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Correction: King & Spalding Continues Build Up of Global Disputes Team With Addition of Three-Lawyer International Arbitration Team in the UAE

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwired – June 3, 2013) – King & Spalding today announced the addition of a team of three international arbitration and construction lawyers from Simmons & Simmons to its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, the latest move in its plan of expansion of its global disputes capabilities.

The team is headed up by partner Adrian Cole, the former head of Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution and construction practices, and includes Raza Mithani as counsel and associate John Packer. Cole and Packer are resident in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office; Mithani is Dubai-based. Their arrival brings the number of lawyers in King & Spalding’s offices in the Middle East to 26, including 8 partners.

“The specialty of Adrian and his team — arbitrations involving the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors — provides synergies with our energy and global transactions practices,” said Jawad I. Ali, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Middle East offices. “Adrian was responsible for building the construction disputes practice at his former firm, and his and his team’s knowledge and expertise in that area bring additional depth and breadth to our disputes practice. We welcome them to the firm.”

Cole focuses on commercial arbitrations and disputes work, with an emphasis on construction-related arbitrations and litigation, and advises on energy and infrastructure-related matters. He has advised international contractors on projects to upgrade and operate the main highway from Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, the building of the first rail project in the United Arab Emirates and the construction of a 3,300-kilometer gas pipeline crossing Europe and Asia.

Cole is an experienced counsel and arbitrator under the rules of various arbitral institutions as well as ad hoc rules commonly used in construction arbitrations. He is licensed to practice in Dubai International Financial Center proceedings and served as counsel in high-profile DIFC cases. A British national, Cole is a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. He is a trained, experienced mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mithani led the commercial disputes practice of his former firm’s Dubai office. He specializes in high-value and complex disputes across a number of sectors, including financial services, energy and infrastructure, and aviation. He has advised and acted on behalf of governments, financial institutions and a wide range of multinationals in matters of substantial importance involving the laws of various MENA countries (including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait), England, Wales and Jersey.

Packer is a construction law specialist with broad experience in advising on energy and infrastructure projects. His clients have ranged from developers, utilities and financial institutions to contractors and professional consultants. He is familiar with all forms of standard, international EPC contracts including the FIDIC suite of contracts.

Cole said: “King & Spalding offers a global, world-class arbitration and disputes platform, with leading practitioners in jurisdictions such as Singapore, Paris, London and New York. I have been attracted by the firm’s strong commitments to the Middle East and expansion of the global disputes practice — and by the collaborative, integrated, cross-office nature of the arbitration team. This is a natural fit for me and a move that will allow us to take our practice to the next level.”

King & Spalding has increased its global disputes practice with 10 international arbitration partner hires in the past 16 months: Joël Alquezar (Paris), Vanessa Benichou (Paris), James Berger (New York), Harry Burnett (New York), Joëlle Herschtel (Paris), Peter Megens (Singapore, beginning July 2013), Jane Player (London), Jan Schäfer (Frankfurt), Ilia Rachkov (Moscow) and Sarah Walker (London).

“The firm has significantly expanded its international arbitration and disputes practice in selected markets around the world,” said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. “The Middle East is an arbitration market of significance, and we are pleased to establish on-the-ground dispute resolution capabilities in the region with the strong team of Adrian, Raza and John.”

King & Spalding is a world leader in both foreign investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. In 2013, Global Arbitration Review ranked King & Spalding fourth among the world’s top global firms serving as arbitration counsel. In the Chambers Global 2013 guide 12 King & Spalding arbitration lawyers received a total of 33 listings, and the 2012 edition of Legal 500 U.S. selected King & Spalding as one of four firms recognized in Band 1 for arbitration experience. In 2011, the firm earned the number three spot in Focus Europe’s arbitration scorecard, a worldwide survey by The American Lawyer.

“The firm has arbitration and cross-border litigation practices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and Singapore, in addition to a significantly expanded U.S.-based practice in the firm’s offices in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco,” said Edward G. Kehoe, leader of King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice. “We have a conscious strategy of expanding our global commercial arbitration platform through lateral recruitment to complement our preeminent treaty arbitration practice.”

