Located in North Carolina's capital city, the Raleigh office serves the real estate, business, litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, securities compliance and defense, and government affairs needs of our clients in multiple and diverse industries.In the 2013 edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers rankings of “Best Law Firms,” K&L Gates’ Raleigh and Research Triangle Park offices were awarded regional first tier rankings in the following practice areas: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Litigation, Environmental Law, Health Care Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Private Equity Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. Our experienced business lawyers address the legal issues of emerging technology, middle market, and publicly held businesses locally, nationally and globally on diverse matters including general corporate, joint venture and limited liability company matters; licensing and strategic alliances; mergers and acquisitions; private equity and mezzanine finance. We have represented clients in a wide variety of venture capital and private equity transactions involving virtually every stage of the investment cycle, as well as portfolio companies in mature and developing industries globally and across the US.
Our litigators handle complex litigation, including actions in state and federal courts throughout the US, as well as arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution matters. The litigation group has extensive experience in financial services litigation, complex business disputes, employment law matters, and real estate disputes. Recent engagements include commercial and contractual disputes of all descriptions, products liability and warranty litigation, pension fund and ERISA litigation, securities litigation, lender liability and other financial institution litigation matters, employment litigation, construction litigation, environmental litigation, catastrophic tort case defense, professional liability litigation and disciplinary proceedings, white collar criminal defense and internal investigations in advance of litigation.
Real estate is a key strength of the Raleigh office. Experienced in all phases of real estate development, our lawyers represent local, regional and national clients across the United States in all areas of real estate including development, finance, leasing, and environmental, as well as mixed-use, coastal, and sustainable developments and real estate litigation matters. Recent engagements include high-profile complex matters such as historic redevelopment in downtown Raleigh, public/private matters regarding the development of a new facility for the North Carolina Port Authority; the sale of a multi-project hotel portfolio located across multiple states; and a significant land swap on the intracoastal waterway requiring approvals by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Property Office. Our Raleigh real estate practice, integrated with our real estate practices in Charleston, Charlotte and Research Triangle Park, gives us a significant profile which has resulted in successes throughout the Carolinas and across the United States.
Lawyers based in our Raleigh office represent brokers-dealers, investment advisers, banks, financial planners and promoters in all aspects of federal and state securities compliance and defense matters, before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and all 50 states securities commissions. With A former state securities commissioner and a former President of the North America Securities Administrators Association, Inc., our group is uniquely qualified to assist our clients with multi-state securities issues. Recent matters include the successful defense of a nationally recognized securities broker-dealer before a multistate task force, the negotiation of a global settlement and the implementation of that settlement in each state.
In the area of life sciences, our lawyers serve substantially all legal needs of a diverse client base, encompassing clinical research organizations, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, health care, biomanufacturing, agricultural sciences, medical devices, and information technology. Our clients range from multinational biotechnology enterprises to mid-market US and foreign publicly traded pharmacogenomics companies, to local emerging growth drug discovery companies. Our legal services regarding this industry segment include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, development and research agreements, compliance audits and privacy matters.
Raleigh's bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice is a creditor-oriented practice involving consensual loan restructuring and workout transactions, nonjudicial and judicial enforcement actions, and representation of creditor entities and committees in business bankruptcy cases in North Carolina and across the US. Raleigh restructuring lawyers are engaged in a wide range of restructuring activities involving senior and mezzanine debt, equity investments, and any number of other financing and investment transactions. The financial restructuring lawyers also regularly represent landlords with tenants in bankruptcy and clients seeking to acquire the business and assets of insolvent entities both before and during bankruptcy.
Our Raleigh lawyers and government affairs counselors assist clients in dealing with government entities and agencies at all levels, providing legislative, government contracting, and regulatory counsel services. We provide legislative representation in North Carolina and advise clients regarding the various legal aspects of participation in the political process, including the formation and regulation of PACs.