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Clients across the financial services industry, ranging from the largest global banks to a wide range of asset managers, broker dealers, private equity and alternative capital providers, rely on King & Spalding to provide sophisticated advice on their most complex matters. Through a dedicated team of more than 300 lawyers spread across financial centers worldwide, our financial services focus stands out in the market not only for its breadth and the commitment of its lawyers, but also for the commercially-savvy advice and the connected thought-leadership we provide to the industry.

Our broad transactional team brings a high degree of expertise and market knowledge advising our financial services clients on syndicated lending, leveraged finance, complex financings, fund formation, strategic transactions, capital markets transactions and distressed transactions and restructurings—we counsel some of the largest financial institutions in the full spectrum of financings from secured and unsecured lending transactions, to some of the most sophisticated capital markets and specialty finance and securitization transactions

Similarly, our regulatory and litigation teams draw on one of the world’s top disputes practices to advise financial services clients on commercial litigation and arbitration, securities and shareholder suits, multijurisdictional investigations and enforcement actions. King & Spalding’s team is well versed in matters pertaining to complex financial instruments, transactions and regulation, enabling them to develop novel and highly technical defense strategies. We frequently reach expedient and confidential resolution of our clients’ most sensitive challenges. Simultaneously, in recent years King & Spalding has successfully tried some of the most notable cases in the financial sector.

Our strong base of clients are leaders in the financial services industry, including 15 of the largest banks in the world and 20 of the largest banks in the United States.

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COVID-19 Regulatory Roundup

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, regulatory agencies are issuing press releases and regulatory guidance affecting financial services firms. Read more about the summaries and links to guidance issued by the US, UK, and European financial regulators concerning COVID-19.

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Ranked Band 5 in Nationwide Banking & Finance


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 4 in Nationwide Capital Markets: Securitization


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 5 in New York Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 4 in New York Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 4 in Nationwide REITs


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 3 in Nationwide Securities: Regulation


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Tier 2 in Saudi Arabia Banking & Finance


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Saudi Arabia Capital Markets


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 3 in Germany Investment Funds


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in UAE Investment Funds


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 4 in UAE Banking & Finance


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Banking & Finance Law, Securities Regulation, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Litigation Securities and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law


U.S. News and Best Lawyers 2020

Ranked in Financial services: contentious and Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory


Legal 500 UK 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance – International firms and joint ventures and Banking and finance – Foreign firms


Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance and Corporate & Finance


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Islamic Finance and Investment Funds


Chambers Global 2020

Top Rankings in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Restructuring & Insolvency and Project Finance


IFLR 1000 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance: Investment Funds


Legal 500 Deutschland 2020

“Most Innovative Deal of the Year”


Islamic Finance News 2020

"Their fundamental knowledge and experience base is deep. They are adaptable, agile and accommodating."


Chambers Global 2020

"Their drafting is second to none. They know exactly what they want to articulate and how they want to structure things."


Chambers Global 2020

"They're very diligent in their work and we consider them a part of our team."


Chambers Global 2020

"The firm understands the complex corporate and regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia. They're practical and pragmatic, and have solid, responsive lawyers. Working with them has been a very positive experience."


Chambers Global 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Litigation – Securities


U.S. News & World Report 2019

Recognized for Excellence For Securities and Financial Services Regulations


Chambers USA

Ranked National Tier 1 for Banking & Finance in “Best Law Firms"

Named a leading Tier 1 Bankruptcy practice


Chambers USA 2019

Ranked Band 1 for Securities Regulation


Chambers USA 2019

Numerous K&S attorneys are recognized as “Super Lawyers” for Securities Litigation

Named a leading Tier 1 practice for Capital Markets (Debt) in Saudi Arabia


Legal 500 EMEA, 2019

Named Best Advisory Firm for Funds


MENA Fund Manager 2016-2018

Consistently ranked among leading M&A practices in the United States


Chambers USA and Legal 500

Top 30 Firms for Client Service


BTI Consulting Group, 2019

Named Top 20 U.S. Law Firm Brands


Acritas Research, 2019

"They're always willing to go above and beyond to help their client."


Chambers 2019

"They were very knowledgeable and responsive, and provided the appropriate advice regarding a number of topics."


Chambers 2019

"King & Spalding runs at the same speed as us and knows the market cold."


