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Ranked as one of the world’s leading advisors in M&A transactions worldwide, King & Spalding has been representing its clients—from Fortune 100 corporations, to investment banks, to emerging growth and middle-market companies, to private equity funds—for decades in the most sophisticated transactions covering the full spectrum of mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Global Approach
With 17 offices spanning the globe and more than 800 attorneys firm-wide, we have the breadth of expertise to handle the most sophisticated transactions while providing our clients with unparalleled levels of service and attention.

Depth of M&A Experience and Exceptional Client Service
King & Spalding is committed to delivering the highest quality legal services to all of our M&A clients. We represent sellers, purchasers, target companies and financial advisors in all types of domestic and international transactions, including acquisitions of stock and assets, divestitures of stock and assets, tender offers, leveraged buy-outs, hostile takeover defenses, proxy contests, corporate governance advice, private equity, and joint ventures / strategic alliances.

A critical element to the success of almost every M&A transaction is breadth of experience and coordinated responsiveness. Our team of M&A attorneys possesses knowledge of the strategies, tactics and “players,” but this is only one part of our capabilities. M&A transactions are often complex and require expertise from a number of practice areas. Our M&A attorneys work seamlessly with other attorneys throughout King & Spalding in other practice groups to provide expert advice on all facets of a transaction, including antitrust, bankruptcy / financial restructuring, business and securities litigation, foreign investment, corporate governance, employee benefits / executive compensation, environmental, intellectual property, real estate, finance and tax.

Because our clients are leaders in many different industries, our attorneys have also developed a range of industry-specific expertise in areas, including aerospace and defense, climate change, consumer products, energy and natural resources, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices, retail and restaurants, sports, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications, transportation and logistics.

Representative Clients
Representative clients include:

  • AFC Enterprises, Inc.

  • Amedysys, Inc.

  • Arcapita Inc.

  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation

  • The Coca-Cola Company

  • Cousins Properties, Inc.

  • CVS Health

  • EarthLink, Inc.

  • General Electric

  • HD Supply, Inc.

  • The Home Depot

  • ING Group

  • Kemira Specialty Chemicals

  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

  • Novelis Inc.

  • Oxford Industries, Inc.

  • Per-Se Technologies, Inc.

  • Pilot Corporation

  • Post Properties, Inc.

  • Roark Capital

  • Rock-Tenn

  • Roper Industries, Inc.

  • Sprint Nextel Corporation

  • SunTrust Banks

  • Total System Services Inc.

  • UPS

Recent Rankings & Recognitions
King & Spalding is regularly ranked highly among law firms that are the most active in mergers and acquisitions.  The firm’s key rankings include:

  • King & Spalding ranked 18th by volume for M&A involving U.S. targets in Thomson Reuters’ 2012 third quarter league table results.  King & Spalding also earned top rankings for its mid-market and small cap activity in the United States, finishing as the 14th and 9th busiest firm, respectively.

  • King & Spalding ranked 13th among the top 25 legal advisors for announced merger and acquisition transactions in the Middle East and Africa for the first nine months of 2012 according to Thomson Reuters’league tables of merger and acquisition activity in the Middle East and North African regions.

  • 46 King & Spalding lawyers received 90 individual rankings and 30 of the firm’s practice areas (including corporate / mergers and acquisitions, corporate / commercial, energy and natural resources, projects and energy, and capital markets: debt) were recognized by Chambers Global (2013 edition).

  • Six King & Spalding lawyers received 11 individual recognitions and three of the firm’s practice areas (including corporate, energy and natural resources and Islamic finance) were recognized by Chambers UK (2013 edition).

  • In the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Law Firm” survey, King & Spalding earned 42 national rankings, including tier-one designations in 19 practice areas (including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, energy and tax).

  • In the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, 77 King & Spalding lawyers were counted as the best in Georgia in their respective areas, including in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance and securities and corporate finance.

  • In the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers UK survey, 13 King & Spalding lawyers were counted as the best in their respective areas, including business affairs, mergers and acquisitions, tax and energy and natural resources.

