King & Spalding Advises Sprint Nextel On Merger

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 01:00

King & Spalding has announced that it is representing Sprint Nextel Corporation in its agreement with Clearwire Corporation to combine their next-generation wireless broadband businesses to form a new wireless communications company. The new company, which will be named Clearwire, said it will focus on expediting the deployment of the first nationwide mobile WiMAX network to provide a true mobile broadband experience for consumers, small businesses, medium and large enterprises, public safety organizations and educational institutions.

Building on its strong presence in Texas and broadening its national litigation and global energy practices, King & Spalding has announced the establishment of an office in Austin, Texas.Mike Stenglein has joined the firm in this office.

The firm also announced that King & Spalding partner Reagan W. Simpson, a trial and appellate lawyer, is relocating to Austin from the firm's Houston office to oversee the start-up and growth of the new operation.

Mr. Robert George, an energy and transactional lawyer with considerable experience representing clients in Brazil and Latin America, joined the global transactions practice as a counsel inthe firm's Houston office. He joined the firm from Koch Industries, Inc.

King & Spalding has announced the establishment of an office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. With a total of 19 lawyers in its offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh, King & Spalding is one of the largest and fastest growing U.S. firms in the Middle East.

Angus N. McFadden, a counsel in the firm's construction and projects practice, will reside in Abu Dhabi.

This latest move follows the expansion of King & Spalding's Middle East practice in April 2007 with the hiring of three senior lawyers in the Middle East - finance partner Michael Dunphy in its Riyadh office, and, in its Dubai office, mergers and acquisitions counsel Elias R. Chedid and private equity and funds counsel Jonathan Law.

Robert Wilkerson, a highly regarded tax adviser to U.S. and foreign-based multinational corporations, has joined King and Spalding's Atlanta office as a partner.

Mr. Wilkerson focuses on structural and transactional tax planning matters, including cross-border acquisitions, restructurings and dispositions.

King & Spalding announced the addition of Carl Wessel as a partner in the firm's special matters and government investigations practice. Mr. Wessel brings significant government investigations experience, especially within the pharmaceutical industry, to the firm's Washington, DC office.

The firm also added Seth Lundy, a prominent medical device lawyer, to its Washington DC office and leading biotech-pharma patent lawyers, Peter Dehlinger, Ph.D. and Judy M. Mohr, Ph.D., in Silicon Valley.