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November 30, 2017

King & Spalding Elects 17 New Partners and Promotes 12 Counsel Across Seven Offices

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2017 — King & Spalding announced today that it has named 17 new partners. The partner elections span 11 practices across seven offices (Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, London, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.).

“Our new class of partners are a smart, talented, entrepreneurial cohort with a strong commitment to collaboration with clients and their colleagues across our 20 offices,” said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. “This year’s class spans a range of expertise in complex litigation and transactional matters, and reflects the growth of the firm’s corporate work with new partners who focus on finance, corporate governance, M&A and restructuring.”

The following lawyers will be partners effective Jan. 1, 2018:

  • John D. Carroll (Antitrust, Washington, D.C.) advises clients in civil and criminal antitrust matters, including strategic transactions, compliance, and global cartel investigations, where he represents them before the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and international and state enforcement agencies.

  • Zachary L. Cochran (Corporate Governance, Atlanta) advises clients on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including IPOs, secondary offerings, liability management transactions and securities issued in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

  • Jeffrey R. Dutson (Financial Restructuring, Atlanta) advises clients in financial restructuring and insolvency matters. He has represented secured lenders, debtors and other investors in a variety of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and large commercial workouts.

  • Gibbs P. Fryer (Real Estate/Finance, Atlanta) concentrates his practice in real estate capital markets, including representations of private equity sponsors, real estate investment trusts and other real estate companies. He advises clients on both equity and debt transactions, including private investment fund offerings, leveraged financings and investment vehicle formations and recapitalizations.

  • Ehren K. Halse (Special Matters and Government Investigations, San Francisco) specializes in representing clients in government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters.  Ehren also develops compliance programs and provides regulatory counseling for a wide variety of clients, spanning from Fortune 100 public companies to financial technology start-ups.

  • Viren M. Mascarenhas (International Arbitration and Litigation, New York) represents clients in both commercial arbitration and investment arbitration before tribunals seated all over the world.  He also advises clients on complex issues of public international law, including compliance by multinational companies with their human rights obligations.

  • Jorge Mattamouros (International Arbitration and Litigation, Houston) acts as an advocate and provides strategic advice to clients in high-stakes, complex international disputes under local and international law. Jorge has handled disputes in a wide range of sectors and industries in more than twenty jurisdictions, and has substantial experience with Portuguese-speaking markets.

  • Juliet M. McBride (Healthcare, Houston) advises national clients in the healthcare industry including hospitals, medical equipment and device suppliers, and laboratories on a wide range of matters. She specializes in reimbursement litigation and Medicare/Medicaid coverage, payment, and compliance issues.

  • Matthew J. Sandiford (Finance, Atlanta) represents financial institutions, lenders, investors, borrowers, underwriters and arrangers in leveraged finance, securitization and other secured and unsecured lending transactions, with a focus on healthcare, franchise, emerging company and sponsor finance transactions.

  • Andrew M. Stakelum (Environmental, Houston) focuses on environmental and commercial disputes involving the onshore and offshore energy industry. His practice spans the oil and gas-producing regions in the U.S., Latin America, Asia, Africa and their surrounding waters.

  • Jessica L. Standera (Finance, Charlotte) represents financial institutions, life insurance companies and private equity funds in commercial mortgage financings, with significant industry-specific experience in hotel, office, multifamily, retail, private rehabilitation, mixed use and construction.

  • Spencer A. Stockdale (Mergers & Acquisitions, Atlanta) represents private equity funds, their portfolio companies, and other companies in evaluating, structuring and negotiating mergers and acquisitions, investment transactions and other corporate transactions.

  • David B. Strickland, III (Construction and Procurement, Houston) focuses exclusively on construction transactions, primarily representing owners in their major projects throughout the U.S. and world. From conceptual drawing board through the punch list and beyond, he helps clients in all aspects of design and construction.

  • Elliott Tapp (Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and Private Equity, Atlanta) represents public and private companies, as well as private equity funds, in connection with a wide variety of corporate, transactional and strategic advisory matters, including M&A, joint ventures, corporate governance, activist defense and other strategic initiatives.

