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A message from our Chairman

To our clients,

I speak with as many clients as possible each year. The feedback I get is invaluable as we determine the markets and practices to invest in and the ways to enhance the resources and services we provide to you. Over the course of these conversations, nothing is more gratifying than when a general counsel, CEO or board member comments not only on the quality of the work by our lawyers, but also on how we worked together with their team to get to a successful outcome. Providing the most sophisticated legal and commercial advice to our clients isn’t possible unless we truly know your business and are able to work side-by-side with you across the various challenges and opportunities you face. We are deeply grateful that 2017 marked another year of such productive alignment with so many of you.

Robert D. Hays

(gross revenue)

Partnering for
Success in Specialty Finance


Financing raised for Arby's-Buffalo
Wild Wings merger
60 Partners
12 legal specialties
10 offices globally
K&S Franchise and
Hospitality Group
2017 Annual Review

Since 2014, Barclays has been a key collaborator with our finance practice. Working closely with the Barclays team, our Specialty Finance team and our Franchise and Hospitality Group has developed and closed a variety of innovative franchise, acquisition, capital markets and securitization transactions, particularly in the restaurant and retail sectors.

Over time, King & Spalding's advisory role has grown into a true partnership. Together, Barclays and K&S generate ideas, identify candidates in the highly-franchised restaurant space and other asset classes, and then partner on structuring, managing and closing these securitizations and financings.

Examples of our collaboration include franchised restaurant securitization transactions for Taco Bell, Jimmy John's, TGI Fridays, and Focus Brands, among others. In early 2018, our team closed the complex Arby's-Buffalo Wild Wings merger financing, with Barclays as the lead bank.


Michael Urschel, New York

Capital Markets

Keith Townsend, Atlanta
Zachary Cochran, Atlanta

Leveraged Finance

Jennifer Daly, New York
Matthew Sandiford, Atlanta
Ellen Snare, New York

“We’ve developed a relationship with King and Spalding where we can have a free dialogue with senior levels of the organization, bouncing ideas off of them, brainstorming, and developing a plan of attack for new targets. There’s a we’re-all-in-this-together type of attitude.”

Benjamin Fernandez
Managing Director, Barclays Securitized Products Origination

“It’s not about just serving the client. It’s about partnering with the client, understanding what the client needs, and really giving them the extra value…”

Michael Urschel
Partner, King & Spalding Corporate, Finance and Investments Practice