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K&L Gates Opening in Qatar, Chadbourne Heading to Turkey
The American Lawyer
K&L Gates established its office in Doha, Qatar -- its second in the region -- with the assistance of partner Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner in Doha specializing in IP litigation and antitrust matters who joined K&L Gates in March. (K&L Gates opened it first Middle East office, in Dubai, in 2009.)
Peter Kalis, K&L Gates' chairman and global managing partner, said in a statement that the new office is "a foundation block of our strategy in the Middle East."
According to the firm's announcement, the new office will be located in Doha's famous Tornado Tower, and will focus on energy and infrastructure, banking and finance, telecommunications and technology, real estate and construction, intellectual property, and disputes, according to the firm.
Along with Freeling, the K&L Gates website lists international finance counsel Kathleen Bradley as being based in the new Doha location.
Another firm making an international move last week is Chadbourne & Parke, which announced the opening of an Istanbul office under the leadership of Ayse Yuksel. Yuksel, who will serve as the new office's managing partner, has been leading the firm's Turkey, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) corporate practice in London, New York and Dubai.
Chadbourne expects the new office to expand the firm's presence in emerging markets, while focusing on M&A, private equity, capital markets, corporate finance, project finance, and tax matters, according to a prepared statement.
The firm will rely on attorneys transferring from its New York and Dubai offices to staff the new location, and will also work closely with local firm Cigdemtekin Sahbaz Attorney Partnership on Turkish law matters.
Yuksel, who was named to The American Lawyer's list of "45 Under 45" top global female attorneys earlier this year, advises on a variety of transactions. In 2008, she represented Koc on the sale of its $3.4 billion stake in Turkish retailer Migros Turk to BC Partners, Turkey's largest-ever private equity deal.
This article first appeared on The Am Law Daily blog on AmericanLawyer.com.