K&L Gates To Open Berlin Office

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 01:00

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) has announced the launch of its first continental European office in Berlin, Germany. The office will be staffed by partners who formerly practiced in the Berlin office of Taylor Wessing, an international firm of British and German origins.

The expansion into Germany follows the landmark combination between the international firms Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham and Preston Gates & Ellis, announced in December.

K&L Gates' German practice will offer expertise in a variety of disciplines and industries, including corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, securities, private equity, real estate, media, technology, entertainment and labor.

The K&L Gates German team will include corporate and M&A partners Rdiger von Hlst, Eberhardt Khne, Thomas Lappe, and Stefan Kimmel; media and entertainment partner Martin von Albrecht; real estate partners Georg Foerstner, Felix Greuner, Christoph Wagner, Christoph Mank, and Christian Hullman, and labor partner Manfred Hack.

The parties have been advised on this transaction by Tony Williams of Jomati Ltd., London.

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K&L Gates has announced that the following lawyers have recently been elected to join the law firm's partnership, effective March 1: in Boston, Christopher Centurelli, intellectual property; in London, Christian Major and Elizabeth A. Shell, both real estate law; in Los Angeles, Michael J. Quinn, securities litigation; in Newark, NJ, Emily L. Won, environment; in New York, David Dickstein, investment management, Betty Louie, corporate law and Robert N. Michaelson, bankruptcy; in Palo Alto, CA, James H. Prenton, corporate law; in Pittsburgh, Roberta D. Anderson, insurance coverage, Ronald T. Aulbach, tax law, Paul C. Cancilla, corporate law, Mark G. Knedeisen, intellectual property, Joseph C. Safar, antitrust, and Melissa J. Tea, commercial litigation; in San Francisco, Matthew J. Mangan, investment management, and in Washington, DC, Eric J. Edwardson, mortgage banking, Rebecca L. Kline Dubill, securities enforcement, and Lynn A. Schweinfurth, investment management.

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K&L Gates recently welcomed Fred D. Heather as a partner in the firm's litigation and white collar/criminal defense practice. Mr. Heather comes to K&L Gates from DLA Piper. Prior to his tenure there, he was an assistant U.S. Attorney with the Criminal Division of the Central District of Los Angeles.