K&L Gates LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

K&L Gates LLP
ONE NEW CHANGE
LONDON
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England

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP's London disputes team is constantly involved in complex, high-value multijurisdictional disputes. It acts for clients in a number of sectors, including aviation, insurance, media, gambling, sport, funds and finance. Leading the team in London is John Magnin, who has significant experience of contentious matters involving India, particularly investment and joint venture disputes. Ian Meredith's practice includes disputes before the national courts, in addition to his international arbitration specialism. Martin King has particular expertise in sport, technology, betting and gaming, and commercial life sciences disputes. Providing key support is special counsel Clare Tanner, and at senior associate level, Jonathan Graham is experienced in corporate and shareholder-related disputes. Tim Fox is active in aviation sector and insolvency claims. In December 2020, Clarissa Coleman left for DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin

Testimonials

K&L Gates is good value for the money – extremely broad and deep range of knowledge and experience from the key partners, fabulous K&L Gates network (both from a knowledge and geographical standpoint), and exceptionally responsive. They turned their deliverables around quickly.

Clever individuals and great strategists.

Very knowledgeable – worked through a difficult process with a difficult defendant, and the outcome was excellent.

Communicated well, put in the hours required and understood us and our adversaries.

The K&L Gates team kept us sane and rational throughout the long process and helped us negotiate the best possible outcome. We were pleased with the end result.

We genuinely liked the K&L Gates team – all of them! This was good, since we spent a lot of time together.

John Magnin is the voice of reason – he thought of legal angles the average high-level partner wouldn’t have.

John Magnin is an excellent disputes lawyer – very experienced, a great tactician and just the man to turn to with a problem.

Key clients

Halliburton Company

Republic of France

The Racing Partnership

Arena Leisure

Arena Racing Corporation

Grant Thornton (as joint receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund)

Enter Air

SpiceJet

Decatur Europe

Tiger IT Bangladesh

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Halliburton Company in relation to one of the most high-profile and significant court cases relating to arbitrator conflicts and challenges for some years, which dealt with the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Acting for France in two Commercial Court cases (and related matters), arising from an arbitral award in favour of the insurers of the M/T Prestige, which sunk off the Galician coast in 2002.
  • Acting for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation (as claimants) in all aspects of High Court actions against major bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders, involving claims for breach of confidence (among others).

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP exclusively represents policyholders in insurance disputes and frequently leverages the firm’s global office network to handle cross-border matters. The insurance team is led by Sarah Turpin, who has particular expertise in D&O, property and business interruption, professional liability and credit risk insurance claims. Ian Meredith  works on international insurance arbitrations, while Clare Kempkens is a key contact for energy-related insurance issues and senior associate Theo Hall focuses shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Turpin

Other key lawyers:

Ian Meredith; Clare Kempkens; Theo Hall; Edward Brown-Humes

Testimonials

‘The insurance litigation team acts only on behalf of policyholders, which gives unique expertise, experience and focus. Invaluable in providing a full, independent appraisal of the client’s position.’

‘Sarah Turpin and Edward Brown-Humes. Willing to make themselves available to really get to grips with the situation and provide advice to put the client in the best possible position. Able to think of innovative angles and approaches the client might take to further its interests. Really “have your back” as the client.’

Key clients

Halliburton Company

Hyve Group plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Halliburton Company in relation a significant case for arbitrator challenges, which dealt with the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Advising Hyve Group plc on event cancellation insurance claims following the postponement/cancellation of a number of exhibitions and events as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP's practice focuses on regulatory and strategic advice to international asset managers trading open-ended retail funds, with expertise in UK-domiciled funds, and Irish and Luxembourg-centred products. Practice head Michelle Moran is a regular adviser to UK and EU regulators on changes to funds regimes, particularly with regard to Brexit, as well as working on UCITS and AIFMD matters. Andrew Massey continues to advise fund managers on FCA compliance, fund structuring and wider regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Moran

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Massey; Gemma Edey

Testimonials

I value Michelle Moran’s input greatly. As someone who has also done a senior in-house role, she has an excellent perspective on what’s important to me.

The investment funds team at K&L are very responsive, they consistently provide thoughtful and clear guidance, work product is consistently completed in a timely manner.

Andrew Massey and Gemma Edey are great to work with. Their legal and regulatory analysis are clear and well thought out, they offer holistic guidance considering related issues that clients might otherwise not know to look for. They are very responsive, matters are consistently completed on time, strong attention to detail.’

Andrew Massey stands out. Very responsive, commercial and knowledgeable.

Key clients

John Hancock Financial Services

AGL Energy

Galileo Group

Daymer Bay Capital

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Federated Hermes

Public sector > Electoral Tier 2

The team at K&L Gates LLP has advised the Liberal Democrats since its formation and has been instructed on a regulator basis by campaigns over matters including fundraising and spending, registration, and Electoral Commission investigations. Its mandates include advising high profile clients in relation to  political campaigning around Brexit. Recently appointed practice leader Dylan Moses advises individual candidates regarding investigations by the Electoral Commission, as well as in relation to data protection issues and white collar crime. Associate Rosie Naylor focuses on advising parties and individual candidates on their conduct during election periods. Previous practice leader Piers Coleman retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Liberal Democrats

Transport > Rail Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP is particularly experienced advising long-term clients such as TfL and Hitachi Rail Europe on major light rail metro and mass transit systems. The team is noted for its work regarding complex signalling procurements, rolling stock, and advice regarding both brownfield and greenfield matters. Practice leader Matthew Smith acts for rail owners and contractors, advising on major infrastructure projects, including Crossrail and the Doha Metro. Nicola Ellis is particularly experienced in signalling contracts, senior associate Sarah Drinkwater focuses on rail-related adjudications and international arbitration, and senior associate Daniel Lopez de Arroyabe advises on infrastructure contracts. Special counsel Inga Hall is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Testimonials

‘The team has a deep understanding of the rail sector as it has worked for many years on contentious and non-contentious matters within it. This ensures the team is well versed in the current practices in, amongst other things, NEC contracts and drafting amendments. The team is also shrewd and alive to the typical dispute matters that arise.’

‘The team is led by very experienced partners who are detail orientated, great strategists and very pleasant to work with’.

‘The practice provides expert and user friendly advice, with very good value for money.  They work well as part of a collaborative team with both in-house lawyers and our clients.  They have excellent industry knowledge and provide a high level of legal expertise but are pragmatic and commercially aware.  They have become trusted advisers to both the in-house legal team and senior management of our organisation.’

‘Matthew Smith has a detailed knowledge of the rail sector, the contracts used within it and the issues that arise. He understands matters quickly and is a great strategist, which helps to provide successful outcomes for his clients.’

Sarah Drinkwater is a dual qualified legal and accountancy professional, this helps her to not only understand the pertinent legal points but also the commercial issues. She grasps technical matters easily, which assists in ensuring that she can put her client’s best case forward.’

‘Inga Hall is a seasoned lawyer with extensive experience of working in the rail sector on contentious and non-contentious matters. She thoroughly understands a matter and gives good, reasoned advice.’

‘I have worked closely with Matthew Smith and Nicola Ellis for a number of years, and I have appreciated their support through some very difficult negotiations requiring bespoke drafting to adapt standard forms of contract to meet complex infrastructure and systems requirements. Matthew is an exceptionally bright and knowledgeable lawyer and provides consistently high standards of advice and support. Nicola is a real expert in both rail infrastructure and systems contracts and works in a very collaborative way with her clients.’

