K&L Gates continues global expansion with Taiwanese tie-up

US FIRM Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) has announced a merger with Taiwanese firm J&J Attorneys at Law, strengthening its Asia capabilities.

Nine-lawyer J&J, based in the Taiwanese capital Taipei, has been added to the firms existing Asia offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as first revealed on TheLawyer. com (14 May).

K & L Gates Asia managing partner David Tang said: Their addition will allow us to capitalise on the corporate strengths of both groups in working with a number of corporations, including our shared client Microsoft, and also offer our clients international IP experience.

J&Js expertise includes corporate, M&A, environmental, project finance and IP law. The firm has advised clients including General Electric, General Motors and Mircrosoft.

J&J managing partner Jacqueline Fu said: The joining of our firms broadens J&Js services to clients through the expanded resources of K&L Gates, particularly through its offices in China and Hong Kong.

K&L Gates expansion plans advanced in January this year with the launch of the Paris office, which was followed by the launch of the Shanghai office in April.

Earlier this month (1 May) TheLawyer.com reported on K&L Gates merger talks with US firm Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman.

If successful the merger will create a 1,700-lawyer firm with 28 offices spread across the US, Europe and Asia.