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A Pre-eminent International Firm

  • King & Spalding represents more than 250 public companies, including half of the Fortune Global 100.

  • King & Spalding placed 36th in The American Lawyer’s 2015 “AmLaw 100” survey. The firm has ranked among the top 50 surveyed law firms each year since 1990.

  • In the National Law Journal’s annual NLJ 350 survey, King & Spalding ranked as the 32nd largest law firm in the United States.

  • King & Spalding was one of 50 firms recognized in The Lawyer’s Transatlantic Elite survey of legal market leaders in the United States and United Kingdom.

  • King & Spalding is one of only 51 law firms selected to BTI Consulting’s “Client Service A-Team” for 13 consecutive years. That represents less than 8 percent of the 650 law firms serving the Fortune 1000.

  • For the third consecutive year, King & Spalding was included in Law360’s 2014 ‘Global 20’ survey of those law firms with the greatest international reach and expertise.

  • In its 2015 guide, Chambers Global identified King & Spalding as a leading practice in 52 different areas of the law. In addition, 61 of the firm’s lawyers received 110 listings recognizing them as leaders in their fields.

  • In Chambers Europe 2016, King & Spalding earned recognition for 14 different practices across Europe. In addition, 31 firm lawyers achieved  individual recognitions.

  • In the 2015 Chambers USA guide, King & Spalding lawyers earned 126 individual recognitions and 38 practice rankings (16 nationally, 22 the state level).

  • In the 2015 edition of Legal 500: U.S. guide, King & Spalding earned 26 practice rankings and 104 individual lawyer recognitions.

  • King & Spalding earned rankings in two practice areas in the 2016 Chambers UK guide, and 11 of the firm’s lawyers achieved 14 individual recognitions.

  • King & Spalding maintained top-tier rankings in multiple practice areas and for several individual lawyers in the 2016 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific.

  • Chambers Latin America and Legal 500 Latin America recognized King & Spalding as one of the leading international firms practicing in Latin America.

  • The 2016 edition of the Legal 500: EMEA guide ranked 42 King & Spalding practice areas,  and 13 of the firm’s lawyers earned a combined 51 recommendations as leading legal practitioners.

  • King & Spalding and its lawyers earned five practice area rankings (including a top ranking for Islamic Finance) and 11 lawyer recommendations in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500: UK.

  • In IFLR1000’s Energy and Infrastructure 2014 guide, King & Spalding received 12 practice rankings across the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe and Africa regions.

  • Law360 named King & Spalding 2015 Practice Group of the Year in four categories: Energy, Environmental, International Trade and Product Liability. For the third consecutive year, King & Spalding has been identified as one of the leading lobbying practices in the United States by the National Law Journal in its 2015 survey, the Influence 50.

  • King & Spalding was again recognized by IFLR1000 as one of the world’s leading law firms advising on financial and corporate matters, earning three rankings in the publication’s 2014 guide.

  • King & Spalding was named Petroleum Economist’s “Energy Advisory Firm of the Year” award for 2014.

  • One hundred twenty King & Spalding lawyers from more than 50 practice areas (as defined by the publication) were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

  • Eight King & Spalding lawyers have earned listings in Legal Media Group’s 2014 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law. The annual guide names the top female practitioners advising on business law in the international market, across 84 jurisdictions and 30 practice areas.

  • Modern Healthcare has ranked King & Spalding number 1 in its lists of "Largest healthcare law firms" each year since 2007.

  • The U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firm” survey identified King & Spalding as one of the top law firms in the United States for 2015. King & Spalding King & Spalding earned 38 national rankings, including tier-one designations in 21 practice areas. The firm also earned 88 regional rankings for various practices and was designated as the “Law Firm of the Year” for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action law, an honor given to only one law firm per legal practice.

  • King & Spalding’s intellectual property practice was recognized as one of the best in the United States in the 2014 edition of Managing IP Handbook. Besides receiving five national and four state-level practice rankings, eight firm lawyers were recognized as “IP Stars.”

