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November 19, 2010 10:00 ET

King & Spalding Expands Its Finance Practice With Addition of Three Partners in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - November 19, 2010) - The international law firm King & Spalding continued its strategic growth with the announcement today of the addition of three partners from Moore & Van Allen to its finance practice. 

The three lawyers, William H. Fuller III, M. Bryant Gatrell and Ronald S. Lovelace, all specialize in advising banks and other lenders in a variety of complex financing transactions and share deep ties to several long-time King & Spalding clients. They will be resident in the firm's Charlotte office.

"Bill, Bryant and Ron are widely recognized lawyers whose deep experience and exceptional skill sets are extraordinarily well-aligned with the interests and needs of our clients in key financial centers, including New York, London, San Francisco and Charlotte," said Robert S. Finley, leader of King & Spalding's finance practice. "We are pleased to provide them with a diverse global platform from which to operate and further grow their practices."

Fuller brings to King & Spalding considerable experience in both leveraged and investment-grade financings in the healthcare, industrial growth, media, telecommunications and aerospace and defense sectors. He has been involved in numerous acquisition financings involving senior secured and subordinated debt. He also represents corporations in connection with their financing needs and has significant experience in the work-out and negotiation of troubled credits. Fuller received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. degree, with highest distinction, from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead scholar. Chambers USA rates him as "highly respected for his lending work," and he has been selected to Best Lawyers In America's list of banking law and corporate law each year since 2005.

"I know I speak for my colleagues when I say that the three of us are excited to be joining King & Spalding," Fuller said. "We look forward to contributing to the firm's growth as we expand existing business and develop new clients throughout the United States and globally."

Gatrell works with banks, commercial financing companies, institutional investors and leasing companies on corporate loan facilities, acquisition, real estate and project finance, asset-based lending and syndicated credit facilities. His experience spans a wide array of industries, including energy, healthcare, dairy, defense, manufacturing, restaurants, sports and recreation, telecommunications and textiles. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School and dual B.A. degrees from the University of Missouri. 

Lovelace focuses on commercial lending, representing banks, arrangers and other institutions in syndicated and bilateral credit facilities. He has negotiated asset-based, acquisition and working capital financing in numerous industries, including energy, retail, media, defense, telecommunications, professional sports and utilities. He received a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.S.B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina.

King & Spalding opened its Charlotte office in 2007. The office is focused on the banking, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, healthcare, energy and real estate industries -- each of which has been central to the firm's worldwide strategic growth. Lawyers in Charlotte practice in the areas of high-impact litigation; finance; mergers, acquisitions and private equity; real estate capital markets; and intellectual property. 

"Our Islamic finance and syndicated and leveraged lending practices and lawyers are top-ranked. We welcome Bill, Bryant and Ron to the firm and are excited about the additional strength they will provide to our financial and transactional teams," said Jeff Brown, managing partner of King & Spalding's Charlotte office.

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Celebrating 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Houston, London, New York, Paris, Riyadh (affiliated office), San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Washington, D.C. The firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and, according to a Corporate Counsel survey in August 2009, ranks fifth in its total number of representations of those companies. For additional information, visit www.kslaw.com.

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