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King & Spalding Adds Three Senior Lawyers in Middle East


King & Spalding

2008-04-01 07:03:00

King & Spalding Adds Three Senior Lawyers in Middle East


& Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today the continued

expansion of its thriving Middle East practice with the addition of a

partner and two counsel to its offices in Riyadh and Dubai. The addition of

these three senior practitioners to the firm’s Middle East team brings the

total number of King & Spalding lawyers on the ground in its Riyadh and

Dubai offices to 18, making King & Spalding one of the largest U.S. firms

in the region.

Joining King & Spalding as a finance partner in its Riyadh affiliate

office, The Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar, is Michael Dunphy. Mr. Dunphy

brings more than 18 years’ experience in finance and project finance,

notably in the energy and infrastructure sectors, to the firm’s Middle East

team. He comes to King & Spalding from the Bahrain office of Norton Rose,

where he advised clients on numerous project financings in the Kingdom of

Saudi Arabia. He received his law degree from the University of New Zealand

and is qualified to practice in New Zealand and Hong Kong.

In Dubai, King & Spalding is adding Elias R. Chedid as a counsel in its

mergers and acquisitions practice and Jonathan Law as a counsel in its

private equity and funds practice.

Mr. Chedid joins King & Spalding from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in

Paris, with over 10 years’ experience advising clients on their corporate

and investment activities, with concentration on the acquisition,

disposition, financing and development of real estate assets in the Middle

East, Europe and United States. He received his law degree from Université

Paris Sorbonne, his master of laws from Harvard University and is admitted

to practice law in Lebanon, France and New York.

Mr. Law comes to King & Spalding from Appleby, in the Cayman Islands, and

has more than 10 years’ experience advising clients on fund formation and

private equity transactions in the Middle East, Europe and United States.

He received his law degree from the University of Edinburgh and is

qualified to practice law in England, Wales, Bermuda and the Cayman


“We are extremely pleased to welcome these highly-regarded lawyers to King

& Spalding,” said

Philip R. Weems, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Middle East offices

and head of the firm’s energy practice. “Michael, Jonathan and Elias are

joining a King & Spalding team that has extensive on-the-ground experience

in this region across a range of practice areas. Their specialized legal

and business skills will help us to further our mission of providing

superior legal counsel to our clients in the Middle East and those who do

business here.”

King & Spalding’s Middle East practice focuses on Islamic finance, project

finance, energy, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and

international arbitration. Its offices in Dubai and Riyadh specialize in

complex corporate, real estate, energy and financial transactions and

international arbitration across the globe. King & Spalding is a leader in

the area of Islamic finance and pioneered many Shari’ah-complaint financial

products that are in wide use today. The firm is also recognized worldwide

for its energy work — especially in the area of liquefied natural gas —

and has a strong practice base in power, petrochemicals and renewable

energy. Its corporate practice group provides a complete range of services

to global clients in multiple jurisdictions. American Lawyer’s Focus Europe

magazine has ranked King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice as

No. 2 in the world.

About King & Spalding

King & Spalding is an international law firm with more than 800 lawyers in

Atlanta, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Houston, London, New York, Riyadh

(affiliated office), San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The

firm represents half of the Fortune 100 and in a Corporate Counsel survey

in September 2007 was among the top firms representing Fortune 250

companies. For additional information, visit

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