Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, Preston Gates Merger Approved

Monday, January 1, 2007 - 01:00

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG) and Preston Gates & Ellis LLP (PG&E) partners have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed combination of the two firms effective January 1. The name of the combined firm will be Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, and the firm will be branded as K&L Gates.

K&L Gates will comprise approximately 1,400 lawyers and 21 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia. The combination will rank as one of the most substantial in the history of the legal profession, creating one of the world's largest law firms. The firm will be expected to have revenue exceeding $750 Million in 2007, its first full year of existence.

K&L Gates will be governed by a firmwide Management Committee whose seven-person Executive Committee is believed to be one of the most diverse such governance bodies in the profession, as it will include two women, one Asian-American man, and one African-American man. Mr. Kalis will serve as chairman and global managing partner, and Ms. Glover will serve as global integration partner.

K&L Gates will have offices in Anchorage, Beijing, Boston, Coeur d'Alene, Dallas, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, Taipei and Washington, DC.

The New York office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has welcomed Philip A. Haber to its finance practice.

Mr. Haber focuses his practice on the representation of institutional lenders and institutional investors, including hedge funds and other public and private funds, commercial banks and investment banks in a wide variety of private debt and equity financings. He is also experienced in public and private mergers and acquisitions and general securities and corporate representation of both public and privately held companies.