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London (including London Underground Limited, LUL Nominee SSL Ltd and LUL Nominee BCV Ltd)

Crossrail Ltd

Qatar Rail

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd

Tube Lines Limited

Rail for London Limited

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP excels in advising US and Australian companies on listings on AIM, as well as handling dual listings; it also assists UK-based companies with listings on international stock exchanges, and handles work for NOMADs and brokers. The firm is sought after in transactions involving particularly intricate structures, and complex international tax and securities issues. Group head Paul Tetlow and James Green are notably experienced in matters involving the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. The firm also undertakes work connected with other industries; in one example, Green acted for finnCap (as NOMAD and joint broker) and Canaccord Genuity (as joint broker) on a £48.7m fundraise by information management software supplier Ideagen Plc in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

James Green; Tom Wallace; Rob Boughey

Testimonials

K&L Gates are different because of their understanding of the sectors I work in, which ranges from international E&P to the newly emerging cannabis and hemp sector. Where they also really stand out is the quality of their networks and their willingness to put clients together who may mutually benefit.’

A partner-led offering where it feels that they personally care about helping on the particular matter.’

Paul Tetlow and James Green have provided considerable high quality support and advice. They know our organisation very well and care about the outcome, this enables them to be the trusted advisers.’

Key clients

AEX Gold Inc

Fonix Mobile PLC

Longboat Energy PLC

CML Microsystems PLC

Deltic Energy PLC

N+1 Singer

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

finnCap Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Numis Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised AEX Gold, Inc., a gold mining company with assets in Greenland, on its dual listing on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and a related fundraising of £42.5m through a placing and subscription of shares with new and existing investors.
  • Acted for Fonix Mobile plc on its AIM admission and associated £45m secondary placing of existing shares.
  • Advised Panmure Gordon, as NOMAD and broker, on the AIM admission of Kooth PLC (a leading provider of online mental health services), a £16m placing of new shares issued by the company and a £10m placing of existing shares sold byRoot Capital Fund II L.P.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP has an enviable track record not only in the fashion and luxury goods space but also in the electronics and general consumer goods sectors. Part of the wider firm’s IP and technology department, the retail offering advises across a myriad of issues affecting retail businesses, most notably intellectual property work, commercial contracts, social media-related issues, and brand and technology transactions. Jennifer Marsh focuses on distribution strategies, Arthur Artinian’s personal practice emphasises IP, while Catherine Adam’s retail experience includes supply chain issues.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian; Catherine Adam; Jennifer Marsh

Testimonials

‘They have a global reach for local expertise and presence when sending letters.’

‘Our contacts are always willing to have calls when needed on new topics that need escalation.’

Key clients

Nike

Coty

Gucci

TripAdvisor

Furla

General Mills (Yoplait, Haagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Green Giant)

Luxottica Group (Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol)

Ralph Lauren

Cardtronics

Tateossian

Ping Europe Limited

SharkNinja

CaaStle

Gildan Apparel

Work highlights

  • Representing Nike in a global trade mark dispute against Puma in relation to the FOOTWARE trade mark, which includes opposition, invalidity and court proceedings in the UK, EU, USA, Korea, Japan and Australia.
  • Advising Coty on the global launch of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses, following from its representation of the client in a $600m licensing and collaboration deal with celebrity influencer Kylie Jenner.
  • Advised Ping Europe Limited on seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, including liaising with several third party interveners who also made submissions to the Supreme Court (including Make UK, the Professional Golfers’ Association and the UK Golf Federation).

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP has an extensive international practice handling both contentious and non-contentious matters in the downstream, midstream, and upstream oil and gas space. Jointly led by Jeremy Farr and Paul Tetlow, the group handles transactional matters, fundraisings and offshore construction-related disputes. Charles Lockwood focuses on contracts, global onshore and offshore energy projects and engineering matters. Clare Kempkens handles EPC and drilling contacts. The team launched a new hydrogen practice group in 2020. Corporate partner James Green is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Farr; Paul Tetlow

Testimonials

They are simply excellent – enthusiastic, very focussed, extremely experienced, great to be instructed by and very client friendly.’

Approachable and attentive to their clients’ demands.’

We have worked with the team for some years and their knowledge of our business – along with our strengths and weaknesses – mean that they are able to take control of the agenda and prepare before we even know that something has to be done – you will not get that anywhere else.’

Paul Tetlow is a very commercial partner, who gets very involved in all aspects of a transaction or ongoing advice.’

Calibre of the team, sector knowledge and experience, level of responsiveness, flexibility on fee arrangements, use of technology.

Jeremy Farr is best in class – a wealth of experience, technical legal knowledge combined with a strong commercial understanding. An absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Halliburton

Deltic Energy PLC

Ørsted

Longboat Energy Plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

PGNiG SA

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX)

Wood Plc

Noble Corporation

MODEC International Inc

SOFEC Inc

Seaway 7

Petrofac

London Marine Consultants

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on the divestment of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) business to Glencore.
  • Instructed in relation to one of the most high profile and significant cases for arbitrator conflicts and challenges for some years, H v L [2017] EWHC 137 (Comm) and, on appeal, Halliburton Co v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 817) and Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd (formerly known as Ace Bermuda Insurance Ltd) [2020] UKSC 48 which dealt with the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Advised Panmure Gordon, as nominated adviser and broker, on the AIM admission of Kistos plc and a related fundraising by the company to raise £31.75m.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

The London team at K&L Gates LLP is acclaimed for its ‘outside-the-box thinking, very commercial service and great global platform’. Practice head Christian Major is principally reputed for his corporate occupier expertise which sees him direct a distinct focus towards the representation of overseas clients in respect of their space requirements in London and the wider UK. Steven Cox is particularly active in the leisure space while special counsel Chiara Del Frate supports numerous Italian clients with their corporate real estate requirements, including several high-profile names in the fashion sector; the group also acts for clients in the health, finance and technology sectors and, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, has made a conscientious effort to ramp up its development, investment and regeneration activities within the residential, logistics and light industrial fields. Tim Webb and Emma Maher, who both joined the team from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in mid-2019, are very well regarded by clients, handling work including major property projects across Europe, Brazil and China, among other jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have been working with K&L Gates for a long time and we are extremely satisfied with the outstanding level of legal service they provide. They are commercial and fast and provide a full service that really meets our needs. They are very collaborative and upfront.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is enthusiastic, kind and always ready to help. She is qualified both in the UK and in Italy and that really helps us to have advice quickly in both jurisdictions and facilitate cross-border deals. She also speaks three languages and is able to deal with complex transactions.’

‘Tim Webb is why I use K&L Gates. He’s that good.’

‘Emma Maher is fantastic. She is the perfect foil to Tim Webb – a great listener, very clever, gets things done.’

‘Tim Webb has been my lawyer for 10 years. Emma Maher has worked with Tim for a long time and complements him well.’

‘Friendly and approachable, combined with great expertise. Able to quickly provide pragmatic and succinct advice tailored to the issue in hand, without overcomplicating matters.’

‘Tim Webb is an exceptional lawyer and brilliant relationship manager.’

‘The team are very user-friendly and are well co-ordinated across the real estate and finance disciplines. Pragmatic solutions are forthcoming and the team is always switched on and helpful.’

