NORCROSS, GA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - International law firm King & Spalding advised RockTenn Company in its $3.5 billion acquisition of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, creating a $9 billion leader in the North American paperboard packaging market.

The boards of directors of both companies approved a definitive agreement in which Smurfit-Stone Container would become a wholly owned subsidiary of RockTenn. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011.

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The King & Spalding legal team involved in this deal was led by New York-based corporate partner E. William Bates II. Other members of the team were

Anne M. Cox (partner, Atlanta)
Keith M. Townsend (partner, Atlanta)
Steven E. Bartz (associate, Atlanta)
Adam J. Humphreys (associate, Atlanta)
C. Spencer Johnson (associate, Atlanta)
Nathan L. Mihalik (associate, Atlanta)

Peter J. Genz (partner, Atlanta)
John K. Sweet (partner, New York)

Eleanor Banister (partner, Atlanta)
Jan G. Marsh (consultant, Atlanta)

Jeffrey S. Spigel (partner, Washington)

Les A. Oakes (partner, Atlanta)
Harold M. Shaw III (partner, Atlanta)
Amelia Susan Magee (counsel, Atlanta)
Tamara J. Neeley (staff attorney, Atlanta)
Jennifer H. Welte (staff attorney, Atlanta)

Albert H. Conrad (partner, Atlanta)

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Paul K. Ferdinands (partner, Atlanta)
Jeffrey R. Dutson (associate, Atlanta)
W. Austin Jowers (associate, Atlanta)

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