Pittsburgh-headquartered law firm K&L Gates is set to acquire local law capabilities in Singapore after its proposed merger with local outfit Straits Law Practice was approved by the city-state’s Legal Services Regulatory Authority.

The merger is expected to be finalised by Jan. 1, 2019. It comes some three years after Philadelphia’s Morgan Lewis & Bockius combined with Stamford Law Corporation to form Morgan Lewis Stamford, and Dentons merged with Singapore’s oldest firm, Rodyk & Davidson, to form Dentons Rodyk.

Headed by managing director N Sreenivasan SC, Straits Law has 34 lawyers, including six directors. It was formed in 2001 following the merger between Derrick Ravi Partnership and Raja Loo & Chandra, and later absorbed two more firms: Choo & Lim in 2006 and insurance boutique M Rama Law Corporation in 2016. 

K&L Gates has approximately 1,800 lawyers in 45 offices globally, including 11 in the Asia-Pacific. The Singapore office, headed by partner Raja Bose, has 16 lawyers, including 10 partners. 

“The combined talents and resources of our lawyers in Singapore will allow us to seamlessly serve both local and international clients in Singapore and in the region,” said Sreenivasan and David KY Tang, K&L Gates’ Asia managing partner, in a joint statement.  

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