King & Spalding Recruits Alternative Investments Partner Drew G.L. Chapman And Finance Lawyer Zaid Al-Farisi; Advises GE On Acquisition Of Cyber Security Solutions Company Wurldtech; And Is Recognized For Governance Matters

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 10:04

King & Spalding has recruited Drew G.L. Chapman as a partner in the financial institutions practice in its New York office. Mr. Chapman joins King & Spalding from WilmerHale, where he was head of the alternative investment group. Mr. Chapman is the seventh financial institutions partner the firm has added in the past eight months.

He focuses on complex business transactions for hedge funds and other alternative investments, asset management and financial services firms, as well as acting as sponsor counsel in the formation and operation of hedge funds, private equity funds, credit and distressed funds and real estate funds.  He also counsels clients on crucial and complex policy, governance and regulatory issues, investigations and enforcement matters, litigation and adversarial situations as well as on transactions of all types, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin offs and spin outs, secondary transactions and restructurings. Mr. Chapman received his LLM degree from Fordham University School of Law and an LLB degree from Bond University, Queensland, Australia.

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King & Spalding has recruited Zaid Al-Farisi, a finance lawyer with substantial experience in Saudi Arabia, as a partner in its Riyadh and Dubai offices. Working closely with King & Spalding partners Jawad Ali, Nabil Issa, Rizwan Kanji and Mike Rainey, Mr. Al-Farisi will help further develop the firm’s Saudi finance practice and its finance practice throughout the Middle East region. He is rejoining King & Spalding from Confluent Law Group, an Iraqi legal consultancy, where he was a managing partner.     

Mr. Al-Farisi was a counsel in King & Spalding’s offices in New York and Riyadh from 2009 to 2011. Earlier in his career he practiced for nine years in the Riyadh and Chicago offices of an international law firm. Also, he was a visiting fellow at the International Human Rights Institute at DePaul University College of Law and a resident representative at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Kabul, Afghanistan. He received a JD degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a BA degree from University of Notre Dame.   

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King & Spalding advised GE in its definitive agreement to acquire privately held Wurldtech, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based cybersecurity solutions company. Wurldtech solutions and services are used in complex environments such as oil refineries, power transmission grids or for individual assets like medical devices or smart meters. The King & Spalding team involved in the transaction was led by Silicon Valley corporate partner Emma Maconick and counsel Matthew R. Stewart.

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King & Spalding is among the best law firms in the United States advising on corporate governance matters according to Corporate Board Member magazine’s 14th annual survey, called “America's Best Corporate Law Firms.” The survey, which was conducted jointly last February through April 2014 by Corporate Board Member and global business advisory firm FTI Consulting, Inc., identifies the top 25 law firms for corporate governance matters as reported by corporate board directors and corporate general counsel.

King & Spalding ranked 15th according to the survey of corporate directors and 20th based on responses from general counsel.

"We congratulate all of these leading organizations – both returning firms and new ones – selected as top corporate law firms by directors and their general counsel peers," said Jean-Marc Levy, senior vice president of the New York Stock Exchange, publisher of Corporate Board Member. "These rankings recognize their place among corporate directors and general counsel as trusted legal advisers with proven track records."

King & Spalding’s corporate governance practice consists of more than 40 lawyers from a number of practice areas, including corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, tax, compensation and benefits, employment law and litigation. King & Spalding has teamed up with Tapestry Networks, the Lead Director Network, which brings together a group of lead directors, presiding directors and non-executive chairpersons from many of America’s leading companies for private discussions about how to improve the performance of their corporations and earn the trust of their shareholders through more effective leadership. The firm also has established an online Directors Governance Center that  provides public company directors with curated and original content on corporate governance issues, as well as practical resources, commentary from governance thought leaders and insight from the Center’s editors.