K&L Gates recruits Latham trio as firm opens up in Tokyo and Moscow

K&L Gates has announced the launch of two new offices with the expansive US firm opening in both Moscow and Tokyo today (19 January).

The firm has launched in Japan with the hire of three corporate partners – Ryan Dwyer, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Robert Melson – from Latham & Watkins, where they were counsel.

The Tokyo office will focus on corporate and international finance, M&A, banking, private equity, real estate, licensing and distribution arrangements and general corporate and employment law.

Meanwhile, the firm has also launched in Moscow with the hire of a six-lawyer team from US firm Haynes and Boone, including partners Robert Langer and William Reichert.

The office will focus on general corporate, M&A, joint ventures, private equity, capital markets, banking and finance, energy, real estate and infrastructure, telecoms and information technology.

K&L Gates chairman and global managing partner Peter Kalis told Legal Week: “Japan is one of the world’s three largest economies and we thought it a glaring omission for our Asia practice not to be in Tokyo. It was a very easy decision to make.”

“Around the globe, we believe we need to be in strategic markets and Russia is also definitely one of them. In addition, it ties in strategically with our European practice, not least our London office.”

The openings come after K&L Gates added international offices in Frankfurt, Singapore and Dubai during 2009 while also completing a merger with Chicago-based Bell Boyd & Lloyd, which gifted the firm 250 lawyers and an office in San Diego.

The expansion saw K&L Gates pass the $1bn revenue mark for the first time in 2009, last week reporting an increase of 8% to $1.034bn (£635m).

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