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Our Approach to the Markets
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Our Approach to the Markets
Our Technological Advantage
Our Ethic of Intergenerational Excellence
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Our Engagement in Pro Bono and Public Service
Our Financial Transparency
K&L Gates practices law on an integrated basis and indeed has the largest integrated network of offices of any global law firm.
In 2014, 490 of our 500 largest clients used lawyers from two or more of our offices, and 15 of our 20 largest clients used lawyers from 10 or more of our offices. The average number of offices engaged on projects by the firm’s 20 largest clients was 16.3. For our 100 largest clients, which represent 30.8% of total firm revenue, the average number of offices engaged was 12.9. Our global platform, diversity of practice strengths and integrated approach to client service are the hallmarks of a law firm positioned for all stages of the business cycle. As noted by the May 2010 issue of
The American Lawyer
: K&L Gates “was nearly alone in posting revenue and profit gains in both 2008 and 2009 [during the Great Recession].”
Our delivery of legal services is supported at both the individual office level and through nine firmwide practice areas: Corporate and Transactional; Energy, Infrastructure and Resources; Finance; Financial Services; Intellectual Property; Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Real Estate; and Regulatory and Policy. Within each of these practice areas are subject matter and industry-based practice groups.
Corporate and Transactional
Our multi-office corporate and transactional practice is one of the most substantial in the profession. We maintain a balance between company-side and capital markets clients, in virtually every industry segment. We execute engagements for large multinational companies, ambitious middle market and emerging growth companies, and capital markets participants including public and private investment organizations, investment banks, and other financial institutions, and individuals. We are recognized as a leader in the private equity, hedge fund, venture capital, consumer mortgage finance, AIM listing, outsourcing, and ESOP areas.
Our lawyers, located in more than 40 fully integrated offices across the globe, are highly experienced in cross-border M&A, securities transactions, as well as general corporate and governance counseling. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach in advising our clients on transactions of all sizes from start-ups, through the middle market, to the multibillion dollar deals, and draw upon our firm’s unparalleled resources, including creation of firm-wide task forces to address important industry and topical client needs such as the global financial crisis, global government solutions, financial services reform, the mortgage foreclosure crisis, infrastructure development, and life sciences.
In 2013, we were named “Law Firm of the Year” by
Mergers & Acquisitions
magazine, as part of its M&A Mid-Market Awards.
ranked K&L Gates as “Highly Regarded” in the publication’s 2015 nationwide category for Corporate/M&A. Clients have noted, "
They have strong and deep resources and are able to handle a wide breadth of matters competently in a cost-effective manner
." Additionally our practice has been ranked throughout the
2015 Chambers Firmwide Rankings
across geographies for Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, and Corporate/Commercial. In the 2015
U.S. News-Best Lawyers
“Best Law Firms” survey, the firm’s Corporate practice received National Tier 1 rankings for: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Tax Law, and Trusts & Estates Law. The 2015
U.S. News-Best Lawyers
“Best Law Firms” survey also named K&L Gates as “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation, and the 2011-2012 survey named K&L Gates as “Law Firm of the Year” for Corporate Governance Law.
The Legal 500 United States
ranked the group in the M&A: Middle-Market ($500m-999m) category for 2015. The group also received recognition from several other industry publications.
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magazine and FTI Consulting, Inc. ranked the firm’s U.S. corporate practice among the top 25 national corporate law firms in its 2012 “America’s Best Corporate Law Firms” survey of nearly 2,000 general counsel of U.S. public companies. Our corporate practice continues to grow in market share and recognition. It is regularly ranked as a top law firm in a variety of league tables published by Bloomberg Global Legal Advisor, Thomson Reuters Legal Advisors, and Mergermarket Ltd, among others.
Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
Our energy, infrastructure and resources practice integrates the many disciplines involved in resource and project-related representations. We represent clients with operations in the oil and gas, mining and minerals, electric power, transportation, water and wastewater, construction, infrastructure and related industries across the globe. Our global oil and gas practice is recognized for its extensive experience in upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, including strength in LNG, petrochemical projects, and conventional and unconventional formations, including the largest onshore U.S. shale plays. In the mining and metals industries, our practice spans the range of natural resources development, conservation, and management companies – including water, coal, aggregates, minerals, and base and precious metals, as well as producers of steel and specialty metals. Our electric power practice encompasses traditional fossil-fueled power projects, renewable projects, transmission, and emerging technologies in energy storage and smart grid. In addition, we advise large electric consumers on corporate energy sourcing. Our infrastructure practice includes project development, finance, acquisitions and operations of economic infrastructure such as ports, rail, roads and bridges, and social infrastructure such as housing, hospitals and detention facilities.
We have successfully represented the sponsors, developers or promoters of projects as well as traders, commercial and development banks, investors, vendors, landowners, contractors (EPC and O&M), operators, and equipment suppliers. We frequently represent clients involved in asset, project or company acquisitions and divestitures as well as public-private partnerships. Our team has extensive experience representing large institutional investors such as pension and superannuation funds, as well as sovereign wealth funds, in connection with their investments into or acquisitions of infrastructure and energy assets.
Our multidisciplinary, firmwide approach gives our clients seamless access to focused advice so that they can make the best decisions for their businesses and execute those decisions in the most efficient and effective manner. Our bench strength across multiple jurisdictions in corporate transactions and finance, risk management and insurance coverage, tax, real estate, environmental permitting, regulatory matters, and public policy enables us to provide high quality and efficient representation from the earliest phases of due diligence through financing, land acquisition, permitting, construction, operation, transfer and decommissioning. As circumstances warrant, we represent clients in disputes and enforcement proceedings.
Our sophisticated global finance practice integrates the many disciplines involved in debt financing and restructuring transactions across markets and industries across the globe. Practicing in approximately 40 of our offices in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia, we maintain a balance between buy-side and sell-side representation and also represent servicers, collateral managers, trustees, rating agencies and investors.
In bilateral lending we focus on corporate finance, acquisition finance, asset-based finance, project finance, real estate finance, transportation finance and Islamic finance. Our team advises clients in all aspects of lending and commercial financing. In addition to traditional financing transactions we also advise with respect to more complex forms of financing such as participation arrangements, senior and junior mezzanine loans, intercreditor arrangements, preferred equity or hybrid investments and
compliant loan structures.
In debt capital markets we focus on both registered and exempt offerings of bonds, including high-grade and high-yield corporate debt securities, mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, covered bonds, CLOs and municipal securities. Our debt capital markets practice also coordinates our expertise in the documentation and regulation of OTC derivatives and futures. We closely monitor the impact of regulation in the markets and jurisdictions where our clients operate, including APS 120, Basel III, CRD IV the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation and the Volcker Rule.
Our restructuring and insolvency practice is closely integrated with our lending and debt capital markets practice in finance. By integrating our restructuring and insolvency lawyers in our finance practice we ensure close coordination between the transactional needs at the “front end” of finance with restructuring expertise at the “back end” of finance, often against the backdrop of insolvency proceedings. Our restructuring & insolvency lawyers also work closely with lawyers in our corporate and transactional practice, our real estate practice, our energy, infrastructure and resources practice and our litigation practice.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers
“Best Law Firms” survey that was released in November 2013, we received National Tier 1 rankings for Banking and Finance Law and for Derivatives and Futures Law.
Air Finance Journal
ranked us as Law Firm of the Year in 2012. In 2014
U.S. News -- Best Lawyers
named two of our restructuring and insolvency partners as “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law. (This distinction is awarded to one lawyer per category in each United States metropolitan area that is covered by
.) Chambers and Legal 500 have ranked several of our practices, including Islamic Finance and our London banking finance, real estate finance and debt capital markets teams. Our firm has edited the leading text books on commercial mortgage loans and commercial mortgage backed securities published by Sweet & Maxwell and the leading textbook on real estate finance published by LexisNexis Butterworths.