Key clients

Akelius

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Hakkasan

Hines Global Income Trust

Home House

ReAssure Limited

Royal Academy of Arts

Slalom Consulting

Sweat Union Limited

Tourmaline Financial Services

Unity Software

Work highlights

  • Advised technology giant Unity Software in relation to its UK space requirements across a number of locations in London, Brighton, Southampton and Stratford upon Avon. This has included the acquisition of two large offices in Brighton, the second of which (the Brinnel Building) was a pre-let of a substantial part of a new office development in Brighton.
  • Advising Hakkasan on its portfolio of prominent restaurants in London, including the Yauatcha chain, during a time of crisis for the hospitality industry.
  • Advised the Association of British Travel Agents on possible strategies for either a renewal of the current tenant’s lease or a potential redevelopment of their previous headquarters building near Oxford Circus.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

K&L Gates LLPThe London team at K&L Gates LLP is acclaimed for its ‘outside-the-box thinking, very commercial service and great global platform’. Practice head Christian Major is principally reputed for his corporate occupier expertise which sees him direct a distinct focus towards the representation of overseas clients in respect of their space requirements in London and the wider UK. Steven Cox is particularly active in the leisure space while special counsel Chiara Del Frate supports numerous Italian clients with their corporate real estate requirements, including several high-profile names in the fashion sector; the group also acts for clients in the health, finance and technology sectors and, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, has made a conscientious effort to ramp up its development, investment and regeneration activities within the residential, logistics and light industrial fields. Tim Webb and Emma Maher, who both joined the team from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in mid-2019, are very well regarded by clients, handling work including major property projects across Europe, Brazil and China, among other jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Neil Logan Green; Tim Webb; Wayne Smith

Testimonials

‘We have been working with K&L Gates for a long time and we are extremely satisfied with the outstanding level of legal service they provide. They are commercial and fast and provide a full service that really meets our needs. They are very collaborative and upfront.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is enthusiastic, kind and always ready to help. She is qualified both in the UK and in Italy and that really helps us to have advice quickly in both jurisdictions and facilitate cross-border deals. She also speaks three languages and is able to deal with complex transactions.’

‘Tim Webb is why I use K&L Gates. He’s that good.’

‘Emma Maher is fantastic. She is the perfect foil to Tim Webb – a great listener, very clever, gets things done.’

‘Tim Webb has been my lawyer for 10 years. Emma Maher has worked with Tim for a long time and complements him well.’

‘Friendly and approachable, combined with great expertise. Able to quickly provide pragmatic and succinct advice tailored to the issue in hand, without overcomplicating matters.’

‘Tim Webb is an exceptional lawyer and brilliant relationship manager.’

‘The team are very user-friendly and are well co-ordinated across the real estate and finance disciplines. Pragmatic solutions are forthcoming and the team is always switched on and helpful.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ReAssure)

Akelius

Beehive Affordable Homes

Buckingham Asset Management

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Cromwell Property Group

European Estates Plc

Hines Global Income Trust/Hines Global REIT

Madison International Realty

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Rediresi

Workspace Group

Work highlights

  • Advised ReAssure, one of Aberdeen Standard’s largest segregated fund clients, on its £500m property portfolio.
  • Advised Patrizia on its £45m forward purchase during the development phase of 102 BTR apartments.
  • Advised Nuveen Real Estate on the c. £180m sale of One New Oxford Street.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP acts on behalf of a number of key construction entities, advising contractors, consultants and employers on their contentious matters. The team has experience in the full range of dispute resolution methods, with particular expertise in adjudications and international arbitrations. Kevin Greene and Matthew Smith co-lead the team, advising on major domestic real estate and large-scale infrastructure projects, respectively. Matthew Walker is also notable for his work in Qatar, which includes key transport and infrastructure-related disputes. The team was further strengthened by the March 2021 arrival of Ben Holland from Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team of conscientious and committed lawyers. On top of recent developments in the law and very good at managing client needs.’

‘Matthew Smith and his team deliver a first-class service. When Matthew is instructed, his client will know that he will have a complete grip on all aspects of the dispute.’

‘The team gives the utmost attention to the needs of the client and works in a very organised and professional manner. They always manage efficient and timely communication with all parties involved.’

‘The individuals I work with are experienced, resourceful, and dedicated. I would like to mention specifically Mathew Walker, who is an asset to the company.’

‘The communication and collaboration between team members is really good. Everyone knows what they need to do and gets it done.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the area and prepared to form a view and advise accordingly.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hitachi Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Ltd

Qatar Rail

Laing O’Rourke Group

Grupo Pacadar

Renfe

Halcrow

Mass Rapid Transit Malaysia

Crown Commercial Services

Angola LNG

Patrizia

Jacobs

GE

Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A

Evoqua

ENEL Green Power

Aboitiz Energy

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Offering strong domestic infrastructure expertise and a broad international practice, K&L Gates LLP acts on behalf of a number of investors, employers and infrastructure developers. The team has particular strength in real estate development and transport projects. It also has an expanding client base in East Asia. Matthew Smith leads the global construction practice, acting for high-profile transit clients, while Kevin Greene heads the London construction group. Nicola Ellis is also recommended for her advice on the drafting of bespoke contracts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith; Kevin Greene

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Consistently high-quality service and advice.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hitachi Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Ltd

Qatar Rail

Laing O’Rourke Group

Grupo Pacadar

Renfe

Halcrow

Mass Rapid Transit Malaysia

Crown Commercial Services

Angola LNG

Patrizia

Jacobs

GE

Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A

ENEL Green Power

Work highlights

  • Advised on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, one of the biggest construction projects in the UK with a value of £850m.
  • Advising on the construction of the 40 Leadenhall Street development, a £1bn project.
  • Advising Creative Technology Group on its contracts for specialist projection facilities at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP's London corporate team is highly experienced at advising on cross-border M&A instructions for US-listed companies, most notably in the areas of technology, energy, natural resources, and media. UK corporate head Paul Tetlow maintains a broad cross-sector focus, representing many of the firm's leading clients on significant mid-market transactions. Tom Wallace focuses on tech and fintech in particular, while John Elgar works with key players in financial services, sports, leisure, gaming, and the non-profit sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Tom Wallace; John Elgar; James Green

Testimonials

‘Paul Tetlow and James Green have provided considerable consistent high quality support and advice to us. They both know the organisation well and care about outcomes. This, combined with their ability to work cross-border and to tight deadlines makes them our trusted adviser.’

‘Their range of M&A knowledge, combined with an empathy for our company, really made it work. No struggle at all.’

‘Paul Tetlow – absolutely fantastic! Made a complex transaction easy to understand – we always felt we were receiving exceptional service and counsel.’

‘They worked tirelessly to complete our deliverables under extremely tight deadlines. Great energy.’

Key clients

Ørsted

Red Ventures Holdco, L.P.

Exact Sciences Corporation

Deltic Energy PLC

Milkyway Holding Company Ltd

CML Microsystems PLC

Sealaska Corporation

Prenetics Limited

Patrizia AG

D.D. Williamson & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on the divestment of its liquefied natural gas business to Glencore.
  • Advised Red Ventures in a definitive agreement to acquire CNET Media Group from ViacomCBS.
  • Advised Exact Sciences on the acquisition of epigenetics company Base Genomics.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Under the leadership of James Cross, K&L Gates LLP handles private equity transactions for management teams, buyout houses, and portfolio companies across a range of sectors, including technology, media and logistics. Cross is supported by the firm's tax, banking, and employment teams to provide comprehensive advice on deals. He is praised by clients as 'commercial', with 'tremendous flexibility', while the team as a whole is valued for its 'pragmatic' advice.

Practice head(s):

James Cross

Testimonials

‘Their approach was pragmatic and thorough, giving us confidence that we were covered the whole time, while not presenting unnecessary difficulty around red tape.’

