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K&L Gates, Middletons in merger talks

American-Australian combo would include 2,000 lawyers in 45 offices

K&L Gates is keen on taking a trip to the land down under.

The U.S. law firm is in advanced merger talks with Australian firm Middletons. According to a press release that the firms jointly issued, the firms have been in discussion for months about forming a combined firm that would boast 2,200 lawyers in 45 international offices and “allow the firm to capitalize on shared practice strengths in areas such as corporate, energy and resources, banking and financial services, labor law and industrial relations, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, infrastructure and projects, real estate, competition and regulatory, technology, biotechnology and life sciences, and capital markets, among others.”

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