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King & Spalding LLP

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King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices globally, King & Spalding delivers tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

Main areas of practice: Antitrust: tries cases to verdict and defends clients against criminal investigations, opt-out group actions, class actions, appellate matters and other antitrust litigation.

Business litigation: experienced in issues of antitrust, product liability, mass tort, patents and trade marks, class action certification, securities law, franchise law, white-collar defense, and consumer fraud.

Finance: located in offices across the US, Europe, Asia and Middle East represent lenders, investors, funds and borrowers in finance and other commercial transactions.

Employee benefits and executive compensation: advises on employee benefit plans and executive compensation programs and the related funding vehicles.

E-discovery: serves as lead national discovery counsel for Fortune 50 companies in the banking, energy, pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications, chemical, manufacturing and tobacco industries.

Energy: informs clients on a spectrum of transactional, regulatory, litigation and arbitration matters in the oil and gas, power and mining industries.

Environmental: assists clients with virtually every type of environmental issue – including regulatory and compliance advice, permit appeals, enforcement actions, and property damage claims.

FDA and life sciences: represents pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, healthcare technology companies and food manufacturers in a range of regulatory, compliance, policy and litigation matters.

Financial restructuring: directs on reorganizations, including in-court and out-of-court debt restructurings, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, and distressed asset mergers and acquisitions.

Global transactions: counsels clients through the entire project development process, from concept to ribbon-cutting, with particular emphasis on the energy and transportation sectors.

Government advocacy and public policy: supports clients in managing their interactions with the federal government including congressional investigations, international, and ethics and election law.

Healthcare: as one of the largest practices in the country, the firm is praised for its excellence in transactional, litigation and regulatory representation of clients across the spectrum of healthcare.

Intellectual property: aids clients with the development and strategic planning needed to handle patent and trade mark prosecution and intellectual property litigation matters that stretch across borders.

International arbitration: highly experienced in handling cases before major arbitral institutions such as the ICSID, ICC, LCIA and AAA, as well as under UNCITRAL and other ad hoc rules.

International trade and WTO: the team handles a wide range of international trade and customs matters for US and non-US clients.

Labor and employment: provides labor and employment services to employers ranging from preventive advice and training to litigation and representation under federal and state labor and employment laws.

Mergers and acquisitions: covers acquisitions of public and private companies, tender offers, joint ventures and partnering arrangements, purchases and sales of divisions, and takeover preparation and defense.

Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices: a large team of the firm’s lawyers and professionals devote all or a substantial portion of their practices to clients in these industries, with specialized experience at every stage of the product life cycle.

Private equity and investment funds: draws on the lawyers’ extensive experience in fund formation, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance, Islamic finance, securities offerings, tax and restructuring.

Real estate: provides advice on a complete range of commercial real estate transactions. The real estate capital markets practice is known for creative structuring of mergers and acquisitions and complex equity and debt financing transactions.

White-collar: represents corporations and individuals in complex federal and state criminal investigations, internal investigations and congressional investigations.

Tax: covers range of federal income tax issues, with particularly extensive experience in the corporate, partnership and international practice areas.

Tort litigation: offers large-firm litigation resources and lawyers who have tried high-exposure tort cases, including in some of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the US.

International practice: The firm’s international practices advise clients in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, trade and customs, e-commerce, energy, Islamic finance and investment, intellectual property, international trade marks, structured finance, and international arbitration and mediation. The firm has undertaken extensive work in Latin America, East Asia and in the Middle East, as well as for foreign companies investing in the United States.

  • Chairman

  • Robert D Hays

  • Other Offices

  • Abu Dhabi

  • Dubai

  • Frankfurt

  • Geneva

  • London

  • Moscow

  • Paris

  • Riyadh

  • Singapore

  • Tokyo

Latin America

King & Spalding features an award-winning Latin America practice that provides its clients with an extensive and successful experience in the region, proven regional familiarity, deep knowledge of the civil law system and international law, as well as members born or raised in Latin America, several of whom have practiced in Latin American jurisdictions and who have extensive language capabilities.

Its lawyers represent clients in complex, large mergers, acquisitions and divestitures worldwide, including in nearly every country in Latin America. The team helps multinational companies to commence business activities in the region, including advising on entry and exit strategies. Over the years, King & Spalding has gained unparalleled experience with Fortune 500 companies on day-to-day and cutting-edge corporate, operational and reorganization matters, partnering with its clients for successful results. It regularly advises clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, retail, mining, oil and gas, electric power, transportation, freight forwarding, logistics, telecommunications and hospitality.

King & Spalding's lawyers also help multi-national companies with significant transnational disputes related to Latin America. Its lawyers have represented multi-national clients in high-profile matters pending in or emanating from various Latin American jurisdictions, including Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama. With more than 50 members, King & Spalding's international arbitration group has handled arbitrations under all of the major international arbitration rules, institutional as well as ad hoc. The group's experience in Latin America includes arbitrations concerning projects and transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. This experience extends to both commercial and investment arbitration.

The firm also has a full-service international trade practice with trade attorneys and consultants who have represented clients throughout Latin America and the rest of the world. It represents both domestic producers (petitioners) and foreign producers (respondents) in trade investigations. It regularly advises companies and governments in connection with WTO dispute settlement proceedings in Geneva. It also works with both local and foreign companies in structuring their operations so as to take full advantage of the various regional trade agreements and regulations that might impact operations in the region. It also regularly advises importers on the requirements of customs laws in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, including NAFTA, CAFTA and Mercosur customs provisions, and it advises exporters on compliance with US, UK, and other EU export licensing, embargo and trade sanctions regulations.

  • Partners

  • 346

  • Other fee-earners: 579
  • Total staff: 1,900

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