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K&L Gates practices law on an integrated basis and indeed has the largest integrated network of offices of any global law firm.   

In 2017, 470 of the firm’s 500 largest clients used lawyers from two or more firm offices, and 14 of the firm’s 20 largest clients used lawyers from 10 or more firm offices. The average number of offices engaged on projects by the firm’s 20 largest clients in 2017 was 16.7. For the firm’s 100 largest clients in 2017, which generated 33.4% of revenues, the average number of offices engaged was 12. Our global platform, diversity of practice strengths and integrated approach to client service are the hallmarks of a law firm positioned for all stages of the business cycle.  

Our delivery of legal services is supported at both the individual office level and through nine firmwide practice areas: corporate and transactional; energy, infrastructure and resources; finance; financial services; intellectual property; labor, employment and workplace safety; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate; and regulatory and policy. Within each of these practice areas are subject matter and industry-based practice groups. 

Corporate and Transactional
Our multi-office corporate and transactional practice is one of the most substantial in the profession. We maintain a balance between company-side and capital markets clients, in virtually every industry segment. We execute engagements for large multinational companies, ambitious middle market and emerging growth companies, and capital markets participants including public and private investment organizations, investment banks and other financial institutions and individuals. We are recognized as a leader in the private equity, hedge fund, venture capital, AIM listing and ESOP areas.

Our lawyers, located on five continents in offices across the globe, are highly experienced in cross-border M&A, securities transactions, as well as general corporate and governance counseling including employee benefits, tax, and technology and sourcing transactions. We adopt a multidisciplinary approach in advising our clients on transactions of all sizes from start-ups, through the middle market, to the multibillion dollar deals, and draw upon our firm’s unparalleled resources, including creation of firm-wide task forces to address important industry and topical client needs such as global government solutions, financial services reform, Brexit, emerging technologies, FinTech, infrastructure development and life sciences.

Our practice continues to receive industry recognitions across the globe. K&L Gates was ranked in Tier 1 of the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States in the publication’s M&A: Middle Market ($500m-999m) category. In 2016, the firm was named as one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the U.S., according to a survey of U.S. general counsel by Corporate Board Member magazine and FTI Consulting. The ranking recognizes national law firms that general counsel would retain for a variety of corporate governance and legal matters. In 2013, we were named “Law Firm of the Year” by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, as part of its M&A Mid-Market Awards. Additionally, our practice has been ranked throughout the 2017 Chambers Firmwide Rankings across geographies for Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, and Corporate/Commercial. In the 2017 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey, the firm’s corporate practice received National Tier 1 rankings for: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Tax Law and Trusts & Estates Law. The 2016 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey also named K&L Gates as “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation. Our corporate practice continues to grow in market share and recognition. It is regularly ranked as a top law firm in a variety of league tables published by Bloomberg Global Legal Advisor, Thomson Reuters Legal Advisors and Mergermarket Ltd., among others.

Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
Our energy, infrastructure and resources practice integrates the many disciplines involved in resource and project-related representations. We represent clients with operations in the oil and gas, renewable power and electric generation and transmission, transportation, water and wastewater, construction and infrastructure, maritime, mining and minerals and related industries internationally. Our global oil and gas practice is recognized for its extensive experience in upstream, midstream and downstream sectors, including strength in Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”), oilfield services and conventional and unconventional formations. Our renewable energy and electric power practice encompasses traditional wind, solar, hydropower and other fossil-fueled power projects, transmission and emerging technologies in energy storage and blockchain. In addition, we advise large electric consumers on corporate energy sourcing, to assist with creating efficiencies and achieving corporate sustainability goals. Our construction and infrastructure practice includes project development, finance, acquisitions and operations of economic infrastructure such as ports, rail, roads and bridges and social infrastructure such as housing, hospitals and detention facilities. In the mining and metals industries, our practice spans the range of natural resources development, conservation and management companies – including water, coal, aggregates, minerals and base and precious metals, as well as producers of steel and specialty metals.

We have successfully represented the sponsors, developers and promoters of projects as well as traders, commercial and development banks, investors, vendors, landowners, contractors (EPC and O&M), operators and equipment suppliers. We frequently represent clients involved in asset, project or company acquisitions and divestitures as well as public-private partnerships. Our team has extensive experience representing large institutional investors such as pension and superannuation funds, as well as sovereign wealth funds, in connection with their investments into or acquisitions of infrastructure and energy assets.

Our multidisciplinary, firmwide approach gives our clients seamless access to focused advice so that they can make the best decisions for their businesses and execute those decisions in the most efficient and effective manner. Our bench strength across multiple jurisdictions in corporate transactions and finance, risk management and insurance coverage, tax, real estate, environmental permitting, regulatory matters and public policy enables us to provide high-quality and efficient representation from the earliest phases of due diligence through financing, land acquisition, permitting, construction, operation, transfer and decommissioning. As circumstances warrant, we also represent clients in disputes and enforcement proceedings.

