Founded in 1957, the Charlotte office of K&L Gates is one of the city’s largest law offices serving clients across a broad range of disciplines.
Our Charlotte office was awarded 27 Tier 1 practice rankings by the 2014 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® survey, including in the following categories: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Copyright Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Environmental Law, Labor Law – Management, Land Use & Zoning Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Patent Law, Real Estate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Tax Law, Trademark Law, and Venture Capital Law. Our Charlotte office was also awarded Tier 1 rankings in the following litigation practice areas: Bankruptcy, Construction, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Patent.
Our corporate lawyers provide comprehensive legal services to clients of all sizes at all stages of development and in many industry sectors. In our mergers and acquisitions practice, we help clients buy and sell businesses in a wide range of transactions, from sales of family businesses to mergers involving public companies. Our private equity and mezzanine finance practice is one of the most active in the Southeast, and our clients include firms and funds based throughout the United States. Our securities lawyers have a wide range of experience in securities and capital market transactions. We also represent leading underwriters in Ginnie Mae, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities issuances.
The litigators in the Charlotte office handle complex litigation in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution. The office's litigation group has extensive experience in financial services litigation, complex business disputes, intellectual property matters, and real estate disputes. They have successfully represented clients in class action litigation, products liability litigation, ERISA litigation, securities litigation, lender liability litigation, construction litigation and environmental litigation. Our litigators also regularly conduct internal investigations and handle energy-related litigation, including utility rate proceedings and disputes regarding the siting, construction and operation of energy production facilities.
Lawyers in our Charlotte office represent large employers in the region and across the country, helping them design, document, and administer all types of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, incentive and equity compensation plans, and medical, disability and severance plans. We provide advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions, executive agreements, IRS, DOL, PBGC, SEC and CMS regulatory matters as well as ERISA matters. Our employee benefits lawyers also work with companies to freeze or terminate defined benefit plans and implement consumer-driven health care plans.
Our Charlotte real estate attorneys represent national, regional and local clients in all areas of real estate, including development, finance, leasing, joint ventures, public/private developments, environmental, and land use, as well as acquisitions, equity investments and mixed-use/planned development matters. Our real estate attorneys represent clients not only in the Southeast but also in other major markets across the United States. We have six LEED-AP certified attorneys in the Charlotte office.
The Charlotte lawyers in our banking and asset finance group represent CMBS mortgage portfolio servicers, master servicers, and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including securitization transactions as well as defeasances, assumptions, workouts, restructurings, and the origination of commercial mortgage loans. Additionally, our team represents banks, investment funds, and private equity firms in loan portfolio acquisitions, workouts and dispositions.
Our Charlotte banking and asset finance lawyers also represent regional, national and international bank and non-bank lenders and borrowers in a variety of debt finance matters, including senior secured and unsecured syndicated and bilateral credit facilities and asset-based loans for dividend recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, and general working capital needs of borrowers. We also represent borrowers and lenders in the structuring, documentation and negotiation of mezzanine debt financings and equity-linked return enhancements, including warrants, convertible notes, and direct equity co-investments.
The Charlotte office's financial restructuring practice is predominantly a creditor-oriented practice, involving restructuring and workout transactions, and representation of creditors in bankruptcy cases. Charlotte restructuring lawyers are engaged in a wide range of restructuring activities involving senior and mezzanine debt, equity investments, and other financing transactions. Our lawyers regularly represent landlords with tenants in bankruptcy and clients in bankruptcy M&A transactions.
Our tax lawyers in Charlotte support our other practices and serve clients with specific tax issues, including tax controversies. Our estate lawyers assist our clients in planning for and implementing wealth transfers as well as in connection with estate administration. They also provide counsel on tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving.