SOURCE: King & Spalding

September 10, 2008 08:00 ET

King & Spalding Continues Expansion in Middle East

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - September 10, 2008) - In a move that bolsters its Islamic finance and investment funds, private equity, energy and infrastructure transactions capabilities, King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, is adding three counsel and three associates in the firm's Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh offices, bringing the total number of King & Spalding lawyers and paralegals in the Middle East to 24 and solidifying King & Spalding's position as one of the largest U.S. firms in the region.

"As the only U.S. firm with offices in Dubai, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, we are well-positioned to serve our clients in the Middle East. Our offices are also excellent gateways to Europe, Africa and other parts of Asia. Adding these senior lawyers and exceptional associates significantly enhances and complements our already strong practices," said Philip R. Weems, managing partner of the firm's Middle East offices and head of King & Spalding's global energy practice. "Our growth in the Middle East through the addition of senior lawyers will continue, reflecting the demands of our client base and the strategic importance of this region for the firm."

According to Jawad Ali, the recruiting partner of King & Spalding's Middle East offices and a partner in the Islamic finance and investment practice, "Our Middle East Islamic finance, real estate, private equity, M&A and investment funds practices have grown substantially since we opened our Middle East offices two years ago. Adding Dallimore, Parrot, Mostafa and D'Aoust was a direct response to our clients' demands to increase our team on the ground in the Middle East. We are thrilled that these talented lawyers have decided to join us, as each of them adds a special skill to our already strong and talented Middle East team."

The three counsel joining the Dubai office are:

Matthew Dallimore, in the Islamic finance and investment practice group, who focuses on all types of funds as well as private equity and corporate matters. He has represented clients in relation to fund formation, acquisition and exit strategies and advised on both asset and share acquisition and divestiture in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Dallimore also has significant experience in cross-border private mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Prior to joining King & Spalding, he worked in the corporate and commercial group of a leading offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands focusing on funds, private equity, venture capital and corporate transactions. He earned a B.A. degree and a LL.B from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Marc E. Parrott, in the Islamic finance and investment practice group, who concentrates on a broad range of corporate, finance and investment funds matters. His practice includes advising domestic and international clients on the corporate and regulatory aspects of structuring, establishment, reorganization and liquidation of various fund structures. Parrott also advises in the undertaking of investments of all types, including private equity, infrastructure, debt and equity securities, real estate, derivatives and other financial instruments. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Parrott worked for the corporate department of a major international firm in the Cayman Islands. He earned a B.Com and LL.B from Adelaide University in Australia.

Amelia Jalleh, in the global transactions practice, who focuses on a broad range of energy and resources matters, primarily upstream oil and gas transactions. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Jalleh was based in Bahrain, working in the global energy, chemicals, mining and infrastructure group of a major international firm. From 2003 to 2007, she was a corporate lawyer in-house with Santos Limited, a major Australian oil and gas exploration and production company with interests and operations in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Egypt. She earned a B.A. degree and a LL.B, honors, from Flinders University of South Australia. Jalleh will join King & Spalding on September 29.

The three associates are:

--  Roderick Mackenzie, an English qualified lawyer and former engineer
    resident in Abu Dhabi, whose practice focuses on representing developers in
    all aspects of their projects, including construction, and who has worked
    extensively in the water industry;
--  Salah Mostafa, an Egyptian lawyer duly qualified in Egypt and England,
    resident in Riyadh, whose practice focuses on private equity, real estate
    and M&A matters in the Gulf region; and
--  Lee-Anne D'Aoust, an English qualified real estate finance lawyer
    resident in Dubai, whose practice focuses on real estate finance and the
    representation of real estate funds and other types of clients in financing
    their real estate acquisitions and developments. D'Aoust joins the firm on
    October 12.
    

For more than 20 years, King & Spalding lawyers have been handling client matters in the Arabian Gulf region. The firm was named a top-tier Islamic finance legal advisor by Chambers Global 2008 and has been a pioneer in developing finance and investment structures that comply with Islamic Shari'ah principles. The firm is also recognized worldwide for its energy work -- especially in the area of liquefied natural gas -- and has a strong practice base in power, petrochemicals and renewable energy.

About King & Spalding

King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Riyadh (affiliated office), San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and in a Corporate Counsel survey in September 2007 was among the top firms representing Fortune 250 companies. For additional information, visit www.kslaw.com.

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