King & Spalding has announced that Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez, a former general counsel of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has joined the firm's leading international arbitration practice as a partner in its New York office. Aguilar-Alvarez joins King & Spalding from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was co-head of the international arbitration and trade practice group.
Mr. Aguilar-Alvarez focuses on international commercial arbitration, with an emphasis on energy, construction and infrastructure. He also has substantial experience in treaty arbitration and frequently sits as an arbitrator in major international arbitration disputes. According to Chambers USA, he is becoming "one of the top players in the field." A Mexican national, Mr. Aguilar-Alvarez is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He earned a J.D. degree, with honors, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
International arbitration is one of King & Spalding's core strengths. During the past year-and-a-half, the firm has increased its breadth and depth in international arbitration, including through the opening of offices in Paris and Singapore, two of the world's major arbitration markets, and the recruiting of three top practitioners in those venues: Eric A. Schwartz and James Castello in Paris and John Savage in Singapore. In addition, King & Spalding won the 2010 Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence in international arbitration.
Eric A. Schwartz, an international arbitration partner in the Paris, France office of King & Spalding, has been appointed a vice chair of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Institute for World Business Law.
Mr. Schwartz is a former secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Over the past 30 years, he has acted on behalf of some of the world's largest companies, public authorities and sovereign states in international arbitration proceedings in all of the principal European arbitration venues, as well as in Asia and the United States. He has particular experience in disputes arising out of major infrastructure projects and in the oil and gas, telecommunications and information industries.
King & Spalding is among an elite group of law firms that has been setting standards in client service excellence continuously over the past decade, according to a new survey by BTI Consulting Group, Inc.
The survey rates King & Spalding as one of only 54 law firms selected for the BTI Client Service A-Team for the 10th consecutive year. Only 8.3 percent of the 650 law firms serving the Fortune 1000 earned this recognition. In addition to being recognized as one of the best client-service performers, King & Spalding was also cited for its breadth of services, reputation, keeping clients informed and innovation.