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Global Arbitration Review Ranks King & Spalding Fourth in the World for International Arbitration

22 Feb 2013
BOGOTÁ, Colombia, February 22, 2013 — For the second consecutive year, King & Spalding has been recognized as one of the top four global law firms serving as arbitration counsel. In the just-released edition of Global Arbitration Review’s annual GAR 30 survey, King & Spalding maintained its No. 4 ranking and was listed as counsel on 36 pending arbitration matters with an aggregate value of $47 billion.

The ranking further solidifies King & Spalding’s position as one of the “big four” of international arbitration, alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, White & Case and Shearman & Sterling at the top of this year’s list.

Global Arbitration Review
’s managing editor, David Samuels, says the rankings are not purely results-based, but look at the general health of the practice, rewarding well-roundedness. King & Spalding was cited for having "a wonderful client list" and "regularly topping surveys on the biggest international arbitration cases."

Inclusion in the GAR 30 is based on a firm’s performance in categories that cover reputation, work and experience. The rankings take into account a firm’s overall international arbitration activity between August 2010 and August 2012, including arbitrator appointments, volume of cases and merits hearings and value of the work. The standing of the individuals within each group is also considered. For the first time, the formula takes into account the number of billable hours generated by international arbitration work. Firms submit a breakdown of work undertaken during the period under review, which GAR researchers cross-reference.

This recognition by Global Arbitration Review is the latest in a string of significant accolades for King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice. Surveys conducted in 2012 by the Chambers Global, Legal 500 U.S. and Legal 500 Latin America allocated top rankings to King & Spalding. In 2011, the firm earned the No. 3 spot in Focus Europe’s Arbitration Scorecard and, in 2010, received Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America Awards for Excellence in international arbitration.

A world leader in foreign investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration, King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice has represented clients in all the world’s principal arbitration venues. The group’s experience includes disputes involving energy, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, the environment, construction, joint ventures, technology, telecommunications, finance, insurance and real estate.

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
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