The firm’s financial services practice cuts across the many disciplines that require highly specialized knowledge and experience to address governmental regulation and has deep knowledge of the global financial markets. We represent a large majority of the major financial institutions, securities, and asset management firms in a variety of disciplines in the major financial centers across the globe. K&L Gates was recently named Law Firm of the Year for Securities Regulation in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2014 survey, and we were the first and only law firm ever inducted into the Mutual Fund Industry Awards Hall of Fame. Our investment management practice -- one of the largest and strongest in the world and consistently named in the top tiers of the practice by
U.S. News and World Report
-- has done work for most of the leading firms in the industry. We were actively involved in the development of the recent U.S. financial services reform law and are representing numerous clients with regard to its regulatory implementation. The same is true for our non-U.S. clients that are dealing with new European Directives requiring significant changes to their operations and ability to offer services throughout the EU. We are also at the forefront on advising investment firms on the various changes in the Australian and Asian regulated markets, as regulators take a more proactive view on overseeing the activities of their market participants.
Likewise, our mortgage banking and consumer financial products group is one of the leading practices in the field with a dominant position in many related specialties, including regulatory compliance, government enforcement, class action defense, and transactional work. We have been extensively involved representing clients in regard to various aspects of the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Our position in the financial services sector was acknowledged by the appointment of Washington, D.C. partner, Mike Missal, as Examiner in the high-profile New Century Financial bankruptcy proceeding.
Our intellectual property practice is one of the strongest in the profession. In 2014, K&L Gates’ Intellectual Property practice was named a “Practice Group of the Year” by Law 360. The firm was recognized for its excellence in “getting the job done” for clients in litigation and deals.
The National Law Journal
recognized K&L Gates among the 20 most accomplished law firms in IP with its inclusion on its 2013 Intellectual Property Hot List, and
Intellectual Property Today
ranked K&L Gates #6 in its May 2014 issue based on the number of U.S. trademark registrations issued in 2013.
IP Law and Business
describes our practice as “cutting edge” and ranks us as one of the “go-to firms for the world’s most forward-thinking companies.” Our IP capabilities span the globe.
, in its recent ranking of law firms that represent Corporate America, ranked the IP Group as second overall and tied for second for IP Litigation and for Patent Prosecution. With 195 attorneys worldwide, over 95 USPTO registered professionals and more than 15 IP professionals in Australia alone; we provide a broad range of technology expertise and practical experience. Our experienced lawyers practice in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, software, physics, math, biology, pharmacology and immunology. With this technological depth, we are one of the top filers of patent and trademark applications in the United States and Australia. Last year we were the second most prolific filer of trademarks in the United States and we are one of the most prolific filers of patents. We also provide sophisticated counseling about and assistance with the acquisition and global management of patent, trademark and copyright portfolios.
Our intellectual property litigation teams have handled cases in all 50 of the United States as well as the District of Columbia, and in venues such as Australia, China, Poland, Taipei, and the United Kingdom. We have extensive experience in the leading US IP venues, including the International Trade Commission (where we have been recognized as a top-ten practice), the Federal Circuit, the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Northern District of Illinois and the Central and the Northern Districts of California. For example, our IP litigation group obtained the largest jury verdict in the United States in 2012, and we are also engaged to handle one of the largest recent patent infringement lawsuits in history involving a large number of manufacturers of smart phones with revenues in the billions. Moreover, we augment our litigation prowess with a sophisticated inter partes and ex parte practice in the USPTO. Our experience includes representing multiple clients against a common plaintiff as well as representing clients in multiple forums simultaneously against a common plaintiff. Our technology group provides advice in relation to telecommunications, information technology procurement, outsourcing, privacy, software, and e-commerce websites, as well as negotiating large multi-jurisdictional system development and integration agreements.
Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety
Our Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship. From day-to-day employment advice to large scale business transactions, our multi-disciplinary team assists clients with their local and international workforce challenges. We focus exclusively on representing management-side clients in matters arising from the employment relationship. We provide counsel to a wide range of private and public employers, from multi-national companies with thousands of employees in numerous and distant locations, to start-ups and small companies with one site and relatively few employees. Our clients span a broad range of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, banking, manufacturing, broadcasting, construction, mining, energy, financial services, health care and governmental entities.
We regularly provide advice, counsel and training on all aspects of employment law, including employee handbooks and personnel policies, substance abuse, problem employees, workplace security, immigration issues, employment agreements, and sexual harassment training and investigations. As a management-side practice, we defend all types of employment litigation, including whistleblower claims, enforcement of non-competition agreements, discrimination and retaliation, and wage and hour class actions.
Our safety lawyers have extensive experience with advising employers and businesses in relation to workplace safety requirements in a number of jurisdictions, assisting in the event of workplace incidents, and dealing with regulators and investigators to reduce the impact of incidents, associated insurance claims, business disruption and reputational risks.
Our labor lawyers have decades of experience representing employers whose workforces are unionized or subject to works councils. We advise on labor and industrial relations strategy, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices and labor disputes.
Our full-service Global Employer Solutions offering draws on the experience of our labor, employment and workplace safety team, as well as our employee benefits, executive compensation, taxation, immigration and investigations teams to provide a holistic solution to the increased legal, commercial and financial risks associated with a globally dispersed workforce. From M&A transactions involving the combination of workforces to global employee handbooks and international relocations, we assist global clients navigate the full spectrum of workplace risks.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team of more than 900 lawyers spans Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States. We were ranked among top law firms as a “Powerhouse” in both Securities and Finance Litigation and Class Action and Torts, and as a “Standout” in Complex Commercial Litigation in
BTI Consulting Group’s 2014 Litigation Outlook Survey
. The firm was also included in BTI’s “Honor Roll of Most Feared Law Firms” listing. Additionally, a number of our litigation practices were recognized with national first-tier rankings in the
2014 U.S. News-Best Lawyers
survey. In the most recent survey published by
U.S. News & World Report
, K&L Gates received the publication’s national “Law Firm of the Year” distinction in both the Securities Regulation and Criminal Defense: White Collar categories. Our team consistently has been ranked among both
Global Litigation Top 50 and
Global Arbitration Review’s
Top 100 firms. We have been rated a leading practice in the representation of corporate policyholders in the insurance coverage area as well as in the financial services sector. Our litigation engagements have helped shape intellectual property law in the fast-moving area of technology, and our acclaimed e-Discovery Analysis and Technology (“e-DAT”) group continues to pave the way nationally and internationally in the field of e-discovery.
Our litigation engagements – including, among other substantive areas, insurance coverage, consumer finance, intellectual property, real estate, white-collar criminal, professional liability, environmental, toxic tort, products liability, franchise, tax, bankruptcy and insolvency, antitrust and competition, labor, employment and workplace safety, benefits, government contracts, construction, constitutional and election law, and securities, transactional and investment company litigation – are among the largest and most complex of any law firm. Our litigation practice includes international arbitrations before arbitration tribunals across the globe, civil and criminal trials, class actions and appellate work. The breadth of our experience is reflected not only in the geographic and substantive span of our work, but also in the industries in which we practice regularly. K&L Gates attorneys have litigated and arbitrated major disputes in nearly every industry and market sector. We work closely with our partners in other specialized practice disciplines to bring to bear industry-knowledgeable teams with practical experience and industry insight.
