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.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sprange QC; John Savage QC

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.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hunt

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.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

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.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Other key lawyers:

Robert Dedman; Ruth Byrne; Gareth Rees QC; Aaron Stephens

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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dedman; Aaron Stephens; Gareth Rees QC

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Ichilcik; Joanna Harris

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.

Practice head(s):

Jules Quinn

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

William Charnley

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Young; Martin Hunt

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

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 3

Energy and infrastructure projects have long been a mainstay of King & Spalding LLP. Merrick White leads the team and has advised both sponsors and lenders on major oil and gas, LNG and petrochemical projects. Richard Nelson is also a key figure and has a strong background in advising on oil and gas projects. The team also has additional expertise in the corporate and M&A space, which is primarily handled by Simon Cowled.

Practice head(s):

Merrick White 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The King & Spalding team is highly experienced in Indonesian upstream contract law, which is hard to beat.’

‘Merrick White has in-depth technical, commercial and legal knowledge of the assignment in Indonesia, which makes him an invaluable asset to the project team.’

Key clients

Paiton Energy

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Minejesa Capital BV

Ophir Energy

Baravia Oil

Conrad Petroleum

Coro Energy

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

The India practice at King & Spalding LLP undertakes inbound and outbound work in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, finance, international tax, trade, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Typical instructions also include projects and energy matters, as well as advice on government investigations and real estate. Cross-border transactions feature highly in Atlanta-based, co-head Rahul Patel's workload. Singapore-based Andrew Brereton has a wealth of experience in complex multi-jurisdictional financing arrangements; while commercial and treaty arbitration are some of the core areas of activity for Sajid Ahmed from the London office. Thomas K. Sprange QC in London, Richard Nelson in Singapore and Atlanta-based Brian A. White are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rahul Patel; Thomas K. Sprange QC; Richard Nelson; Sajid Ahmed; Brian A. White Andrew Brereton

Other key lawyers:

Krishna Omkar

Testimonials

‘Highly motivated and seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge who provide seamless round the clock support through their various offices across the globe.’

‘Sajid Ahmed is a troubleshooter and will always go an extra mile to ensure that quality work products are made available within timelines and always appreciates business context.’

‘Thomas Sprange QC has a very sharp legal mind and is an excellent advocacy choice across dispute resolution forums.’

‘Thomas Childs is a very detail-oriented lawyer who would ensure that every point gets desired client attention.’

‘Martin Hunt is the most responsive lawyer we have ever come across. He is virtually available 24X7 and provides high quality work products well within testing timelines.’

‘Professionalism and ability to turnaround quickly on the problems referred. Work across time zones.’

Key clients

Hiranandani Gas Company Private Limited (“H-Energy”)

TV Asia

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

Lumis Partners

Reliance Industries Ltd

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

The Aditya Birla Group

The Avantha Group

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 1,100 lawyers in 21 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