King & Spalding LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Handles all manner of M&A transactions along with corporate governance and capital markets issues. Acts for public companies, private equity funds and financial institutions. Also advises on going-private transactions and anti-takeover strategies. Highly proficient in undertaking the most complex of transactions on a national and international scale. Noted focus advising on deals relating to technology, logistics and manufacturing companies.

Strengths A client comments: "The time and energy the firm has invested in understanding our business and industry shows in every interaction we have with them."

Peers say King & Spalding is a "strong firm that has been well respected in the market for many years."

Work highlights Represented Transocean in its acquisition of Ocean Rig in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $2.7 billion.

Notable practitioners

Erik Belenky
is a "very smart M&A adviser," according to commentators. He undertakes highly sophisticated transactions on behalf of private equity firms and corporate clients. Peers say: "He has very good people skills and is a good technical lawyer who has done a lot of noteworthy transactions."

Keith Townsend
has noted strength in M&A and capital markets transactions. He is described by peers as "very skilled and adept at negotiation."

Rahul Patel
is well regarded for representing leading companies in M&A and joint venture transactions. "You can never go wrong using him for a matter, and he is always my go-to choice," says one client, adding: "He has unparalleled responsiveness, great technical skills and a wide-ranging network."

Raymond Baltz
offers notable prowess in private equity acquisitions and investments. "He is a great lawyer," says one peer, adding that he is "very practical and really talented."

Russell Richards
has experience in buy and sell-side M&A. He is regarded as a "terrific lawyer" and "great practitioner" by market sources.

William Calvin Smith
has a broad transactional practice encompassing corporate, finance and securities transactions. He receives praise for his "good client skills" and is also described as "a really good lawyer" by market sources.