Class actions, and other similar forms of representative actions once confined largely to the United States, are now becoming increasingly common in other jurisdictions. We have class action defense lawyers located in the majority of our U.S. offices, as well as offices in Asia, Australia and Europe, who have defended cases involving potential classes of hundreds of thousands of individuals and damages alleged to be in the billions of dollars. We have defended major class actions brought in numerous state and federal courts in nearly all of the United States and in Australia, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and other jurisdictions, and we are uniquely positioned to defend local, international, and global companies in class and representative litigation wherever it may arise.
Policy and Regulatory
The policy and regulatory practices cover a wide variety of areas including public policy, government enforcement, healthcare, antitrust/ competition, telecommunications, environmental, food and drug, government contracts and international trade. More than 500 of our lawyers have previous governmental experience that enhances their ability to serve K&L Gates’ clients in regulatory fields, while others have held prominent positions in regulated industries. Our policy group is the largest of any fully integrated global law firm. The group of nearly 50 bipartisan lawyers and policy professionals includes former U.S. House members, a former United States Senator, former Republican and Democratic counsel and staff to the House and Senate leadership committees. Our lawyers also regularly address administrative and regulatory problems in the EU and Asia. Our Global Government Solutions initiative affords our clients the opportunity to shape regulatory and legislative actions affecting their businesses around the world in a coordinated and integrated manner.
K&L Gates has one of the largest dedicated real estate practices of any global law firm. Our real estate practice provides an integrated portfolio of legal services around the world, delivering a streamlined approach to handling transactions in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. The firm has played a significant role in many large and complex real estate transactions. The real estate group has expansive transactional and advisory experience and also delivers strategic and practical advice on corporate and joint venture aspects of transactions, real estate investment and fund matters, the financing of transactions, tax structures, construction issues (contentious and non-contentious), sustainable development issues, land use, planning, permitting and environmental issues and dispute resolution.
The real estate finance group also has a widely acknowledged and excellent reputation for its advice to banks and borrowers in the jurisdictions where we practice. Our team provides representation regarding all aspects of lending and commercial real estate financing; and in addition to traditional real estate finance transactions, we also advise with respect to more creative forms of financing (e.g., participation arrangements, senior and junior mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments and Sharia-compliant loan structures).
Our global real estate team was shortlisted for “Real Estate Team of the Year” in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 by various UK publications, including
, respectively. In the United States, the
U.S. News-Best Lawyers®
survey recognized K&L Gates among the top real estate law firms in the country, ranking it Tier 1 nationwide in both the Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning categories as well as in seven of our offices. Additionally, more than 35 K&L Gates lawyers have been recognized as “Best Lawyers” within the overall real estate industry, and over 30 of our lawyers in the United States and London have earned the coveted LEED-AP designation from the United States Green Building Council.
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The firm continuously evaluates the direction of its practices and allocates resources so that its capabilities reach to the forefront of emerging disciplines. In recent years the firm has recruited laterally in such disparate fields as antitrust/competition, public policy, capital markets, product liability litigation, healthcare and healthcare litigation, treaty and other international arbitration, intellectual property and intellectual property litigation, project finance, derivatives and structured finance, international trade, real estate transactions and restructuring, investment management and hedge funds, corporate transactional, licensing, private equity, tax, environmental, construction litigation, securities enforcement, toxic tort litigation, benefits and share schemes, real estate finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, telecommunications, food and drug, FERC, healthcare and life sciences, and employment to address the evolving needs of our clientele. We strive to maintain a creative, interdisciplinary approach to the practice of law.
Our lawyers practice at the peak of our profession. They serve as leaders of various professional organizations and render public service through
representations and service to their communities. Our Boston partner, Mike Greco, served as President of the American Bar Association in 2005-06, while our former Seattle partner, Bill Neukom, served as the 2007-08 President of the American Bar Association. Two of our partners, David Tang and Kim Askew, serve on the select Council of the American Law Institute. K&L Gates lawyers participate vigorously in the intellectual debate that is so fundamental to the advanced practice of law, routinely address professional colloquia, and author leading treatises and articles in their fields.
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