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K&L Gates Expands Tax Practice with London Partner Addition

21 September 2015

London - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added Giles Bavister as a tax partner in the London office. Bavister joins K&L Gates from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was also a partner.

Bavister advises domestic and international companies, individuals, and real estate trusts on a wide range of property matters, including the structuring and implementation of tax-efficient acquisitions and disposals; the structuring of portfolios and fund investments; commercial and residential property developments; and investment in alternative asset classes, including renewable energy and student housing. He also advises on value-added tax (VAT) matters, such as those relating to cross-border products, financial services, and e-commerce.

“Giles is an experienced, commercial, and well-regarded tax lawyer,” said Tony Griffiths, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ London office. “He will play a particularly important role in the integrated services that we provide to our real estate and financial services clients. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”

Bavister stated: “With its strength in real estate, both in the UK and internationally, K&L Gates provides an ideal platform to further develop my practice as well as to support the firm’s existing client base.”

Bavister is the third new partner to join K&L Gates’ London office this year, following the earlier arrivals of Arthur Artinian (intellectual property) and Jacob Ghanty (investment management). K&L Gates’ global tax practice provides clients — including Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, and individuals — innovative and comprehensive advice on planning, investments, corporate and real estate transactions, controversy and litigation, and lobby projects.

K&L Gates comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers globally who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents. The firm represents leading multinational 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. 
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