‘They had great flexibility to focus on key commercial matters while providing excellent support on ad hoc issues.’

‘James Cross is excellent. Commercial, hard-working and has tremendous flexibility.’

‘James Cross has an excellent ability to respond quickly to requests and mobilise the organisation.’

Key clients

ESO Capital

August Equity

Inspirit Capital

Wheatsheaf Group (PE arm of Grosvenor Estates)

BGF

Continuance Capital

Sonmarg Capital

Federated Investors, Inc.

Hudson Clean Energy Partners LP

Work highlights

  • Advised ESO Capital on its investment in leading facilities management company Arcus FM.
  • Acted for Inspirit Capital on an investment in Procam Group, Europe’s largest digital cinematography and hire facility.
  • Acted for Continuance Capital on the acquisition of PeterLynn Limited, a leading converter of digital and flexographically printed labels.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

The London capital markets group at K&L Gates LLP comprises partners who are primarily involved in debt capital markets, for whom CMBS transactions and CLO 2.0 deals in Europe are key areas of focus. Sidanth Rajagopal leads the global banking and asset finance group group, in which Sean Crosky is the key securitisation partner in London. Crosky's broad practice encompasses debt capital markets, structured products, receivables financings, restructurings and Islamic finance, with a particular focus on advising trustees, loan agents and corporate service providers. He recently advised US Bank Trustees on the restructuring of the nine Ludgate/Newgate pre-crisis RMBS transactions, which included the appointment of a new cash manager and account bank on each deal.

Practice head(s):

Sidanth Rajagopal

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

US Bank

Deutsche Bank

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Wells Fargo

Intertrust

Mount Street

CSC

Law Debenture

Apex

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

Madison Pacific

Bank of New York Mellon

Global Loan and Agency Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Wells Fargo on the closure of its European corporate trust business, including the transitioning of 150+ transactions from its European business to various successor entities.
  • Advising US Bank on its appointment to various roles.
  • Advising Deutsche Trustee Company Limited on Lanark (RMBS) Note Programme, including on the consent solicitation process launched by Clydesdale Bank to implement the transition from LIBOR to SONIA and three issuances of notes in 2019 and 2020

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 4

With two partners based in London and also able to draw upon the expertise of lawyers spread across its global offices, including out of the US, K&L Gates LLP is praised for its ability to provide a 'tailor-made' service to a balanced roster of clients, including banks, lessors and airlines. An 'exceptional lawyer with a sharp commercial mind', team head Sidanth Rajagopal is 'very well regarded in the aviation community' and has developed a particular aptitude for handling cutting-edge financing and leasing mandates with an Asian and Middle Eastern focus. 'Excellent practitionerPhilip Perrotta is the other partner within the team and is particularly skilled at handling complex matters for parts suppliers and manufacturers.

Practice head(s):

Sidanth Rajagopal

Other key lawyers:

Philip Perrotta; Manuela Krach; Kevin Pearson

Testimonials

They present themselves to us as a customer in a collegiate, non-siloed, and democratic fashion with little display of different seniority levels and they maintain similar levels of high availability and responsiveness.’

The entire team is capable and approachable and wants to deliver a service which is tailor-made for the client.’

They take time to invest in their clients, get to know individuals and the business and respect the way the client works internally. When we work with K&L Gates we feel that they are an extended part of the team and it is always an enjoyable experience whilst delivering a first-class work product.’

Sidanth Rajagopal brings a natural grasp for commercial issues to the table teamed with a broad experience – he really knows his stuff and how to deliver it. He is very personable and really listens to his clients which then extends to his wider team. He understands the value in long term partnerships with his clients which means supporting his clients through their challenges.’

Apart from being an exceptional lawyer with a sharp commercial mind, Sidanth Rajagopal is always keen to expand his sphere of knowledge and to this end his ability to take on new and cutting edge transactions is second to none. His knowledge of industry is very deep and he is very well regarded in the aviation community.’

Philip Perrotta is an excellent practitioner.’

An associate worthy of note is Kevin Pearson – Kevin is smart, articulate and assertive when he needs to be and has become a trusted legal advisor to our business.’

Key clients

ACIA Aero Holdings Limited

Avenue Capital

flydubai

Kayan Aircraft Holdings

Spicejet Limited

Veling

Emirates

Qatar Airways

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

JLPS Holding Ireland Limited

Empire Aviation Group FZCO

Work highlights

  • Advised MUFG on the issuance of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates to a lessor financing 16 JetBlue Aircraft.
  • Advised JP Lease and Airbus with respect to their newly formed joint venture leasing platform in regard to an innovative US dollar denominated non-recourse secured warehouse facility to bridge the acquisition of aircraft into long-term financing.
  • Advised Kayan Aircraft Leasing DAC with respect to two Sharia-compliant facilities totalling $800m for the financing and leasing of four A380 and one B777-300ER aircraft to Emirates.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

K&L Gates LLPThe London team at K&L Gates LLP is acclaimed for its ‘outside-the-box thinking, very commercial service and great global platform’. Practice head Christian Major is principally reputed for his corporate occupier expertise which sees him direct a distinct focus towards the representation of overseas clients in respect of their space requirements in London and the wider UK. Steven Cox is particularly active in the leisure space while special counsel Chiara Del Frate supports numerous Italian clients with their corporate real estate requirements, including several high-profile names in the fashion sector; the group also acts for clients in the health, finance and technology sectors and, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, has made a conscientious effort to ramp up its development, investment and regeneration activities within the residential, logistics and light industrial fields. Tim Webb and Emma Maher, who both joined the team from Greenberg Traurig, LLP in mid-2019, are very well regarded by clients, handling work including major property projects across Europe, Brazil and China, among other jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Wayne Smith; Tim Webb; Neil Logan Green; Emma Maher

Testimonials

‘We have been working with K&L Gates for a long time and we are extremely satisfied with the outstanding level of legal service they provide. They are commercial and fast and provide a full service that really meets our needs. They are very collaborative and upfront.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is enthusiastic, kind and always ready to help. She is qualified both in the UK and in Italy and that really helps us to have advice quickly in both jurisdictions and facilitate cross-border deals. She also speaks three languages and is able to deal with complex transactions.’

‘Tim Webb is why I use K&L Gates. He’s that good.’

‘Emma Maher is fantastic. She is the perfect foil to Tim Webb – a great listener, very clever, gets things done.’

‘Tim Webb has been my lawyer for 10 years. Emma Maher has worked with Tim for a long time and complements him well.’

‘Friendly and approachable, combined with great expertise. Able to quickly provide pragmatic and succinct advice tailored to the issue in hand, without overcomplicating matters.’

‘Tim Webb is an exceptional lawyer and brilliant relationship manager.’

‘The team are very user-friendly and are well co-ordinated across the real estate and finance disciplines. Pragmatic solutions are forthcoming and the team is always switched on and helpful.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ReAssure)

Akelius

Avanton

Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

Highbridge Properties Plc

Hines Global Income Trust/Hines Global REIT

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Patrizia on the development of a 450 bed £95m GDV BTR scheme in Edgbaston.
  • Advising Avanton on the c.£1bn area-wide regeneration around Ruby Triangle Old Kent Road, London.
  • Advising Workspace on the mixed-use redevelopment of the Chocolate Factory in Haringey, part of a broader £3.5bn area-wide regeneration scheme.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP's planning team, which is 'effective and very client-focused', is led by Feroze Abbas. Equally strong acting for public and private sector clients, its work covers large-scale regeneration, urban redevelopment, and the planning aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, among various other matters. Abbas has niche expertise in vires, transactional structuring and local government affordable housing delivery models. At senior associate level, names to note are Rebecca Daniels and Matthew Dempsey, who was recruited from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Daniels

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates’ planning team is confident, effective and very client-focused. They have an intense focus on detail and are always very approachable.’

