K&L Gates is a global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. Our integrated network of offices is one of the largest of any global law firm. We represent a broad array of Global 500, Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations, as well as many other businesses, individuals and philanthropic organisations. We advise our clients on their most sophisticated legal challenges in all areas of transactional and regulatory law, as well as litigation and intellectual property. We have a strong presence in key capital cities and world commercial and financial centres. This platform provides the base for our global network of legal resources, enabling us to offer strategic advise to our clients on varied issues around the world. For the sixth year in a row, K&L Gates was ranked by Law360 in the publication's Global 20 survey as one of the "20 law firms that had the biggest global presence and handled the most large, significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.” In addition, the BTI Consulting Group (BTI) has recognised K&L Gates for exceptional client service in several rankings including Top 10 ranking in the 2017 BTI Client Service 30.
In particular, K&L Gates has a leading investment management practice with over 150 lawyers across 24 offices spanning the US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The K&L Gates London office regularly advises participants in the UK financial services industry including a broad spectrum of domestic and international fund managers, trading advisors, banks, brokerages, corporate finance firms, proprietary trading firms and other FCA regulated firms. In the increasingly complex regulatory and business environment in which our financial services clients operate, and especially in light of the consolidating nature of many leading industry participants, we can bring to bear the resources and experience demanded by our sophisticated clients in an effective and cost-efficient manner. We have in-depth knowledge that comes from extensive experience in the financial markets.
On a global basis, our partners represent some of the largest and best-known asset managers in the industry. We also work with a large number and wide range of small, medium-sized and boutique managers and funds. Our clients include investment advisers of every size, open- and closed-end investment companies, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), private funds (hedge funds and private equity funds), funds of funds, sub-advised mutual funds, insurance companies, broker-dealers, retirement plans, and other service providers to the investment industry. Because of our diverse and extensive client base, and the professional and geographic depth and breadth of our practice group, we have analysed, addressed, and tackled virtually every issue imaginable in representing our clients. We leverage this experience to provide cutting-edge advice in an efficient and cost-effectively manner.
As the industry continues to grow and innovate, our investment management lawyers are at the forefront of those developments. Recently, 20 of our lawyers have received industry recognition or awards, including from Chambers, Legal 500, SuperLawyers and other investment management-focused publications and legal directories. More than two dozen of our lawyers participated in over 65 industry panels and conferences and, collectively, our team published more than 40 articles in industry journals.
We believe in establishing a strong relationship with a client through not only the ability to provide timely and in-depth analysis and advice to the client, but by providing such analysis and advice within the context of developments in the broader industry. We believe that the breadth and depth of our overall investment management practice allows us a unique ability to bring to bear, in any particular representation, the combined knowledge and experience of the group to counsel an individual client or solve a particular problem. We regularly draw on the capabilities of the firms complimentary practice areas to provide holostic advice. For example, we have specialists dealing with data protection rules and with certain aspects of cyber-security preparedness, such as insurance coverage. We regularly involve such specialists in financial services related client advice..
We understand that clients are first and foremost a business, and need superior legal knowledge in the form of practical real-world advice. We believe our legal services are a complement not an impediment to our clients’ business goals. Business ideas, new products and distribution activities move quickly and we work every day to ensure that our clients are able to react quickly and with the confidence of sound legal advice to new opportunities. We find innovative ways to help our clients implement their goals while understanding and exploring the risks involved. Finally, many of our lawyers have worked in-house at financial institutions and know first hand the business and timing needs of the business. We pride ourselves on having a good understanding of what type of legal advice is appropriate to provide our clients.