  • In the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers New York survey, 15 King & Spalding lawyers were counted as the best in the New York metropolitan area in their respective areas, including in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance and  securities and corporate finance.

  • In the 2013 edition of Legal 500’s annual guide to the leading lawyers and law firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, King & Spalding had 23 practice area rankings (including corporate and mergers and acquisitions; energy and natural resources; EU, competition and WTO; capital markets; projects and energy; and energy and natural resources) spanning the firm’s offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Moscow, Paris and Riyadh. In addition, Legal 500 recognized 22 King & Spalding lawyers as leading legal practitioners.

  • 126 King & Spalding lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America guide, including with respect to the areas of corporate governance, energy, leveraged buyouts and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and securities / capital markets.

  • In the 2013 edition of Latin Lawyer’s 250 annual guide to law firms in Latin America, King & Spalding was listed for the 13th consecutive year as one of the top business law firms in Latin America.

  • Chambers USA has included King & Spalding in its 2012 national rankings for the leading law firms in the US, with the firm earning 116 individual rankings, including national rankings for capital markets and energy and state rankings for corporate / mergers and acquisitions.

  • In the 2012 edition of Chambers annual guide to the leading Asia-Pacific legal practices, King & Spalding was identified as one of the premier law firms advising on Indian mergers & acquisitions.

  • In the 2012 edition of Chambers Europe’s guide to leading European practices, nine of the firm’s lawyers earned 14 individual recognitions, including in the areas of German real estate, Russian real estate, Islamic finance, and energy and natural resources.

  • In the 2012 edition of Legal 500: UK’s annual guide to the leading lawyers and law firms in the UK, King & Spalding had five practice area rankings (including mergers and acquisitions, energy and natural resources and Islamic finance) and Legal 500 recognized 13 King & Spalding lawyers as leading legal practitioners.

  • In the 2012 edition of Legal 500’s inaugural guide to the leading lawyers and law firms in Latin America, King & Spalding had three practice area rankings (corporate and mergers and acquisitions; projects and energy; international arbitration) and Legal 500 recognized 20 King & Spalding lawyers as leading legal practitioners.

  • In the 2012 edition of Legal 500: U.S. guide, King & Spalding earned 21 practice rankings and 68 individual lawyer recognitions, including a ranking for mergers, acquisitions and buyouts.

  • In 2012, King & Spalding received recognition from Asian-MENA Counsel for the firm’s private equity and project finance work in the United Arab Emirates.

  • In the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in Russia guide, two King & Spalding lawyers were selected for inclusion in the areas of energy and natural resources and environmental law and real estate.

  • In the 2012 Corporate Board Member magazine’s annual survey, King & Spalding was recognized as one of the top 25 firms for corporate governance matters as reported by corporate board directors and corporate general counsels.

  • King & Spalding served as an adviser in a 2012 transaction that The Banker named as one of the top M&A deals of the year in the Middle East and North Africa region.

  • In 2011, King & Spalding ranked 5th by aggregate value in Mergermarket’s U.S. buyouts rankings, and 11th by aggregate value for worldwide buyout transactions.

  • In 2011, King & Spalding ranked 5th in the private equity (counsel to principals) category in American Lawyer’s 2012 Corporate Scorecard.

  • Bloomberg recognized King & Spalding as the 20th most active law firm advising on United States middle market M&A transactions in 2011.

  • King & Spalding finished 18th by volume in Bloomberg’s full-year rankings of global private equity legal advisors for 2011.

  • King & Spalding served as the adviser in a 2011 transaction that Asian-MENA Counsel named as one of the top deals of the year.

  • IFLR 1000 named King & Spalding’s bank lending, debt and equity capital markets and project finance practices among the best in the United States in 2011. The firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice was recognized for providing exceptional legal counsel in Saudi Arabia.

  • King & Spalding was selected as the best law firm of the year in the private equity and tax categories in the 2011 Islamic Finance News Awards. In addition, eight King & Spalding lawyers received a total of 37 listings as best in their respective fields.
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