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King & Spalding Advises on Privatization of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation’s Catering Business
King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, announced today that it represented a consortium of international investors, led by Injaz Projects of Bahrain, in the privatization of the catering business of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation. Under terms of the share purchase agreement, the consortium will acquire a 49 percent stake in the newly formed Saudia Catering, LLC, for approximately US$200 million.

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, took part in the share purchase agreement signing on Sunday, September 23. His Royal Highness serves as chairman of the board of directors of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation.

The investor consortium includes the Al Hokair Group and the Al Fozan Group, both of Saudi Arabia, and Newrest, a Spanish catering company based in Toulouse, France.

The Dubai-based King & Spalding legal team was led by partners Jawad Ali and Benjamin Newland, with assistance from associates Wael Wahbeh and Patrick Campos, and from the firm’s affiliate office in Riyadh, counsel Mohammad Al-Ammar.


King & Spalding Sponsors Gas Storage Finance Conference
King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, will be front-and-center at the second annual Gas Storage Finance and Investment Summit slated for Houston October 22-24. The summit provides the latest intelligence on the current market environment for putting together gas storage deals.

King & Spalding is a gold sponsor of the event and six of its energy lawyers are moderating panel discussions and pre-summit workshops. In addition, King & Spalding partner Erik J.A. Swenson, an authority on the development of energy projects, is chairman of the summit.

The three-day summit is presented by Infocast, a provider of educational business conferences, seminars, publications and other information services. It is designed expressly for project developers, investors, lenders, pipelines, LDCs (local distribution companies), traders and other active industry players and dealmakers. Active market players will discuss what they look for in potential deals, what future opportunities exist and how to successfully close deals.

In addition to Swenson, who will deliver opening remarks in his capacity as summit chairman and moderate a panel discussion entitled "Lenders’ Perspective on the Market for Debt Financing, other King & Spalding lawyers moderating a panel or workshop are the following:

- George E. (Ned) Crady, partner, "Trader’s Perspectives on the Gas Storage Market"

- Kenneth S. Culotta, partner, "The Impact of the Project Finance Market on Project Development Strategies"

- Lisa M. Tonery, partner, (with Erik Swenson), "Navigating Regulatory and Permit Options for Project Developers"
- Scott A. Greer, partner, and Shaw C. Ottis, associate, "Managing Owner Risk During Development of a Gas Storage Project"

For more information on the Gas Storage Finance and Investment Summit, visit www.infocastinc.com/gas07.html.

King & Spalding’s energy industries practice group advises clients (sponsors, operators and lenders) on a broad spectrum of energy and natural resource transactions and matters worldwide, including oil and gas, power, and mining. The firm is distinguished by its unique depth of experience in international energy transactions, from operational and supply chain agreements and issues, to complex joint ventures and finance, to international litigation and arbitration.


13 Katten Partners Named Finalists for Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that 13 of its partners have been named by Lawdragon as finalists for the publication’s 2007 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Katten attorneys selected as Lawdragon 500 finalists include David H. Kistenbroker (Securities Litigation), Nina B. Matis (Real Estate), Ross O. Silverman (White Collar Criminal and Civil Litigation), Herbert S. Wander (Corporate) and Sheldon T. Zenner (White Collar Criminal and Civil Litigation) of the Chicago office; Andrew M. Katzenstein (Trusts and Estates), Zia F. Modabber (Litigation and Dispute Resolution), Gail Migdal Title (Entertainment and Media) and Bruce G. Vanyo (Securities Litigation) of the Los Angeles office; Henry Bregstein (Financial Services) and Sheri P. Chromow (Real Estate) of the New York office; and Roger P. Furey (Intellectual Property Litigation) and S. Scott Morrison (Real Estate Litigation) of the Washington office.


Darryl Woo Named One of California's Top 100 Leading Lawyers
Darryl M. Woo, Chair of Fenwick & West's Patent Litigation Group, was recently named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 leading lawyers in California for 2007. The San Francisco Daily Journal and the Los Angeles Daily Journal sought nominations of attorneys who are not only top legal experts, but whose practices affected state business, politics and culture. This was an opportunity to reflect the attorneys who not only transformed the legal community, but also the community at large. The Daily Journal cited Mr. Woo's leading role in a $75 million jury verdict in a patent case for client Asyst Technologies. In addition, Mr. Woo recently obtained a defense summary judgment in Boston for a client's products having more than 250 million users worldwide. Mr. Woo's range of clients includes Cisco Systems and Google, to Redwood Shores-based Shutterfly, Inc.


BTI Consulting Group Names Adams and Reese LLP Among Top 100 Firms in Mergers and Acquisitions
Boston-based BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has named Adams and Reese LLP among the Top 100 Law Firms in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions. These findings, that comprise “The BTI Guide to Corporate Transactions for Law Firms", provide the most comprehensive analysis of the Corporate Transactions market ever presented to law firms.

The findings were based on more than 150 independent interviews with corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies who were probed on all aspects of law firm relationships and performances. In this particular survey, firms were also critiqued on the strength of their transactions practice in a variety of areas including Divestitures, Hostile Takeovers, Friendly Mergers, Private Equity, Private Acquisitions, Private Mergers and Leveraged Buy-Outs.

In previous years, Adams and Reese has been named among BTI’s list of Market Movers and its Client Service A-Team. In addition, BTI has named Adams and Reese among the most Tech-Savvy Law Firms. BTI is a market research and management consulting firm with over 20 years of experience and a leader in providing strategic market research, management consulting and executive education to law firms and other professional service firms.


Julie Skipper Heads YUPS of Metro Jackson
Julie Skipper, an associate in the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi office, has been named Chair of the Young Up and Coming Professionals (YUPS) of Metro Jackson. As the Chair of YUPS, Julie will also be on the Board of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

YUPS is a networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-40 in the Metro area. The program is housed under the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce. YUPS seeks to provide young professionals with the occasion to meet and mingle with their peers, to promote relationships and help its members develop professionally while contributing to the economic development and quality of life of their community.

Julie also serves on the steering committee for the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, the executive board of the Millsaps College Alumni Association, and is the Teen Court Committee Chair for the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson, a program of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce.


Mayer Brown Announces Formation of Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement Group
Mayer Brown LLP is pleased to announce the formation of its Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement Group, which brings together practitioners from across the firm who focus on regulatory, enforcement, litigation, and policy matters for leading financial services firms.

The firm's new practice group, which is composed of approximately 50 lawyers from several offices, including New York, Washington, Chicago, Houston and London, allows Mayer Brown to meet the rapidly-changing and growing needs of our banking, securities, investment management, insurance and other financial institution clients.

"Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers provides integrated strategic solutions to the full range of financial services regulatory and enforcement issues," said James D. Holzhauer, Chairman of Mayer Brown. He continued, "We have a diverse and highly talented group of attorneys to serve our substantial base of financial services clients, on both domestic and cross-border issues." Mayer Brown's strong global capabilities and diverse client base provide an excellent platform to grow and support the practice. Commented Vice Chairman Paul Maher, "The formation of the new group is a logical step that supports the firm's ongoing commitment to excellence in the representation of its financial services clients across the globe."

The formation of the group in large part was made possible by the rapidly-increasing number of attorneys in Mayer Brown's financial services related practices. Since mid-2005, the firm has added almost 30 lawyers, including 15 partners, whose practices focus on investment management and financial services regulatory and enforcement matters.


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