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

Active at the top end of the AIM market, K&L Gates LLP has international expertise combined with particular strengths in the energy and technology sectors. The firm advises on the company side, as well as representing nomads and brokers across a range of ECM matters. Paul Tetlow leads the practice and ‘runs a commercial and good value ECM business’. He can call on the expertise of James Green, whose experience includes IPOs and secondary issuances, takeovers and M&A, domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Tom Wallace; James Green

Testimonials

‘Awesome team!’

‘Tom Wallace is great!’

‘The team is led from the top, but is very strongly supported throughout the more junior ranks. The team cares about the outcome, and that is what really makes them different from other big law firms.’

‘As each year rolls by we have now worked with the team for a very long time. We know them well and they fully understand us and our needs well. They are exceptionally diligent, but with a strong commercial acumen, and they care about the securing the right outcome. Both Paul Tetlow and James Green set the tone and ethics from the top, I thoroughly recommend both of them.’

‘Paul Tetlow runs a commercial and good value ECM business with a good US practice.’

‘Paul Tetlow comes highly recommended – he has a very commercial and direct manner which addresses problems and keeps costs down.’

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

AEX Gold

Fonix Mobile plc

Deltic Energy plc

Peel Hunt LLP

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Axonics, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dianomi Group plc on its AIM admission and associated £37m placing of new and existing shares.
  • Advising Longboat Energy PLC on three farm-ins (with Equinor, Idemitsu and Spirit Energy), a £35m fundraising and its re-admission to AIM.
  • Advising Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited on the acquisition by Kistos plc of Tulip Oil Netherlands B.V., a fundraising to raise £52.5m and the re-admission of Kistos plc to AIM.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP's 'excellent team of highly skilled individuals' operates across key sectors that reflect the firm’s core strengths, including aviation, policy holder insurance claims, and media, gambling and sport. It is also a go-to practice for disputes concerning corporate transactions and joint ventures, energy, funds, finance, fintech, and manufacturing and distribution. International disputes specialist John Magnin heads the complex commercial litigation and disputes group in London; Ian Meredith's workload covers disputes before the national courts, as well as commercial and investment arbitration; and Martin King specialises in sport, commercial life sciences, technology, betting and gaming disputes. The special counsels to note are Clare Tanner, who focuses on insolvency, banking, finance and professional negligence litigation; and Tim Fox, who 'ensures he secures positive results for clients'. Senior associate Jonathan Graham divides his practice between High Court litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team of highly skilled individuals.’

‘Friendly, collegiate and effective team.’

‘John Magnin gives clear, strategic and practical advice – a wise counsel’

‘Martin King is excellent. His grasp of both sides of the litigation is tremendous, and he ensures that his client’s position is forwarded in the strongest possible terms.’

‘A strong problem-solving focus allied with formidable legal and organisational skills make this a formidable dispute resolution team; and the group collaborates very effectively with its global offices to provide a one-stop service for international disputes.’

Peter Morton – an outstanding combination of analytical and organisational skills means that Peter provides highly effective leadership, and he secures successful outcomes for his clients. He is approachable and alive to the pressures that dispute resolution imposes on industry.

‘Special counsel Tim Fox is a resourceful litigator, who is always on top of the detail and ensures he secures positive results for clients.’

Key clients

Republic of France

The Racing Partnership

Arena Leisure

Arena Racing Corporation

Grant Thornton as the Joint Receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Halliburton Company

SpiceJet

Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund LP (acting through its general partner Crescendo Real Estate Debt GP)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Republic of France in two Commercial Court cases, arising out of an arbitral award in favour of the insurers of the M/T Prestige, which sunk off the Galician coast in 2002 (causing widespread oil pollution).
  • Acting for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation in High Court actions against major bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders, involving claims for breach of confidence, unlawful means conspiracy and database rights infringement.
  • Instructed by Halliburton Company in relation to a high-profile court case concerning arbitrator conflicts and challenges.

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

Headed by global practice co-chair Sarah Turpin, K&L Gates LLP‘s group have a wealth of expertise acting for policyholders across various lines. Often collaborating with its international offices, the practice handles cross-border litigation involving D&O liability, property and business interruption, Bermuda Form, led by Ian Meredith and offshore construction, which is Matthew Smith‘s key area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Turpin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sarah Turpin was very professional and efficient. She understood the matter and gave practical advice.’

‘K&L Gates provide an efficient service in this specific area of insurance law.’

Key clients

Hyve Group plc

Republic of France

Far East Façades (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hyve Group plc on insurance claims under Event Cancellation insurance policies following the postponement/cancellation of a number of exhibitions and events as a result of COVID-19 government imposed restrictions.
  • Acting for the Republic of France in two Commercial Court cases and in related matters, arising out of an Arbitral Award in favour of the insurers of the M/T Prestige which sunk off the Galician coast in 2002 causing wide spread oil pollution and extensive damage to the coasts of France and Spain.
  • Acting for Far East Facades UK in High Court proceedings arising from alleged design defects on One The Elephant – a luxury high-rise residential tower in London.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

The team at K&L Gates LLP offers advice to clients on issues ranging from fund formation to strategic advice. The firm’s retail fund expertise is international, providing advice on UK, Ireland and Luxembourg-based funds. The firm is also able to offer guidance on matters of regulation. Practice head Michelle Moran advises UK, EU and US-based clients and regulators on UCITS and AIFMD funds. She also has in-depth knowledge of EU regulations and has worked on issues pertaining to post-Brexit fund regulation. Andrew Massey assists financial institutions with fund management issues, with particular focus on UCITS and AIFMD matters. Philip Morgan is experienced in handling non-contentious regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Moran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Seasoned team of experienced professionals. Take a very practical approach to issues. Knowledgeable and provide very timely responses. Pleasure to work with.’