  • Laura R. Westfall (Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, New York) advises clients on executive compensation and employee benefit plans and arrangements, including their design, taxation, regulatory compliance and treatment in M&A transactions. She also counsels fund sponsors, investing plans and lenders on the implications of ERISA.

  • Thaddeus D. Wilson (Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation, Atlanta) represents and advises a wide array of clients in insolvency-related litigation and financial restructuring and bankruptcy matters. His clients include financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, and other parties in major Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

  • Marcus A. Young (Mergers & Acquisitions/Capital Markets, London) focuses on domestic and cross-border private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public takeovers and flotations. He has experience across a broad range of sectors, and his equity capital markets practice ranges from IPOs to secondary fund-raisings.

The following lawyers have been promoted to counsel. They represent nine practices in seven offices (Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, New York, San Francisco/ Sacramento, Washington, D.C.), and have all made significant contributions to clients and the firm.

  • Stephen Abreu (Intellectual Property Counseling, San Francisco) negotiates and drafts a range of complex intellectual property and commercial agreements for life sciences companies, such as strategic partnering and collaboration agreements, intellectual property licenses, and commercial manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements.

  • Scott Cameron (Healthcare, San Francisco/Sacramento) represents clients in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, including False Claims Act cases, and represents healthcare providers in disputes against health plans. He is also experienced in antitrust, breach of contract, and constitutional law cases.

  • Blake Cunningham (Intellectual Property, Austin) focuses on intellectual property matters, including music-licensing and copyright litigation. He also has significant experience in commercial litigation, including in fraud, trade secret, unfair competition, tortious interference, and breach of contract matters.

  • Amina Dammann (Contracts & Business Torts, Austin) specializes in complex commercial disputes with a focus on environmental and energy issues. She has substantial experience representing U.S. and German car manufacturers and energy companies in court, agency and arbitration proceedings.

  • Philip Green (Mass Tort and Toxic Tort, Atlanta) represents corporations in complex, high-stakes product liability actions with a specialty in trial work, having served as second and third chair in more than 20 multi-week jury trials. He also has significant experience arguing legal issues in federal and state courts.

  • Haley Lahmeyer (Real Estate, Charlotte) advises regional, national and international developers, private equity investors and institutional investors in all aspects of their real estate businesses. She works on the acquisition, disposition, operation, leasing and financing of complex real estate-based portfolios and single asset transactions.

  • Sarah-Jane Mahood (Real Estate, Dubai) advises master developers, developers, tenants, landlords, purchasers and lenders with respect to all aspects of commercial real estate. She has particular expertise in advising on complex sale and purchase agreements and all aspects of leasing acting for both landlords and tenants.

  • Andrew Pratt (Contracts & Business Torts, Atlanta) represents companies in a variety of industries in high-stakes commercial litigation, including complex contract disputes, consumer class actions, and professional negligence matters.

  • Jessica Ringel (FDA & Life Sciences, Washington, D.C.) counsels life sciences firms on pre- and post-market FDA regulatory matters, performs life sciences due diligence, and specializes in post-market device enforcement matters, including recalls, responses to FDA-483s and Warning Letters, and consent decrees of injunction.

  • Asal Saghari (Middle East & Islamic Finance, Dubai) specializes in banking and finance, including Islamic finance and secured and unsecured lending, with a focus on advising sponsors, lenders and borrowers in connection with their lending and investment activities in Europe and the Middle East, structured on both a conventional and Shari’ah-compliant basis.

  • Charlene Sun (International Arbitration and Litigation, New York) represents clients in arbitrations under the ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL rules concerning complex commercial disputes arising out of Latin America and Asia. She also specializes in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments, particularly those involving foreign states and their instrumentalities.

  • Amber Trincado (Mass Tort and Toxic Tort/Environmental, San Francisco) focuses on the defense of complex litigation, as well as product liability and toxic tort claims. She represents clients in the chemical, oil and energy industries in state and federal courts throughout the country.

About King & Spalding

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