Adviser surpriser

K&L Gates (full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, in case you were wondering) opened the doors of its new Berlin office this morning.

The latest chapter in the unfolding story of this fast-growing US firm comes courtesy of a bunch of lawyers from Taylor Wessing, who jumped ship late last year, as first reported on (13 December 2006).

The office has launched with 11 partners, including five in real estate, four corporate and M&A specialists and one each from media and entertainment and employment.

So far so good (at least for Kirkpatrick).

But what really caught our eye was the final sentence of the press release: “The parties have been advised on this transaction by Tony Williams of Jomati.”

This is, as far as we are aware, the very first time that a consultant has publicised his role in a deal. Is this a new trend for 2007? And, more importantly, does Alan Hodgart know?