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

K&L Gates LLP
ONE NEW CHANGE
LONDON
EC4M 9AF
England

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Praised for being ‘very attentive to client needs’ and ‘very knowledgeable on subject matter’, K&L Gates LLP is a key name in the marketplace for AIM transactions, advising complicated corporate structures, international tax and securities issues, and multiple international stock exchanges. Other defining characteristics of the practice include its focus on international cross-border work and strength advising US companies, alongside deep sector expertise in energy, mining, financial services, fintech, technology, life sciences, and real estate. Practice leader Paul Tetlow has extensive experience acting for companies, sponsors, NOMADs and brokers – particularly in the energy sector. James Green is another important contact within the group for energy and natural resources-driven work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very attentive to client needs. Very knowledgeable on the subject matter.’

‘James Green has been our counsel for the last 7 years, and he has always delivered.’

‘Extremely commercial, very easy to work with and brilliant service.’

‘Paul Tetlow is a very human, quick-witted and personable individual.’

Key clients

Dianomi Group PLC

Longboat Energy PLC

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

CML Microsystems PLC

finnCap Ltd

ProPhotonix Ltd

Cenkos Securities plc

Singer Capital Markets

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Amaroq Minerals Limited

Fonix Mobile plc

Deltic Energy plc

Peel Hunt LLP

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Axonics, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cenkos on the admission to AIM on Neometals Ltd.
  • Advised Amaroq Minerals Ltd on its placing and subscription to raise £30 million and its listing on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Iceland.
  • Advised long-standing client Deltic Energy PLC on its placing and open offer.

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

The insurance recovery and counselling team at K&L Gates LLP is led by Sarah Turpin, who navigates ‘the greatest issues with a steady hand’. It has experience assisting policyholders not only in dispute resolution but also with non-contentious advice including policy wording. The firm’s international reach supports its cross-border work in this area, including expertise regarding Bermuda Form claims, an area in which Ian Meredith specialises. The team also has experience in D&O liability, professional liability, cyber risk and property and business interruption – including claims arising from the Covid-19 lockdown. Matthew Smith has particular expertise regarding the construction industry.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Turpin

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Smith; Ian Meredith; Matthew Walker; Andrew Connelly; Bilal Khattab

Testimonials

‘Sarah Turpin has the class, expertise and leadership to navigate the greatest issues with a steady hand.’

Key clients

Hyve Group plc

Republic of France

Far East Façades (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hyve Group plc on insurance claims under an Event Cancellation insurance policy following the postponement/cancellation of a number of market leading exhibitions and events and as a result of government imposed restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Representing the Republic of France in a series of court and arbitral proceedings that arise out of the loss of the oil tanker the M/T Prestige in Nov 2002 and the resulting major oil spill.
  • Representing FEFUK in two proceedings issued urgently out of the High Court’s Technology and Construction Court and Insolvency and Companies List.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP‘s funds team acts for fund managers with the operation of both regulated and unregulated structures, including UCITS and NURS funds, with particular expertise in assisting funds domiciled in Ireland and Luxembourg in addition to the UK. The practice has also supported clients with regulatory challenges, advising on AIFMD and various ESG regimes in addition to digital assets regulation. Practice head Michelle Moran frequently liaises with UK and EU regulators on behalf of clients, whom she also assists with the authorisation and operation of retail structures. Philip Morgan is a regulatory specialist, advising on AIFMD and MiFID II in addition to ongoing Brexit-related matters, while Andrew Massey specialises in matters concerning UCITS structures.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Moran

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Federated Hermes

Independent Franchise Partners

John Hancock Financial Services

Principal Asset Management

Transport > Rail Tier 2

‘Overall K&L Gates LLP are a pleasure to work with, cost-effective and provide first class legal advice.’ Led by Matthew Smith, the team garners praise for its expertise in light rail metro and mass transit systems, in particular. It has been active advising on issues such as platform screen doors and complex systems contracts, as well as complicated signalling procurements. It is also well-placed to advise on operational railway issues and on other matters relating to rolling stock. In addition, it is skilled at advising on contracts for transmission based and communication based train control systems. Nicola Ellis is also recommended. 

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Ellis; Inga Hall; Daniel Lopez de Arroyabe

Testimonials

‘The team possess significant experience in contentious and non-contentious matters. It is equally adept at drafting conditions and dealing with disputes in the UK and internationally. The partner engagement is outstanding’. 

‘Matthew E Smith has a vast amount of experience in rail and works for many of the major players in the sector. He is responsive and gets to the core of a dispute quickly, is a brilliant tactician who provides pragmatic advice to his clients’.

‘Matthew is equally adroit at providing non-contentious advice. He has a calm, measured and pragmatic approach’.

‘Nicola Ellis has a great eye for detail and works seamlessly with clients undertaking complex infrastructure projects. She really knows her stuff and provides excellent advice’.

‘Inga K. Hall has extensive experience in rail and gives excellent, considered advice on contentious and non-contentious matters. She understands the detail of the matter, is never flustered and works tirelessly for her clients.’

‘Overall, K&L Gates LLP are a pleasure to work with, cost-effective and provide first class legal advice’. 

‘Matthew is very impressive he is clever, personable with a breadth of experience and is focussed on the best commercial outcomes for his clients, he is a valued adviser to both the internal legal team and the wider business clients’.

‘Nicola is clever and very knowledgeable, she is great at running projects and works brilliantly with the client teams and is extremely hard working. Dan is a very good lawyer with a great attention to detail’.

Key clients

Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Ltd

Qatar Rail

Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (“MRT Corp”)

Tube Lines Limited

Rail for London Limited

RKH Limited

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

Luxury fashion and beauty work forms the cornerstone of the practice at K&L Gates LLP, with clients such as Coty and Gucci regularly instructing the firm on high-profile, landmark advertising, marketing and supply chain agreements. Beyond this sphere of work, the team combines strong regulatory and multi-jurisdictional capabilities to advise on distribution arrangements and compliance issues for leading tech, manufacturing and automotive names, as well as particularly prominent contractual work in the entertainment and life sciences sector – an area which Richard Dollimore is well-versed in. Practice head Catherine Adam is routinely sought out in the wake of growing e-commerce related mandates, and is well-positioned to handle the full range of commercial issues whilst acting as the key-contact to retail, fashion and beauty clients. Jennifer Marsh is singled out for her distribution, agency and reseller contractual expertise, while Arthur Artinian leverages strong IP knowledge to advise on licence reviews and disputes, global advertising campaigns, and consumer sales terms and privacy policies. Gabriela Da Costa has worked closely with Maytronics to guide them through updating their distribution and reseller commercial terms, and was recently promoted to partner. Other individuals to note are associate Georgina Rigg, who has been very active supporting the full wealth of practice mandates, and senior associate Noirin McFadden, who has a strong background in technology and data protection matters. Associate Anna Sikora joined from an in-house position at Vodafone in 2022 to further bolster the group’s expertise.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Adam

Testimonials

‘Straightforward, honest and easy to deal with. Make clients feel extremely comfortable when discussing legal terminology which they may not normally be subject to or fully understand. Very supportive business in all aspects of their work. Would highly recommend.’

