Global law firm K&L Gates and Australian national law firm Middletons are in discussions regarding a possible combination.
If approved, the combination would create a firm of more than 2,000 lawyers in 45 offices throughout Australia, North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
In addition to expanding the combined firm’s global platform to a fifth continent and fortifying its position in the Asia Pacific region, the combination would allow the firm to capitalise on shared practice strengths in areas such as corporate, energy and resources, banking and financial services, labour law and industrial relations, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, infrastructure and projects, real estate, competition and regulatory, technology, biotechnology and life sciences, and capital markets, among others.
“Our leadership teams believe that the client-driven consolidation and globalisation evident in the market for legal services will continue unabated and the potential synergies that would arise from the combination of our firms deserve (and are receiving) serious consideration,” said K&L Gates chairman and global managing partner Peter J. Kalis (pictured) and Middletons national managing partner Nick Nichola.
Discussions between the two firms have been underway for several months with formal proposals expected to be presented to both partnerships later in 2012 if talks proceed to a successful conclusion.
A further announcement will be made upon the resolution of discussions.