Global law firm K&L Gates LLP announced a merger with Australian law firm Middletons.

The combined company, which will be effective starting Jan. 1, 2013, expands K&L Gates’ global reach to more than 2,000 lawyers in 46 offices across five continents—Australia, North America, South America, Europe and Asia—as well as the Middle East. K&L’s Asia-Pacific coverage will include up to 400 lawyers, with 11 offices, including a location in Seoul, which recently opened on Nov. 14.

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