‘Jennifer Marsh – Outstanding in regard to work carried out. Delivery of information in a format that is relevant and clear. Supportive with all aspects of the work, easily contactable and always available and sometimes at short notice. Information delivered in a manner that is easy to digest.’

Key clients

Kinship Partners Inc.

Coty Inc.

SharkNinja Europe Limited

Gucci

Cummins Inc.

WWE

Maytronics

Design Museum

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP's 'smart, strategic and flexible' team consistently acts in major commercial disputes involving the firm's core specialisms, such as corporate transactions, energy, construction, funds, finance and Fintech. Other disputes specialisms cover technology, sport, gambling, consumer products, commercial life sciences, manufacturing, and logistics. The team is headed by 'excellent litigator' John Magnin, who is particularly focused on corporate, joint venture, finance, crypto and sports-related disputes; and Martin King, who has longstanding experience in the resolution of commercial disputes. At special counsel level, Clare Tanner is an expert in corporate, banking, finance, professional liability, insolvency, and offshore-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely quick and accurate grasp of the relevant facts, as well as the ability to focus on the key issues.’

‘K&L Gates has a very versatile team, which is able to handle a broad variety of matters.’

‘Clients love working with John Magnin, who is very strong intellectually, and also firm and calm.’

‘John Magnin is an excellent litigator, especially for complex and high-value disputes.’

‘John Magnin understands both commercial and technical issues very well.’

‘Clare Tanner is extremely diligent and careful.’

‘Smart, strategic and flexible – great individuals.’

Key clients

The Racing Partnership

Arena Leisure

Arena Racing Corporation

Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund

Change Agronomy

Grant Thornton

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings

Republic of France

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Racing Partnership and Arena Racing Company in business-critical litigation concerning issues of contract, confidentiality, and conspiracy, to stop the unauthorised use and commercial exploitation of live sports data.
  • Representing an individual defendant in a claim brought by a Syrian individual and eight anonymous claimants, in respect of an alleged conspiracy to fund a terrorist group in Syria.
  • Acting for crypto investment vehicles and DeFi platforms/apps in a number of crypto/digital asset disputes.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP acts for fashion and sport retailers, luxury brands, and consumer electronics, with notable strength in intellectual property and competition matters. The team is jointly led by Arthur Artinian, Catherine Adam and Jennifer Marsh. Artinian is a seasoned intellectual property expert, handling disputes, transactions, and strategy advice. Adam is recommended for commercial and logistics mandates, while Marsh specialises in advising consumer brands on competition issues, go-to-market strategies, and commercial agreements. Gabriela Da Costa was elevated to the partnership in March 2022, and also works on competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian; Catherine Adam; Jennifer Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Coty

SharkNinja

CTD Tiles (owned by Aurelius Group)

Nike

GHD

Ergotron

Wella Company

Kinship

Fiskars Group and various brand businesses (Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Copenhagen, Iittala, Royal Doulton, and Fiskars tools)

Modibodi

Work highlights

  • Advising Prada, Waterford and GoPro on the design and competition law compliance of their D2C retail presence and activities.
  • Advising on CTD’s acquisition of 13 Tile Giant branches.
  • Advising producers such as Coty, ghd and Jabra on consumer protection and product compliance laws in relation to the sale of products to consumers.

Public sector > Electoral Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP boasts a record of advising elected officials, political parties, and campaigns groups on a range of issues related to elections conduct, post-Brexit legal concerns, electoral finance matters, and lobbying rules. The team is led by Dylan Moses, who has handled Electoral Commission investigations and notably advises on political, cultural, and campaigning regulations in relation to the return of UK-held cultural artefacts. Investigations lawyer Rosie Naylor is also recommended and has experience advising campaign groups on their formations and activities during regulated election periods.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Bolstering its hospitality and retail expertise, the ‘efficient, skilled, commercial and diverse’ practice at K&L Gates LLP excels in big-ticket development, investment, and regeneration matters. Head of real estate Christian Major advises institutional funds on the acquisition, letting and management of commercial and residential assets and portfolios. Steven Cox and Joanna Williams thrive in the corporate occupiers arena and often handle landlord and tenant mandates. Williams is also noted for her expertise in property finance. Chiara Del Frate is adept in logistics, restaurant, shopping centre and student housing property mandates, both in the UK and Italy, and ‘exceptional’ Tim Webb assists real estate private equity funds. Wayne Smith and Christopher Swallow primarily act for institutional investors, and Emma Maher is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Testimonials

‘The real estate team provide high level legal advice, is multidisciplinary and offers a unique global platform. The team is also commercial and able to anticipate the needs and problems of our business.’

‘The team were very professional and provided excellent advice throughout the complex project.’

‘The leadership and knowledge shown by the individuals was excellent. They were able to help us deal with a very complicated transaction in a very straight forward fashion.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is experienced with an excellent commercial and practical sense. She is a skilled negotiator, very responsive, able to deal with complex cross-border matters, accurate and well organised.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Coty Inc.

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

Hakkasan

Home House

LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Optiver

Royal Academy of the Arts

Slalom Consulting

The Guinness Partnership

Unity Software

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised global super brand Hakkasan on landlord and tenant matters.
  • Advised Optiver on their new headquarters in London and adapting the space to meet specific requirements.
  • Advising Slalom Consulting in relation to their expansion across the UK.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Bolstering its hospitality and retail expertise, the ‘efficient, skilled, commercial and diverse’ practice at K&L Gates LLP excels in big-ticket development, investment, and regeneration matters. Head of real estate Christian Major advises institutional funds on the acquisition, letting and management of commercial and residential assets and portfolios. Steven Cox and Joanna Williams thrive in the corporate occupiers arena and often handle landlord and tenant mandates. Williams is also noted for her expertise in property finance. Chiara Del Frate is adept in logistics, restaurant, shopping centre and student housing property mandates, both in the UK and Italy, and ‘exceptional’ Tim Webb assists real estate private equity funds. Wayne Smith and Christopher Swallow primarily act for institutional investors, and Emma Maher is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Testimonials

‘We have been working with K&L Gates for ten years and are fully satisfied by the high quality of the legal services they provide.’

‘They have a great global platform and are able to deal with complex investment and cross borders matters. They are efficient, skilled, commercial and diverse.’

‘The team were very professional and provided excellent advice throughout the complex project.’

‘The leadership and knowledge shown by the individuals was excellent. They were able to help us deal with a very complicated transaction in a very straight forward fashion.’

‘An exceptional team.’

‘Chiara Del Frate is available, accurate, skilled, and commercial with great communication and management skills. She is able to anticipate our needs and support our business.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc

Avanton

Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership

Hakkasan

LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership and Nuveen Real Estate on the real estate construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development.    
  • Advising Guinness Homes/The Guinness Partnership on a sale of a 28 storey ‘Build To Rent’ units.
  • Advising Patrizia on the purchase of residential build to rent units from Berkeley Homes.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP excels in resolving complex disputes related to major projects both in the UK and internationally, leveraging varied resolution procedures like adjudications, international arbitrations, mediations, and expert determinations. The firm is proficient in advising on UK infrastructure projects and real estate developments, along with a growing international practice spanning the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The team is led by Matthew Smith, whose expertise is advising on UK and international transport, energy, and infrastructure disputes, and Kevin Greene, who acts for institutional investors, developers, owners, funders and contractors. Jeremy Farr stands out with his focus on offshore energy and EPC, while Clare Kempkens offers her expertise as an experienced offshore construction lawyer. Matthew Walker’s practice extends to the Middle East, working from both the London and Doha offices.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates provide a premium service with genuine sector expertise and international reach.’

