K&L Gates chief blasts Norton Rose's 'Noah's ark' mergers

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  • On this matter I defer to the Spice Girls' wisdom:

    Candle light and soul forever
    A dream of you and me together
    Say you believe it, say you believe it

    Say you believe it Kalis, say it....

    Free your mind of doubt and danger
    Be for real don't be a stranger
    We can achieve it, we can achieve it

    Say we can achieve it Kalis, say it.

    Come a little bit closer baby, get it on, get it on
    'Cause tonight is the night when two become one

    Two become one Kalis, 2 become 1.

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  • @Anonymous 3:00 pm
    If anyone can show me a better blog on a legal website I'd like to see it. Much respect

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  • I think anonymous has hit on a genuinely interesting parallel between the way firms approach mergers and people approach relationships...
    Makes me wonder whether those shunned SJ Berwin partners are singing my little ditty at the moment:
    Don’t be angry, don’t be sad, and don’t sit cryin’ over good times you’ve had.
    There’s a girl right next to you, and she’s just waitin’ for something to do.
    And there’s a rose in the fisted glove and the eagle flies with the dove,
    and if you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with

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  • If it annoys so many tools it must be worth it.

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  • Is this the same K&L Gates that has a separate LLP in the UK? Presumably with its own management and governance?
    Or has this on its website: "K&L Gates is comprised of multiple affiliated entities: a limited liability partnership with the full name K&L Gates LLP qualified in Delaware and maintaining offices throughout the United States, in Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany, in Beijing (K&L Gates LLP Beijing Representative Office), in Dubai, U.A.E., in Shanghai (K&L Gates LLP Shanghai Representative Office), in Tokyo, and in Singapore; a limited liability partnership (also named K&L Gates LLP) incorporated in England and maintaining offices in London and Paris; a Taiwan general partnership (K&L Gates) maintaining an office in Taipei; a Hong Kong general partnership (K&L Gates, Solicitors) maintaining an office in Hong Kong; a Polish limited partnership (K&L Gates Jamka sp. k.) maintaining an office in Warsaw; and a Delaware limited liability company (K&L Gates Holdings, LLC) maintaining an office in Moscow."
    Excellent.

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  • Kalis: kettle, pot, black... Please re-arrange

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  • Anonymous | 16-Nov-2010 3:00 pm

    Brilliant.

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  • Clients I have spoken to about existing vereins have often been dubious about the service they get, and I'm dubious about the verein as the best structure for international law firms. There is an old saying: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is...

    The highly flexible nature of the verein means that law firms can do literally whatever they want with it; I suspect the limits of a verein will only be tested when the chips are down, and I wouldn't like to be the client caught in the crossfire at that point.

    The fact remains that if you are a partner in one law firm office and your 'partner' in another office is not connected to you by either profitability or liability, you have little incentive put your own integrity on the line for him/her in the way you would with a full partner.

    Kalis is right. The verein is convenient but it is more akin to a commercial arrangement such as franchising.

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  • Anonymous | 16-Nov-2010 3:00 pm

    Cheered up my day.

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  • Kallis's comments are illuminating only in so far as they reveal the level of panic that he is experiencing about the looming threat posed to K&L Gates by recent mergers (and forthcoming yet to be announced mergers).

    Presumably Kallis thinks that PwC, KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young are mere associations? And companies such as BHP Billiton, Unilever, Rio Tinto, and EADS?

    This is leaving aside, as other posters have noted, the hypocricy of the comments since his own firm is not actually a single partnership.

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