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K&L Gates Further Strengthens Paris Office with Real Estate Partner Addition

3 May 2021

Paris - Global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Denis Charles as a partner in the real estate practice. He joins K&L Gates’ Paris office from Pinsent Masons LLP, and is the latest in a series of strategic additions to the office that also included the earlier arrivals of complex commercial litigation partner Barthélemy Cousin and team and corporate partner Raphaël Bloch. Charles is accompanied in his move by associate Julien Chabanat. 

Charles focuses his practice on real estate transactions including corporate real estate matters and fund structuring. He has extensive experience advising on the real estate aspects relating to local and cross-border acquisitions and disposals, and on the negotiation and drafting of real estate contracts. Charles advises clients in a range of industries, including infrastructure, logistics, and hospitality. 

Wayne Smith, co-leader of the firm’s real estate practice, commented: “We are excited to welcome Denis and Julien to our Paris team, as they complement and further strengthen our wider European real estate offering. The international nature of Denis’ practice dovetails extremely well with our cross-border capabilities and client mix and we are delighted that he is joining us.”

The firm has welcomed more than 65 partners and of counsel since the beginning of 2020, including in the firm’s corporate; health care; tax; commercial litigation; energy, infrastructure and resources; environment, land and natural resources; asset management and investment funds; banking and asset finance; labor and employment; IP procurement and portfolio management; IP litigation; technology transactions; real estate; government contracts; and investigations, enforcement and white collar practices.

“We are delighted to welcome Denis to the Paris office,” said Louis Degos, managing partner of K&L Gates’ Paris office. “He is highly experienced and regarded, and will be a terrific asset for our clients to draw upon. His extensive experience across a broad range of real estate projects internationally enhances our real estate practice, and his addition builds upon the number of talented lawyers we have welcomed this past year.” 

Lawyers in K&L Gates’ Paris office provide a wide range of complex legal services and have significant international experience working on matters in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa in such practices as corporate/M&A, private equity, international arbitration, judicial litigations, international courts, alternative dispute resolution, enforcement proceedings, real estate, banking and finance, tax, employment, and intellectual property and information technology privacy. The firmwide real estate practice advises clients in a variety of real estate investment, land use, planning and zoning, development and construction, financing, leasing, tax, and litigation matters around the world.

K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across 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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