Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

K&L Gates has recruited real estate partner Randall Gerkens to work in Melbourne, home to the firm’s largest base in the Asia-Pacific region.

Gerkens joins from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where he led the real estate practice of its Melbourne office. He specializes in commercial property transactions, development and construction projects, property funds management and planning and land use issues.

Previously, Gerkens was the head of Melbourne real estate at the legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

K&L Gates’ Melbourne office is the firm’s largest office in the Asia-Pacific region, with more than 100 lawyers, including about 25 partners.

The Pittsburgh-based firm gained its four Australian offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane through its merger with 300-lawyer national firm Middletons in 2013.

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