Our sophisticated global finance practice integrates the many disciplines involved in debt financing and restructuring transactions across markets and industries across the globe. Practicing in most of our offices in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia, we maintain a balance between buy-side and sell-side representation and also represent servicers, collateral managers, trustees, rating agencies and investors.

In bilateral lending we focus on corporate finance, acquisition finance, asset-based finance, project finance, real estate finance, transportation finance and Islamic finance. Our team advises clients in all aspects of lending and commercial financing. In addition to traditional financing transactions, we also advise with respect to more complex forms of financing such as participation arrangements, senior and junior mezzanine loans, intercreditor arrangements, preferred equity or hybrid investments and Sharia-compliant loan structures.

In debt capital markets we focus on both registered and exempt offerings of bonds, including high-grade and high-yield corporate debt securities, mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, covered bonds, CLOs and municipal securities. Our debt capital markets practice also coordinates our expertise in the documentation and regulation of OTC derivatives and futures. We closely monitor the impact of regulation in the markets and jurisdictions where our clients operate, including APS 120, Basel III, CRD IV, the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation and the Volcker Rule.

Our restructuring and insolvency practice is closely integrated with our lending and debt capital markets practice. By integrating our restructuring and insolvency lawyers in our finance practice we ensure close coordination between the transactional needs at the “front end” of finance with restructuring expertise at the “back end”, often against the backdrop of insolvency proceedings. Our restructuring and insolvency lawyers also work closely with lawyers in our corporate and transactional, real estate, energy, infrastructure and resources and litigation practices.

The U.S. NewsBest Lawyers 2018 survey ranked K&L Gates as a national first tier firm for Banking and Finance Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Project Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Across regions, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 have ranked K&L Gates’ finance lawyers and practices, including aviation finance, banking and finance, real estate finance, securitization, Islamic finance and restructuring and insolvency. Our firm has also edited the leading text books on commercial mortgage loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities published by Sweet & Maxwell and the leading textbook on real estate finance published by LexisNexis Butterworths.

Financial Services
The firm’s financial services practice cuts across the many disciplines requiring highly specialized knowledge and experience to address governmental regulation and to form a comprehensive understanding of the global financial markets. We represent a large majority of the major financial institutions and securities and asset management firms in a variety of disciplines throughout major financial centers across the globe. K&L Gates received the “Best Law Firm” award at the 2016 Fund Intelligence annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards and we were the first law firm to be inducted into the Mutual Fund Industry Awards Hall of Fame. Our investment management practice – one of the largest and strongest in the world and consistently named in the top tiers by Chambers, Legal 500 and U.S. News & World Report – has given advice to most of the leading firms in the industry.

We were actively involved in the development of the recent U.S. financial services reform law and are representing numerous clients with regard to its regulatory implementation. The same is true for our non-U.S. clients that are dealing with new European Directives requiring significant changes to their operations and ability to offer services throughout the EU. We are also at the forefront on advising investment firms on the various changes in the Australian and Asian regulated markets, as regulators take a more proactive view on overseeing the activities of their market participants.

Intellectual Property
Our intellectual property practice is one of the strongest in the profession. K&L Gates’ intellectual property practice was named a “Practice Group of the Year” by Law 360. The firm was recognized for its excellence in “getting the job done” for clients in litigation and deals. The National Law Journal also recently recognized K&L Gates among the 20 most accomplished law firms in IP by including the firm on the NLJ’s Intellectual Property Hot List, and Intellectual Property Today similarly recently ranked K&L Gates as among the most prolific trademark registration firms. IP Law and Business describes our practice as “cutting edge” and ranks us as one of the “go-to firms for the world’s most forward-thinking companies.” Our IP capabilities span the globe. Corporate Counsel, in its recent ranking of law firms that represent corporate America, ranked the IP group as second overall and tied for second for IP Litigation and for Patent Prosecution. K&L Gates was also recently recognized by World Trademark Review as Intellectual Property Leaders. Additionally, we have been recognized as a top tier by U.S. News - Best Lawyers. With over 200 attorneys worldwide, approximately 100 USPTO-registered professionals and nearly 20 IP professionals with Ph.D.’s who devote their practices to helping clients establish, enforce and leverage their intellectual property rights worldwide, we provide a broad range of technology expertise and practical experience. Our experienced lawyers practice in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, software, physics, math, biology, pharmacology and immunology. With this technological depth, we are one of the top filers of patent and trademark applications in the U.S. and Australia. We also provide sophisticated counseling about, and assistance with, the acquisition and global management of patent, trademark and copyright portfolios.

