SOURCE: King & Spalding

King & Spalding

June 09, 2009 11:01 ET

King & Spalding Expands Its International Arbitration Practice

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today the continuing expansion of its international arbitration practice with the arrival of Caline Mouawad as a counsel in its New York office. Mouawad's arrival brings to 14 the number of lawyers and consultants who have joined King & Spalding's international arbitration practice in the past 24 months. Last month the firm submitted an application to the Paris Bar Council in order to open an office in Paris, a key European venue for international arbitration matters.

"Caline is a perfect fit for the continued growth of our international arbitration practice in New York, as well as in Europe and the Middle East. We are delighted that she has joined us," said Edward G. Kehoe, co-head of the King & Spalding's international arbitration practice.

Mouawad joins King & Spalding from Salans, where she was a counsel and practiced in two of the firm's legal areas: arbitration, and litigation and alternate dispute resolution. She has considerable experience in disputes arising in Europe. Mouawad is fluent in English and French and speaks Arabic.

Mouawad has handled arbitrations involving claims and disputes relating to public and private international law issues, bilateral investment treaties, breach of contract, financial transactions and privatization agreements. She has been involved in complex arbitrations in a variety of sectors including insurance, telecommunications, oil and gas, energy and patent licensing. She has also worked under the arbitration rules of several institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as in ad hoc cases under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules.

Mouawad earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Rice University. She is a dual-qualified lawyer in New York and Paris.

"Caline's arbitration and disputes experience, coupled with the firm's substantial litigation capabilities, further enhances our ability to handle the most challenging and complex arbitration matters in Europe, or anywhere in the world," said Eric Schwartz, a senior partner in King & Spalding's international arbitration practice.

Schwartz, one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world, joined King & Spalding in March 2009, along with his colleague, partner James Castello, a prominent international arbitration practitioner. Schwartz has practiced law in Paris for 30 years.

King & Spalding is ranked among the leading international arbitration practices in the world. According to Chambers USA 2008, the firm "is currently one of the arbitration arena's biggest success stories," an accolade that was also echoed in the publication's 2007 edition, which described the firm as having "won plaudits from clients for its service orientation and value for money." ACQ Finance magazine, in March 2009, named King & Spalding the commercial arbitration law firm of the year in its inaugural Country Law Awards. The firm is nominated for a Chambers USA Award for Excellence 2009 in international arbitration and was a finalist in 2008. It also features among the world's leading international arbitration practices in Chambers Global 2009.

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King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 880 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 Corporate Counsel surveys consistently has been among the top firms representing Fortune 250 companies. For additional information, visit www.kslaw.com.

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