King & Spalding has established a London trade practice with the addition of respected partner Iain MacVay. Mr. MacVay joins King & Spalding from Bird & Bird, where he was head of international trade and customs for Brussels and London.
Mr. MacVay has advised on international trade matters for more than two decades and was one of the pioneers in representing industries in World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement proceedings. He has broad experience in challenging tax and regulatory barriers under WTO rules and other international trade agreements as well as substantial expertise in other trade areas, particularly EU export controls, sanctions and customs. He also represents clients in relation to intra-EU trade matters and has appeared before numerous EU institutions.
King & Spalding has also recruited London-based litigation and arbitration partner Egishe Dzhazoyan, further enhancing its City team and international dispute resolution practice.
Mr. Dzhazoyan is a UK and Russian-qualified lawyer who has represented clients in more than 50 arbitration and litigation proceedings across a host of international jurisdictions. He has a particular focus on the banking, telecoms and energy sectors. Recent matters include the LCIA arbitration case of UC Rusal plc v. Interros International Investments Ltd. and the ICC arbitration case of Fitzpatrick Equatorial Guinea Ltd. v. Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
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Three international arbitration and construction lawyers have joined King & Spalding’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, the latest move in the firm’s expansion of its global disputes capabilities.
The team is headed up by partner Adrian Cole, the former head of Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution and construction practices. He focuses on commercial arbitrations and disputes work, with an emphasis on construction-related arbitrations and litigation, and advises on energy and infrastructure-related matters. He has advised international contractors on projects to upgrade and operate the main highway from Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, the building of the first rail project in the United Arab Emirates and the construction of a 3,300-kilometer gas pipeline crossing Europe and Asia. Counsel Raza Mithani and associate John Packer round out the team. Mr. Cole and Mr. Packer are resident in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office; Mr. Mithani is Dubai-based.
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While King & Spalding has rapidly expanded its profile globally over the past few years, the latest Chambers USA guide indicates that the firm's substantial reputation in the United States continues to grow as well. In the publisher’s 2013 guide to the leading U.S. law firms, King & Spalding achieved 35 practice rankings, including 14 at the national level. In addition, 103 lawyers earned 119 individual recognitions as leading practitioners in their fields.
King & Spalding practices were recognized among the best in the United States for appellate, capital markets, corporate, energy (electricity), energy (oil and gas), environment, food and beverages, government (government relations), healthcare, international arbitration, international trade, products liability, projects (oil and gas) and tax practices. The firm earned an additional 21 state rankings for various practices based out of its offices in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington, DC: Antitrust (Georgia); Appellate (National); Banking & Finance (Georgia, North Carolina); Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Georgia, Texas); Capital Markets: REITs (National); Construction (Texas); Corporate/M&A (National, Georgia, Texas); Energy: Electricity (National); Energy: Oil & Gas (National); Environment (National, Georgia, Texas); Food & Beverages (National); Government: Government Relations (National); Healthcare (National, DC, Georgia, Texas); Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory (DC); Intellectual Property (Georgia); Intellectual Property: Patent (New York); International Arbitration (National); International Trade (National); Labor & Employment (Georgia); Litigation: General Commercial (Georgia, Texas); Products Liability & Mass Torts (National); Projects: Oil & Gas (National); Real Estate (Georgia); Tax (Georgia); Tax: Corporate & Finance (National).
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Lovita Tandy has returned to King & Spalding’s Atlanta office as a partner. She rejoins the business litigation practice to focus on labor and employment matters, including high-level internal investigations, employment-related corporate and executive training, diversity counseling, wage-and-hour compliance and reductions-in-force structuring. Ms. Tandy previously was a member of the firm’s partnership from 2004 to 2010. Most recently she served as an associate professor at John Marshall Law School, where she taught courses in contracts, remedies, transactional drafting and negotiations.
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King & Spalding has recruited John Drennan as a counsel in its business litigation practice in Washington, DC. He joins the firm after nearly a decade and a half in government service at the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, most recently as the former assistant general counsel in charge of significant litigation at Homeland Security. Mr. Drennan has briefed and argued over 30 cases in the federal courts of appeals, drafted over 30 merits briefs, amicus briefs, and petitions for writs of certiorari in the Supreme Court, and litigated multiple complex and sensitive matters at the trial level. He was a member of the Enron Task Force and prosecuted the highest ranking members of the former Enron Corporation.