‘Michelle Moran is a safe pair of hands with deep experience. The fact that she has spent a lot of her time working in house before retuning to private practice means she has a unique perspective and is very commercial with her advice. Responds very quickly and is always available to discus matters on the phone. Highly recommended.’

‘Excellent attention to detail – but most importantly the advice given is practical and matches the client needs and situation.’

‘They are personable, interested in the client and take time to get to know us.’

Key clients

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Federated Hermes

First Sentier Investors

Independent Franchise Partners

John Hancock Financial Services

Procure Holdings

John Hancock Financial Services Inc

Procure Holdings

Federated Hermes Inc

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Independent Franchise Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel for Dimensional Fund Advisors’ UK authorised fund range.
  • Advised Federated Hermes on the implementation of the UK’s Investment Firms Prudential Regime.
  • Advising John Hancock Financial Solutions Inc as lead European Counsel to the distribution of their European funds.

Public sector > Electoral Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP advises individuals considering running for office, as well as matters relating to discrepancies in election counts and issues around lobbying. The team is led by Dylan Moses, who handles the individual side of investigations by the Electoral Commission. Former partner Piers Coleman, who worked with the Liberal Democrats since the party's formation, has now left the firm but does provide consultancy support.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Key clients

Liberal Democrats

Transport > Rail Tier 2

K&L Gates LLP has a ‘thorough understanding of the sector‘ and continues to play a pivotal role in some major projects both nationally and internationally. Its expertise relates principally to light rail metro and mass transit systems. In addition it has extensive experience in advising on complex signalling procurements. Practice head Matthew Smith regularly works on complex and high value rail infrastructure projects. Nicola Ellis has significant  experience in signalling contracts. Special counsel Inga Hall is another important member of the team. Senior associate Daniel Lopez has a wealth of experience in advising on non-contentious infrastructure projects particularly in the rail sector. Sarah Drinkwater (also a senior associate) concentrates on rail-related adjudications and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Testimonials

‘The team possesses a serious depth of experience and provides quality advice in contentious and non-contentious matters. It is equally adept at drafting conditions and dealing with disputes in the UK and internationally’.

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

‘Nicola Ellis focuses on non-contentious matters, she 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 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‘.

‘Sarah Drinkwater has an in-depth knowledge of the full gamut of issues that can arise in the sector. She is a smart commercially aware lawyer, who gives great advice in a timely no nonsense manner, and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Matt Smith is very considered and balanced in his review and advice on matters related to the sector. He provides solid guidance and clear advice on contractual issues and the law. Sarah Drinkwater is proactive and focused on the key issues’.

‘The moment you speak to the Rail team, you know you are in good hands. Their partner, Matthew Smith, will put you at ease and will be able to find solutions for you based on his vast experience all over the world’.

‘Matthew Smith is an all rounder, put his clients at ease and has vast experience for Metros all around the world. This makes him really reliable and a go -to lawyer when you need an innovative way of coming up with documents’.

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 (“MRT Corp”)

Tube Lines Limited

Rail for London Limited

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP’s practice takes a sector-focused approach to its commercial work, excelling in the retail and fashion, logistics and manufacturing, technology, sports and travel industries. The team has been notably busy advising on distribution agreements and supply chain mandates, with ESG-related agreements increasingly common in its workload. Group head Catherine Adam is a key contact for retail, fashion and leisure sector clients and has notable expertise in handling outsourced logistics issues for e-commerce clients. Competition expert Jennifer Marsh also contributes to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Adam

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong, timely, and pragmatic advice.’

‘Catherine Adam was excellent to work with. Very responsive, experienced, and had good business judgement as well as legal expertise.’

‘Catherine Adam is very knowledgeable in all things logistics. This was a strategic initiative for our company, and her insights were extremely helpful and educational, and allowed us to gain a thorough understanding of key positions and risks, both contractually as well as from an industry perspective. Catherine is sharp, pragmatic, prompt and personable, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her.’

‘The K&L team is fantastic to work with. They are responsive, practical, and efficient.’

Key clients

Cannondale

Foodles

Kinship

CaaStle

Coty

Work highlights

  • Assisting CaaStle on its expansion into the UK market.
  • 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 Kylie Jenner, on the ongoing roll-out of the Kylie Jenner business in international markets via e-commerce and retail partners, including in the UK, EU, Asia and Australia.
  • Instructed by global bicycle company Cannondale to advise on its spare parts outsourced warehouse in The Netherlands.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 3

Now with four partners all of whom have a focus on aviation finance and leasing based in London, following the arrival in January 2022 of Peter O’Hare from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, K&L Gates LLP has the critical mass to handle a growing amount of new money and restructuring mandates for a balanced mix of lessors, funds and airlines. Philip Perrotta is known for his work on the “oilier” side of the sector, including handling complex matters for parts suppliers and manufacturers.

Other key lawyers:

Philip Perrotta; Dr. Manuela Krach; Peter O’Hare; Kevin Pearson

Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced and extremely customer focused.

Peter O’Hare is the most effective and commercially aware counsel that I’ve ever worked with.’

Key clients

ACIA Aero Holdings Limited

Avenue Capital

flydubai

Kayan Aircraft Holdings

Spicejet Limited

Veling

Emirates

Qatar Airways

MUFG Securities Americas Inc.

