K&L Gates bulks up City corporate practice with double partner hire

K&L Gates has strengthened its corporate capabilities in London with the hire of two partners.

Carl Liederman, the former head of Arnold & Porter’s European corporate practice, has joined the firm alongside Keith Snedden, the ex-head of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s corporate team.

Liederman has a background in cross-border transactions, advising clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. 

Before joining Arnold & Porter he worked at Winston & Strawn, having previously been head of European M&A at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Snedden focuses on the financial services, engineering and healthcare industries.

He told The Lawyer: “I looked at a number of firms, but was particularly impressed by the people I met throughout the whole organisation at K&L Gates.

“It also has a fantastic international platform, which gives a tremendous reach and the ability to provide a fantastic service to clients.”

Liederman was also attracted by the firm’s international footprint, which has seen it open offices in Tokyo, Moscow and Paris in the past two years.

The firm last week announced it was set to open an office in Warsaw, its 36th location worldwide (1 March 2010).

Tony Griffiths, administrative partner at the firm’s London office, said: “Both Carl’s and Keith’s considerable experience in dealing with pan-European, complex M&A assignments perfectly complement K&L Gates’s existing multinational corporate practice.

“We’re pleased to welcome these two senior corporate partners.”