‘Feroze Abbas always provides incredibly efficient and competent advice. Feroze is meticulous in identifying risks to the client and offering robust solutions to challenging matters.’

‘Friendly, creative and highly knowledgeable staff.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Avanton

Elysian Residences

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Hounslow

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Workspace PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Hounslow on all aspects of planning including negotiation of s106 agreements on multiple development sites.
  • Advising Workspace PLC, a longstanding client, on a number of schemes, including advising on all planning aspects and negotiating s106 and Development Co-operation Agreements in relation to the redevelopment of the Highways Business Park into a mixed-use site.
  • Advising Patrizia AG on all aspects of planning due diligence and development delivery strategy alongside the wider transactional team in relation to purchase by client entity from Warwickshire Cricket Club (WCC) and Homes England (HE) of a 250yr lease of land for development.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Arthur Artinian leads the London IP and technology practice at K&L Gates LLP; the team has recently acted on copyright and design infringement defense mandates for fashion and newly acquired card-payment clients. The practice is retained by household-name luxury brands for global partnership deals, cutting-edge digital sponsorships, enforcement actions, and other strategic matters. Artinian is the global relationship counsel for Kylie Jenner’s Coty brand, with instructions including high-value collaboration and licensing deals.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian

Testimonials

Arthur Artinian is client focused, relentless pursuit of excellence, committed to building relationships and understanding client needs.

Arthur Artinian is a one of the few who straddle being technically excellent, best in class, client focused and a true delight to work with in all circumstances. The breadth of his network is an asset that should not be underestimated.

Very business focused with strong industry knowledge in the luxury sector. Arthur Artinian is a star.

Well-developed practice group with a high level of diversity and capabilities across several key jurisdictions.

Key clients

Nike

Coty

Gucci

TripAdvisor

Furla

General Mills (Yoplait, Haagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Green Giant)

Luxottica Group (Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol)

Ralph Lauren

Cardtronics

Tateossian

Work highlights

  • Representing Nike in a global trade mark dispute against Puma in relation to the FOOTWARE trade mark, which includes opposition, invalidity and court proceedings in the UK, EU, USA, Korea, Japan and Australia.
  • Advising Coty on the global launch of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses, following from representation of the client in its $600m licensing and collaboration deal with celebrity influencer Kylie Jenner.
  • Advising longstanding client Gucci on a range of global collaborations, launches and IP licensing projects, including various celebrity talent and endorsement agreements, a unique collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, and a highly publicised global collaboration with The North Face.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The financial services regulatory team at K&L Gates LLP is noted for its focus on transatlantic regulatory issues and matters where UK law interfaces with EU law. The group's clients include US-based funds and asset managers. Heading the team in London and acting as global practice group coordinator, Michelle Moran is a seasoned funds regulatory lawyer. Andrew Massey focuses on regulatory issues facing investment managers in the retail and alternative investments space.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Moran

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Massey; Philip Morgan; Kai Zhang; Joanna Treacy

Testimonials

‘I go to K&L Gates for their bespoke, customized legal advice. They truly know the client, and look for credible and creative ways to address their needs.’

‘The team is very responsive and sensitive to business considerations when supplying practical and direct advice.’

‘Responsive, diligent, business focused – ahead of all other firms I have experience with.’

‘The team is very friendly and helpful, willing to respond quickly.’

‘The partners are available, responsive and prepared to give thoughtful, highly tailored advice.’

‘Philip Morgan is exceptionally responsive, more so than partners at similarly-situated firms. This is particularly helpful given the time difference as a US client.’

‘Michelle Moran and team are probably the best I have worked with. Empathy, great detail and super focused on our business. Offering insights and challenge that I feel competitors do not give.’

‘It’s been very useful to have both a partner and a senior counsel at hand should we have immediate questions. Both Joanna Treacy and Michelle are very personable and approachable and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Daymer Bay Capital

Manulife Investment Management (Europe)

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Nordea Asset Management

Federated Hermes, Inc

Wilmington Trust Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Daymer Bay Capital pm the financial services regulatory impacts of Brexit.
  • Appointed by Manulife Investment Management in 2020 as lead European counsel.
  • Advising Dimensional Fund Advisors’ FCA-regulated subsidiary on regulatory matters.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP assists senior individuals during all stages of SFO investigations, including section 2 interviews; it has additional strength in FCA and FRC matters. The practice stands out for its cross-border work, for which it also draws on the capabilities of its colleagues in the US, Asia and Europe. Department head Dylan Moses has varied expertise, including past experience at the UK Bar; he is ‘great at drilling down and marshalling the facts in document-heavy cases’. Additionally, the team strengthened its criminal defence offering with the arrival of Michael Ruck, who joined from TLT in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ruck; Rosie Naylor

Testimonials

‘A strong multi-disciplinary team offering. A broad range of services all around the world. Able to draw on expertise in every field – in particular from the USA – in defence of corporate and individual exposure to UK investigation.’

‘Impressive team which knows what it takes to get the best results for its clients.’

‘The team at K&L Gates stands apart from its competitors for blending three important qualities. First, the team comprises of individuals with significant experience in the financial and regulatory sectors, with experience acting from within, for and against major regulators. Secondly, the team Michael Ruck works within has significant experience in criminal defence generally. This experience provides an invaluable edge when dealing with prosecutions, where tactical calls require a firm understanding of dealing with jury trials generally. Thirdly, the London team at K&L Gates is able to offer a unique, global perspective in its advice to clients in defending against increasingly common cross-border enforcement actions.’

‘Dylan Moses is one of the brightest partners in the field. Impeccable understanding of corporate vulnerability and commercial sensitivity. Adaptable and endlessly hardworking, with a keen understanding of the emotional pressures faced by his clients. Much admired for his quiet confidence and sound judgement.’

‘Dylan Moses provides great client care. Approachable and understanding. Great at drilling down and marshalling the facts in document-heavy cases.’

‘Michael Ruck is a recent hire and brings strong experience in contentious financial services matters with his background at the FCA.’

‘Excellent reputation with global reach. A very well-regarded offshoot of the US firm of great renown.’

Key clients

Former CEO of Balli Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing the former CEO of Balli Group in connection with the SFO’s investigation of UK registered companies Balli Group plc, Balli Steel and Balli Trading Ltd.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP's London team is the primary hub for the firm's international arbitration cases. John Magnin is global co-practice leader for dispute resolution and litigation; Ian Meredith focuses on cases involving state parties, joint venture disputes and Bermuda Form insurance; Peter Morton acts in aviation and energy disputes; energy specialist Jeremy Farr works between London and Houston; and Matthew Walker is based in the London and Doha offices. In March 2021, energy disputes partner Ben Holland joined from Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin; Ian Meredith; Peter Morton

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Farr; Matthew Smith; Matthew Walker; Ben Holland; Martin King; Charles Lockwood; Clare Kempkens; Tim Fox

Testimonials

Around-the-clock support where needed.

They have global capability to handle the most complex and voluminous cases on a round-the-clock basis, and their knowledge of arbitration is unique as they have a number of practitioners who also serve as arbitrators.

Discussions around fee structures have been honest and flexible.

John Magnin is an excellent disputes lawyer, who is very experienced and a great tactician – just the person to turn to with a problem.