‘Matthew Smith is a genuine construction law expert in both the international and UK domestic markets. He is also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team consists of bright, attentive lawyers who are led by seasoned, experienced practitioners. They quickly get to the nub of the issues involved, which enables them to give timely, sound, practical, commercial advice. They understand the various dispute resolution and give clients excellent advice to navigate them. The team is responsive and a delight to work with.’

‘Matthew Smith has a vast amount of experience and gives considered, informed and pragmatic advice. He understands the industries he works in and is a commercial lawyer with a great eye for detail who gets to the core of a dispute quickly. Matthew leads his team with aplomb and is a great communicator and tactician who always has an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘Matthew Walker is a first-rate, knowledgeable construction lawyer. He has excellent client management and communication skills. Matthew has considerable experience in the Middle East, he understands the laws and culture. He thrives on understanding and unpicking the factual matrix, so he can put the best case possible forward.’

‘Excellent client communication and prodigiously hard-working team. Good “hands on” partner involvement.’

‘Matt Smith is a powerhouse on construction disputes. Compared to other firms, I think the team’s strongest point is how efficient they are.’

‘The team was professional, skilled and experienced.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

Halcrow Ltd

Augusta Ventures

General Electric

Nuveen

Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London

London Underground Limited

LUL Nominee SSL Ltd

LUL Nominee BCV Ltd

Rail for London

Crossrail Limited

Qatar Rail

Laing O’Rourke Group

Renfe

Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A

Angola LNG

Crown Commercial Services

Patrizia

Jacobs

GE Grid Solutions

GE Renewables

Ferrovial Construction UK

Breakshore Limited

Far East Façades (UK) Limited

Westinghouse Electric Company

Engie

Work highlights

  • Advising Westinghouse on its AP1000 nuclear projects across Europe.
  • Advised Breakshore, a developer, in relation to disputes with its contractor in relation to a residential development project in Kent.
  • Representing FEFUK in two proceedings issued urgently out of the High Court’s Technology and Construction Court and Insolvency and Companies List.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP provides advisory services on high-profile UK real estate development and transport infrastructure projects, with an expanding international practice. Kevin Greene, leading the London department, acts on behalf of institutional investors, developers, owners, funders, and contractors, bringing expertise in negotiating and drafting complex construction, procurement, and engineering contracts. Matthew Smith, as the global head of construction, focuses on advising clients in the UK and internationally on transport, energy, and infrastructure projects. Matthew Walker, a partner based in both the Doha and London offices, offers non-contentious construction advice specifically within the rail sector.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Limited

Qatar Rail

European Metals Holdings

Mass Rapid Transit Malaysia

Angola LNG

Crown Commercial Services

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Patrizia

Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

London River Services Ltd

Ferrovial Construction UK

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Westinghouse Electric Company

Work highlights

  • Advising on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development, an extensive mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of £850 million.
  • Advised on the FIDIC-based contract forms for initial feasibility studies and the most efficient project structure for the client, taking into account local law issues. On this project we are working with our local Czech counsel, Kamil Blažek of Kinstellar.
  • Representing Westinghouse, the nuclear technology provider, in relation to a series of high value nuclear projects across the globe.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 4

Working with local and US corporate clients on a host of cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, the ‘extremely commercial’ K&L Gates LLP offers a ‘brilliant’ service across a number of key sectors, including technology, industrials, real estate, energy, infrastructure and sport. Beyond his position as practice head, the ‘quick witted and personable’ Paul Tetlow maintains a diverse practice, covering public takeovers, main and AIM market flotations, M&A, and family office investments across a range of industries. Tom Wallace handles a broad range of transactions in the financial services and technology space, while automotive industry specialist Howard Kleiman is experienced in M&A, IPOs, reorganisations, fundraisings and private equity transactions. James Green - a specialist in mining, oil and gas and renewable energy work - is noted for his expertise in international public and private M&A, including in emerging markets, while James Cross is recommended for his focus on private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Tom Wallace; John Elgar; Howard Kleiman; James Green; James Cross; Richard Dollimore

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely commercial, very easy to work with and provide brilliant service.’

‘Paul Tetlow is a very human, quick witted and personable individual.’

‘Paul Tetlow was able to assemble a knowledgeable team that enabled us to navigate the various landscapes and jurisdictions to close the transaction at short notice.’

‘Paul Tetlow is a very commercially oriented and knowledgeable lawyer that helped us cross the finish line. Our executive team were delighted with his and his team’s exceptional support. This team was extremely helpful and the guidance they provided was key in getting the deal done.’

Key clients

Shelf Drilling Ltd.

Pearson Plc

Lesha Bank

Global Resale, LLC

Amaroq Minerals Limited

The Shareholders of Bilboes Gold Limited

CML Microsystems PLC

Orangewood Partners

Soho Square Capital

Sealaska Corporation

Confluence Technologies, Inc.

Axonics, Inc.

Fiserv, Inc.

D.D.Williamson & Co.

Go Instore

Brightstar Device Protection LLC

The Shareholders of The Segen Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Shelf Drilling, Ltd. on its acquisition to acquire five jack-up rigs from various subsidiaries of Noble Corporation.
  • Advised a U.S. subsidiary of Pearson PLC, a London-based leading global EdTech and workforce solutions provider, in connection with its acquisition of Personnel Decisions Research Institute, LLC, the market leader in talent management and workforce assessments.
  • Advised Lesha Bank (previously known as Qatar First Bank) on the acquisition by a consortium of Qatari investors of a minority interest in Ennismore, a global hotel management company.

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

Working with a growing roster of domestic and international sponsors, K&L Gates LLP is a popular choice for a number of funds across the mid-market space. The London office is headed up by James Cross, a prolific transactional adviser who leads the firm’s relationships with many of its key sponsor, investor, and portfolio company clients. Cross is regularly supported by Andrew Poole, a similarly active deals lawyer whose recent engagements include investment transactions in the professional services and tech sectors.

Practice head(s):

James Cross

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Soho Square Capital

Orangewood Partners

Pearson Plc

Aurelius

August Equity

Averroes Capital

Inspirit Capital

TriSpan

AGIC Capital

Flywheel Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Soho Square Capital on its investment and partnership with Oliver James.
  • Advised Orangewood Partners on its investment in Barrington James.
  • Advised a U.S. subsidiary of Pearson PLC in connection with its acquisition of Personnel Decisions Research Institute, LLC for approximately $185m from Exponent Private Equity.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 4

Despite the departure in October 2022 of Sidanth Rajagopal to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, K&L Gates LLP maintains considerable market visibility among lessors, in particular, across a range of new money and restructuring mandates. Peter O'Hare handles much of this work and has expertise across a range of financing transactions, including capital markets-related matters and large portfolio trading and warehouse financing transactions. 'One of the best, most knowledgeable legal professionals in aviation field', Philip Perrotta co-heads the team alongside O'Hare, regularly handling complex matters for parts suppliers and manufacturers.  

