Monday, June 1, 2009

Pittsburgh-Based K&L Gates Opens Law Offices in Dubai - Marks 33rd Global Office

Pittsburgh-Based K&L Gates LLP has established its 33rd office worldwide with the opening of an office in Dubai, the firm’s first in the Middle East. The launch follows K&L Gates international office openings in Singapore and Frankfurt earlier this year.

“The Gulf Region is, has been, and will continue to be of strategic importance to the global economy,” said K&L Gates Chairman and Global Managing Partner Peter J. Kalis. “K&L Gates is delighted to launch our presence in the Region to serve our distinguished clients who are active in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the Middle East.”

K&L Gates is a global law firm with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, and represents numerous Global 500, Fortune 100, and FTSE 100 corporations, in addition to growth and middle market companies, entrepreneurs, capital market participants and public sector entities.

With a strong background in international arbitration and dispute resolution, Neal Brendel will relocate from Pittsburgh to be a co-founder of the firm’s Dubai office. Brendel’s dispute resolution practice has included major matters in various international venues and subject areas, the firm said.

“Dubai has demonstrated a commitment to become a leading venue for international dispute resolution," Brendel said. "The client community and the international arbitration bar have taken notice. I am pleased to be able to participate in this development on behalf of K&L Gates’ clients.”

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