King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that S. Bruce Wilson will join the firm's Washington office as a senior counsel in its international trade practice, effective October 1, 2010. Mr. Wilson, who has served for the past eight years as the head legal officer of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, has retired from the WTO effective today.
Prior to his service in the WTO, Mr. Wilson held several senior staff positions in the U.S. Congress and in the executive branch, including staff director of the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade, and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for industry, services, investment, and intellectual property.
In conjunction with the release of its annual guide to leading law firms in Latin America, Chambers and Partners has selected King & Spalding to receive the 2010 Chambers Latin America Award for Excellence for international arbitration. The firm received the honor on September 16 at an event in Miami Beach, Florida.
This is the second award that King & Spalding's international arbitration practice has received from Chambers and Partners this year. In June, the firm was recognized as the leading international arbitration firm in the United States by Chambers USA.
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has selected King & Spalding as a recipient of its 2010 Beacon of Justice Award in honor of the firm's "extraordinary commitment to providing pro bono legal representation in the area of immigration law."
In its pro bono immigration representations over the past year, King & Spalding has secured asylum status for an Iranian citizen forced to flee abroad following his joining protests in Tehran against the re-election of President Amadinejad; won protection from deportation under the United Nations Convention against Torture for an Ethiopian boy whose father had been killed and mother imprisoned due to their political activities; obtained a green card for a 52-year-old mother of six who was forced to flee Cameroon and leave her children after facing years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her high-ranking military-official husband as well as death threats from members of his political party; and many more cases.
Jasper M. Wauters, a skilled international trade practitioner with substantial experience in dispute settlement cases before the World Trade Organization, has joined King & Spalding as counsel in the firm's Geneva office. His arrival continues the worldwide expansion of King & Spalding's international trade practice.
Mr. Wauters advises private and sovereign clients on all aspects of international trade and investment law, with a particular emphasis on WTO dispute settlement proceedings as well as subsidies and trade remedies rules. He regularly advises clients on free trade negotiations and has actively been involved in the negotiation and drafting of free trade agreements on behalf of sovereign clients. In the 2010 edition of the Chambers Global guide, he was named one of Switzerland's "Up and Coming" lawyers in the area of International Trade/WTO.
King & Spalding has also announced that John S. Herbert has joined the firm's New York office as partner. Herbert will serve as a senior member of the firm's private equity, mergers & acquisitions and securities practices.
Mr. Herbert advises private equity funds in connection with their portfolio investments in public and private companies, including initial acquisitions and platform startups, divestitures, add-on acquisitions, leveraged loan financings and high-yield offerings, and various exit transactions such as dispositions, initial public offerings and recapitalizations.
Partner Gregory N. Etzel has joined King & Spalding's Houston office, bringing with him 14-plus years of experience handling complex litigation and regulatory matters within the healthcare industry.
Mr. Etzel's arrival is the latest addition to King & Spalding's highly regarded healthcare practice. His practice focuses on representing hospitals and other providers with healthcare regulatory matters and payment disputes. He has broad experience litigating complex Medicare reimbursement disputes and group appeals both in federal court and before administrative law judges and appeals panels.
King & Spalding has opened an office in Singapore after having received the necessary approvals from the Singapore government. The office will serve as a hub for the firm's work in energy and international arbitration throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This is King & Spalding's eighth office outside the United States.
The Singapore team's arbitration docket currently includes a large arbitration for a U.S. multinational corporation against a Middle Eastern partner, a dispute between a major oil company and an Asian state, an ad hoc arbitration in the shipping sector and an arbitration for a private equity house against Pakistani parties.
The new King & Spalding office is located at One Raffles Place in Singapore's central business district.