Our intellectual property litigation teams have handled cases in all 50 of the United States as well as the District of Columbia, and in venues such as Australia, China, Poland, Taipei and the U.K. We have extensive experience in the leading U.S. IP venues, including the International Trade Commission (where we have been recognized as a top-ten practice), the Federal Circuit, the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Northern District of Illinois and the Central and the Northern Districts of California. Moreover, we augment our litigation prowess with a sophisticated inter partes and ex parte practice in the USPTO. Our experience includes representing multiple clients against a common plaintiff as well as representing clients in multiple forums simultaneously against a common plaintiff. Our technology group provides advice in relation to telecommunications, information technology procurement, outsourcing, privacy, software and e-commerce websites, as well as negotiating large multi-jurisdictional system development and integration agreements.

Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety
Our labor, employment and workplace safety practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship. From day-to-day employment advice to large-scale business transactions, our multi-disciplinary team assists clients with their local and international workforce challenges. We focus exclusively on representing management-side clients in matters arising from the employment relationship. We provide counsel to a wide range of private and public employers, from multinational companies with thousands of employees in numerous and distant locations, to start-ups and small companies with one site and relatively few employees. Our clients span a broad range of industries including technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, banking, manufacturing, broadcasting, construction, mining, energy, financial services, health care and governmental entities.

We regularly provide advice, counsel and training on all aspects of employment law, including employee handbooks and personnel policies, substance abuse, problem employees, workplace security, immigration issues, employment agreements and sexual harassment training and investigations. As a management-side practice, we defend all types of employment litigation, including whistleblower claims, enforcement of non-competition agreements, discrimination and retaliation and wage and hour class actions.

Our safety lawyers have extensive experience with advising employers and businesses in relation to workplace safety requirements in a number of jurisdictions, assisting in the event of workplace incidents and dealing with regulators and investigators to reduce the impact of incidents, associated insurance claims, business disruption and reputational risks.

Our labor lawyers have decades of experience representing employers whose workforces are unionized or subject to works councils. We advise on labor and industrial relations strategy, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices and labor disputes.

Our full-service Global Employer Solutions offering draws on the experience of our labor, employment and workplace safety team, as well as our employee benefits, executive compensation, taxation, immigration and investigations teams to provide a holistic solution to the increased legal, commercial and financial risks associated with a globally dispersed workforce. From M&A transactions involving the combination of workforces to global employee handbooks and international relocations, we assist global clients in navigating the full spectrum of workplace risks.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our litigation and dispute resolution team spans Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the U.S. Our litigation lawyers are recognized as being some of the foremost practitioners in their field. Many are ranked nationally and internationally and include fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Reflecting the quality, depth and breadth of our practice, we were ranked among top law firms as a “Powerhouse” or “Standout” firm in a number of categories, including Everyday Commercial Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Securities and Finance Litigation, Class Actions Litigation and Product Liability Litigation in BTI Consulting Group’s Litigation Outlook Survey. The firm was also included in BTI’s “Honor Roll of Most Feared Law Firms” listing. Additionally, a number of our litigation practices were recognized with national first-tier rankings in the 2017 U.S. News-Best Lawyers survey. Numerous K&L Gates litigation practices and practitioners around the globe are consistently ranked in both Chambers and Legal 500 directories. Our team consistently has been ranked among both The Lawyer’s Global Litigation Top 50 and Global Arbitration Review’s Top 100 firms. We have been rated a leading practice in the representation of corporate policyholders in the insurance coverage area as well as in the financial services sector. Recently, our insurance coverage practice was awarded Practice Group of the Year by Law360. Our litigation engagements have helped shape intellectual property law in the fast-moving area of technology and our acclaimed e-Discovery Analysis and Technology (“e-DAT”) group continues to pave the way nationally and internationally in the field of e-discovery.

Our litigation engagements – including, among other substantive areas, insurance coverage, consumer finance, intellectual property, real estate, white-collar criminal, professional liability, environmental, toxic tort, products liability, franchise, tax, bankruptcy and insolvency, antitrust and competition, labor, employment and workplace safety, benefits, government contracts, construction, constitutional and election law, and securities, transactional and investment company litigation – are among the largest and most complex of any law firm. Our litigation practice includes international arbitrations before arbitration tribunals across the globe, civil and criminal trials, class actions and appellate work. The breadth of our experience is reflected not only in the geographic and substantive span of our work, but also in the industries in which we practice regularly. K&L Gates lawyers have litigated and arbitrated major disputes in nearly every industry and market sector. We work closely with our colleagues in other specialized practice disciplines to bring to bear industry-knowledgeable teams with practical experience and industry insight.

