WASHINGTON, D.C. – King & Spalding, an international law firm with 17 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has been approved for membership in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), the USUBC executive committee announced today on behalf of the entire USUBC membership of over 175 companies and organizations who have business operations, investments or other development programs in Ukraine.

King & Spalding, founded in 1885, represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100. The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents. It has 800 lawyers and offices in Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Paris, Riyadh (affiliated office), San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Washington, D.C.

King & Spalding established a major presence in the Commonwealth of Independent States, in May 2010, with the opening of an office in Moscow -- its 17th worldwide. This office works closely with the firm’s transactional and international arbitration practices in Europe. Complementing a broad-based transactional practice, the Moscow office offers particular expertise in the energy and natural resources, real estate, life sciences, financial services, automotive and telecommunications/media/technology industries.

USUBC has a working relationship with Martin Hunt, a partner, in the firm’s London office. USUBC also works with King & Spalding counsel Todd Amdor, in Houston, and partner Steve Orava, in Washington, D.C., and Geneva. Orava will represent the law firm on the USUBC board of directors.

"USUBC is most pleased to have the opportunity to work with Martin Hunt, Todd Amdor, and Steve Orava and their colleagues at King & Spalding," said Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office, Sigma Bleyzer Private Equity Investment Management Group, who serves as President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). King & Spalding provides legal services to many members of USUBC such as Chevron, Citi, Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, IBM, KPMG, Shell, UPS and SigmaBleyzer private equity investment firm.

For more information on the King & Spalding law firm go to: www.kslaw.com

USUBC membership has grown exponentially in the past six years. It now stands at more than 175. In January 2005 membership was eight; two years later it had grown to 22; in January 2009 it reached 100; and in January of this year membership topped 150. A complete list of USUBC members can be found at: http://www.usubc.org/members.php. For a list of the USUBC board of directors go to: http://www.usubc.org/site/u-s-ukraine-business-council-board-of-directors.