Jeremy Farr and Matthew Smith are both superb.

Matthew Walker is my counsel of choice for any contentious construction matter; he excels in market knowledge and is also an excellent strategist.

Matthew Walker is very hands on, and I receive full partner support in every aspect of any claim.

Key clients

Halliburton

Republic of France

International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation

Formula 1

CB&I

McDermott International

Arconic

Howmet Aerospace

Work highlights

  • Represented Halliburton in high-profile cases involving arbitrator conflicts and challenges, particularly the Supreme Court case of Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd, which concerned multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Represented the Republic of France in three separate (but related) court and arbitral proceedings in England, which arose out of the 2002 loss of oil tanker M/T Prestige and resulting oil spill.
  • Represented (alongside bankruptcy and energy colleagues in the US), a UN-sanctioned intergovernmental body (International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation) in its Washington DC-seated ICC arbitration against Intelsat, a private US telecoms company.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP established a London funds presence with the hire of Daniel Greenaway from Mishcon de Reya LLP in early 2021. Greenaway brings with him a portfolio of mid-market private equity clients, and advises on fund formations, secondary transactions, and complex co-investment and joint venture structuring. The team works in close collaboration with its US and European platforms.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Greenaway

Testimonials

‘The firm has the international exposure that we look for within a law firm. Daniel Greenaway can navigate the firm for us and find the best possible person to help solve any problems or activity that we require. The advice has been clear with robust recommendations or actions. Our firm covers many jurisdictions now so this breadth of expertise is paramount in terms of fund formation, regulatory advice and LP negotiations.’

‘Incredibly professional, commercial and responsive – all of the key attributes in an advisor.’

‘I chose to work with K&L Gates because of Daniel Greenaway, as I worked with him previously (while he was at Mishcon de Reya) and was satisfied with his services. I would specifically highlight that he is very commercial, which is a great strength in this business.’

‘Daniel Greenaway has been our coverage now for a number of years and we have moved law firms with him. Initially he advised on a single transaction but this has transitioned into him being an extension of our team. He is the firm’s trusted advisor who happily rolls up his sleeves to ensure the job is done, even with the tight time pressures we put on him.’

‘Daniel Greenaway is exceptional in every respect. Brilliant lawyer and adviser.’

Key clients

TriSpan

Flywheel Partners

Future Business Partnership

Frog Capital

Seek Ventures

Skylake Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising TriSpan on raising Opportunities Fund II, which focuses on lower mid-market buy-and-build in the United States and Europe.
  • Advising Flywheel Partners on closing private equity investment vehicles.
  • Advising on the establishment of Future Business Partnership, a fund investing in sustainable brands through raising ethically-motivated capital.

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

The practice at K&L Gates LLP regularly handles the environmental aspects of real estate transactions, with a particular focus on urban developments and public sector regeneration schemes. The team also advises on corporate acquisitions and assists clients with compliance issues surrounding EU and UK environmental regulations. Feroze Abbas leads the practice; he has extensive public and private sector experience. The firm has been recognised for its corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Key clients

AMBIPAR PARTICIPAÇÕES E EMPREENDIMENTOS S/A

Aberdeen Standard Investments (ReAssure)

Workspace Group plc

International Molybdenum Association (IMOA)

London Borough of Hounslow

Work highlights

  • Advising Hounslow Council as local planning authority on the environmental aspects of significant development and regeneration schemes.
  • Providing development advice to Workspace Group plc on a number of schemes, including all environmental elements of agreements.
  • Acted for Brazil-based Ambipar Participacoes E Empreendimentos S/A (in conjunction with the Sao Paulo office) on its corporate acquisition of waste management services company Enviroclear Site Services Limited.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP is recognised by clients for its ‘international profile’ and its ability to draw on expertise ‘in particular from the US in defence of corporate and individual exposure to UK investigations’. Practice head Dylan Moses is currently acting for a variety of alleged offenders and third-parties in investigations involving the SFO and other criminal matters. In March 2021, the team welcomed the arrival of ‘standout financial crime lawyerMichael Ruck from TLT.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A strong multidisciplinary team offering a broad range of services all around the world – able to draw on expertise in every field and in particular from the US in defence of corporate and individual exposure to UK investigations.

Dylan Moses has an established reputation dealing with investigations for corporates including SFO cases.

This firm has always had a strong reputation in this field including cross border matters, particularly US/UK.

K&L Gates have a long track record dealing with corporate clients in a range of criminal and regulatory investigations.

Michael Ruck is a top professional and a standout financial crime lawyer. He considers all of the issues before committing to clear and decisive advice. He is vastly experienced and brings real value to cases. He is a wise first choice for both corporate clients and individuals.

The regulatory department of this firm benefits from its international profile. It has a wide range of high profile corporate clients and broad experience of a wide range of regulatory fields.

Dylan Moses is a very strong corporate crime practitioner. He has a solid foundation in criminal law augmented in recent years by some impressive mandates on behalf of corporate clients. He has established a formidable reputation.

Michael Ruck – a safe pair of hands with excellent knowledge of this area of practice. His time at the FCA means that he adds real value to investigations related to financial services misconduct.

Key clients

Balli Group Plc

Serco Group Plc

Laing O’Rourke

Qatar Free Zone Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing various Balli entities, including Balli Group plc, in connection with the SFO’s investigation of UK registered companies Balli Group plc, Balli Steel and Balli Trading Ltd in relation to suspected fraud offences.
  • Advising Serco Group plc on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, since July 2013, leading to the fifth deferred prosecution agreement.
  • Advising Laing O’Rourke on a number of criminal matters and health and safety executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law, as well as representing the client through all stages of an inquest.
  • Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery policies and health and safety regulations for the free zone in the state of Qatar.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

K&L Gates LLP regularly advises on merger control issues, and uses its international network to provide clients with global coverage on multinational deals. In addition, the team has a niche in selective distribution agreements as well as other vertical issues such as resale price maintenance, online marketplace policies, cross-border resale restrictions, dual pricing and reseller selection. Jennifer Marsh leads the London team, ably supported by special counsel Gabriela Da Costa, who works with well-known brands from the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Marsh is also great to work with. She is responsive and always provides clear, sensible advice.’

‘Gabriela Da Costa is simply a rock star. The way she builds trust and relationships is second to none. She is professional, friendly and extremely engaged with any issue.’

‘Jennifer Marsh is a very capable lawyer with a wonderfully deft client touch.’

‘Gabriela De Costa is a real ‘lawyers’ lawyer’ with an encyclopaedic knowledge of vertical restraints.’

‘K&L Gates have an impressively broad and versatile competition law practice, covering cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers, and vertical restraints. They have managed perfectly to combine an excellent US practice with a London practice that can stand on its own two feet.’

‘The team is extremely customer focused and oriented. Their entire mindset is around listening to your needs and finding the balanced solution that provides the legal protection, while addressing business needs. That is unique.’

‘Jennifer Marsh and Gabriela Da Costa are excellent and extremely on-point: highly focused on both the material aspects of matters, but also keeping a keen eye on (cross-border) interests of clients. Jennifer is excellent on competition law and Gabi has a hawkeye view on aspects of cases that even we hadn’t thought of ourselves. Great team to work with, no apparent weaknesses – also due to their excellent associates.’

‘Jennifer Marsh provides exceptional advice in competition matters. She is able to bring together multiple strands of complexity and can distil the facts into business-friendly advice.’

