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March 03, 2010 10:39 ET

King & Spalding Names Jawad Ali as Middle East Managing Partner

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -  King & Spalding announced today the appointment of Jawad I. Ali as managing partner of the firm's Middle East offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh (affiliate). Ali brings with him over 15 years of legal experience in the Middle East in Islamic finance, corporate and investment matters. Philip R. Weems, who served as managing partner of the Middle East offices, is returning to the firm's Houston, Texas, office and continuing in his role as co-head of King & Spalding's global energy practice.

Ali is a partner and deputy head of King & Spalding's global Middle East and Islamic finance practice. His practice covers a broad range of cross-border corporate, finance and investment matters. Ali has substantial experience in the representation of Middle Eastern and other clients in the development and implementation of Shari'ah-compliant financing and investment structures. He has advised Islamic banks and other financial institutions in the structuring and implementation of U.S., European, MENA and global Shari'ah-compliant real estate and private equity funds.

King & Spalding has a team of over 30 lawyers in its Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh offices specializing in complex commercial, corporate and financial transactions as well as project development, with particular emphasis on matters related to the energy industry. The firm has long been considered a leader in Islamic finance and banking, being one of the first firms to create a practice focused on this specialty and pioneering many of the Shari'ah-compliant financial products that exist today. In 2009, King & Spalding received Chambers Global and Chambers USA's highest rankings for the firm's work in the Middle East. 

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