In the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firm” survey, King & Spalding has again been identified as one of the top law firms in the United States. King & Spalding earned 42 national rankings, including tier-one designations in 19 practice areas: antitrust, bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, copyright, corporate, energy, environmental, environmental litigation, equipment finance, FDA, health care, international arbitration - commercial, international arbitration - governmental, international trade and finance, mass tort/class actions - defendants, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, tax and trademark law. In addition to its national rankings, King & Spalding earned 88 regional rankings for various practices across the firm’s Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC offices.
King & Spalding was also chosen by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as the “Law Firm of the Year” for government relations. Only one law firm per legal practice is recognized as a “Law Firm of the Year.”
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Chambers has released its 2013 guide to the leading law firms in the United Kingdom. The firm earned rankings in three practice areas in the 2013 guide, and six of the firm’s lawyers achieved 11 individual recognitions, more than double last year’s total.
King & Spalding’s global disputes practice, which has experienced significant growth over the past year, played a major part in the firm’s improved standing with Chambers UK. The firm achieved its first practice ranking for international arbitration in the United Kingdom, garnering kudos for the practice’s “long-standing expertise in the energy arena.” Tom Sprange and Sarah Walker were identified as leading practitioners in this area and they, along will Jane Player, also established individual dispute-related rankings spanning the general litigation (Ms. Player and Ms. Walker), mediation (Ms. Player) and civil fraud (Mr. Sprange) sections of the guide.
King & Spalding’s industry-leading Islamic finance practice was again counted among the best in the United Kingdom. Clients spoke highly of the service they receive and praised the team’s ability to operate “very efficiently between London, Dubai and New York.” In addition, Mike Rainey, who was described as a “very smart lawyer” and “very good in terms of articulating issues,” improved his status in this year’s results.
The firm also retained the energy and natural resources ranking it established last year, with Chambers recognizing the breadth and depth of the practice as well as its particular expertise in oil and gas and LNG matters. The write-up also noted the group’s experience in cross-border transactions, citing King & Spalding’s role in GE Oil & Gas’s approximately US$300 million joint venture with Angolan company GLS Holding. Garry Pegg, who is “respected for his fine reputation in oil and gas work,” was again named a leading lawyer in this area.
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King & Spalding has recruited Kelly Malone, a specialist in cross-border development and financing of major energy projects, as a partner in its energy practice. Mr. Malone will be based in King & Spalding’s Singapore office. He joins from the Singapore office of leading Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein, where he was a partner and head of that firm’s global projects team. Mr. Malone is bringing with him a team of two senior lawyers and an associate.
Mr. Malone has built a practice that includes representing sponsors, lenders, governments and state utilities in over 50 major mostly power projects in 22 countries in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. He is identified as one of the “world's leading energy and natural resource lawyers” by Euromoney Institutional Investor and as a regional expert on Asia and Latin America by Chambers Global. Mr. Malone joins a Singapore-based energy team which includes partners Dan Rogers and Merrick White.