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K&L Gates Corporate M&A Practice Again Among Top Rated in the United States by The Legal 500 with Rankings in Seven Categories and 34 Lawyers Recommended

6 July 2020

The corporate practice of global law firm K&L Gates LLP has again been ranked as a Tier 1 law firm -- one of only eight firms so recognized -- in the M&A, middle-market ($500m-999m) category of The Legal 500 United States 2020 guide. In addition to this category, in which K&L Gates has been listed for more than a decade, the firm also received rankings this year in the Delaware Corporate Law; FinTech; Private Equity Funds (including venture capital); Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design; Energy Transactions: Conventional Power; and Outsourcing categories, with more than 30 K&L Gates lawyers ranked or recommended by the publication.
Wilmington partner Scott Waxman was ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” for Delaware Corporate Law; John Howell as a "Leading Lawyer" for Outsourcing; New York partner Calvina Bostick as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for M&A; and Charlotte partner Leah Baucom as a “Rising Star” for M&A. The rankings also included a new “Hall of Fame” designation in M&A for Pittsburgh and New York partner Robert Zinn, a co-leader of the firm’s corporate and FinTech practices; this designation recognizes individuals who have repeatedly been ranked as “Leading Lawyers” and received strong praise for continued excellence.
The practice advises a number of high-profile clients including Microsoft, LKQ Corporation, and II-VI Incorporated, and in the past year has worked with many of them to complete deals that further the companies’ strategic goals. Recent deals include advising Microsoft on its $1 billion investment in OpenAI; advising Sealed Air Corporation on its $510 million acquisition of Automated Packaging Systems; advising Evoqua Water Technologies on an agreement to divest its Memcor® membrane product line to DuPont Safety & Construction; advising Veloxis Pharmaceuticals on a cross-border $1.3 billion pending tender offer of shares; and advising Maven Wave on its acquisition by Atos.
“We are pleased that 28 of K&L Gates’ practice groups have been ranked in this year’s The Legal 500 United States guide, which also recommends 125 of our U.S. lawyers,” said K&L Gates’ Global Managing Partner Jim Segerdahl. “Being recognized by our clients and peers as a ‘Tier One’ law firm for M&A is particularly gratifying for our entire global corporate team, which continues to work on a full range of sophisticated domestic and cross-border deals.”

To view the full rankings and commentary for the firm and its recognized lawyers, please visit The Legal 500 United States 2020 guide.

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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