K&L Gates to Merge with Australian Law Firm Middletons
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Dec 4, 2012, 12:33 pm CST
K&L Gates and Australian law firm Middletons will merge in January, creating a firm of more than 2,000 lawyers.
According to the press release, the merger will create a “single integrated global law firm.” The new firm will have full financial integration and will compensate partners using a single approach.
Middletons has 300 lawyers and offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. After the merger, K&L Gates will have 46 offices across five continents. K&L Gates chairman and global managing partner Peter Kalis will oversee the merged firm, while Middletons national managing partner Nick Nichola will be Australia managing partner, Legal Week says.
Several international law firms have pursued Australian mergers in the past year, Legal Week reports, “with a whole spate of U.K. outfits announcing a variety of different unions with Australia’s best-known national firms.”
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