About King & Spalding 
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

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King & Spalding
Les Zuke
+1 212 827 4392
lzuke@kslaw.com

King & Spalding Continues Build Up of Global Disputes Team With Addition of Three-Lawyer International Arbitration Team in the UAE

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwired – June 3, 2013) – King & Spalding today announced the addition of a team of three international arbitration and construction lawyers from Simmons & Simmons to its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, the latest move in its plan of expansion of its global disputes capabilities.

The team is headed up by partner Adrian Cole, the former head of Simmons & Simmons’ dispute resolution and construction practices, and includes Raza Mithani as counsel and associate John Packer. Cole and Packer are resident in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office; Mithani is Dubai-based. Their arrival brings the number of lawyers in King & Spalding’s offices in the Middle East to 26, including 8 partners.

“The specialty of Adrian and his team — arbitrations involving the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors — provides synergies with our energy and global transactions practices,” said Jawad I. Ali, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Middle East offices. “Adrian was responsible for building the construction disputes practice at his former firm, and his and his team’s knowledge and expertise in that area bring additional depth and breadth to our disputes practice. We welcome them to the firm.”

Cole focuses on commercial arbitrations and disputes work, with an emphasis on construction-related arbitrations and litigation, and advises on energy and infrastructure-related matters. He has advised international contractors on projects to upgrade and operate the main highway from Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi, the building of the first rail project in the United Arab Emirates and the construction of a 3,300-kilometer gas pipeline crossing Europe and Asia.

Cole is an experienced counsel and arbitrator under the rules of various arbitral institutions as well as ad hoc rules commonly used in construction arbitrations. He is licensed to practice in Dubai International Financial Center proceedings and served as counsel in high-profile DIFC cases. A British national, Cole is a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. He is a trained, experienced mediator and arbitrator and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mithani led the commercial disputes practice of his former firm’s Dubai office. He specializes in high-value and complex disputes across a number of sectors, including financial services, energy and infrastructure, and aviation. He has advised and acted on behalf of governments, financial institutions and a wide range of multinationals in matters of substantial importance involving the laws of various MENA countries (including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait), England, Wales and Jersey.

Packer is a construction law specialist with broad experience in advising on energy and infrastructure projects. His clients have ranged from developers, utilities and financial institutions to contractors and professional consultants. He is familiar with all forms of standard, international EPC contracts including the FIDIC suite of contracts.

Cole said: “King & Spalding offers a global, world-class arbitration and disputes platform, with leading practitioners in jurisdictions such as Singapore, Paris, London and New York. I have been attracted by the firm’s strong commitments to the Middle East and expansion of the global disputes practice — and by the collaborative, integrated, cross-office nature of the arbitration team. This is a natural fit for me and a move that will allow us to take our practice to the next level.”

King & Spalding has increased its global disputes practice with 10 international arbitration partner hires in the past 16 months: Joël Alquezar (Paris), Vanessa Benichou (Paris), James Berger (New York), Harry Burnett (New York), Joëlle Herschtel (Paris), Peter Megens (Singapore, beginning July 2103), Jane Player (London), Jan Schäfer (Frankfurt), Ilia Rachkov (Moscow) and Sarah Walker (London).

“The firm has significantly expanded its international arbitration and disputes practice in selected markets around the world,” said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. “The Middle East is an arbitration market of significance, and we are pleased to establish on-the-ground dispute resolution capabilities in the region with the strong team of Adrian, Raza and John.”

King & Spalding is a world leader in both foreign investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. In 2013, Global Arbitration Review ranked King & Spalding fourth among the world’s top global firms serving as arbitration counsel. In the Chambers Global 2013 guide 12 King & Spalding arbitration lawyers received a total of 33 listings, and the 2012 edition of Legal 500 U.S. selected King & Spalding as one of four firms recognized in Band 1 for arbitration experience. In 2011, the firm earned the number three spot in Focus Europe’s arbitration scorecard, a worldwide survey by The American Lawyer.

