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Global solutions, personal approach TEXT: COLETTE DAVIDSON  |  PHOTOS: K&L GATES

With business challenges becoming increasingly global, the need for an international law firm that understands its clients and is able to offer a diverse range of legal and commercial solutions is essential. K&L Gates, a fully integrated international law firm, works across five continents to provide personalised legal counsel to clients from every major industry and across a wide range of practices. Its Brussels office, ideally placed in the hub of European activity, operates in a dynamic, entrepreneurial and multicultural environment. The history of K&L Gates illustrates what it stands for today – east meets west; a meeting of the minds. In 2007, Pittsburgh-based firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and Seattle-bred firm Preston Gates & Ellis – whose partners included William Gates, father of Bill Gates – joined forces to create K&L Gates. 18  |  Issue 72  |  December 2019

Now, the global law firm is one of the world’s top legal players, boasting more than 1,800 lawyers in 44 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Australia, with capabilities in legal issues facing the manufacturing, financial services, health care, technology and several other industries. In November, it was named the Law Firm of the Year in corporate law in the 2020 edition of the US News ‘Best Law Firms’ report. K&L Gates takes a fully integrated approach to law, with its legal counsel – and client base – knowing no borders. No matter the legal request, its global team is capable of responding to a diverse range of client demands, regardless of location. “The most important thing is that clients are served efficiently,” says Philip Torbøl,

partner at K&L Gates’ Brussels office. “We work across borders and across offices, which means that you always have access to the best resources, to the specific lawyer who can help you in the best way.” This cross-border approach is especially necessary in an ever-changing world, where global challenges related to trade, regulatory issues and the environment are a constant concern. The firm’s lawyers take an individual, personalised approach to each case, aiming to provide innovative, value-driven solutions. In that vein, the firm continues to invest in the latest technology, including artificial intelligence tools, to allow its lawyers to work as efficiently as possible.

Diversity in practice K&L Gates counsels clients in nine broad practice areas – corporate and transac-

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