Donald E. King Partner

Don has practiced law with McGuireWoods since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1976. His practice focuses on international transactions, especially energy- and infrastructure-related projects, mergers and acquisitions, financing, business formation and restructuring. He is a member of the Virginia Bar and has been admitted to the Foreign Lawyers List of the Brussels Bar.

Don previously served as chairman of the firm's international department and managing partner of the firm’s office in Brussels.


Representation of a multinational consortium to renovate the port of Larnaka, Cyprus, a €1 billion mixed-use development project.

Formation and representation of $100 million international investment fund to develop renewable energy projects in Eastern Europe and select locations worldwide.

Representation of emerging market local participants in the formation of a joint venture with Western partners to construct a toll road, including negotiation of the concession agreement, financing arrangement and related documentation.

Representation of the lead bank in a $75 million government-guaranteed and OPIC-insured loan to a Jamaican company formed to build a major Jamaican toll road.

Representation of a central Asian seller/lessor/grantor in the sale, lease, grant of concession and grant of management rights for a 2,500 MW coal-fired power plant, cross-border transmission capacity, two hydroelectric power facilities and a regional distribution grid, respectively.

Representation of a national telecommunications carrier in the acquisition of its European partner's 50 percent stake in their earth station joint venture.

Representation of a national television company in negotiations for acquisition of a state-of-the-art nationwide satellite television distribution network.

Representation of a telecommunications provider in its negotiation of satellite services from, and a corresponding ownership interest in, a global satellite network.

Representation of a U.S. multinational client in the following transactions:

  • Purchase and financing of state of the art manufacturing equipment in France.
  • Establishment of a manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Moscow.
  • Restructuring of a Russian operating subsidiary after the collapse of the ruble by means of an equity infusion in the form of a trademark license agreement.
  • Acquisition of a French manufacturing facility and its related consumer products business.
  • European-wide transfers and licenses back of trademarks using a Luxembourg entity capitalized by issuance of $2 billion in preferred equity certificates.
  • Tax efficient long-term financing for a French operating subsidiary.
  • Tax efficient medium-term financing for a Spanish operating subsidiary.
  • Tax efficient sale and leaseback of UK operating assets in which a bank acted as a limited partner investor.
  • Relocation of European Headquarters to London and advice on UK tax residency risks.
  • Negotiation of a services and rights agreement and a factoring agreement for a joint venture in Turkey.

Representation of a U.S. power company and its consultants in the acquisition and renovation of a coal-fired electrical power plant in Eastern Europe including a cross-border power purchase agreement.

Representation of U.S. participants in the renovation of nuclear power plants in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Delivery of a legal opinion to a U.S. manufacturer concerning the enforceability of Russian government indemnification in connection with the renovation of a nuclear power plant in St. Petersburg.

Representation of the U.S. partner in a joint venture with the Bank of Communications in Shanghai for construction of a new headquarters office tower for the bank.

Representation of a private Russian telecommunications company and internet provider in numerous joint ventures and financings and in the establishment of a holding company structure for its various affiliated entities.

Representation of numerous underwriters over several years in offerings of debt and equity securities of a U.S. power company totaling in excess of $3 billion.

Representation of a high tech start-up in the financing and development of software that allows users to control access to digital information transmitted over the Internet.

Representation of a manager of high tech medical equipment in the formation and financing of numerous joint ventures throughout the United States.

Representation of a North Carolina professional service company in the acquisition of a local practice in Dallas, Texas.

Representation of a UK systems control company in the negotiation of a contract to install and operate an automated meter reading system for a major U.S. city.

  • Brussels
  • Virginia
  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1976
  • Loyola University Chicago, AB, cum laude, 1973

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Governance Law, Richmond, The Best Lawyers, 2021

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2021

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," International, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2007

Named to "Legal Elite," Mergers & Acquisitions, Virginia Business Magazine, 2006

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