New York - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has been honored as “Law Firm of the Year” in Mergers & Acquisitions magazine’s 2012 M&A Mid-Market Awards. The award recognizes K&L Gates for its strong performance in 2012 and its global approach to middle market mergers and acquisitions, as well as its own continued growth, including the firm’s recent combination with Middletons in Australia.“Our M&A team is emblematic of the firm – integrated across the globe, rooted in our 47 communities, and serving the full market,” said Peter J. Kalis, K&L Gates Chairman and Global Managing Partner. “This extraordinary distinction is well deserved.”During 2012, K&L Gates completed more than 160 M&A transactions – of which 45 were cross-border – having an aggregate value of approximately $39 billion. While the firm’s corporate lawyers also work on very large transactions, including for example assisting American Airlines in its pending $11 billion merger with US Airways, the vast majority of K&L Gates’ M&A activity involves deals in the $25 million to $1 billion range.The firm’s worldwide 350-lawyer M&A group has experience across a wide range of industries, with particular strength in technology, media and telecom; energy, infrastructure and resources; financial services; manufacturing; healthcare/life sciences; and transportation. Deals for 2012 included such representations as:
Robert P. Zinn, co-leader of K&L Gates’ firmwide corporate practice, stated: “We are grateful to receive this market recognition of our leading global M&A practice serving the expanded middle market. We do bet-the-company deals for mid-sized and emerging growth companies – and private equity firms investing in them – and middle market as well as large deals for big companies. Our emphasis is on providing integrated, multi-disciplinary, global, and cost-effective services to these otherwise often underserved client markets.”Prior recipients of the “Law Firm of the Year” award include Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Jones Day, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. For more information on the award, please visit the Mergers & Acquisitions website.
K&L Gates practices out of 47 fully integrated offices located in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America and represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.