King & Spalding hires Morrison’s Amit Kataria as London-based partner

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King & Spalding hire Amit Kataria
Amit Kataria

Amit Kataria joins King & Spalding as a partner in the firm’s corporate, finance and investments (CFI) practice at the London office, and will also spend time at the New York branch.

Previously, he was a partner at Morrison & Foerster for almost six years and counsel for nearly two years.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with a real cross-border M&A (mergers & acquisitions) practice, which integrates different jurisdictions and disciplines seamlessly. I will continue my focus on complicated transatlantic M&A/PE (private equity) matters collaborating with my colleagues at King & Spalding,” Kataria told India Business Law Journal.

His focus remains on advising strategic acquirers and financial investors in connection with global cross- border transactions involving the US, Europe, Latin America, China, South Korea, India, the rest of South Asia and Southeast Asia.

“Amit has a robust international practice that fits squarely within our strategy to ramp-up our European transactional practice, so that it helps drive opportunities across our global platform,” said Todd Holleman, head of the firm’s CFI practice.

“To that end, he also has significant experience in key Asian and Middle Eastern markets and very strong ties to the US, including being a US qualified lawyer. He will be a critical link for our transactional capabilities internationally, and in particular for our transatlantic private equity work and our efforts in the technology space,” Holleman added.

With nearly two decades in the industry, he has practised law in New York, London, Hong Kong and India. Kataria has experience in advising on M&A, PE investments, securities offerings, and cross-border transactional and corporate advisory matters.

“I have been practising since 2004, and have spent a significant amount of time in each of [the following cities of] New York, Hong Kong and London,” he said.

He has represented corporations, financial sponsors and their portfolio companies in global M&A across a wide range of industries, such as technology, financial services, biotech, hospitality, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and real estate.

Kataria has represented SoftBank’s Vision Fund on several issues, while his other clients include BlackRock, Morgan Stanley’s real estate fund, the Indiabulls group, and Hitachi and Hitachi Appliances, to name a few.