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King & Spalding

May 01, 2012 03:00 ET

King & Spalding Continues Global Build-Up of Its Real Estate Practice With Addition of Seven-Lawyer Team in Paris

PARIS--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - King & Spalding today announced the addition of a team of seven real estate lawyers from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to its Paris office, the latest move in its plan of expansion of real estate and transactional capabilities in Europe.

The team is headed up by partner Benoît Marcilhacy, the former head of Freshfields' Paris real estate group, and partner Pascal Schmitz, and includes Alexandre Couturier as counsel and associates Cyrille Gogny-Goubert, Blandine Hugon-Pagès, Samuel Kujas and Aurélien Néret-Minet. Their arrival brings the number of lawyers in the office, which opened in 2009, to 15, including 5 partners.

"Benoît, Pascal and their team are a significant addition to our Paris office and our global real estate practice," said Sarah R. Borders, leader of King & Spalding's capital transactions and real estate practice. "Their extensive experience and expertise representing a broad range of clients in real estate transactions in France and around the globe adds to our ability to serve our clients' needs globally in the most complex real estate transactions. We are delighted to welcome them to King & Spalding."

Marcilhacy's practice is centered on the acquisitions and sales of structured property folios, sales and leasebacks and the establishment of real estate funds as well as complex development deals. He graduated from the Université Paris II with a master's degree in business and tax law and a Magistère de Juriste d'Affaires.

Schmitz's real estate practice focuses on fund structuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, direct asset sales and commercial leases. He received a master's degree in real estate law from Université Paris Parthéon-Sorbonne. He is a member of French chapter of the Urban Land Institute.

"King & Spalding has a first-class real estate group serving clients internationally," said Marcilhacy. "Our entire team is excited to be part of a firm that is so highly regarded for its spirit of collaboration, commitment to client service and global real estate platform."

King & Spalding's capital transactions and real estate practice comprises a team of more than 70 lawyers in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, Moscow, New York, Paris and Washington, D.C. The firm has represented some of the world's largest financial institutions, institutional investors, pension funds, investment advisors, asset managers, real estate investment trusts and developers in real estate transactions in 40 countries worldwide.

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