King & Spalding Welcomes New Attorneys in Washington, Silicon Valley

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:41

October 15, 2012 – Joseph A. Laroski, Jr., a former associate general counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, has joined King & Spalding as a counsel in the firm’s international trade practice in Washington, DC.

Mr. Laroski represented the United States in dispute settlement proceedings before the WTO and in other types of bilateral and multilateral trade relations while at the USTR. Prior to that, he handled antidumping and countervailing duty cases as an associate at Washington-based law firms from 1999 to 2008.

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September 25, 2012 – King & Spalding has announced the addition of Mark D. Polston as a partner in its Washington, DC, healthcare practice. Mr. Polston joins the firm from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where for the past seven years he was the deputy associate general counsel for litigation in the office of general counsel, CMS division.

Mr. Polston has over 20 years of experience in federal litigation, including Medicare, Medicaid and Affordable Care Act regulatory policies, as well as health care fraud litigation, enforcement and investigations. He has broad familiarity with Medicare payment and compliance concerns having managed virtually all defensive, federal court litigation challenging CMS policies and final agency determinations while with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Having worked as a private practice attorney for qui tam relators and in the Department of Justice, Mr. Polston also has significant experience handling False Claims Act litigation.

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September 24, 2012 – Emma Maconick, an expert in complex intellectual property licensing and technology transactions, has joined King & Spalding’s Silicon Valley office as a partner in the firm’s corporate group.

Ms. Maconick’s hire marks the continued expansion of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, bringing to 33 the number of King & Spalding lawyers in California, including 13 partners. Her arrival follows on that of veteran patent litigator William F. Abrams in mid-July.
Ms. Maconick has in-depth experience advising clients on the intellectual property aspects of transactional matters. She regularly assists corporate and capital markets clients with IP assets commercializations; the negotiation of complex pharmaceutical, biotech, high-tech, web and media-related agreements; and various intellectual property issues related to mergers, acquisitions, investments, and credit and financing transactions. Ms. Maconick also has commercial contracts expertise, including IP licenses, product development, manufacture, procurement and supply agreements, standard terms of use and e-commerce and privacy issues.

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October 8, 2012 – King & Spalding represented Samba Financial Group as the lead arranger on a SAR517 million (USD137.9 million) Shari'ah-compliant acquisition financing, with the facility increased by a further SAR200 million (USD53.3 million) on September 30, 2012.

The murabaha facility is to back Saudi Arabian retail and real estate company Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair & Co. JSC (FAHCO) on its purchase of franchising and retailing business NESK Group of Trading Projects.

The King & Spalding team was led by Middle East and Islamic finance partner Nabil Issa and independent counsel Mohammad Al-Ammar in Riyadh. London-based Islamic finance partner Mike Rainey and associate Asal Saghari also worked on the transaction.