King & Spalding Named A "Practice Of The Year" In Five Areas By Law360

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:19

In its annual survey of the top practice groups in the world, Law360 has identified King & Spalding as a “Practice of the Year” in five areas of the law: class action, environmental, healthcare, intellectual property and real estate. Winners were selected by a team of Law360 editors based on the significance, size, complexity and number of cases won and deals completed since November 2011.

Judges reviewed close to 550 entries from almost 100 different law firms before settling on five (or fewer) honorees in each category. The five “Practice of the Year” recognitions received by King & Spalding this year tied for the third most among all participating law firms.

Gary G. Grindler, the former acting deputy attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice, the agency’s second highest-ranking official, and chief of staff to Attorney General Eric Holder, has rejoined King & Spalding as a partner in the special matters and government investigations practice in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. Mr. Grindler was a partner at King & Spalding from 2000 to 2009, when he left to join the Justice Department. He will focus on financial fraud, healthcare, international and congressional investigations and False Claims Act cases.

Mr. Grindler brings broad-based experience with the Department of Justice to his practice at King & Spalding - experience that is crucial to corporations when they face crisis situations that require a multifaceted approach to address criminal, civil, regulatory, legislative, congressional and public relations issues. As acting deputy attorney general, he supervised 94 United States attorneys’ offices, all department law enforcement agencies (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and United States Marshals Service) and the civil, criminal, tax, antitrust and environmental divisions of the Department of Justice. In addition to serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Georgia, Mr. Grindler also served as a deputy assistant attorney general in both the civil and criminal Divisions of the Justice Department.

Mr. Grindler’s legal practice at King & Spalding has focused on internal investigations for corporations and audit or special board committees of public companies, as well as defense of corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal, civil fraud and government agency investigations involving, among others, securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax laws, import/export laws, healthcare regulation, the False Claims Act and financial fraud.

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King & Spalding has recruited prominent finance and banking lawyers Chris D. Molen and J. Craig Lee as partners in its financial institutions practice in Atlanta. They join King & Spalding from Paul Hastings.

"Chris and Craig make our strong complex finance practice even stronger and will help us expand our asset-based lending work," said Richard T. Marooney, co-leader of King & Spalding’s financial institutions practice. "Their expertise complements ours and deepens our roster of finance partners who handle highly sophisticated work. We are fortunate to have them join us and welcome them to the firm."

Mr. Molen focuses on complex commercial and banking transactions, debt restructuring and workouts, with particular experience in the financing of merger and acquisition deals, asset-based financing, leveraged finance and healthcare and communications industry lending practices. He has represented a range of large international financial institutions, national banks, finance companies and hedge funds. He is ranked as a leading banking and finance lawyer by Chambers USA.

Mr. Lee focuses on debt financing transactions, representing creditors, investors and borrowers. His clients include large U.S. and non-U.S. banks, finance companies, hedge funds and public and private companies. He has experience in secured and unsecured credit facilities, bankruptcies, reorganizations and workouts, cross-border transactions, acquisitions, recapitalizations and other leveraged financings.

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Leading Russian law expert Ilia Rachkov has joined King & Spalding to establish an international disputes practice in Moscow as the firm continues to strengthen its global dispute resolution offering.

Since 1996, Mr. Rachkov’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration with additional experience in competition and M&A advice. He has developed particular expertise in representing international and Russian clients in the pharmaceuticals, media, automotive and regulated markets.

Mr. Rachkov is an accomplished litigation lawyer. He recently acted as an expert witness on Russian law in the high-profile Berezovsky-Abramovich litigation in London and has also represented clients including UniCredit Bank, Pfleiderer, Dyckerhoff and SL Leasing. Other matters include representing Scanklin Invest in a dispute with a German company regarding a supply contract and counsel to Alcoa’s Russian business arm over the alleged dominant market position of its production plants in several markets.

Mr. Rachkov previously worked at the Moscow office of German firm Noerr before entering solo practice last year. He also teaches international economic law at the law faculty of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and is ranked in ChambersLegal 500, and Who’s Who Legal.

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King & Spalding has welcomed Jesse H. Austin, III as a partner in its Financial Institutions Practice. Mr. Austin, a lending-side bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer, comes to King & Spalding from Paul Hastings. He focuses primarily on the representation of institutional senior secured lenders in syndicated credit facilities and has specific experience in debtor-in-possession lending and in the healthcare, media, retail, energy and gaming industries. He is ranked as a leading bankruptcy lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500.