Class actions, and other similar forms of representative actions once confined largely to the U.S., are now becoming increasingly common in other jurisdictions. We have class action defense lawyers located in the majority of our U.S. offices, as well as in our offices in Asia, Australia and Europe, who have defended cases involving potential classes of hundreds of thousands of individuals and damages alleged to be in the billions of dollars. We have defended major class actions brought in numerous state and federal courts in nearly all of the United States and in Australia, the U.K., Taiwan and other jurisdictions, and we are uniquely positioned to defend local, international and global companies in class and representative litigation wherever it may arise.

Policy and Regulatory
The policy and regulatory practice area covers a wide variety of practice groups including Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation (and International Trade); Environment, Land and Natural Resources; Government Contracts & Procurement Policy; Health Care and FDA; Investigations, Enforcement and White Collar; and Public Policy and Law. Many of our lawyers and policy professionals have previous governmental experience that enhances their ability to serve our clients, while others have held prominent positions in regulated industries. Our Public Policy and Law group is the largest of any fully integrated global law firm. Composed of bipartisan lawyers and policy professionals, it includes former U.S. House members, a former secretary of the U.S. Army, a former U.S. Senator, former Republican and Democratic counsel, staff to the House and Senate leadership committees, and several team members who were involved in the presidential campaign and transition, as well as former EU officials. The firm’s Global Government Solutions initiative brings together lawyers and policy professionals from around the globe in various practice disciplines who understand client issues from every perspective – legally, politically and commercially – and use their collective knowledge and experience to help clients consider and address the options available to them, whether they are legislative, regulatory or judicial. The global reach, depth and breadth of our practice position us to advance client interests efficiently and effectively and to develop and execute coordinated strategies in multiple locations. 

Real Estate
K&L Gates has one of the largest dedicated real estate practices of any global law firm. Our real estate practice provides an integrated portfolio of legal services around the world, delivering a streamlined approach to handling transactions in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. The firm has played a significant role in many large and complex real estate transactions.

We advise clients with regard to the entire spectrum of their real estate-related needs, including development and construction, acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing, land use, planning and zoning, tax advice, joint ventures and real estate-related litigation. We work closely with our colleagues throughout the firm on matters involving construction, environmental, tax, litigation, bankruptcy and finance to provide a full range of services to our real estate clients on local, regional, national and international transactions.

Our real estate clients range in size from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietors. Our clients are listed on the New York and London Stock Exchanges and include institutional and private investors, commercial developers, tenants and landlords, financial institutions, real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate funds, real estate service providers, brokers and property managers. We handle real estate matters for clients across a variety of industries, including finance, retail, manufacturing, hotel and leisure, health care, single and multifamily builders, senior care and housing, energy and public utilities, transportation, government, technology, higher education and other service sectors.

Our real estate lawyers are well known in their local jurisdictions and enjoy outstanding national reputations. Our global real estate team was shortlisted for “Real Estate Team of the Year” in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 by various U.K. publications, including The Lawyer, Legal Week and Legal Business, respectively. The 2017 U.S. News-Best Lawyers survey recognized K&L Gates among the top real estate law firms in the U.S., ranking us Tier 1 nationwide in both the Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning categories as well as in seven of our offices. The firm’s real estate team is recognized by Chambers and Partners in the United States, the U.K., Poland, Italy, Germany, France and Australia, and in The Legal 500, we are recognized in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Poland, Italy and France. The Best Lawyers in America lists 20 K&L Gates real estate lawyers, and Chambers and Partners recognizes 16 of our lawyers globally. Fifteen of our lawyers in the U.S. and London have earned the LEED-AP designation from the United States Green Building Council.

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The firm continuously evaluates the direction of its practices and allocates resources so that its capabilities reach to the forefront of emerging disciplines. In recent years the firm has recruited laterally in such disparate fields as antitrust and competition, public policy, capital markets, product liability litigation, health care and health care litigation, treaty and other international arbitration, intellectual property and intellectual property litigation, project finance, derivatives and structured finance, international trade, real estate transactions and restructuring, investment management and hedge funds, corporate transactional, licensing, private equity, tax, environmental, construction litigation, securities enforcement, toxic tort litigation, benefits and share schemes, real estate finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, telecommunications, food and drug, FERC, health care and life sciences and employment to address the evolving needs of our clients. We strive to maintain a creative, interdisciplinary approach to the practice of law.

Our lawyers practice at the peak of our profession. They serve as leaders of various professional organizations and render public service through pro bono representations and service to their communities. K&L Gates lawyers participate vigorously in the intellectual debate that is fundamental to the advanced practice of law; they routinely address professional colloquia and author leading treatises and articles in their fields.