Practice head(s):

Pete O’Hare; Philip Perrotta

Other key lawyers:

Max Griffin

Testimonials

‘It is the involvement and passion….. Transmits confidence and that client is not just a “time sheet filling provider.”…’

‘You really fell that they are there for your case and will do all they can to get the best for your project/intentions/case.’

‘As a client we value the professionalism of the team as well as high communication skills and responsiveness.’

‘ Philip Perrotta has a unique skill of providing high-quality legal advice and is one of the best most knowledgeable legal professionals in the aviation field.’

Key clients

Abelo Capital Aviation Management Limited (formerly Elix Aviation Management Limited)

JLPS Ireland Limited

LCI

Work highlights

  • Advising the borrower on the Balthazar backed limited recourse financing of an A350 aircraft leased to a European flag carrier pursuant to a Japanese operating lease (a first-in-kind transaction).
  • Advising the lessor on the sale and leaseback of A320NEO aircraft with an Indian airline (one of the largest sale and lease back transactions completed in the market in 2022).
  • Advising a joint venture on a master term loan agreement secured on a portfolio of helicopters.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP acts for clients across the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas sectors on both non-contentious and contentious matters. Corporate partner Paul Tetlow leads the team alongside experienced oil & gas lawyer Jeremy Farr who is praised as ‘a first class lawyer with a strong commercial, solution-orientated approach’.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow; Jeremy Farr

Other key lawyers:

Ben Holland; Charles Lockwood; Clare Kempkens; James Green

Testimonials

‘International reach. Breadth of experience across the team. Strong on use of technology (information and billing) hubs which shares openly with client.’

‘Jeremy Farr is a standout partner. A first class lawyer with a strong commercial, solution- orientated approach. Works easily with all members of the client team and management. Highly responsive and always adds value to the question at hand.’

‘Charles Lockwood also worth a special mention.’

‘Ben Holland is great consultant. He is very knowledgeable, highly educated and well versed in the energy sector.’

‘Extremely commercial, very easy to work with and brilliant service.’

‘Paul Tetlow is very human, quick witted and personable individual – you would be happy to be stuck in a lift with him.’

‘The team is know for: fast feedback on enquiries with preliminary analysis even in the first email; direct contact with executive lawyer not only with partner which is speed up the process; advise and support on first stages even before commercial issues agreed; and support from colleagues in other jurisdictions in trans border cases even in countries where the firm does not have own offices.’

‘Ben Holland is a very responsible and have wide outlook and knowledge in technical matters which is important in cases where high tech equipment is the subject.’

Key clients

Longboat Energy Plc

PKN Orlen S.A.

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Deltic Energy PLC

Glencore Energy UK Ltd

Shelf Drilling Ltd

Novomet ZFE

Halliburton

Uniper Global Commodities

Bumi Armada Berhad

Wood Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Shelf Drilling on the USD375 million acquisition of five jack-up drilling rigs from Noble Corporation.
  • Advised Deltic Energy PPLC on its placing and open offer funding.
  • Advised Uniper Global Commodities on the urgent preparation and negotiation of a Terminal Use Agreement and related documentation for the Wilhelmshaven FSRU LNG terminal.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Bolstering its hospitality and retail expertise, the ‘efficient, skilled, commercial and diverse’ practice at K&L Gates LLP excels in big-ticket development, investment, and regeneration matters. Head of real estate Christian Major advises institutional funds on the acquisition, letting and management of commercial and residential assets and portfolios. Steven Cox and Joanna Williams thrive in the corporate occupiers arena and often handle landlord and tenant mandates. Williams is also noted for her expertise in property finance. Chiara Del Frate is adept in logistics, restaurant, shopping centre and student housing property mandates, both in the UK and Italy, and ‘exceptional’ Tim Webb assists real estate private equity funds. Wayne Smith and Christopher Swallow primarily act for institutional investors, and Emma Maher is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Testimonials

‘The team were very professional and provided excellent advice throughout the complex project.’

‘The leadership and knowledge shown by the individuals was excellent. They were able to help us deal with a very complicated transaction in a very straight forward fashion.’

‘In BTR investment/development, the team is extremely strong.’

‘Tim Webb is exceptional. He is polished, cool headed, and gets stuck in. He knows what I want and delivers.’

‘Emma Maher is exceptional. She is in control of all the workstreams and assists Tim to ensure all bases are covered. She’s also very proactive.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc

Avanton

Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership

Hakkasan

LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership and Nuveen Real Estate on the real estate construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development.
  • Advising Guinness Homes/The Guinness Partnership on a sale of a 28 storey ‘Build To Rent’ units.
  • Advising Patrizia on the purchase of residential build to rent units from Berkeley Homes.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

The ‘incredibly efficient and focused’ planning team at K&L Gates LLP acts on both sides of development matters, working across a range of sectors for both public and private clients. The team handles regeneration and infrastructure projects, urban redevelopment, and strategic planning, as well as some cross-border transactional work. Practice head Feroze Abbasprovides consistently strong advice’ and has developed expertise in niche areas of the planning sphere, including vires and transactional structuring. ‘Diligent’ and ‘knowledgeable’ senior associate Rebecca Daniels plays an active role in the majority of the team’s planning projects.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team have expert skills in all aspect of planning law. As a local authority client, the most value of the K&L Gates team is the confidence it distils in advocating on our behalf, especially in high-value and complex cases. The team have advanced the skills of the wider time and ensured we remained equipped with latest case law and legislative developments.’

‘Feroze Abbas, Rebecca Daniels, and the team have always stood out as fantastic lawyers, but are also able to engage with a variety of partners and stakeholders – from developers to local councillors. They have excellent sector knowledge and are highly respected. They go the extra mile to ensure they understand the position prior to entering negotiations and have been intimately involved in developing new and bold ways of securing additional value. They are strong advocates.’

‘The people in the K&L Gates team are the best of the best.’

‘K&L Gates always provide insightful, excellent advice which is easily digestible and go above and beyond to help explain to junior members of the client team when needed. They are renowned for being personable and enjoyable to work with, but robust in defence and all advice given.’

‘Feroze Abbas is exceptionally personable and will make himself available to help.’

‘Rebecca Daniels is extremely through, whilst also very friendly and approachable, which helps to mark her out from other firms.’

‘The team is incredibly efficient and focused, providing robust and well-constructed advice to the client.’

‘Feroze Abbas provides consistently strong advice and exceptional client care.’

Key clients

Avanton

Coty Inc

Elysian Residences

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Bromley

London Newcastle

LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Hounslow on all aspects of planning, including negotiation of section 106 agreements on multiple development sites.
  • Advising Workspace Group PLC on the re-development of the Chocolate Factory in Wood Green, now part of an area wide regeneration scheme.
  • Continuing to advise Avanton on its strategic Old Kent Road project, as well as Avanton’s new Culvert Close, London development which is currently in planning.

