King & Spalding has announced that two experienced complex commercial litigators, Geoffrey R. Unger and Juan M. Alcalá, have joined the firm's business litigation practice as partners in the Austin office. Both lawyers will draw on their expertise to advise clients on a variety of disputes related to business transactions, organizational structures, financial liabilities and involved lending transactions. Mr. Unger and Mr. Alcalá join from DLA Piper.
Geoffrey R. Unger's practice is primarily focused on complex commercial litigation, with experience representing clients in large business fraud cases, consumer class actions, securities litigation, real estate development, and antitrust cases.
Juan M. Alcalá is a litigator and trial lawyer who handles a wide range of complex business disputes for local, national and international clients in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels, in the areas of business torts, partnership conflicts, copyright and trademark disputes, misappropriation of trade secret cases, deceptive trade practices controversies and fiduciary litigation. Fluent in Spanish, Alcalá also concentrates his practice on Latin American matters.
In its 2010 edition, the IFLR 1000 recognized King & Spalding as one of the world's leading law firms advising on financial and corporate matters. The firm earned a total of four rankings in this year's IFLR 1000 guide, and two King & Spalding lawyers were singled out for special recognition.
King & Spalding's bank lending, debt and equity capital markets and project finance practices were named among the best in the United States, while the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice was recognized for providing exceptional legal counsel in Saudi Arabia. In the bank lending practice area, King & Spalding was one of 22 U.S. firms recommended; in project finance, one of 23 U.S. firms; and in debt and equity capital markets, one of 26 firms recommended in the United States. In Saudi Arabia, King & Spalding's mergers and acquisitions practice was one of only 11 endorsed in the IFLR 1000 guide.
King & Spalding partners Isam Salah and Jawad Ali were characterized by IFLR 1000 as "leading lights" in the firm's Middle East practice.