King & Spalding Expands Middle East Practice

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 01:00

King & Spalding has announced that it has expanded its Middle East practice throughout Saudi Arabia through an affiliation agreement with The Law Offices of Mohammed Al-Ammar in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King & Spalding, whose lawyers have been handling client matters in the Arabian Gulf for more than 20 years, established an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in December 2006. The firm expanded its Middle East platform in Dubai last January with the addition of three lawyers.

King & Spalding also announced that Tariq Abbadi has joined King & Spalding in Riyadh as of counsel to work with Mr. Al-Ammar. Mr. Abbadi, a native Arabic speaker who specializes in corporate and Saudi regulatory work, has practiced in Riyadh for more than three years.

Mr. Al-Ammar has significant experience in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, including serving as in-house counsel in Riyadh for Samba Financial Group (a prominent financial institution in the Middle East) and being seconded to a UAE energy company to advise on an initial public offering.

King & Spalding has announced that Lloyd Hand, U.S. chief of protocol under President Lyndon Johnson, and Dan Donovan, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance senior investigative counsel, have joined King & Spalding's Washington, DC Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group. Mr. Hand and Mr. Donovan join a growing practice group which includes former senators Dan Coats and Connie Mack, as well as George Crawford, former chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi.

Mr. Hand's long history in government includes serving as an assistant to then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson. When Johnson became president, Mr. Hand served as assistant to the president and was appointed to the post of U.S. chief of protocol with the rank of ambassador.

Mr. Hand joins King & Spalding as senior counsel, having represented a variety of clients - from major defense contractors and Fortune 500 companies looking to enter foreign markets, to foreign governments and financial services organizations - before the executive branch, including White House and cabinet officials, and before the Congress.

Mr. Donovan joins as counsel after serving as senior investigative counsel to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Committee on Finance, from 2003 to 2007, where he directed investigations of pharmaceutical, medical device, and other healthcare companies on a broad range of regulatory compliance issues, including matters of drug and device safety, drug pricing, and fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid and other federal government programs.