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 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

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:

Ruth Byrne; Egishe Dzhazoyan; Sajid Ahmed; Simon Maynard

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

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

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

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

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:

Andrea Stauber

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

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

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:

Joanna Harris

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

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:

Joanna Harris

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

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.

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:

Martin Hunt; Krishna Omkar

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

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

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 1

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.

Other key lawyers:

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