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K&L Gates Plants Flag in South America, Is Opening Office in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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K&L Gates has established its first office in South America, opening its doors yesterday in Sao Paulo, the financial capital of Brazil.

The office, which is the firm’s 39th worldwide, will operate as a foreign legal consultancy, as provided for under the rules of the Brazilian Bar Association. It will be headed by Marc Veilleux, a finance partner in New York, and Alan Berkeley, who has been working on corporate matters in the firm’s London and Washington D.C. offices, the law firm announced yesterday in a press release.

“Many of our clients have identified Brazil as central to their global operations and strategy and we fully expect the country to be a continued recipient of significant inbound investment,” said Veilleux in the release. “We also believe that the trend of Brazilian companies investing abroad will only continue to accelerate in future years.”

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