JLPS Ireland Limited

Pulsar Aero

VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company

P Capital Partners III AB

Empire Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advised Emirates on its first receivables financing in excess of $750m.
  • Advised Pulsar Aero Global – which specialises in the management of mid-life narrow body aircraft, freighters and engines – on a new financing facility involving the acquisition of three 2010-12 vintage 737-800s on lease to major European operators.
  • Advised flydubai on the sale and leaseback of 2 Boeing 737 MAX8 aircraft from Novus.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP‘s practice focus spans across IP, commercial, corporate, finance and real estate mandates with notable expertise in competition matters. The group’s client roster is particularly focused on luxury, electronics and consumer goods brands; key examples include Nike, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. The team is led by IP expert Arthur Artinian, fashion and luxury sector specialist Catherine Adam, who also handles logistics matters; and Jennifer Marsh, who advises on UK and EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian; Catherine Adam; Jennifer Marsh

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

Cannondale

Work highlights

  • Represented 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, US, Korea, Japan and Australia.
  • Advised Coty on the global launch of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP ‘can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters’ and its ‘breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop‘ to its roster of clients in the fashion, retail, finance, logistics and technology sectors. Head of the London-based real estate team Christian Major and of counsel Steven Cox, who notably acts for clients in the leisure sector, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters, often involving an international element, while Wayne Smith advises institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. Tim Webb has experience in acting for multinational corporations and domestic real estate companies across Europe, South East Asia, Brazil and China on real estate private equity matters, as well as institutional investments and development projects. ‘IntuitiveEmma Maher and special counsel Chiara Del Frate are key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Everyone we work with at K&L Gates, from trainee solicitors to partners, are all kind, competent and professional. They take every case and matter very seriously and work endlessly to produce the results we need.’

Key clients

Akelius

Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Coty Inc.

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

  • Advising Hakkasan on its portfolio of restaurants in London.
  • Advising Unity Software in relation to its UK space requirements across several locations in London, Brighton, Southampton and Stratford upon Avon, including the acquisition of two offices in Brighton.
  • Advising ABTA on the sale of 68-71 Newman Street W1.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP ‘can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters’ and its ‘breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop‘ to its roster of clients in the fashion, retail, finance, logistics and technology sectors. Head of the London-based real estate team Christian Major and of counsel Steven Cox, who notably acts for clients in the leisure sector, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters, often involving an international element, while Wayne Smith advises institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. Tim Webb has experience in acting for multinational corporations and domestic real estate companies across Europe, South East Asia, Brazil and China on real estate private equity matters, as well as institutional investments and development projects. ‘IntuitiveEmma Maher and special counsel Chiara Del Frate are key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘They are proactive, highly qualified, commercial and smart, fast and it is a pleasure to work with them. We also appreciate their global platform.’

‘Tim Webb is the lead contact and the main reason for recommending K&L Gates.’

‘As a firm, the breadth and depth of knowledge across the real estate space impressed me.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc

Akelius

Avanton

Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership

LRC Group

Madison International Realty

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Nuveen Real Estate in connection with the disposal of a portfolio of retail parks.
  • Advising Patrizia on the £70m financing of the £95m purchase and development of Edgbaston Residencies.
  • Advising Beehive Affordable Homes to acquire social housing units from registered providers and to on-let these units to local authorities.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP advises clients including employers, contractors and consultants on all forms of dispute resolution in relation to large-scale construction and engineering projects, with particular expertise in adjudications and international arbitrations. It has a key focus on UK transport infrastructure projects and real estate developments, as well as an expanding international practice, including in the Asia Pacific area. The team is co-headed by Matthew Smith, who specialises in transport, energy and infrastructure matters, and Kevin Greene, who has particular experience in real estate and project financed transactions. Matthew Walker is known for his work in Qatar.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Greene; Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Walker; Ben Holland

Testimonials

‘The team gives careful attention to client needs and has extensive experience.’

‘Matthew Smith is a particularly strong member of the team and provides consistently reliable advice.’

Key clients

Nuveen Real Estate including Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

Halcrow (Consulting Engineers & Architects) Ltd

General Electric

Hitachi Rail Ltd

Transport for London

Crossrail Limited

Qatar Rail

Laing O’Rourke Group

Renfe

Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A

Angola LNG

Crown Commercial Services

Patrizia

Jacobs

GE Renewables

Ferrovial Construction UK

Breakshore Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Breakshore, a developer, in relation to disputes with its contractor in relation to a residential development project in London.

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

The corporate practice at K&L Gates LLP is a strong choice for a diverse range of listed companies from the worlds of technology, real estate, industrials, sport, leisure and energy among others. The team – which possesses particular expertise in cross-border transactions – is regularly sought out for assistance in a range of sales, purchases, takeovers, and fundraising transactions. Practice head Paul Tetlow advises on high-value deals across the tech, energy, and natural resources sectors, while Tom Wallace is reputed for his niche expertise in fintech-driven matters. John Elgar‘s practice is focused on financial services, investment management, sports, and leisure sector operators, with recent highlights including transatlantic share acquisitions and divestitures. James Green is noted for his emerging markets energy practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We worked with the London team on two acquisitions and one sale. They are fabulous. Understood our business and worked as a true friend.’

‘Paul Tetlow is the best. He is steady, knowledgeable, willing to bring in others who know and area and is extremely trustworthy. One of the best people that I have had the pleasure to work with.’

‘The team at K&L Gates were knowledgeable, and supportive and helped me through the process. I felt informed and reassured that my best interests were being protected at all times.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable on M&A deals. The team is very responsive to needs of the client. The team is also diverse and essentially one gets the services in a one stop shop.’

‘Outstanding legal minds for the deal they represented us on. Timely responses to all matters has been very important and the team has delivered on this aspect. The charges have been well explained and within agreed budget.’