Chambers 2019

"They have everything you need, and all the experience you need, to be fully and effectively represented in a serious SEC investigation - they cover the waterfront."


Chambers 2019

“The securities defense attorneys at this firm are substantially thorough, experienced, ethical and prompt.”


Legal 500 (2019)

“They have substantial experience with the federal district court judges, where the securities class actions are filed and substantial and significant experience with the mediators who are often proposed by the plaintiffs.”


Legal 500 (2019)

“Speak to a King & Spalding investigations partner in the US and almost without exception you’ll find that they’ll have previously worked in government, either at federal prosecutors’ offices renowned for white-collar work, or at the DOJ and the SEC in Washington, D.C.”


Chambers 2019

“They just have an ability to read the government and see what is important.”


Chambers 2019

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Ranked Band 5 in Nationwide Banking & Finance


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 4 in Nationwide Capital Markets: Securitization


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 5 in New York Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 4 in New York Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 4 in Nationwide REITs


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Band 3 in Nationwide Securities: Regulation


Chambers USA 2020

Ranked Tier 2 in Saudi Arabia Banking & Finance


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Saudi Arabia Capital Markets


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 3 in Germany Investment Funds


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in UAE Investment Funds


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 4 in UAE Banking & Finance


Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Banking & Finance Law, Securities Regulation, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Litigation Securities and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law


U.S. News and Best Lawyers 2020

Ranked in Financial services: contentious and Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory


Legal 500 UK 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance – International firms and joint ventures and Banking and finance – Foreign firms


Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance and Corporate & Finance


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Islamic Finance and Investment Funds


Chambers Global 2020

Top Rankings in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Restructuring & Insolvency and Project Finance


IFLR 1000 2020

Ranked in Banking & Finance: Investment Funds


Legal 500 Deutschland 2020

“Most Innovative Deal of the Year”


Islamic Finance News 2020

"Their fundamental knowledge and experience base is deep. They are adaptable, agile and accommodating."


Chambers Global 2020

"Their drafting is second to none. They know exactly what they want to articulate and how they want to structure things."


Chambers Global 2020

"They're very diligent in their work and we consider them a part of our team."


Chambers Global 2020

"The firm understands the complex corporate and regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia. They're practical and pragmatic, and have solid, responsive lawyers. Working with them has been a very positive experience."


Chambers Global 2020

Ranked Tier 1 in Litigation – Securities


U.S. News & World Report 2019

Recognized for Excellence For Securities and Financial Services Regulations


Chambers USA

Ranked National Tier 1 for Banking & Finance in “Best Law Firms"

Named a leading Tier 1 Bankruptcy practice


Chambers USA 2019

Ranked Band 1 for Securities Regulation


Chambers USA 2019

Numerous K&S attorneys are recognized as “Super Lawyers” for Securities Litigation

Named a leading Tier 1 practice for Capital Markets (Debt) in Saudi Arabia


Legal 500 EMEA, 2019

Named Best Advisory Firm for Funds


MENA Fund Manager 2016-2018

Consistently ranked among leading M&A practices in the United States


Chambers USA and Legal 500

Top 30 Firms for Client Service


BTI Consulting Group, 2019

Named Top 20 U.S. Law Firm Brands


Acritas Research, 2019

"They're always willing to go above and beyond to help their client."


Chambers 2019

"They were very knowledgeable and responsive, and provided the appropriate advice regarding a number of topics."


Chambers 2019

"King & Spalding runs at the same speed as us and knows the market cold."


Chambers 2019

"They have everything you need, and all the experience you need, to be fully and effectively represented in a serious SEC investigation - they cover the waterfront."


Chambers 2019

“The securities defense attorneys at this firm are substantially thorough, experienced, ethical and prompt.”


Legal 500 (2019)

“They have substantial experience with the federal district court judges, where the securities class actions are filed and substantial and significant experience with the mediators who are often proposed by the plaintiffs.”


Legal 500 (2019)

“Speak to a King & Spalding investigations partner in the US and almost without exception you’ll find that they’ll have previously worked in government, either at federal prosecutors’ offices renowned for white-collar work, or at the DOJ and the SEC in Washington, D.C.”


Chambers 2019

“They just have an ability to read the government and see what is important.”


Chambers 2019