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September 13, 2017

Best Lawyers Recognizes Six King & Spalding Paris Partners as Leading Attorneys in France

PARIS, Sept. 13, 2017 — In its 2018 edition, Best Lawyers has recognized King & Spalding partners Joël Alquezar, James Castello, Joëlle Herschtel, Mehdi S. Haroun, Benoît G. Marcilhacy and Pascal A. Schmitz as among the leading attorneys in France.

Alquezar was recognized in the category of Arbitration and Mediation; Castello in the categories of Arbitration and Mediation as well as International Arbitration; Herschtel in the categories of Environment as well as Regulatory Law; Haroun in the category of Project Finance and Development; and Marcilhacy and Schmitz in Real Estate Law.

Alquezar specializes in international business litigation and arbitration. A partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration and Contracts and Business Litigation practices, he represents clients in a wide range of matters before the French courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitration.

Castello, a lawyer for more than 30 years, specializes in international arbitration. He has advised and represented clients in a wide range of legal disputes including commercial as well as investor-state arbitrations, both under institutional arbitration rules and in ad hoc arbitral proceedings. In addition to his work as counsel, he also sits as an arbitrator.

Herschtel focuses on toxic torts and environmental matters as a partner in King & Spalding’s Mass Tort and Toxic Tort and Environmental practices. Knowledgeable about French and European environmental and product safety regulations, Herschtel represents clients in a wide range of litigation before French administrative, civil and criminal courts.

Haroun specializes in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He represents clients in various types of projects and transactions, as well as disputes relating to these areas. Haroun is a qualified lawyer in France and in Algeria, and is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

Marcilhacy, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Paris office, specializes in corporate real estate matters. He counsels clients in an array of real estate transactions, primarily in France. These include acquisitions and sales of structured property folios, sales and leasebacks, the establishment of real estate funds, as well as complex development deals, and complex equity and debt financing.

Schmitz specializes in real estate and real estate finance. As a partner in King & Spalding’s Real Estate and Private Equity practices, he works with investors on a variety of real estate transactions. With more than 20 years of experience, Schmitz represents clients in all aspects of commercial real estate and real estate finance, including corporate and investment property acquisitions and disposals, acquisition financing, and joint ventures.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review via surveys. The organization’s methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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