‘Paul Tetlow is clearly an expert in the field. Always available and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Securitas AB

Confluence Technologies, Inc.

Axonics, Inc.

Fiserv, Inc.

D.D.Williamson & Co.

Go Instore

Federated Hermes, Inc.

Patrizia AG / Living Cities Fund

Brightstar Device Protection LLC

The Shareholders of The Segen Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Securitas on its acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker’s electronic security business.
  • Advised Confluence Technologies, Inc. and TA Associates on a definitive agreement for Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. to acquire Confluence, with TA and Confluence management rolling over a minority equity stake.
  • Advised Axonics on its acquisition of Contura.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

The debt capital markets practice at K&L Gates LLP handles securitisation, calling on a network of partners in London, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The London office has extensive experience in CMBS and CLO transactions, frequently acting for financial institutions, boutique arrangers and major corporations. Sean Crosky is the key practitioner in securitisation; his practice covers debt capital markets, structured products, receivables financings, restructurings and Islamic finance, with a particular emphasis on advising trustees, loan agents and corporate service providers.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

CSC

US Bank

Deutsche Trustee Company Limited

Deutsche Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising CSC as Issuer on the restructuring of the Magenta 2020 CMBS involving certain amendments in respect of the underlying senior loan finance documents as well as various matters relating to consent solicitation of Noteholders.
  • Advising U.S. Bank in its various capacities on the solicitation process for the Uropa Finance RMBS programme to provide for the termination of the deal through a put option.
  • Advising Deutsche in its various trustee capacities on the Lanark RMBS Master Trust Programme on various matters, including various amendments and issuances.

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

The oil, gas and resources department at K&L Gates LLP intersects with the firm’s construction and infrastructure practices to provide a holistic approach to contentious and non-contentious matters. It advises clients on corporate, finance, development and compliance work in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. The team is jointly led by Jeremy Farr and Paul Tetlow, with Farr recommended for disputes and board-level advice, and Tetlow a name to note for corporate matters, including public takeovers, private M&A, and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tetlow; Jeremy Farr

Other key lawyers:

Clare Kempkens; Charles Lockwood; James Green

Testimonials

‘Good calibre of partners, depth of experiene, technology and collaboration’.

‘Willingness to go the extra mile for their clients’.

‘Willingness to leverage their professional and sometimes personal networks to help their clients succeed’.

‘A real understanding of the entrepreneurial space at all levels’.

‘Great support’.

‘Paul Tetlow runs a very commercial, capital markets-focussed oil & gas practice’.

‘They are exceptionally good value for the quality of advice offered and my preferred law firm where robust advice is called for’.

‘Paul Tetlow is very commercial and not afraid of direct and robust advice’.

Key clients

Longboat Energy Plc

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

finnCap Ltd

Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut) Limited

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Reganosa Servicios S.R.L

Cenkos Securities PLC

Deltic Energy PLC

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advising Longboat Energy PLC on three farm-ins (with Equinor, Idemitsu and Spirit Energy), a £35m fundraising and its re-admission to AIM
  • Represented Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut) Limited in ICC Case 22960/AYZ – DNO Yemen AS -v- .1. The Republic of Yemen, 2. TG Holdings Yemen, Inc, 3. Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut) Limited. The arbitration related to the relinquishment and departure from an oil field, Block 32 in Yemen, by the co-owners, due to the civil war in Yemen and the occupation of the oil facilities by al-Qaeda.
  • Advising Reganosa Servicios S.R.L client on all aspects concerning the operation and maintenance of an LNG re-gas (import) terminal at Port Tema, Ghana. This is Ghana’s LNG import terminal.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP ‘can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters’ and its ‘breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop‘ to its roster of clients in the fashion, retail, finance, logistics and technology sectors. Head of the London-based real estate team Christian Major and of counsel Steven Cox, who notably acts for clients in the leisure sector, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters, often involving an international element, while Wayne Smith advises institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. Tim Webb has experience in acting for multinational corporations and domestic real estate companies across Europe, South East Asia, Brazil and China on real estate private equity matters, as well as institutional investments and development projects. ‘IntuitiveEmma Maher and special counsel Chiara Del Frate are key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Christian Major

Other key lawyers:

Wayne SmithTim Webb; Neil Logan Green; Emma Maher

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates is great to work with because of their partner availability and engagement, their efficiency in dealing with legal proceedings and their communication regarding the cases.’ 

‘For me, it is Tim Webb who makes the practice unique. Tim is ahead of the curve on all aspects of transaction delivery.’ 

‘Emma Maher is a hard worker, intuitive, flexible and creative.’ 

‘The breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop, which can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters.’ 

‘I work principally with Tim Webb and Emma Maher, who have been an immense support to lean on from both a legal perspective and a source of knowledge. Their client-focused approach enables you to leave matters in their capable hands.’

Key clients

Abrdn Plc

Akelius

Avanton

Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership

LRC Group

Madison International Realty

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Guinness Homes/The Guinness Partnership on the £92m sale Long Harbour, of a London sited 28 storey build-to-rent and commercial investment in the course of development.
  • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership on the real estate construction aspects of the £850m St James quarter development.
  • Advising Patrizia on the c.£110m purchase from Berkeley Homes (BH) of residential build-to-rent units.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP is known for its transport infrastructure and real estate development expertise, acting on high value projects across the UK. It also has a growing international practice, in particular in the Asia Pacific area. Matthew Smith heads the global construction and infrastructure practice, focusing on transport, energy and infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, Kevin Greene leads the London construction practice, with particular expertise in negotiating and drafting engineering contracts. Nicola Ellis is experienced in both bespoke and standard form contracts.