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

K&L Gates LLP’s IP practice routinely handles trade mark portfolio management for household name brands, as well as litigation and copyright strategy, among other matters. The department is active across an array of sectors, including luxury goods, technology and consumer electronics. Practice head Arthur Artinian acts for high profile brands on global IP strategy, transactions and disputes. Associate Simon Casinader’s expertise includes the prosecution and enforcement of IP protection strategies, while associate Serena Totino, who is dual qualified in Italy and England, is active on transactional IP matters. Fellow associate Georgina Rigg is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian

Key clients

Nike

Coty

Aman Hotels Group

TripAdvisor

Wella Company

Ralph Lauren

Tateossian

Furla

Renzo Piano

Cardtronics

Coinbase

Work highlights

  • Acting as Nike’s sole design counselling firm in the UK, to manage all design matters for all Nike business units including NIKE, JORDAN and CONVERSE, including prosecution, enforcement, litigation and strategy.
  • Advising Coty on the global rollout of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses, following from our representation of the client in its $600m licensing and collaboration deal with Kylie Jenner.
  • Acting as global IP counsel for Aman Hotels Group and managing the company’s entire global IP portfolio of trade marks and designs as well as advising on enforcement, domain name, litigation and licensing matters.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP acts for airlines and lessors on a range of transactions, including sales, purchases and leases, with contentious matters including issues of non-payment and aircraft seized in Russia also forming part of the practice’s capabilities. Heading the group are aviation financing specialists Philip Perrotta and Peter O’Hare, with Peter Morton co-ordinating the firm’s international arbitration practice and taking the lead on aviation sector disputes. Former practice heads Sidanth Rajagopal and Manuela Krach moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP in October 2022 and March 2023 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Philip Perrotta; Peter O’Hare; Peter Morton

Testimonials

‘They have a significant number of partners with deep expertise in aviation and transport-related disputes, including financing and leasing, regulatory and technical matters.’

‘As a client, we value the professionalism of the team as well as high communication skills and responsiveness.’

‘The whole team is supportive, including but not limited to partners, paralegals and the financial department etc.’

‘Philip Perrotta has a unique skill of providing high-quality legal advice and is one of the best knowledgeable legal professionals in the aviation field.’

‘Philip Perrotta has the best understanding of business needs and finds the best solutions to meet the customer’s needs.’

‘Peter Morton is a highly qualified legal professional, very responsive and a true expert in his field.’

Key clients

Abelo Capital Aviation Management Limited

JLPS Ireland Limited

Lease Corporation International (LCI)

Vietjet

Avation PLC

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC)

AMRA Leasing

Work highlights

  • Represented AMRA Leasing in obtaining a default judgment for over $10m in respect of sums due under an aircraft lease, and thereafter in 2022 successfully defeating an application to set aside the judgment.
  • Acted for aircraft lessor China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) in parallel Commercial Court proceedings against defendants Asia Aviation Capital Limited and AirAsia Berhad, leading to a successful resolution of the dispute in 2022.
  • Acted for a leading provider of air cargo services in ICC arbitration proceedings with an Asian national flag carrier airline regarding a long term hard block cargo capacity agreement.

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

K&L Gates LLP advises on a broad range of matters concerning ESG, AIFMD, MiFID II, EMIR, payment services, fintech and cryptocurrency, with demonstrable capability in handling pan-European and transatlantic mandates. Michelle Moran spearheads the London-based practice and advises on the establishment, authorisation and management of retail and institutional investment funds in the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg and Jersey. Other key contacts in the group include Philip Morgan and Andrew Massey.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Moran; Michael Caccese

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates cover the financial services regulatory landscape with professionals in the UK and Europe.’

‘The entire team provides real-time and practical advice on financial market regulation and enforcement matters.’

‘Andrew Massey is always ready to provide thorough, comprehensive advice.’

‘Very knowledgeable about UK and EU remuneration regulations applicable to regulated companies.’

‘Andrew Massey is approachable, experienced and responsive.’

Key clients

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Federated Hermes

First Sentier Investors

Manulife Investment Management (Europe)

Securitas

Work highlights

  • Representing Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global investment manager with approximately US$637bn in assets under management.
  • Representing Federated Hermes a global investment manager operating in Europe through regulated entities in the UK and Ireland.
  • Representing First Sentier Investors (formerly Colonial First State) a global asset management business which manages assets of US$180bn.

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

Counting CEOs, senior managers, and company directors amongst its key clients, the K&L Gates LLP practice specialises in handling internal investigations, serious and complex fraud, and money laundering. The team has a strong presence in the sanctions and extradition space, regularly defending individuals in proceedings brought by domestic enforcement agencies including the SFO, FCA, and FRC. Practice head Dylan Moses displays ‘excellent knowledge’ on white-collar crime and regulatory matters, while Michael Ruck is a ‘first-class advisor’ on multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations. Rosie Naylor handles bribery and corruption proceedings, while Annabel Goulding focuses on fraud issues.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Dylan Moses is a very highly regarded practitioner who has acted on significant mandates.’

‘Dylan Moses is cool, calm and collected in his approach. A fantastic operator with years of experience as a criminal lawyer.’

‘Has recently emerged as strong team with real experience of white-collar trial work. Both partners Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck have both been involved in significant SFO and FCA trials respectively. That kind of experience is not so common in the market these days so they can properly claim proper trial experience.’

‘The team are very strong but also able to call very easily on expertise from across the firm where needed.’

‘Dylan Moses has excellent knowledge, sensible and pragmatic judgement and I’d great at breaking down issues to the fundamental matters. He also listens to and values the input of his team, which I felt was very important.’

‘Rosie Naylor has a really strong knowledge of the material and a great eye for detail. She adds a different view to many discussions, which is always valuable.’

‘A full commercial offering with exceptional financial regulation experience and expertise.’

‘Michael Ruck is by far one of the leading regulatory defence lawyers for FCA enforcement investigations and both civil and criminal proceedings.’

Key clients

Former CEO of Balli Group Plc

Former CFO of Redcentric

Senior Manager of KPMG

Work highlights

  • Representing the former CEO of 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.
  • The firm has been instructed by former Redcentric CFO Tim Coleman. The instructions are in connection with Mr Coleman’s alleged criminal conduct whilst working at Redcentric, in the accounting periods leading up to the 2016 interim and year-end results.
  • Representing a senior manager of KPMG in connection with the FRC’s investigation into the FRC’s Audit Quality Review into aspects of the audits of Carillion (year end 2016) and Regenersis (year end 2014).

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP‘ 'global team is led by exceptional partners'. The London practice's arbitration instructions incorporate a range of industries, including insurance coverage (policy-holder side), energy, technology, media, aviation, and construction and infrastructure. Ian Meredith is experienced in insurance, energy and investment disputes; John Magnin has longstanding international arbitration expertise; Peter Morton is an aviation and energy disputes specialist; and Ben Holland handles multi-jurisdictional large-scale claims for energy sector clients.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin; Ian Meredith; Peter Morton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Holland; Jeremy Farr; Clare Kempkens; Matthew Walker; Nita Mistry; Tim Gavigan; Theo Hall; Louise Bond; Jack Salter

Testimonials

‘A diverse and knowledgeable team.’

