Jose Valera, a partner in the global transactions practice of King & Spalding, has been named a winner of the 2008 Burton Awards for Legal Achievement.
Mr. Valera was chosen for his article "Changing Oil and Gas Fiscal and Regulatory Regimes in Latin America." The article appeared in the December 3, 2007, edition of Oil & Gas Journal.
Mr. Valera will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on June 16.
The Burton Awards, now in their ninth year, were established by William C. Burton to promote and reward the refinement and enrichment of good legal writing. Winners are chosen by an academic committee consisting of educators from the law schools of Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan, as well as leading members of the legal profession and the judiciary.
Mr. Valera's Houston-based practice focuses on oil and gas exploration projects and production projects. He has helped major and independent oil companies negotiate and draft operations, production-sharing and license agreements throughout Latin America. He has advised the governments of Argentina, Bolivia and Peru on the preparation of hydrocarbons contractual and regulatory frameworks and the privatization of state-owned oil and gas companies. He also has represented oil and gas companies in the acquisition and divestiture of exploration and production properties and downstream assets.
King & Spalding has announced that structured finance lawyer Mark S. Dola, has joined the firm's Washington, DC, office as counsel. He will focus his practice on structured derivatives and securitization transactions and will participate actively in the firm's subprime and capital markets special task force.
Mr. Dola advises issuers, underwriters, and placement agents in securitization transactions involving a variety of asset classes, including credit card and trade receivables and has considerable experience with collateralized debt obligations, credit-linked notes, and credit default swaps. He joins King & Spalding from McKee Nelson LLP, where he was of counsel.