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

Patrizia

Ministry of Municipality and the Environment, Doha

London River Services Ltd

Ferrovial Construction UK

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advising Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership (Nuveen Real Estate) on the construction aspects of the St James Quarter Development. The St James Quarter Development is an extensive mixed-use regeneration project in Edinburgh with a value of £850 million.
  • Advised European Metals Holdings on the FIDIC-based contract forms for initial feasibility studies and the most efficient project structure, taking into account local law issues.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

The ‘approachable’ planning team at K&L Gates LLP have ‘excellent knowledge’ and a breadth of experience in working for a range of public and private clients. The ‘exceptional’ team is led by Feroze Abbas who has niche expertise in vires, transactional structuring work, and local government affordable housing delivery models. With ‘clear and concise’ communication, senior associate Rebecca Daniels uses her technical expertise and experience in all areas of planning law to advise clients.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their strengths are that they are approachable, provide clear advice on what are often complex difficult issues. They do this with a high level of client care going beyond what is expected to ensure that client interests are properly served.’

‘I value that they are team players. They see the value in a joined up approach between planning consultants and legal advice. It means that we can openly discuss and agree approach and put forward a considered strategy.’

‘They also make themselves readily available and are quick to revert back.’

‘Excellent knowledge and able to handle cases swiftly and in a professional manner.’

‘The Team at K&L Gates are exceptional; partners and associates will always make themselves available and distil complex matters into innovative, workable solutions and set these out in a clear way as well as taking the time to explain to clients of all levels. The diversity of partners and associates at K&L Gates is much greater than with other firms we have worked with and is a great reflection on the inclusivity of the firm.’

‘The prompt and excellent advice we receive from both Feroze Abbas and Rebecca Daniels are exceptional. The personable approach and willingness to clearly explain complex matters to junior staff at clients is unique and sets them apart from other firms we have used.’

‘Feroze Abbas and Rebecca Daniels: their communication is clear and concise. I have compete trust in their advice and negotiating skills.’

Key clients

London Newcastle

Avanton

Workspace Group PLC

Elysian Residences

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Hounslow

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Hounslow’s Council and Local Planning Authority on all aspects of planning including negotiation of s106 agreements on multiple development sites.
  • Advising Workspace Group PLC on the redevelopment of the Chocolate Factory in Wood Green.
  • Advised Patrizia AG on all aspects of planning due diligence and development delivery strategy alongside the wider transactional team in relation to several acquisitions.

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

K&L Gates LLP‘s international trade mark, design and copyright offering excels in cross-border portfolio management, litigation, enforcement issues, design infringements and transactions, acting for a variety of luxury goods, fashion, consumer electronics, architecture and design, and beauty companies. The ‘exceedingly intelligent and passionate’ Arthur Artinian leads the team, with his practice encompassing the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP matters and portfolio management work.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly nimble and flexible, providing exactly the expertise you need and assistance required, tailored to your request. They are unparalleled as to knowledge of the fashion industry, market and terms. Extremely diverse team, reflecting the industry. The team is very passionate about what they do and the industry, and it is reflected in carefully crafted work.’

‘Arthur Artinian, is without doubt the most connected, and knowledgeable of terms and practice in the fashion and design industry. Exceedingly intelligent and passionate, he is able to separate what really matters and laser focus on the right result.’

Key clients

Nike

Coty

TripAdvisor

BMI Group

Luxottica Group

Ralph Lauren

Aman Hotels

Tateossian

Furla

Renzo Piano

Cardtronics

Work highlights

  • Advising Coty on the global launch of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses.
  • Acting for Nike as its main design counselling firm, to manage all design matters in the UK including prosecution, enforcement, litigation and strategy.
  • Acting as global IP counsel for Aman Hotels and managing the company’s entire global IP portfolio of trade marks and designs.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP advises airlines and a range of other clients in the aviation sector, with a strong focus on disputes and finance work, ‘combining industry knowledge with well honed dispute resolution skills’. The key names in the team include Peter Morton, who is a practice group coordinator for the firm’s international arbitration group, and aviation finance expert Philip Perrotta.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team attract some of the best aviation litigation in the market, are hard-working, diligent, commercially astute, bright, and enjoyable to work with.’

‘The personal touch is what distinguishes this team. You never feel like your one of 20 clients and no matter how much is going on with the firm, you feel like your project is the one getting the team’s full attention. This is vital for us as a client as a lot of our deals are complex and require a lot of hands-on attention from our external counsel.’

‘Very effective problem solvers, combining industry knowledge with well honed dispute resolution skills. The firm provides an efficient and well resourced service for its clients in complex litigation.’

‘Peter Morton: reliable, highly intelligent, good tactical and strategic instincts, enjoyable to work with.’

‘Peter Morton is a great strategist who provides strong leadership to his team. Combined with his strong analytical skills, Peter is highly effective in achieving strong outcomes for his client.’

‘Tim Fox has a close eye for detail and provides exceptional organisation skills in managing legal disputes.’

Key clients

Spicejet Limited

Aercap

Arconic Inc

Howmet Aerospace Inc

Tokyo Century Aviation

ACIA Leasing (Ireland) Limited

AMRA Leasing Limited

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing a major materials supplier in three inter-related but unconsolidated ICC arbitrations (seated in London, Paris and Geneva) in successfully defending claims brought against it by a major manufacturer of commercial passenger and military aircraft at over US$1bn.
  • Advising Indian airline SpiceJet in Commercial Court and subsequent Court of Appeal proceedings regarding claim commenced by the De Havilland Aircraft Company regarding the alleged breach of a purchase agreement for the sale and purchase of 25Q400 Aircraft, with claims quantified at over $42m.
  • Acted for Aercap in obtaining Commercial Court judgment for over $10m against a Malaysian airline.

