King & Spalding sets up Paris energy team with HSF hires

King & Spalding has made its sixth partner hire in Paris with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Mehdi Haroun, formerly head of the firm’s North Africa practice.

Haroun joins the US firm along with four other lawyers including HSF partner Philippe Trosset who joins King & Spalding as a counsel. King & Spalding has also recently recruited an associate from French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier to join the team.

The team’s experience covers all areas of energy law as well as telecoms, and Haroun also brings significant North African expertise in Algeria, Libya and Morocco in particular.

King & Spalding’s global transactions head Kenneth Culotta said the firm had picked up a number of instructions from North Africa in recent years. He added that the team had “hit the ground running” and was working on several matters already.

The hires are the latest in King & Spalding’s expansion plans for Paris. The firm launched in the French capital in 2009 (27 April 2009) and last year hired two partners and five other lawyers from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to launch a real estate practice there (1 May 2012). A trio of litigation partners were also recruited from Winston & Strawn in 2012.