  • Ten King & Spalding lawyers were identified as ‘life sciences stars’ in the 2014 of LMG Life Sciences. In addition, the firm was ‘highly recommended’ in the area of FDA-medical device regulatory work and ‘recommended’ for both government investigations/ fraud & abuse and product liability matters on behalf of life sciences clients.

  • For the 16th year in a row, Latin Lawyer magazine has recommended King & Spalding in its annual Latin Lawyer 250 guide to the top law firms working in Latin America. In addition, 13 King & Spalding lawyers were recognized as leading practitioners in Latin America.

  • For the tenth consecutive year, King & Spalding earned high marks in Multicultural Law Magazine’s list of “The 2014 Top Law Firms for Diversity.”

  • King & Spalding earned a top score of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index 2015, a report card on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in corporate America.

Exceptional Global Disputes Expertise

  • In the 2016 edition of its annual GAR 30 survey, Global Arbitration Review recognized King & Spalding as one of the top five global law firms serving as arbitration counsel.

  • Including 10 of our retired partners, King & Spalding has 21 members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered to be the premier litigation, trial practice and ethics association in the United States.

  • King & Spalding ranks among the "most decorated law firms" in the American Lawyer’s Litigation Power Rankings, a list of the firms that have fared the best since the inception of the publication’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition. In 2012, the firm’s product liability practice was recognized as one of the top three in the United States in the biennial survey.

  • In 2015, nine King & Spalding litigation lawyers were listed in Legal 500 USA’s elite “leading lawyers” list, considered among the most outstanding lawyers nationwide.

  • Corporate Counsel magazine, in its 2012 patent litigation survey, identified King & Spalding as one of the most active U.S. law firms advising on patent cases, ranking it as the 33rd busiest firm.

  • King & Spalding was recognized by Main Justice as one of the top U.S. law firms for defense and compliance work related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and was one of only two firms cited for “excellence in the life sciences.”

  • King & Spalding earned the No. 5 spot in Focus Europe’s 2013 Arbitration Scorecard, a worldwide ranking of law firms by number and size of arbitrations.

Worldwide Transactional Excellence

  •  Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters identified King & Spalding as a leading international advisor for private equity and M&A transactions in their 2015 first quarter middle market league tables. Islamic Finance News (IFN) recognized King & Spalding as the 2016 Best Law Firm for Asset Management and Project Finance, and has honored the firm with the Kuwait Deal of the Year award.King & Spalding has been named “Rising Star Team of the Year” in the category of real estate: transactions and finance in the 2014 Trophées du Droit competition.  The annual Paris-based awards program seeks to acknowledge the best law firms in France

  • King & Spalding is among the top 20 law firms in the United States advising on corporate governance matters according to Corporate Board Member magazine’s 2014 annual survey, “America's Best Corporate Law Firms.”

  • King & Spalding’s German Real Estate practice was nominated as Law Firm of the Year for Real Estate and Construction in Germany’s 2015 JUVE Awards.

  • Mergermarket has identified King & Spalding as a leading advisor for mid-market M&A deals in its 2014 first quarter league tables. The firm placed 18th globally in the recently released rankings, having overseen deals with an aggregate value in excess of $3.05 billion.

  • Reuters Loan Pricing Corporation ranked King & Spalding’s Finance practice 6th in lender-side representations and 7th for total lender and sponsor representations. King & Spalding also achieved top-10 rankings for merger and acquisition financings.  For U.S. loan representations in general syndicated transactions, the firm ranked 10th by total number of representations, having been credited with 117 deals worth more than $53 billion.

  • King & Spalding is consistently ranked among the 20 most active bankruptcy law firms according to The Deal’s bankruptcy league tables.  .

  • According to Commercial Property Executive, King & Spalding’s real estate practice ranks 11th based on marquee transactions, range of legal services, department size and experience of real estate counsel.