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King & Spalding

December 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Noted Arbitration Lawyer Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez Joins King & Spalding

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - King & Spalding announced today that Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez, a former general counsel of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has joined the firm's leading international arbitration practice as a partner in its New York office. Aguilar-Alvarez joins King & Spalding from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was co-head of the international arbitration and trade practice group.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Guillermo to our team," said Edward G. Kehoe, co-leader of King & Spalding's international arbitration practice and head of the business litigation practice in the firm's New York office. "Guillermo and his practice are a perfect fit with our firm, and he will bolster our ability to serve the needs of our client base."

Aguilar-Alvarez focuses on international commercial arbitration, with an emphasis on energy, construction and infrastructure. He also has substantial experience in treaty arbitration and frequently sits as an arbitrator in major international arbitration disputes. According to Chambers USA, he is becoming "one of the top players in the field." A Mexican national, Aguilar-Alvarez is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He earned a J.D. degree, with honors, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

International arbitration is one of King & Spalding's core strengths. During the past year-and-a-half, the firm has increased its breadth and depth in international arbitration, including through the opening of offices in Paris and Singapore, two of the world's major arbitration markets, and the recruiting of three top practitioners in those venues: Eric A. Schwartz and James Castello in Paris and John Savage in Singapore. In addition, King & Spalding won the 2010 Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence in international arbitration.

"I have always been impressed with King & Spalding's outstanding arbitration practice," said Aguilar-Alvarez. "I am delighted to join this truly international team of talented practitioners."

R. Doak Bishop, co-leader of King & Spalding's international arbitration practice, said, "I have always admired Guillermo as an international arbitration practitioner, and I am gratified he is bringing his talents to our team."

King & Spalding is a world leader in both foreign investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. In the investment arbitration area, the firm has represented clients in more than 30 international arbitration proceedings brought under a dozen different investment treaties, involving a wide spectrum of legal issues and facts. In the international commercial arbitration area, King & Spalding's lawyers have represented clients in matters arising out of international energy disputes, international construction disputes, international disputes relating to the intellectual property and licensing rights of pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology companies, as well as a host of other breach of contract matters. Lawyers in the group also represent clients in the courts of the United States and Europe in litigation related to arbitration, such as motions to compel arbitration, anti-suit injunctions and enforcement actions.

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