“The firm has arbitration and cross-border litigation practices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and Singapore, in addition to a significantly expanded U.S.-based practice in the firm’s offices in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco,” said Edward G. Kehoe, leader of King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice. “We have a conscious strategy of expanding our global commercial arbitration platform through lateral recruitment to complement our preeminent treaty arbitration practice.”

About King & Spalding 
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

Contact: 
King & Spalding
Les Zuke
+1 212 827 4392
lzuke@kslaw.com

King & Spalding Expands Middle East Real Estate Practice With Addition of Counsel Moustafa Said in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwired – May 30, 2013) –  King & Spalding has recruited counsel Moustafa Said to its Middle East team in the continuing expansion of the firm’s regional and international real estate practice. Said’s arrival follows on the heels of the addition in March of real estate partner Stephen Kelly. Both lawyers joined King & Spalding from Clyde & Co.

Said is a legal specialist in the development, tourism and leisure sectors of the real estate industry. His practice will be focused primarily within the six member-nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Said will be resident in King & Spalding’s Abu Dhabi office. He graduated from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, where he earned degrees in law and commerce (both with honors) and a diploma in modern standard Arabic.

“We are pleased to welcome Moustafa to our team,” said Jawad Ali, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Middle East offices. “He rejoins his former colleague Stephen Kelly at our firm, and their combined skill and experience further enhance our strong reputation for local and cross-border real estate matters stemming from the region.”

Said’s hire is the latest in a line of recent recruits during the past year to deepen King & Spalding’s international real estate practice. In March, Stephen Kelly joined the Middle East practice as the firm’s ninth partner in the region. In 2012, the firm established an English law property team with the addition of Nigel Heilpern from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and launched a French real estate practice after securing a seven-strong group — including partners Benoit Marcilhacy and Pascal Schmitz — from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Axel Schilder, a real estate partner at Beiten Burkhardt, also joined in Frankfurt.

“These recent hires in the Middle East are the latest example of our commitment to building our global real estate practice to serve our clients, covering developers, financiers and service providers,” commented Sarah Borders, leader of King & Spalding’s capital transactions and real estate practice. “We continually look for high performing lawyers whose careers and experience are the right fit for the firm, and we will continue to strengthen the capital transactions and real estate team based on the needs and expectations of our clients.”

About King & Spalding 
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

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King & Spalding Advises Sadara on Operations and Maintenance Agreement

DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA–(Marketwired – April 17, 2013) – King & Spalding advised Sadara Chemical Company during the tendering and bid evaluation for an operations and maintenance agreement for packaging and shipping with Al Majdouie De Rijke Limited Company.

The contract, which was signed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on April 14, is one of several related project agreements in connection with the integrated performance chemicals and plastics complex known as the Sadara Complex, now being built in Jubail Industrial City II in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Total investment for the Sadara project will be approximately US$20 billion.

Sadara is a joint venture developed by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company. The Sadara Complex, comprising 26 manufacturing units initially, will be one of the world’s largest integrated chemical facilities and the largest ever built in a single phase. It will contain flexible cracking capabilities, producing over three million metric tons of high value-added chemical products and performance plastics per year.

In addition to the operations and maintenance agreement, King & Spalding provides ongoing legal support to Sadara on a range of agreements, including railway transportation construction, railway transportation services, tank storage construction and port terminal.

Saudi Aramco is a fully-integrated, global petroleum enterprise and a world leader in exploration and production, refining, distribution, shipping and marketing of hydrocarbon products. Dow is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of products used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services, in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture.

The King & Spalding team representing Sadara on the operation and maintenance agreement is headed by partner Leroy Levy and supported by senior associate Mona Katigbak, counsel Mohammed Al-Ammar and associates Raymond Witt, Basem Chaikhouni, Ciaran Boyle and Sultan Almahsoud.

