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Office Openings: K&L Gates

by on February 19, 2010

Pittsburgh based law firm K&L gates recently announced the opening of a new office in Tokyo, becoming yet another in the growing number of American firms seeking to strengthen their presence in the Asian market place.  K&L Gates is a large firm which boasts nearly 1,800 lawyers who work in 35 offices around the globe.  K&L Gates represents major international corporations as well as middle-market companies and entrepreneurs in nearly all major industry groups.  They also have a significant practice representing public sector entities and educational institutions.

Despite the firm’s significant international reach, Managing Partner Peter Kallis summed up the firm’s decision in a January 19th press release which can be found here.

“I’d be very disappointed if we don’t open additional offices in 2010,” Mr. Kalis said. “We view growth as a way of life at this law firm. Our markets are globalizing and consolidating and we, as a partnership, concluded we have to participate actively in the globalization and consolidation.”

“They were conspicuous omission within our global platform and we understood that some time ago,” Kallis added.

This echoes sentiments of scores of firms with global reach, but a relatively weak position in the Pacific Rim.  Although there has recently been a rethinking of the perhaps overly optimistic state of some Asian economies, there is no reason to think that the next few years will see more and more firms add offices in Japan and China.  For lawyers seeking to find new opportunities in Asia, a good strategy would include following legal news sites and blogs to get a sense of what firms with a limited Asian presence are doing to increase their foothold in China, Japan, Singapore and other major APAC markets.

You can read more about K&L Gates here.

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