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January 19, 2010 6:00 AM

K&L Gates Opens Offices in Moscow and Tokyo

Posted by Richard Lloyd

K&L Gates announced today that it has opened new offices in Moscow and Tokyo. The new outposts continue the Pittsburgh firm's international expansion after it added Dubai, Frankfurt, and Singapore in 2009.

In Tokyo the firm has hired a three-lawyer team from Latham & Watkins: J. Ryan Dwyer III and Takahiro Kawaguchi are resident in that office, and Robert E. Melson Jr. will divide his time between Tokyo and Singapore. All three join K&L Gates as partners and cover a broad range of practice areas including corporate, finance, real estate, and labor. The Tokyo office is K&L Gates's sixth Asian outpost after Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, and Singapore.

The Moscow office opens with a six-lawyer team from Haynes and Boone led by partners Robert Langer and William Reichert. The new hires cover a range of areas including corporate, finance, capital markets, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. Counsel Marina Lebedeva, and associates Anna Ryabtseva, Svetlana Vorobyeva and Valeria Chukova also join from Haynes and Boone.

In a statement released by the firm, K&L Gates chairman Peter Kalis said the new Tokyo and Moscow offices offer the firm entreƩ to "nations and parts of the world that are strategically important to K&L Gates' global clientele. We are delighted by the quality, experience and client focus of our new colleagues in Japan and Russia."

Today's announcement comes on the heels of the release last Friday of K&L Gates's financial results for 2009. The firm saw revenues break the $1 billion barrier, totalling $1.034 billion--representing an 8 percent increase from last year. Profits per equity partner moved up 1 percent, to $861,000.

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