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K&L Gates opens Munich office

The law firm has recruited three alternative investment funds lawyers from King & Wood Mallesons.

US law firm K&L Gates has opened its third office in Germany, recruiting three alternative investment funds lawyers from rival firm King & Wood Mallesons.

The hires include Hilger von Livonius, who has more than 20 years of experience in banking, investment, and insurance regulation, Philipp Riedl, who focuses on investment management for both retail and institutional investors, and Michael Harris a senior transaction lawyer who specializes in international funds and private equity.

“The Bavarian capital of Munich is known as one of the world’s top locations for the private equity, venture capital, intellectual property, and patent law areas, and is home to more blue-chip companies than any other German city,” K&L Gates said in a statement. “In addition to helping to grow the firm’s German investment management practice, the launch of the Munich office also will allow K&L Gates to expand its services in such other areas as corporate, IT, and IP litigation.”

K&L Gates already has offices in Berlin and Frankfurt. The Munich office will be the firm’s eighth office in Europe and 46th worldwide, according to the statement.

K&L Gates also recently expanded its Asia practices, as reported by pfm. In May the firm added Stephen Tan as a corporate and transactional partner in its Taipei office from Baker & McKenzie. Prior to this, the firm hired Henry Wang and Jay Chiu as partners in its corporate and transactional practices in Beijing and Hong Kong, respectively.