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K&L Gates hires another new partner for asset management and investment funds team

Global law firm K&L Gates has moved to further strengthen its asset management and investment funds team with the appointment of a second partner in the past fortnight.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 13 February 2023 Big Law
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Matthew Watts has been appointed as a partner at K&L Gates and will serve in its Sydney office. He rejoins the global firm from funds management company Maple-Brown Abbott, where he was general counsel.

The news follows the hiring of a partner for the same practice group from HWL Ebsworth at the end of January, which followed the nabbing of three partners from the same BigLaw firm in December.

 
 

Speaking about the appointment, K&L Gates managing partner in Australia, Nick Nichola, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Matthew back to K&L Gates as a partner in our growing asset management and investment funds team.

“Matthew is the 10th new partner we have announced in Australia since the start of December, and he will be joining a team that is doing fantastic work in what are rapidly developing areas of law that are in high demand from our clients.”

Global asset management and investment funds practice leader Michael Caccese added: “Matthew returns to K&L Gates after spending more than four years in-house working closely with boards and senior management on key business initiatives.

“He brings to the firm and our clients a wealth of experience advising internal stakeholders on local and offshore fund establishment and restructuring, asset acquisitions, and the implementation of regulatory changes such as design and distribution obligations, breach reporting and changes to the Australian fee disclosure regime.”