By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
The new location, the 38th for the Pittsburgh-based firm, will be the second location in the Middle East. It opened a Dubai office in 2009.
The Doha location was established following the issuance of a license by the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority on August 23, the firm said.
Disputes partner Kenneth Freeling, who joined K&L Gates in March after serving as managing partner of the Doha office of Dewey & LeBoeuf, assisted in setting up and obtaining approvals for the new office. His practice focuses on the areas of intellectual property, antitrust, commercial and construction litigation.
"I have been practicing in Doha for more than three years and have no doubt that K&L Gates is the ideal platform for Doha's growing and dynamic economy," Freeling said in a statement. "The breadth and depth of K&L Gates' practices, in combination with its global reach in a single integrated firm, uniquely suits the broader needs of our Qatari clients in Doha and around the world, as well as our multinational clients doing business in Doha."
Firm Chairman Peter Kalis said in a statement that Qatar is committed to a diversified economy on the strength of its energy endowments.
The firm's Doha lawyers will assist clients with their legal and regulatory needs in areas including projects; energy and infrastructure; banking and finance; telecommunications, media and technology; real estate and construction; intellectual property, and dispute resolution, among others.
The new office will be located in Doha's well-known Tornado Tower.