The firm’s global team is led by exceptional partners, enabling them to work 24/7 on extremely complex, very high-value international arbitrations.’

‘The level of service and their technical knowledge are exemplary.’

All are technically superb, always available, proactive, and a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients

Republic of France

Glencore Energy UK

Arconic

Howmet Aerospace

Formula 1®

Work highlights

  • Represents the Republic of France in a series of court and arbitral proceedings, which arise out of the loss of oil tanker M/T Prestige and the resulting oil spill.
  • Acting for an Indian foreign investor in an investment treaty arbitration against a Middle Eastern sovereign, arising from a PPP infrastructure project.
  • Acted in a Dubai International Arbitration Centre arbitration, concerning a major infrastructure project in the Middle East.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

Recommended for advising clients on complex private equity fund structures as well as spin outs, K&L Gates LLP is led by Daniel Greenaway who leverages his prior experience working in the tax field to advise GPs on impact-linked carried interest structures.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Greenaway

 

 

Other key lawyers:

Jin Enyi; Laura Price

Testimonials

‘This is an excellent team with deep experience and a very commercial approach.’

‘Exceptionally professional, responsive and courteous.’

‘We have worked with Daniel Greenaway and his team in fund structuring using Scottish Limited partnerships and find him and his team are exceptionally good at what they do and hard wording. They are also incredibly responsive and on the ball on technical issues.’

‘We have worked with Daniel Greenaway – he offers strong commercial knowledge, a comprehensive understanding of funds and excellent technical knowledge.’

We have worked with Laura Price who is an associate in Daniel’s team. We have been impressed by her responsiveness and eye for detail.’

‘The firm boasts a team of highly skilled and personable lawyers with extensive experience covering many industries and practice areas. Their deep understanding of the unique dynamics and intricacies of private equity transactions enables them to provide tailored legal advice and solutions.’

‘Collaboration is a hallmark of K&L Gates globally and its their global footprint that allows them to serve clients like us in multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Great team to work with. Very responsive, highly personable, exceptional output.’

Key clients

TriSpan

Future Business Partnership

Flywheel Partners

Astarte Capital

Seek Ventures

Inspirit Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising TriSpan on raising its new Rising Stars fund.
  • Advising Future Business Partnership, which invests in sustainable brands through raising ethically-motivated capital.
  • Advising Inspirit Capital on its second fund.

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

Feroze Abbas leads the planning and environment cohort at K&L Gates LLP, which has a particular focus advising namely local planning authorities on the environmental aspects of urban regeneration projects and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Rigg

Key clients

AMBIPAR PARTICIPAÇÕES E EMPREENDIMENTOS S.A.

Workspace Group plc

International Molybdenum Association

London Borough of Hounslow

Nortek Inc.

Coty Inc.

LRC Group

Nuveen Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising the Council as Local Planning Authority on environmental aspects of significant development and regeneration schemes including carbon offset programs, sustainable travel links and green travel plans.
  • Providing development advice to a longstanding client on a number of schemes including all environmental elements of agreements such as contaminated land and remediation.
  • Acting for Brazil-based Ambipar Participacoes E Empreendimentos S.A. on its corporate acquisition of Enviroclear Site Services Limited, a UK-based waste management service.

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

Counting multinational corporations and FTSE 250 companies amongst its key clients, the K&L Gates LLP practice draws upon its ‘wealth of experience’ to offer bespoke advice on regulatory matters and cross-border business crime cases. The team has a strong track record in high-profile SFO and FRC investigations, using its network of US offices when addressing AML, fraud, and bribery proceedings spanning across many different jurisdictions. The ‘bright, practical’ Dylan Moses leads the practice, frequently dealing with complex health and safety prosecutions, while Brian Saulnier focuses on corruption-related issues. Michael Ruck handles regulatory compliance, working closely with domestic and foreign regulators. Rose Naylor is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Testimonials

‘Dylan Moses leads the team in the UK and is a very highly regarded practitioner who acts on significant mandates.’

‘Fantastic team which covers both regulatory and criminal issues.’

‘Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck are brilliant. Michael brings his FCA “in house” experience to his clients.’

‘I have known Michael Ruck for some years, although have not yet worked together with him on a case as co-defendant. I know him reasonably well however and my sense is that he is an up-and-coming lawyer, steeped in the world of financial services regulation, with a keen sense of how to run regulatory investigations well. He also brings the added dimension of having previously worked at the regulator.’

‘The Risk Advisory team at K&L Gates has a wealth of experience in advising and representing corporate clients on risk management and regulatory investigations. The firm’s international presence enables it to address cross border investigations effectively and to provide advice beyond the confines of domestic legislation.’

‘Dylan Moses is at the forefront of the firm’s practice in this field. His deep knowledge of corporate crime is informed by many years of practice as a criminal barrister and a continuing raft of experience in regulatory investigations. He is bright, practical and extremely hard working. His down to earth approach make him popular with corporate clients at all levels. Associate solicitor Rosie Naylor is a highly committed lawyer in this field with excellent judgement and a thorough approach to every aspect of her substantial case load.’

Key clients

Balli 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 Laing O’Rourke (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law.
  • 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

The ‘proactive’ team at K&L Gates LLP attracts considerable praise from clients, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities in transactional and behavioural competition matters. The practice has a particular emphasis on the vertical space, providing advice on the full gamut of vertical rules including RPM, online and cross-border restrictions and performance pricing. The ‘very diligent’ practice head Jennifer Marsh advises on all aspects of competition law and is regularly engaged by a diverse portfolio of consumer goods heavyweights. Gabriela Da Costa is noted for expertise in EU and UK vertical competition law, having provided assistance to some of the world’s largest consumer brands in sectors such as fashion, luxury, electronics, and sports.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela da Costa; Michal Kocon; Niall Lavery; Georgina Rigg; Anna Sikora

Testimonials

‘They listen to your needs, are proactive, to the point, clear and great value for money. Provide non-legal lingo to non-lawyers, are creative, and adapt to the risk appetite.’

‘Jennifer Marsh and Michal Kocon are very diligent and aware of their subject matter. They make the time for you and are prompt and clear when completing tasks. Friendly and personable.’

 

Key clients

Royal Copenhagen, Waterford, Wedgwood, Iittala of the Fiskars Group

Jemella Ltd, trading as ghd hair

Westinghouse Electric Company

SharkNinja Europe Limited

Securitas AB

Shelf Drilling, Ltd

Kaman Corporation

GoPro

Aurelius (Ceramic Tile Distributors)

Marshall Amplification PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on its multi-billion investment in OpenAI (creator of ChatGPT).
  • Advising major consumer brands across the spectrum of complex vertical competition law aspects of their go-to-market strategies in Europe and the UK, including GoPro, Prada/Church’s, SharkNinja, Jabra/GN, Waterford, Wedgewood, Royal Copenhagen, ghd, Osprey, Wella, POC Sport, Gucci, Diesel, Ferragamo, and Mölnlycke.
  • Securing acquirers’ suitable purchaser approvals from antitrust and national security regulators in the context of multi-billion transactions, including for Shelf Drilling (Noble/Maersk) and Kaman Corporation (Parker/Meggitt).