Key clients

Endorphin Magine Limited

Georgia Biomass Holding LLC (innogy SE)

GN/Jabra

Maytronics

Navico

Osprey backpacks

Ping Europe Limited

POC Sports

SharkNinja

Sinch AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Georgia Biomass on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by Enviva Partners.
  • Advising Magine on its successful bid for the global media rights for the Croatian Football League from 2022-2032.
  • Assisted Sinch with successfully obtaining Phase 1 UK clearance in relation to its acquisition of SAP Digital Interconnect.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

K&L Gates LLP's 'strong' banking and finance disputes team attracts praise for its 'deep range of knowledge and experience'. The 'excellent' John Magnin (who frequently handles cross-border matters in the finance space) leads the team alongside Anne McCarthy, who counts real estate finance, security disputes and asset tracing among her specialist areas. Special counsel Clare Tanner's experience spans litigation arising from structured finance transactions, investment banking, banking-related professional negligence, insolvency and security and guarantees.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin; Anne McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Communicated well. Put in the hours required, Understood us and our adversaries.’

John Magnin – voice of reason. Thought of legal angles the average high-level partner wouldn’t have.

John Magnin is an excellent disputes lawyer, very experienced, a great tactician – just the man to turn to with a problem. Declan Gallivan is a promising young associate.’

Strong team, easy to work with.

We had a nasty and tangled dispute matter. The K&L Gates team kept us sane and rational throughout the long process and helped us negotiate the best possible outcome. We were pleased with the end result. K&L Gates is good value for the money. Key capabilities: – extremely broad AND deep range of knowledge and experience from the key partners – fabulous K&L Gates network (both from a knowledge and geographic standpoint) – exceptionally responsive; they turned their deliverables around quickly – we genuinely liked the K&L Gates team – all of them! This was good since we spent a lot of time together.

Key clients

U.S. Bank Trustees Limited

CSC Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in connection with litigation at borrower level in a structured finance transaction.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

K&L Gates LLP's 'user-friendly and well-coordinated' team handles structured real estate finance transactions and CMBS deals. With offices in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium, the firm is noted for its ability to complete deals with a cross-border element. Richard Hardwick leads the team, with expertise in development finance. 'Responsive, organised and knowledgeable' special counsel Michael Anderson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hardwick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very user friendly and are well coordinated across the real estate and finance disciplines. Pragmatic solutions are forthcoming and the team is always switched on and helpful.’

‘Michael Anderson is very responsive, organised and knowledgeable. Mike is capable of quickly instilling confidence across complex subjects. Very reliable and nothing is too much trouble.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for an international debt fund providing financing relating to the acquisition of a hotel in England, including a capex facility.
  • Acted for an international debt fund providing financing relating to the acquisition of a block of 120 recently completed apartments in England.
  • Acted for a foreign trust vehicle providing mezzanine financing relating to prime real estate in London.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led by the 'empathetic, measured and thoughtful' Jonathan  Lawrence , K&L Gates LLP's sweet-spot lies in its ability to provide 'user-friendly and efficient advice' to its primarily global client base on both solvent restructuring and insolvency situations. Much of this work derives from the firm's extensive US and Middle Eastern-based fund roster and includes advice on their UK-based exposure and on potential UK-based distressed asset opportunities. Working alongside the firm's Doha office, the team also continues to advise Media City, Qatar on the drafting of a new insolvency regime for individuals and entities within its jurisdiction. Barry Cosgrave  joined Mayer Brown International LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Clare Tanner

Testimonials

It is a strong team that is user-friendly and efficient.’

The team is very forthcoming and responsive.’

Advice is clearly structured and immediately applicable.’

‘The outstanding Jonathan Lawrence is empathetic, measured, thoughtful and very intelligent – clients feels comfortable with him.’

Jonathan Lawrence clearly knows his stuff, but is also approachable, responsive and commercial.’

Jonathan Lawrence was consistently calm and organsied. His tact when dealing with spurious, opportunistic challenges was a credit to him and a service to us.’

Clare Tanner gives sound advice.’

Key clients

Nationwide Accident Repair Services

Media City, Qatar

Travel & General Insurance Services

The Hackett Group

Recaro Aircraft Seating

CSC Capital Markets UK

Hakkasan

Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Evofem Ltd

Sharp Life Science (EU) Limited

Intertrust Trustees Limited

EFG Bank AG

Lands’ End

UK Retail Warehouse Fund

Tocalabs

Arab Bank For Investment & Foreign Trade

Banque Misr – Abu Dhabi Branch

United Arab Bank PJSC

Commercial Bank International P.S.C.

Duff & Phelps

Investec

Mount Street

FRP Advisory

US Bank Trustees

The Receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised the Nationwide Accident Repair Services group of companies on the run-up to their administrations and pre-pack sale to Redde Northgate.
  • Advised Media City, Qatar on the drafting of a new insolvency regime for individuals and entities within its jurisdiction.
  • Advised the US headquartered fashion retailer, Lands’ End, on its relationship with Debenhams following the Debenhams’ administration and the subsequent Boohoo purchase of the Debenhams online presence clothing retailer.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

K&L Gates‘ dispute resolution offering spans securities, business torts, bankruptcy, banking, antitrust, white-collar crime, product liability, environmental, professional liability, class actions, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation, among others. The client portfolio includes national and international companies from the software and electronics, financial services, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing, as well as from the construction, food & beverage, and entertainment sectors. Pallavi Mehta Wahi in Seattle specialises in disputes with connection to corporate and technology. The Pittsburgh-based Thomas Birsic is well versed in class actions, business disputes, environmental and toxic torts, and shareholder disputes. Jeffrey Patterson in Boston and Melissa Tea in Pittsburgh lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Patterson; Melissa Tea

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Birsic; Pallavi Mehta Wahi; Joe Welborn; Artoush Varshosaz

Testimonials

‘Joe Welborn is one of the best lawyers in the market. On case after case, he helps us develop paths to a successful resolution with minimal imposition on our teams.’

‘No one works harder to understand our business and to support our personnel who are caught up in litigation.’

‘I have found it comforting that they always pull from their roster the right attorney for the right issue I face. The collaboration aspect is definitely a well-honed aspect of the firm.’

‘Artoush Varshosaz was very tuned into the facts of the case and I felt my best interest was always first and foremost. Artoush was brilliant in both depositions and dealing with the court/judge which I felt was not really tuned into the facts of the case. His patience prevailed and as did my case… Very happy with the firm!’

Key clients

Alcoa Corporation

Arkema Inc.

Crane Co.

Honeywell International Inc.

Howmet Aerospace

PNC Bank, N.A.

PPG Industries, Inc.

U.S. Steel

Work highlights

  • Representing PPG Industries as national coordinating counsel for the company’s nationwide asbestos liabilities.
  • Representing Arkema in connection with damages and liabilities arising from a series of well-publicized fires.
  • Served as lead counsel to Quest in a multi-million dollar breach of contract dispute with an independent vendor relating to obligations under a Master Services Agreement.

Qatar > Commercial, corporate and M&A

K&L Gates has an ‘excellent’ corporate practice in Doha, which advises government departments, banks and multinational companies on compliance and transactional matters. Amjad Hussain, who has over a decade of experience in the Qatari market, is recommended for cross-border M&A and outbound investments. Other key contacts include Pawel Piotrowski, counsel Simon Chan and Matthew Walker (whose practice is split between the London and Doha offices).

Practice head(s):

Amjad Hussain; Matthew Walker; Pawel Piotrowski

Testimonials

‘The team of K&L Gates has the reputation of being capable of handling sophisticated M&A.’

