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Project Development is a King & Spalding specialty.  Where other firms treat project development as an adjunct to their corporate and finance practices, King & Spalding treats it as a core business. Project development, the complex bundle of activities required to turn an idea and an opportunity into a business venture for our clients, is a King & Spalding specialty. From structuring and joint venture arrangements to concessions, government approvals, real estate, commercial and construction contracting, and project finance and monetization, our dedicated team works on project matters in an effective and efficient manner.

Diverse experience. 
The project development team offers a unique cross-section of experience in oil, gas, LNG, power, mining and infrastructure. Several of the firm’s partners worked as in-house project counsel or engineers prior to joining King & Spalding; many have handled project matters for over 30 years. Our lawyers possess diverse and specialized experience, including hydro and wind power, district energy, upstream oil and gas, maritime transportation, minerals, and refining/petrochemicals. 

We add value and understand the business.

  • Experienced. Clients count on the firm’s lawyers to grasp their business objectives and to understand the tasks needed to get them to the finish line. King & Spalding’s experienced and collaborative team can get up and running in very little time on a wide range of projects, saving the client time and money.

  • Seamless Part of the Client Team. We have extensive experience working closely with client teams on their projects, often over extended periods of time. Clients consider King & Spalding lawyers an extension of their own team; we listen to our clients and dedicate ourselves to their priorities.

  • Objective Oriented. Numerous obstacles challenge the success of a project, but none more so than lawyers who say, “It can’t be done.”  This is true, for example, in the U.S. where we developed the commonly used tolling approach, which is different than the global model. The firm’s lawyers work to find effective and creative solutions, especially when undertaking projects that are industry changers.

  • Business Perspective. Projects require long-term commitments by a number of parties with divergent interests. In order for a project to succeed, each participant must get what it needs to justify its support of the project. King & Spalding recognizes its role in understanding our client’s business mandate and facilitating outcomes that enable our clients to achieve success in their project development endeavors.

We meet our client’s complex legal needs around the globe.  We are called upon by a broad range of the energy and natural resources industry in cutting-edge transactions. We enjoy a solid global practice serving the worldwide energy sector out of our Singapore, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Paris, Riyadh, London, DC, and Houston offices.  We have a well-recognized Africa and Latin America energy practices.  King & Spalding clients ask for assistance worldwide. A significant portion of the firm’s business is global, including regulatory; mining; nuclear, hydro and wind power; LNG; and oil and gas ventures in various countries around the world.  King & Spalding’s Project Development lawyers:

  • Represent numerous clients with respect to all aspects of the LNG project development activities.

  • Advise sponsors or lenders in development of their gas storage projects.

  • Represent clients in their power development transactions.

  • Have been counsel to a number of mining companies in matters ranging from surface aggregate mining to cement plants, from base-metals mining to gold.

  • Have deep experience in significant upstream oil and gas development projects, as well as operational activities and contracting.

  • Advise clients with respect to French regulatory issues related to wind power projects, as well as southeast Asia clients on significant hydro power projects.

  • Advise clients in early stages of project development through government negotiations for granting instruments when acquiring rights in energy assets, as well as in more mature stages of a project when ancillary or supplementary government negotiations are required.

Recognitions. The firm’s consistent record of “walking the talk” has brought it significant industry recognition:

  • Petroleum Economist named King & Spalding its 2014 Energy Advisory Firm of the Year: Legal.

  • Chambers Global has consistently ranked King & Spalding as one of the top projects practices in the world and recently selected the firm as one of the five finalists for Global Projects/Energy Firm of the Year.

  • Law360 named King & Spalding a Project Finance Group of the Year in 2014.

  • King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice has received both the Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America Awards of Excellence and is ranked one of the top four firms in the world by Global Arbitration Review.

  • King & Spalding’s construction practice has been a finalist for the Chambers USA Award of Excellence.

  • King & Spalding received the “Gold Award” as best U.S. law firm in the project finance, infrastructure, and energy categories at the International Legal Alliance Summit and Awards in Paris, France.

  • Law 360 named our intellectual property practice its Intellectual Property Group of the Year in 2012.

  • More than 20 project team lawyers are ranked by Chambers.

Garry J Pegg 
T: +44 20 7551 7562 LONDON
T: +7 495 228 8500 MOSCOW
Kenneth S Culotta (Ken) 
T: +1 713 276 7374 HOUSTON
Mehdi Haroun 
T: +33 1 7300 3984 PARIS
Tim M Burbury 
T: +971 2 596 7001  ABU DHABI
T: +971 4 377 9919 DUBAI
T: +966 11 466 9405  RIYADH
Hywel Jones 
T: +44 20 7551 7569 LONDON
T: +7 495 228 8500 MOSCOW
Jennifer A Josefson 
T: +7 495 228 8502 MOSCOW
Merrick White 
T: +65 6303 6031 SINGAPORE
Daniel R Rogers (Dan) 
T: +1 713 751 3204 HOUSTON
Scott A Greer 
T: +1 713 751 3264 HOUSTON