SOURCE: King & Spalding

King & Spalding, a leading international law firm

September 23, 2009 05:00 ET

King & Spalding Opens Paris Office

PARIS--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that it has opened a seven-lawyer office in Paris after having received approval from the Paris Bar Council. King & Spalding's Paris office will focus on international arbitration matters in Europe, the Middle East and beyond. This is the firm's ninth new office since January 2007 and its 14th office worldwide.

"The establishment of a Paris office is an important step in the continued growth of our international arbitration practice -- one of the firm's particular strengths," said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. "Our international arbitration practice has grown in size, stature and diversity of cases. We continue to focus on building a select group of high-value practices, and the opening of a Paris office with two leading international arbitration practitioners provides us with a focused entry into one of the world's leading arbitration markets."

King & Spalding initiated its plans for establishing an office in Paris this past March, when it announced the hiring of partners Eric A. Schwartz, one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world, and James Castello, also a prominent international arbitration practitioner. Schwartz, who served as Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Castello joined King & Spalding last April and May, respectively, from the Paris office of Dewey & LeBoeuf, where Schwartz was managing partner and co-head of its global arbitration practice.

As previously announced, King & Spalding partner Kenneth R. Fleuriet has relocated to Paris from the firm's London office. Fleuriet, who has substantial commercial arbitration experience in Paris, specializes in treaty-based arbitration. Joining him in Paris from King & Spalding's London office is associate Heloise Herve. In addition, associates Lorraine de Germiny, Alain Farhad and Christophe Guibert de Bruet have joined King & Spalding in Paris from Dewey & LeBoeuf.

The Paris team has been advising an international joint venture on a substantial dispute concerning the construction of a high-speed rail link in South Africa between Pretoria, Johannesburg and the international airport and acting on behalf of the government of the Ukraine in a multi-billion dollar investment treaty dispute that is being arbitrated in Paris under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules.

The new King & Spalding office is located at 65-67 avenue des Champs Elysées.

King & Spalding is ranked among the leading international arbitration practices in the world. The firm earned the number two spot in Focus Europe's 2009 Arbitration Scorecard. Chambers USA 2009 says, "This powerhouse continues to impress with its international arbitration practice, attracting praise for its depth of knowledge and client service," an accolade that echoes from the publication's 2008 edition, which described the firm as "currently one of the arbitration arena's biggest success stories." King & Spalding was nominated for a Chambers USA Award for Excellence 2009 in international arbitration and was a finalist in 2008. It is also featured among the world's leading international arbitration practices in Chambers Global 2009.

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, 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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