‘The individuals at K&L Gates are very professional and give their full attention to every matter they handle.’

‘K&L Gates have a very good team, harmonious, renowned and efficient. They provide high quality legal services, are knowledgeable of the market and industry, and they provide quality work. They stand out.’

‘The senior partner Amjad Hussain is a remarkable, very well known and trusted lawyer in commercial, corporate and M&A in Qatar, with a very accommodating personality and in-depth knowledge of his cases and transactions. He is very experienced in his field and highly recommended.’

‘Experienced team that can cater to a wide remit of client requirements. Able to tailor the team to bring in the right expertise as and when required. Always responsive and provide a quality service that allows me to have a high level of trust on the output.’

‘Simon Chan has a very strong and client-centric work ethic. He is also able to have the right balance of legal and commercial risk assessment to ensure transactions maintain traction and can get over the line. Amjad Hussain brings a strong client service and management ethic, as well as deep legal knowledge’

‘Amjad Hussain – Amjad is glad to assist us with any request. He would usually go the extra mile for his clients.’

Key clients

Masraf Al Rayan

Lendable Asset Management LLC

QInvest

Qatar First Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising on the merger of Al Khaliji Commercial Bank with Masraf Al Rayan to create a bank with assets of $47bn, making it the second largest bank in Qatar and the largest Islamic bank in Qatar.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

K&L Gates is particularly known for handling upstream oil and gas disputes. The practice group regularly represents lessees before municipal regulatory agencies as well as in litigation concerning the impact of municipal ordinances on oil and gas operations. It also has expertise in hydraulic fracturing litigation and is adept at handling class action cases. Jamie Bryan and Clare Kempkens co-lead the group from Fort Worth and London, respectively. Splitting his time between Fort Worth and Houston, Jeffrey King is another key figure at the practice. Former practice head Sandra Safro moved in house as associate GC at Edison Electric Institute in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Bryan; Clare Kempkens

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey King; Elizabeth Tiblets; Travis Brannon

Testimonials

Very good team, with good local knowledge.

Travis Brannon. Travis is a stand-out associate who is very good at client-oriented communications.’

Key clients

Enterprise Products Partners

TH Exploration II and Tug Hill Operating

TH Exploration

Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals

Continental Resources

EQT Production Company

Pachira Energy

SWN Production Company

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead litigation counsel to Enterprise Products Partners in a temporary restraining order, temporary injunction and litigation matter related to developing subdivision encroachments over a high-pressure pipeline in Parker County, Texas.
  • Acting as eminent-domain litigation and acquisition counsel to Enterprise Products in connection with the construction of the 92-mile Baymark Pipeline (for natural gas liquids), from Bayport, Harris County, Texas, to Markham in Matagorda County, Texas.
  • Acting as eminent-domain litigation and acquisition counsel to Enterprise Products in connection with the construction of the 443-mile South Texas NGL Pipeline, with approximately 140 new miles of pipeline being added in three new segments as part of the current project.

United States > Industry focus > Energy regulation: oil and gas

The team at K&L Gates has extensive experience in the regulation of natural gas pipeline transportation and storage, as well as LNG imports and exports. A key area of focus for the group cncerns the issues impacting the development of the hydrogen market, including siting, economic and safety regulations. David Wochner is the main contact in Washington DC, advising clients on federal regulatory and policy issues relating to energy infrastructure and commodities. London-based Clare Kempkens and Jamie Bryan in Fort Worth co-chair the practice. Sandro Safro moved in house in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Bryan; Clare Kempkens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has excellent knowledge and experience with FERC. They anticipate issues and continuously advise of trends and issues that we should be aware of.

David Wochner is an amazing attorney with great experience in regulatory energy law. He is always on point, aware of issues and extremely thorough in his analysis.

Key clients

NextDecade – Rio Grande LNG

Magnolia LNG

Texas LNG Brownsville

Andalusian Energy

Entergy Services

Commonwealth LNG

Next Carbon Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing NextDecade – Rio Grande LNG  on a wide range of regulatory matters related to its proposed LNG export project in south Texas, which -when constructed- will be the largest private infrastructure project in Texan history.
  • Advising Magnolia LNG on several regulatory and policy issues potentially impacting a proposed LNG export terminal in Louisiana.
  • Assisting Texas LNG Brownsville in relation to its FERC authorization to site, construct, and operate an LNG export facility.

United States > Real estate > Real estate

Co-leader of the K&L Gates‘ global real estate practice, Matthew Norton in Charleston is an authority on the sale, acquisition, financing, and development of hotels, resorts, and golf courses. In Seattle, Shannon Skinner is primarily known for her real estate financing and redevelopment expertise. She also routinely represents corporate real estate owners in the acquisition and disposition of their real estate holdings, portfolio transactions, build-to-suit leases, and data center developments.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Norton; Shannon Skinner

Testimonials

‘They provide direct and very easy access to the partner in charge of the engagement.’

‘There is a consistent attention to detail and more often than not, foresight that has helped guide my practice but also the business teams I have worked with. I also love that there is always at least one female on the team– diversity is a staple, not an afterthought. The caliber of work provided has always been exceptional, and I trust their direction deeply. They make it easier on their clients because it’s clear that they really care.’

‘K&L Gates Seattle are experts all matters involving commercial real estate transactions and redevelopment.’

‘Shannon Skinner’s land use, real estate transaction expertise, and skills in writing agreements that protect and benefit the interest of the community are invaluable.’

Key clients

South Street Partners, LLC

The Howard Hughes Corporation

Refuel Operating Company, LLC

KB Asset Management

IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Tiger Asset Management Investment Advisory

Meritz Alternative Investment Management

International produce and plant traits developer

An American life insurance company

Carnegie Mellon University

Hershey Foods

Work highlights

  • Representing South Street Partners in the development of a joint venture project with Salamander Hospitality in Middleburg, VA of 49 high-end residences as a part of the Salamander Resort and Spa.
  • Advised IGIS Asset Management on the negotiation of the acquisition of a 49% limited partner interest in the Midtown Center building located at 1100 15th Street in Washington, D.C., the largest D.C. real estate transaction since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
  • Represented the lender in a $250m acquisition debt for an office building in Seattle, WA.

The Lex 100 Verdict

With an established ‘international presence and a high quality of work typical of a US firm, combined with a really friendly culture and good work/life balance’, K&L Gates is highly sought after for training. One trainee highlights that they ‘liked the small intake, the emphasis on trainees taking ownership and responsibility of matters and the variety of practice areas’. The level of attention paid to each trainee is reflected in their regular inclusion in the firm’s major work. As one comments, ‘the small intake means that you feel like an integral part of a team, as you're often the only trainee in the department’. Trainees experience a ‘high level of responsibility compared to some peers and, overall, work fewer hours and late nights than at some other US firms’. In terms of formal training, the firm is also praised: ‘training within departments is good - there is always a push to run know-how sessions and lunchtime training on legal updates, etc. Trainees from all departments are usually invited so it's a good way to get insight into areas you're interested in'. Negatives include late nights and challenges involved with working from home, but trainees say that the firm has been very supportive. Client secondments prove very popular with one describing it as ‘a great opportunity to develop my legal knowledge and a range of soft skills, particularly around communication and messaging’. K&L Gates also offers top-level work with international scope: ‘the quality of work is brilliant and colleagues often lean heavily on trainees, so you can find yourself taking on an important role in some really interesting projects’. If you are looking for small-sized teams, with high responsibility and an international flavour to your training, then K&L Gates is one to watch.