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

K&L Gates LLP leverages its international platform to act on an array of national, pan-European and transatlantic matters. Michelle Moran fronts the offering, earning acclaim for her knowledge of the establishment, authorisation and management of institutional investment and retail funds. The team has also been active on a number of ESG, MiFID II, EMIR, fintech, cryptocurrency and payment services-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Moran

Other key lawyers:

Philip Morgan; Andrew Massey; Kai Zhang

Testimonials

‘Very client focused – advice is not generic – it is always practical and useful to our company.’

‘Helpful, always available and very knowledgeable. Great industry context.’

Key clients

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Federated Hermes

First Sentier

Manulife Investment Management (Europe) Limited

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP has a broad private equity practice, acting for funds, portfolio companies and management teams in transactions across a varied range of sectors. James Cross is the key figure to note in the practice and frequently works alongside tax, employment and banking partners on deals. He is praised as ‘a pleasure to work with’, while the wider team is ‘knowledgeable and extremely hard-working’.

Practice head(s):

James Cross

Other key lawyers:

Toby Karenowski

Testimonials

‘These guys are massively pro-active. They come with a range of solutions. Also, I really feel that they own the transactions. They have a great attention to detail, and I can really feel them working on our side. Also, amazing value for money.’

James Cross takes a great high level view, and keeps an incredibly calm head. A can-do attitude makes him a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team at K&L have been excellent in every interaction I have had with them. They go above and beyond to assist with every transaction and are always available to offer assistance. I have never reached out to the team without getting a very quick response – which is such a hugely valuable attribute during times of pressure to get deals over the line. Furthermore, the team make a real effort to understand the transaction and what it means to our business and stakeholders.’

‘The entire team has been very approachable, knowledgeable and extremely hard working in my interactions with them – always willing to go the extra mile to help us get a transaction over the line. James Cross has a calm head in all situations, especially where multiple other law firms are involved. His colleague Toby Karenowski is also a real asset to the firm.

‘Diligent, thorough and thoughtful.’

‘James Cross is great to work with. He has a strong sense of which legal issues are commercially relevant, and avoids the unnecessary point scoring seen with others’

Key clients

Soho Square Capital (formerly known as ESO Capital)

August Equity

Inspirit Capital

Grosvenor Food & AgTech (PE arm of Grosvenor Estates)

BGF

Continuance Capital

Sonmarg Capital

Endless

EST Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Soho Square Capital on its investment and partnership with Oliver James, an international recruitment and consulting provider.
  • Advised video-powered retail platform Go Instore on its acquisition by Emplifi, a leading unified customer experience platform and a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity.
  • Acted for the management team of Leaders Romans Group on the acquisition of the business by Platinum Equity from existing investor Bowmark Capital.

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

K&L Gates LLP combines standout cross-border expertise with specialist criminal defence capabilities, allowing it to represent senior executives of major domestic and global companies in high-profile, often sensitive investigations across jurisdictions, including proceedings brought by the SFO, FCA, and domestic law enforcement, as well as the US DOJ and other international enforcement bodies. The practice is led by Dylan Moses, who focuses on multijurisdictional white-collar crime, fraud, and health and safety prosecutions, and also includes Michael Ruck, who has in-house FCA experience and is a key name for complex financial services investigations. Senior associate Rosie Naylor has played a leading role in a number of international investigations in the UK, US, Africa, and Asia, and has a particular niche in acting for figures involved in politics.

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ruck; Annabel Goulding; Rosie Naylor

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with a strong market presence acting in high profile SFO cases.’

‘Dylan Moses is an experienced practitioner with an excellent reputation. He is collegiate, calm and reassuring.’

‘The K&L team are highly regarded in the market for their highly experienced partners and ability to cover regulatory and criminal investigations.’

‘Michael Ruck and Dylan Moses represent a mix of senior individuals and corporates – individual clients benefit from their knowledge of how the corporate is likely to respond.’

‘Michael Ruck is personable and calm and able to bring his years of in house FCA experience to the table. Dylan Moses is bright and energetic and is one of few practitioners with years of criminal experience from his time at the Bar.’

‘A strong multijurisdictional team with enviable resources on both sides of the Atlantic. The firm’s many departments and strength in depth make them an obvious choice for corporates or individuals alike.’

‘The ability of the firm to expand or contract a team at the drop of a hat distinguishes them from smaller operators in the field.’

‘Dylan Moses is the key member of this team. He is calm under pressure, experienced in a wide range of work, steady under fire, with a first rate tactical mind. To this he adds an exceptionally empathetic and likeable client manner.’

Key clients

Balli Group plc

Redcentric plc

KPMG

Serco Group plc

Qatar Free Zone Authority

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.
  • 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‘ London office is routinely involved in large-value arbitrations, along with arbitration-related court proceedings. Ian Meredith is experienced in both commercial and investment arbitrations; John Magnin is global co-practice leader for dispute resolution and litigation; energy disputes partner Ben Holland is a 2021 hire from Squire Patton Boggs; and Peter Morton‘s track record includes both institutional arbitrations and trade association arbitrations. Jeremy Farr is London and Houston based, while Matthew Walker works across the London and Doha offices.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin; Ian Meredith; Peter Morton

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘A vastly knowledgeable and experienced arbitration team that is highly focused on MENA commercial arbitration.’

