King & Spalding LLP has announced a number of key appointments as part of a strategic expansion of the firm's London business. These appointments will result in a significant increase in the range of services King & Spalding can offer its clients out of London.
John L. Keffer has been appointed managing partner of the London office and will succeed George S. Branch, whose three-year term came to an end at the close of 2005. An international M&A and corporate lawyer with considerable experience in European and Latin American transactions, Mr. Keffer joined the King & Spalding Houston office as a partner in 1998, after 15 years with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. Mr. Keffer was instrumental in expanding the firm's corporate practice in Houston, before moving to the UK in 2003 to help launch its London office. He is a member of the firm's corporate group.
Charles Alexander, who joined King & Spalding as a partner in 2004, will succeed Mr. Keffer as head of the London corporate practice. In his new role as managing partner, he will oversee a series of strategic appointments for the London office throughout January and February of 2006.
Kevin Conway will join King & Spalding as a partner and launch the London office's tax practice. Mr. Conway, who joins the firm from the international tax group at Clifford Chance, specializes in cross-border, multi-jurisdictional transactions and has extensive experience in complex international tax systems. He will also serve the firm's existing international tax clients, currently supported by the tax groups in King & Spalding's Atlanta and Washington, DC offices.
Pulina Whitaker, an employment law specialist, will join the firm from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert as a senior associate.
January also saw the continued growth of King & Spalding's international arbitration group in London with two new appointments to the team. Ken Fleuiet, counsel in the international arbitration practice group, transferred from King & Spalding's Houston office to join the London office. Héloïse Hervé, avocat au bureau de Paris, has joined the firm, relocating to London from Paris, where she has been working for Shearman & Sterling.