About King & Spalding

Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

Contact:
King & Spalding
Matt Hyams
+1 212 827 4057
mhyams@kslaw.com

King & Spalding Strengthens Middle East Real Estate Practice With Addition of Partner Stephen Kelly

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwired / – April 3, 2013) – King & Spalding has added partner Stephen Kelly to its Middle East team as the firm continues to expand its regional and international real estate practice.

Kelly joined King & Spalding’s Dubai office as the ninth partner in the Gulf region on March 24. He previously worked at Clyde & Co, where he was a partner and led the firm’s Middle East real estate development team. Kelly represents master developers, sub-developers, hotel operators and service providers on a variety of property issues, with an emphasis on the title structuring of complex large scale master communities and mixed-use hotel developments. He has a particular focus on advising clients with developments impacted by the region’s various “strata title regimes,” i.e., regimes governing the ownership, operation and management of communities and developments that have multiple-ownership and shared areas and facilities.

Kelly’s portfolio includes acting on prominent developments across the region such as Burj Khalifa, Palazzo Versace, Dubai Pearl and Sun & Sky Towers. Other notable deals include advising on the master community title structuring of Saadiyat Island, The Wave Muscat, Emirates Living and other master communities across Dubai. Kelly is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

“Stephen is a fantastic lawyer with a proven pedigree,” said Jawad Ali, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Middle East offices. “Our Middle East team has a strong reputation for local and cross-border real estate matters stemming from the region, so he is a great recruit who further enhances our capabilities.”

Kelly is the latest in a line of recent senior recruits during the past year to deepen King & Spalding’s international real estate practice. In 2012, the firm established an English law property team with the addition of Nigel Heilpern from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and launched a French real estate practice after securing a seven-strong group — including partners Benoit Marcilhacy and Pascal Schmitz — from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Axel Schilder, a real estate partner at Beiten Burkhardt, also joined in Frankfurt.

“We are committed to building our global real estate practice to serve our clients, covering developers, financiers and service providers,” commented Sarah Borders, leader of King & Spalding’s capital transactions and real estate practice. “The capital transactions and real estate team now has around 80 lawyers across the firm’s international network and we will continue to strengthen the practice.”

About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

Contact:
King & Spalding
Matt Hyams
+1 212 827 4057
mhyams@kslaw.com

King & Spalding Advises Turkey’s Bank Asya on US$250 Million Certificates Issuance

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwired/ – April 3, 2013) – King & Spalding advised Asya Katilim Bankasi A.Ş. (Bank Asya), the largest Turkish participation bank, on the issuance of US$250 million resettable subordinated tier 2 certificates in a landmark Shari’ah-compliant capital markets transaction.

The certificates, listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and due in 2023, are the first subordinated tier 2 Shari’ah-compliant certificates to be issued from Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. The certificates are issued through Asya Sukuk Company Limited, a Cayman Island incorporated special purpose vehicle.

The King & Spalding team that advised on the deal was led by Dubai-based Middle East and Islamic finance partner Rizwan H. Kanji, with senior associate Lidia Kamleh, associate Pavandeep Gill and transactional specialist Gina Bunker supporting. The joint lead managers on the transaction were Bank of America Merrill Lynch, EmiratesNBD, HSBC and National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, which were advised by Allen & Overy.

“This is a landmark transaction,” said Kanji. “It is a debut by Bank Asya in the international capital markets and the first tier 2 Sukuk outside of Asia. This transaction should facilitate other potential capital funding issuances by participation banks in Turkey in a similar manner.”

King & Spalding’s debt capital markets team in Dubai has extensive experience advising on Sukuk issuances from Turkey, including the first-ever Turkish Sukuk and the first Sukuk under the amended Turkish legislation in 2011.

About King & Spalding
Celebrating more than 125 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 800 lawyers in 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognized for the results it obtains, uncompromising commitment to quality and dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients. More information is available at www.kslaw.com.

Contact:
King & Spalding
Matt Hyams
+1 212 827 4057
mhyams@kslaw.com