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K&L Gates is looking to build up its Asian arbitration practice after hiring a Watson Farley & Williams partner to lead the group.
Raja Bose will be based in K&L Gates’s Singapore office, which the firm launched in March (The Lawyer, 2 March). The office is K&L Gates’s fifth in Asia.
Chairman Pete Kalis said: “International arbitration is an important part of K&L Gate’s global strategy. There’s been a lot of expansion for us in arbitration in recent months.”
Earlier this year (2 June) The Lawyer reported on the firm launching an office in Dubai after hiring Ashurst’s local office head Paul de Cordova . The Middle East office will initially have a corporate focus and will develop an international arbitration practice in the coming months. K&L Gates London litigation partner Neal Brendel has relocated to the new office.
K&L Gates has also developed its European arbitration practice after hiring Sabine Konrad from Dewey & LeBoeuf and Louis Degos from Eversheds. Both partners have joined the Paris office.
“It’s important for us to build up,” said Kalis. “There’ve been a lot of opportunities for us.”