King & Spalding Opens Office in Geneva, Adds Five Lawyers In London

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 01:00

King & Spalding has announced that it will open an office in Geneva, Switzerland - the firm's seventh office outside the United States - to expand its leading international trade practice. Joining King & Spalding immediately as a partner is Daniel C. Crosby, a prominent Geneva-based international trade lawyer with extensive experience in World Trade Organization (WTO) matters, international trade and investment policy, and trade remedy proceedings. The firm expects to add other lawyers and consultants to its Geneva office in the coming weeks. The firm is registering its office with the Geneva Registre du Commerce.

The Geneva office will focus on WTO counseling and negotiations, WTO dispute settlement proceedings, strategic international trade and investment counseling, and trade remedy proceedings.

Washington, D.C.-based King & Spalding partner Stephen J. Orava will oversee the establishment of the new office and will divide his time between Washington and Geneva.

King & Spalding has also announced the addition of a team of five prominent energy transaction lawyers from Hogan Lovells to its London office, the latest move in its plan of aggressive expansion in key global markets, industries and legal specialties.

The team includes partners Garry Pegg and Hywel Jones; Nina Howell, who joins as counsel; and associates Leon Sosnowski and Susanna Marshall. Pegg will also serve as co-managing partner of King & Spalding in London, joining John L. Keffer in leading the office.

In addition to opening offices in Paris and Geneva, other components of King & Spalding's strategic growth plan in recent months have included the significant expansion of its professional liability and securities litigation team with lateral hires in the United States. The firm has also continued to bolster its Middle East practice with the appointment in April of two senior lawyers to its projects and construction practices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Since opening offices in the Middle East in 2007, King & Spalding's offices have grown to more than 20 lawyers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.