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Richard Hardwick is the practice head at K&L Gates LLP, and is a trusted adviser to finance parties, sponsors and borrowers on cross-border transactions, CMBS loan restructuring and insolvency. Michael Anderson is experienced in origination, syndication and restructuring of real estate debt.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hardwick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Overall strong leadership and strong input from all the team.’

‘Richard Hardwick – Strong leadership as partner.’

‘The property finance team are very experienced and have a good understanding of the client’s requirements.’

‘The individuals we work with are always proactive and quick to respond to any queries, providing solutions which protect the client’s position.’

Key clients

Northern Trust Group Limited

Threestones Capital Management S.A.

UK Retail Warehouse Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Northern Trust Group, the property investment, development and land regeneration company, in relation to a £270 million facility.
  • Acted on the English, German and Luxembourg finance aspects of a syndicated euro 53.5m real estate facility secured on real estate in Germany and Spain.
  • Acted on the English and Luxembourg finance aspects of a syndicated euro 16,650,000 real estate facility secured on real estate in Spain.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

The 'highly responsive and personable' team at K&L Gates LLP provides 'legally tight and commercially insightful advice' to IPs, creditors, funds and corporates on both solvent restructurings and insolvency matters. 'Empathetic and technically excellent' team head Jonathan Lawrence continues to handle a considerable amount of distressed M&A-related work for US funds, and is also well-versed in restructurings with a nexus to the Middle East. Special counsel Clare Tanner is the other main practitioner in the team and has a focus on contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team delivers legally tight and commercially insightful advice.’

‘The team is highly responsive and personable.’ 

‘Jonathan Lawrence is experienced, client-centric, empathetic and technically excellent.’

‘Proactive, responsive – the team are a real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Travel & General Insurance Services

Chembio Diagnostics

CBRE

CTD Tiles Limited

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised CTD Tiles Limited on the acquisition of Tile Giant assets out of administration.
  • Advised CBRE on the receivership of a UK commercial real estate asset.
  • Advised Travel & General Insurance Services Ltd in respect of its obligations and duties with regard to the re-negotiation of its debt and equity structure and on the rights and obligations of its directors.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds

K&L Gates LLP made a notable hire for its London asset management and investment funds team in June 2023 with the hire of Fieldfisher hedge funds leader Ron Feldman.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

K&L Gates represents clients in a broad range of disputes, including securities, business torts, bankruptcy, banking, antitrust, white-collar crime, class actions, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation, among others. With robust regional strengths, the firm serves both national and international companies from a variety of industries, including software and electronics, financial services, pharma, manufacturing, construction, food and beverage, and entertainment. Melissa Tea and Jeffrey Patterson lead the firm’s litigation arm from Pittsburgh and Boston respectively. Seattle-based Pallavi Mehta Wahi specializes in corporate and technology-related disputes, while Thomas Birsic in Pittsburgh focuses on class actions, business disputes, environmental and toxic torts, and shareholder disputes. The team also consists of Thomas Holt in Boston, Artoush Varshosaz in Dallas, and Joseph Welborn and Beau Creson in Nashville.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Tea; Jeffrey Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Pallavi Mehta Wahi; Thomas Birsic; Thomas Holt; Artoush Varshosa; Joseph Welborn; Beau Creson; Erin Polly; Jason Callen

Testimonials

‘The team I work with is very smart, superb at trial and superb at negotiation. They can handle anything you throw at them.’

‘Erin Polly, Joe Welborn – comfortable with any work you provide; fiercely loyal to the client; top notch in negotiation and trials.

‘Jason Callen – also fiercely loyal, but more accustomed to his work on transactions and appellate analysis.’

‘We worked together on a huge claim which called for a large legal team to be assembled. K&L Gates brought together a team of people with diverse skills but who integrated seamlessly with one another and provided a great exemplar of what a team can do when everyone unites in a common purpose. It is the best legal team I have ever worked with in a professional career spanning nearly forty years.’

‘Thomas Holt – An extraordinarily talented and erudite man who stands out as one of the US’s finest lawyers.’

Key clients

PPG Industries, Inc.

United States Steel Corporation

Fiserv, Inc.

Kettle Cuisine LLC

Quest Software

Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company

Dean Chase and D.F. Chase, Inc.

Draken International, LLC

Koss Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represents PPG Industries as national coordinating counsel for the company’s nationwide asbestos liabilities.
  • Represents US Steel as national coordinating counsel for the company’s nationwide toxic tort liabilities.
  • Represented Kettle Cuisine in its defence of a lawsuit filed by the Campbell Soup Supply Company for breach of a co-manufacturing agreement.

Qatar > Dispute resolution

K&L Gates offers an accomplished dispute resolution practice throughout Qatar, which particularly adept when it comes to construction disputes, arbitration, and other complex commercial disputes. Matthew Walker leads the team and splits his time between Doha and London; his experience spans ICC and QICCA arbitrations, as well as litigation in the Technology and Construction Court and the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Walker

Testimonials

‘Exceptional lawyers with a real commitment to Qatar and providing a valuable insight into the Qatari markets.’

‘Matthew Walker is the leading international commercial and construction disputes lawyer in Qatar. Clients love his business acumen and his commitment to getting the best possible result.’

‘K&L Gates in Qatar is very diverse and has competent lawyers.’

‘K&L Gates have an all-star team in dispute resolution, their work and performance meets all expectations. They are very dedicated and provide an excellent follow-up and quality of work.’

‘Mathew Walker has extensive experience in the Middle East and acts as litigator and arbitrator. He has proven to be exceptional, very cultivated, calm and in command of his cases. A highly recommended lawyer for dispute resolution cases; you simply cannot go wrong by working with him and his firm. He is one of the best.’

‘The team at K&L Gates is led by extremely capable lawyers, it is their ‘people’ that make them stand out from other legal practices.

‘A diverse team with expert knowledge of the construction market in Qatar.’

‘Matt Walker is a standout arbitration lawyer. He is commercially minded but detailed in his approach. Matt has an impressive grasp of complex delay and quantum issues but gives his experts space to work.’

United States > Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas

K&L Gates frequently acts as trial and appellate counsel to major clients in the upstream oil and gas industry, and defends lessees in multi-jurisdictional litigation brought by royalty owners, as well as litigating hydraulic fracturing cases and eminent domain. Other key areas of expertise include advising on issues impacting oil and gas operations in unconventional production areas. Jamie Lavergne Bryan, who splits her time between Fort Worth and Houston, represents oil and gas producers and pipeline companies in multi-district litigation, and jointly leads the practice alongside London-based Clare Kempkens. The Fort Worth office is also home to Jeffrey King, who has experience in multi-district and class action litigation, and Elizabeth Tiblets, who is commended as ‘smart, tenacious, and knows the industry very well’.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Lavergne Bryan; Clare Kempkens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates’ energy practice is excellent. The attorneys are creative, responsive, conscientious, and very knowledgeable about the specific issues facing our industry.’

‘Responsive and detailed, but also practical in their advice.’

