's broader global litigation practice.. It has experience handling corporate and commercial disputes before the English courts for domestic and international clients. Sarah Walker's practice encompasses disputes in the financial services, aviation, IT, communications and energy sectors; Egishe Dzhazoyan acts for clients in the banking, financial services, telecoms, mining and energy sectors. The group also boasts four silks in Thomas Sprange QC, John Savage QC, Stuart Isaacs QC and Gareth Rees QC, while Ben Williams is a notable senior associate. Nicholas Cherryman left for Kobre & Kim LLP.

Testimonials

Sarah Walker has an excellent understanding of the offshore world in the context of financial services disputes‘.

Key clients

Attock Oil

Motorola

Libya Africa Investment Portfolio

Antracite Investment

Urgula Platinum

Menrela

Ascom Grup

Aldersgate Investments

Flushing Bank

Fraud: civil Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's London team has a particular focus on handling fraud-related disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals, for both domestic and international clients. Areas of expertise include enforcement claims, freezing orders, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and bribery and corruption. Key client sectors for the US firm's London office include aviation, banking and finance, IT, communications and energy. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC head the team, while Robert Dedman joined as partner from Navigant Consulting.

Testimonials

‘Thorough, structured and diligent’.

‘Very diligent and high stamina’.

Key clients

Motorola

Antracite Investment Limited, Urgula Platinum Limited and Menrela Limited

Aldersgate Investments Ltd

KFH Capital

Attock Oil

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

WesternZagros Resources Ltd

IREO

Bank & Clients

TURN8 Innovation Fund

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP's growing team is adept at handling enforcement investigations, internal investigations,  as well as advising on allegations of tax evasion, fraud, bribery, sanction breaches and compliance matters. Its lawyers often deal with regulators including the FCA, SFO, CFTC and DoJ, advising clients such as retail and investment banks, fund managers, insurers and insurance intermediaries. The firm has been expanding in London in recent times; Robert Dedman joined as a partner from Navigant and Aaron Stephens joined as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The pair both head the team alongside Gareth Rees QC, who specialises in fraud, and Hayley Ichilcik, who joined as counsel from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Testimonials

‘Thoughtful and proactive engagement, practical and pragmatic advice’.

‘A brilliant mix of US and UK expertise’.

‘Aaron Stephens never fails to impress with his calm advice and obvious expertise. He is a big player and a major catch for the team’.

‘Gareth Rees QC is a great tactician for the big cases’.   

Key clients

Polar Capital

Platinum Capital

NFU Mutual

Financial services: contentious Tier 5

King & Spalding LLP’s non-contentious financial services practice focuses on market abuse regulation, securitisation and hedge funds, with particular experience within the insurance and asset management sectors. On the contentious side, the firm is known for acting in Senior Managers and Certification Regime and white collar crime related matters. The team was strengthened by the 2018 arrivals of Aaron Stephens, from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, who has expertise in representing financial institutions, corporate clients and senior individuals in highly sensitive litigation and investigations; and former Head of Enforcement at the Bank of England / Prudential Regulation Authority, Robert Dedman, who joined from Navigant.

Employment: employers Tier 6

King & Spalding LLP 's London practice was launched in 2016 with the hire of practice head Jules Quinn from Jones Day, where she also led the City employment team. Quinn, who works in tandem with counsel Kim Roberts, advises on a broad range of employment issues including recruitment, workforce downsizing and Brexit-related employment strategies, as well as internal investigations; she has advised MasterCard on all aspects of employment law for more than 20 years. The practice counts a range of multinational corporates among its clients and has particular experience advising companies in the technology and financial services sectors.

Key clients

MasterCard

AEW Europe LLP

Envirogen Group

Cobham plc

Bank of East Asia

Capital & Regional plc

Sojitz Europe plc

SCSK Europe Ltd

Sumi Agro Europe Ltd

Simba Sleep

LCCG

Gett Taxi

Bank and Clients PLC

BearingPoint, Ltd.

Nexant Limited

Pioneer Investment Management Limited

Quintain Limited

Toronto Dominion Securities

Mark Newton- Jones

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

King & Spalding LLP’s non-contentious financial services practice focuses on market abuse regulation, securitisation and hedge funds, with particular experience within the insurance and asset management sectors. On the contentious side, the firm is known for acting in Senior Managers and Certification Regime and white collar crime related matters. The team was strengthened by the 2018 arrivals of Aaron Stephens, from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, who has expertise in representing financial institutions, corporate clients and senior individuals in highly sensitive litigation and investigations; and former Head of Enforcement at the Bank of England / Prudential Regulation Authority, Robert Dedman, who joined from Navigant.

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

King & Spalding LLP's corporate practice covers public and private M&A, including joint ventures and private equity-backed transactions. The firm has a strong track record in its traditional sectors, namely energy and natural resources, as well as financial services, and within both the firm acts for international and domestic clients, including Baker Hughes and Sierra Oil & Gas. The practice is led by William Charnley, who has a particular focus on the private equity and financial institutions space, acting on mergers, acquisitions, disposals and providing general corporate advice. The firm recently hired Derek Meilman from Hogan Lovells International LLP, who has a particular emphasis on corporate M&A within the energy and infrastructure and consumer retail sectors.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

General Electric

Baker Hughes

Simba Sleep

United Parcel Service

Global Switch

Global Payments Inc.

ERM

Sierra Oil & Gas

Transocean Ltd

Life Company Consolidation Group

Promethean Investments LLP

King & Spalding’s London office specialises in commercial and financial matters, with a particular focus on energy, Islamic finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. It also offers clients substantial expertise in arbitration and litigation, employment, international trade, real estate and tax law.

The firm: King & Spalding has provided the highest quality legal services to its clients for over a century. Since its establishment in 1885, the firm has had a tradition of attracting and developing many of the finest lawyers. Today, with more than 1,000 lawyers and offices in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, Riyadh, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, DC, the firm continues to provide the highest calibre legal counsel to clients around the world.

King & Spalding currently represents more than 250 public companies, including half of the Fortune Global 100. It represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.

In 2003, King & Spalding established its London office, the first of ten international offices the firm would open in the next decade. The London office was launched as a base from which the firm’s energy, finance and corporate practices could expand into Europe and beyond. Since then it has become one of the hubs for the firm’s highly respected international arbitration and Islamic finance practices.

Types of work undertaken: In the US the firm is known particularly as a leading corporate and litigation firm, within a wide range of expertise.

Energy and natural resources is one of the fastest-growing practice areas of the London office, including advising on LNG, petrochemical, construction and other projects in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and the CIS region. Project finance expertise includes representing project developers and borrowers, as well as commercial banks and other clients. The firm has experience of advising on multi-billion-dollar construction projects in the Middle East and other emerging markets.

Among international law firms, King & Spalding is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Islamic finance and investment practices. Much of this work is handled from the London office. In partnership with clients, the firm has pioneered numerous finance and investment structures that comply with Shari’ah principles, including the first mortgage financing provided by a bank for commercial real estate in the US, using an ijara wa-iqtinah structure.

The firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice group consistently ranks among the leading practices, both in terms of aggregate deal value and number of transactions. The firm represents sellers, purchasers, target companies and financial advisers in transactions across Western Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the CIS region, Africa and the Middle East. In addition to the purchase and sale of public and private companies, experience includes the structuring and formation of strategic joint ventures and other investments, devising anti-takeover strategies, structuring acquisition offers and advising on public and private acquisition financings.

Private equity specialists in London act for private equity investment funds and other investors regarding structuring, negotiating and executing leveraged and non-leveraged acquisitions, as well as handling exit strategies. In addition, it represents sponsors and investors in fund formation and administration.

In addition to specialist financing areas, the firm advises on general banking and finance matters. International trade is also an area of expertise and a range of litigation and arbitration services are provided.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Houston, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Paris, Riyadh, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington DC

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Robert D Hays
Managing partner, London office Garry J Pegg