‘K&L Gates’ team leverages its worldwide offices to give quality client services, particularly to its clients in the Middle East.’

‘Jeremy Farr – hugely knowledgeable, strategic, commercial, and a delight to work with.’

‘Matthew Walker is the standout partner for commercial disputes in the Middle East. His understanding of the culture, politics and legal systems of the Gulf is second to none.’

‘Matthew Walker – very knowledgeable in relation to Middle Eastern laws, and particularly good at listening to clients and understanding what they need.’

Matthew Walker is a very experienced construction lawyer, extremely sharp and with a keen eye for detail. His case management skills are impressive.’

Matthew Walker is brilliant – a superb lawyer, terrific leader of a team, and a highly effective communicator who is is wonderful with clients.

Nita Mistry is exactly what clients want in a senior associate, a totally dependable person, but one who also sees the bigger picture. A partner in waiting.

Key clients

Halliburton

Republic of France

Formula 1®

CB&I/McDermott International

Arconic

Howmet Aerospace

Ansan Wikfs (Hadramaut)

Work highlights

  • Acted in high-profile arbitration-related court proceedings regarding the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
  • Represented the Republic of France in a second wave of arbitrations that concern an oil spill from the M/T Prestige.
  • Undertook all the advocacy in a six-week mega-value ICC arbitration merits hearing, which related to the construction and modernisation of a large refinery in Latin America.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP entered the London private funds market in 2021, when Daniel Greenaway joined the firm, and has since developed a strong offering to fund managers and investors in the private equity space. Greenaway is ‘knowledgeable, practical, commercial and friendly’ and draws on his background in PE transactions to act for clients in this sector; he has a particular specialism in co-investment structures.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Greenaway

Testimonials

‘Daniel Greenaway is an experienced funds lawyer. He has a good understanding of the needs of a GP, especially emerging managers, able to offer good practical advice as well as a legal opinion.’

‘Daniel Greenaway is highly valued by his clients.’

‘The team is excellent across the board.’

‘Daniel Greenaway is excellent – knowledgeable, practical, commercial and friendly.’

Key clients

TriSpan

Flywheel Partners

Future Business Partnership

Frog Capital

Seek Ventures

Astarte Capital Partners

RSF Partners

Inspirit Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising TriSpan on raising Opportunities Fund II, which focusses on lower mid-market buy-and-build opportunities in the United States and Europe.
  • Advising Frog Capital which invests capital in scale-up companies across infrastructure and smart data.
  • Advising Future Business Partnership which invests in sustainable brands through raising ethically-motivated capital.

Real estate > Environment Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP‘s planning and environmental team is led by Feroze Abbas, whose expertise includes advising on all environmental aspects of proposed urban regeneration projects and development schemes. The team’s work also includes dealing with the environmental aspects of real estate transactions and corporate M&A, environmental impact assessments and waste, including package waste.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Marsh

Key clients

AMBIPAR PARTICIPAÇÕES E EMPREENDIMENTOS S/A

Workspace Group plc

International Molybdenum Association (IMOA)

London Borough of Hounslow

Work highlights

  • Advise the Council as Local Planning Authority on environmental aspects of significant development and regeneration schemes including environmental impact assessment, contaminated land and remediation, habitats regulations and carbon offset programs, sustainable travel links and green travel plans.
  • Provide development advice to longstanding client on a number of schemes including all environmental elements of agreements such as contaminated land and remediation, environmental impact assessment, habitats, net carbon emission targets and carbon offset contributions, sustainable transport links and energy strategies (including district heating).
  • Acted for Brazil-based Ambipar Participacoes E Empreendimentos S/A (in conjunction with our Sao Paulo office) on its corporate acquisition of Enviroclear Site Services Limited, a company based in England and Wales that renders waste management services involving both liquids and solid hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams.

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

K&L Gates LLP advises FTSE 100 and global multinational companies on regulatory risk and compliance, as well as representing clients throughout regulatory and criminal investigations, up to defending clients in court. The firm offers expertise in issues such as corruption, sanctions, insider trading, and FCA/FRC regulation, and can also call upon dual-qualified lawyers, particularly US-qualified practitioners, for cross-border matters. The team is led by experienced advocate Dylan Moses, who has formerly practiced as a barrister and specialises in money laundering and health and safety issues, while former FCA official Michael Ruck, is a key name for financial crime issues such as market abuse. Brian Saulnier divides his time between London and Washington DC, and has experience in matters in high-risk jurisdictions

Practice head(s):

Dylan Moses

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A strong multi-jurisdictional team with enviable resources on both sides of the Atlantic. The firm’s many departments and strength in depth make them an obvious choice for corporates or individuals alike. They can assemble a team of almost any size, at the drop of a hat, with a range of skills, a range of seniorities, a range of price points, from a range of different jurisdictions. That distinguishes them from many of their competitors in the field.’

‘Dylan Moses is the key member of this team. He is calm under pressure, experienced in a wide range of work, steady under fire, with a first rate tactical mind. To this he adds an exceptionally empathetic and likeable client manner, which time and again enables those whom he represents to deliver their very best selves to investigators, regulators, tribunals and courts. His recent SFO work has been quietly superb. He adds value wherever he is engaged and, without fail, lets the client take the credit for it. That is a rare skill among first division lawyers.’

‘Strong team with experienced practitioners and high quality mandates included SFO work.’

‘Dylan Moses is an excellent practitioner. He is collegiate, calm and reassuring. He is also highly experienced and is responsible for building the practice at K&L.’

‘Able to advise on the full spectrum of criminal and regulatory issues. A strong team in London with Dylan Moses and Michael Ruck.’