‘Elizabeth Tiblets is smart, tenacious, and knows the industry very well. She is an excellent attorney in whom I entrust very high stakes litigation.’

‘Jamie Lavergne Bryan just settled a recent matter for us. She did stand out work, particularly on an issue that was complex, and that even the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s attorney did not understand. She was able to put us in a procedural position that helped us negotiate a final settlement’

‘Very knowledgeable team that has added new members over time to enhance its capabilities.’

Key clients

Enterprise Products Partners

TH Exploration II and Tug Hill Operating

TH Exploration

Energy Transfer Marketing and Terminals

Continental Resources, Inc.

SWN Production Company, LLC

Pachira Energy

Range Resources Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Continental Resources, Inc. in a case wherein a royalty owner seeking to represent a putative class claimed that Continental had wrongfully deducted post-production costs from oil royalties under a standard form oil royalty clause.
  • Represented Continental Resources, Inc. in a case wherein a working interest owner asserts that the finding of the North Dakota Industrial Commission concerning the location of the historical riverbed and the Ordinary High Water Mark for the Missouri River has caused it to lose a portion of its working interest.

United States > Real estate > Real estate

At K&L Gates‘ Charleston office, Matthew Norton co-chairs the firm’s global real estate practice and spearheads the resort, hospitality and leisure practice. He has worked extensively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and is experienced in the sale, acquisition, financing, and development of hotels, resorts, and golf courses. Shannon Skinner is the other co-head, based in Seattle, concentrating her practice on commercial real estate and financing transactions, particularly regional shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, industrial and logistics properties, mixed-use projects, multifamily and museums.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Norton; Shannon Skinner

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates have completed numerous commercial real estate leases for my firm. They continually meet projected schedules. They are efficient with each lease and build on past transactions to simplify future negotiations.’

Key clients

Covestro

Koppers

Pensylvania – American Water Company

Hershey Foods

South Street Partners, LLC

Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated

Sixth Street

IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Meritz Alternative Investment Management

Mastern Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Hana Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Representing a publicly traded healthcare REIT on national transactional and litigation/lease default work, including numerous medical office building single building and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, along with development work in connection with multiple medical office building properties across the United States.
  • Represented IGIS Asset Management in its acquisition of a 49% joint venture interest in the Midtown Center office and retail building located in Washington, D.C. At the time of closing, the acquisition was one of the largest real estate transactions in D.C. to be completed since the onset of the pandemic.
  • Represented Meritz Alternative Investment Management in connection with the acquisition of 49% of the membership interests in a Limited Liability Company joint venture entity indirectly owning the fee interest of the real property located at 220 East 42nd Street, New York, New York, commonly known as the “Daily News Building”.

The Firm: K&L Gates’ London office is known for providing integrated legal teams to address the particular needs of a client, whether a complex global transaction, a corporate investigation, or a major dispute resolution exercise. The firm provides comprehensive international, domestic, and cross-border advice across a broad range of areas, and much of the advice the firm provides involves a combination of practice areas, bespoke to the needs of clients and the particular matter in hand.

K&L Gates is one of the largest law firms in the world with more than 45 offices located in key capital cities and world commercial and financial centres spanning five continents. Its many offices operate as one firm, offering clients local market knowledge and access to both national and international capabilities.

Main areas of practice

Corporate: K&L Gates advises on the full range of corporate and commercial matters, with extensive experience advising on all aspects of domestic and cross-border, public and private M&A transactions; debt and equity capital markets; private equity and venture capital; and the full spectrum of commercial contracts.

Real Estate: The Real Estate team has a wealth of transactional and advisory experience, delivering strategic and practical advice on corporate and joint venture matters, the financing of transactions, tax structures, acquisitions, developments, dispositions, leasing, construction issues (contentious and noncontentious), planning and environmental issues, and dispute resolution. The team also represents funders and investors on all aspects of commercial real estate investment, financing, and mainstream lending.

Finance: K&L Gates’ Finance practice advises banks and borrowers on all aspects of mainstream lending, structured finance and securitisation, commercial real estate financing, and restructuring transactions. The firm also has a dedicated Aviation Finance team with extensive experience representing airlines, financial institutions, and leasing companies around the globe.

Intellectual Property: The Intellectual Property team works on a wide range of commercial, regulatory, data protection, privacy and security, technology transactions, and intellectual property matters, particularly in the technology, retail, luxury, sports, consumer products, and gambling sectors. The team has a market reputation for trademark, design, copyright, and licensing, with expertise in cross-border counselling, registration, clearance, portfolio management, licensing, enforcement (opposition/cancellation proceedings), and disputes.

Asset Management and Investment Funds: Members of the practice advise on the organisation and day-to-day operations of investment advisers of all sizes, open and closed-end investment companies, exchange-traded funds, private funds companies, broker-dealers, retirement plans, family offices, operating platforms, and other service providers to the investment management and broader financial services industries. The team also advises on a broad range of United Kingdom and European Union regulatory matters. The London team is known for its work at the cutting-edge of emerging issues in the field and routinely advises on the establishment of innovative financial markets participants.

Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources: The lawyers in K&L Gates’ London Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice work together with colleagues across the globe to guide clients through strategic decisions, policy initiatives, commercial transactions, project financing and development, regulatory compliance, tax matters, credit trading, and litigation across all areas of energy, infrastructure, and resources, including renewables, offshore, maritime, oil and gas, transport and rail, and corporate energy sourcing and sustainability. In relation to construction and infrastructure, the team is known for its role in high-value projects and disputes. The team prides itself on maintaining a thorough grounding in both the legal and business dimensions of the energy and utilities industries.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution: The Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has the depth of experience and capability to deal with the most complex and difficult engagements efficiently and cost effectively, working with clients across a variety of industries and dispute types, including aviation, insurance, energy, finance and funds, media, gambling, sports, construction, and corporate transactional and joint venture disputes. Members of the practice manage cases in the English courts and in all major arbitral forums with a leading international arbitration practice. The team also handles fraud, white-collar defense, and corporate crime matters, and undertakes proceedings before regulatory and administrative bodies. The London office also has a dedicated Insurance Coverage practice, with extensive experience representing policyholders in presenting and pursuing claims against the London insurance market and beyond.

Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety: The London Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety team advises on the full range of employment issues, frequently working with colleagues across the firm’s European and other global offices to manage cross-jurisdictional employment projects and advice for clients. The firm’s cross-jurisdictional and cross-disciplinary Global Employer Solutions® also offers clients a single point of contact to access the global experience of lawyers throughout the firm, including in employment, workplace health and safety, immigration, benefits, tax, executive compensation, compliance, and investigations.

Competition and Regulatory: The Competition and Regulatory team provides advice on all European Union and United Kingdom competition and trade laws, including merger control and distribution issues, and represents clients’ interests before the European Commission.

London Managing Partner: Tony Griffiths (Managing Partner, London, Brussels, Dubai, and Doha Offices and Managing Partner, Europe and Middle East)

Offices

Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Milan, Munich, Paris. Middle East: Doha, Dubai. United States: Austin, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harrisburg, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Newark, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Wilmington. South America: Sao Paulo. Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo. Australia: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney.