K&L Gates, Bell Boyd to Vote on Merger
Partners at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis and Chicago's Bell Boyd & Lloyd are scheduled to vote Friday on whether to merge the firms. The firms disclosed their talks in December. If approved, the merger would boost K&L Gates' head count to 1,950 lawyers and expand its footprint to the Chicago market. It would also strengthen the Pittsburgh-based giant's intellectual property and investment management practices.