‘Michael is personable and calm and is able to bring his years of experience “in house” at the FCA to the table.

Dylan Moses is bright, sharp and technically excellent – one of the few white collar crime specialists with years of experience at the criminal bar.

‘The team provides excellent practical advice to corporates which it achieves through its collaborative ethos within the team.’

Key clients

Balli Group Plc

Serco Group Plc

Laing O’rourke

Qatar Free Zone Authority

Former CEO Of Balli Group Plc

Former CFO Of Redcentric Plc

Senior Manager Of KPMG

Work highlights

  • Advising Serco Group plc on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters, since July 2013, leading to the fifth Deferred Prosecution Agreement.
  • Advising LOR (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 ‘excellentK&L Gates LLP attracts considerable praise from clients, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities in transactional and behavioural competition matters – particularly in the verticals space. Practice head Jennifer Marsh‘s recent highlights include big-ticket merger filings and bespoke distribution strategies, working with a strong mix of consumer goods heavyweights. Gabriela Da Costa – who was promoted to partner in March 2022 – is well-versed in EU and UK vertical competition law, working with numerous brands on the implementation and enforcement of go-to-market strategies. Senior associate Michal Kocon and associate Georgina Rigg are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Marsh

Testimonials

‘An excellent, wide-ranging knowledge combined with a real-world capabilities.’

‘Jennifer Marsh has an excellent grasp of the wider implications of competition law and a very astute application of those implications to the particular matter in hand.’

‘The team as a whole are warm and engaging and so are easy to deal with. They are quick to respond to emails and requests, and always with practical, solid advice and guidance. They are organised and very efficient in their support of our selective distribution system.’

‘Michal Kocon’s knowledge in the area of EU and competition practice is to be highly commended, as is his ability to get to the heart of an issue quickly.’

‘Jennifer Marsh is a pleasure to work with: readily available when needed, and totally practical and efficient.’

‘Great people, very responsive and proactive, good international capability. Innovative solutions.’

‘Personable, supportive and go to extra lengths to find potential solutions. Ability to clearly articulate issues and solutions in plain language. Jennifer Marsh and Georgie Rigg provide exceptional support and advice.’

Key clients

Securitas AB

Gucci

Fiskars Group

DDW The Color House

Maytronics Ltd

SharkNinja

International Molybdenum Association (IMOA)

K&N Filters

GN Audio / Jabra

Work highlights

  • Advising Securitas on its $3.2bn acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker’s electronic security business.
  • Advising SharkNinja on its distribution and commercial strategy during the pandemic and a period of rapid expansion for the brands.
  • Advising Fiskars Group on its distribution and commercial strategy across Europe.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

K&L Gates LLP‘s team is adept at handling structured real estate finance transactions and CMBS deals. The practice is well-positioned to handle cross-border deals, with offices situated in the UK, Germany, France and Italy. Richard Hardwick is head of the group with substantial experience handling development finance transactions for financial parties, sponsors and borrowers. Promoted to partner in March 2022, Michael Anderson is also recommended for syndication and restructuring of real estate debt, acting for both lenders and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at K&L are excellent. They go above and beyond to assist with every transaction and are always available to offer assistance.’

‘The entire team is very approachable, knowledgeable and extremely hard working; they are always willing to go the extra mile to help.’

‘Very accessible, willing and able to give high quality advice at any time. Able to navigate and propose good solutions to complex problems and work efficiently and effectively to tight deadlines.’

‘The team are very experienced in property finance transactions, with a high level of understanding of the Banks documentation requirements.’

‘Richard Hardwick is extremely thorough when drafting the Banks loan documentation and the changes needed to align with the Banks requirements are always minimal.’

‘Richard Hardwick is very approachable with excellent legal knowledge and commercial understanding. He is excellent at drilling down to the core of matters and giving clear, pragmatic advice.’

‘Richard Hardwick is the lead partner and he always ensures matters are progressed efficiently and makes himself available for key discussions. His support team are always of high calibre.’

‘Richard is great to work with. Very client focussed.’

Key clients

Trust Inns

UK Retail Warehouse Fund

Patrizia AG

Home House Collection

Work highlights

  • Advised Trust Inns in connection with a refinancing of its £30m facilities secured on its estate of over 350 pubs across England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Acted for a London branch of a foreign bank in relation to the rescheduling and restructuring of a £40m development financing of a property in London.
  • Advised Patrizia AG in relation to the £55m financing for the acquisition of “The Residences” BTR scheme in the Edgbaston district of central Birmingham.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

At K&L Gates LLP, 'thoughtful, experienced and empathetic' team head Jonathan Lawrence regularly plays a vital role alongside US colleagues and corporate practitioners, advising US funds acquiring UK distressed businesses out of administration. 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

‘Jonathan Lawrence is thoughtful, experienced and empathetic, and easy to get along with.’

 

Key clients

Travel & General Insurance Services

Hakkasan

Evofem Ltd

Intertrust Trustees Limited

EFG Bank AG

Lands’ End

UK Retail Warehouse Fund

Duff & Phelps

The Receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Schwarz Dienstleistung

Chembio Diagnostics

Halliburton Overseas

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Schwarz on the acquisition of Insect Technology Group assets out of administration.
  • Advised Chembio in relation to its potential acquisition of the assets of Biosure (UK) out of administration.
  • Advised Halliburton Overseas on settlement of debt with financially distressed counterparty.

Industry focus > TMT

K&L Gates LLP is extending its TMT offering in London under the leadership of senior counsel Sunny Kumar, focusing on providing technology support to large corporate clients.

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 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, 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.