Sydney – The Sydney office of global law firm K&L Gates has added Kane Barnett as a partner in the financial services team. Barnett joins K&L Gates from Clifford Chance, where he led that firm's Australian funds practice.
Barnett has extensive experience acting for Australian and international clients on fund formation, investments in funds, and investments by and transactions involving funds. He advises across a broad range of asset classes including listed and unlisted real estate, infrastructure and private equity funds. Barnett regularly assists foreign investors with structuring their investments in Australian infrastructure and real estate assets, and advises on Australia's financial services regulatory regime generally.
Barnett's clients have included many leading Australian and international asset managers as well as sovereign wealth funds and large pension funds from Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East.
"K&L Gates has excellent strength and depth of experience in investment management and funds work across the firm's global platform," said Barnett. "I am excited about the opportunity to continue doing great cross-border work as part of such a strong team. The collegiate and collaborative environment at K&L Gates is exactly the kind of culture I want to be part of, and I am thrilled to have joined the partnership."
Nick Nichola, K&L Gates' Managing Partner, Australia, stated: "Our firm's investment management practice in Australia has been exceptionally busy and we expect this trend to continue in the wake of the Hayne Royal Commission. Kane's experience and knowledge of a diverse range of funds will be a great complement and bolster to the existing team, including Melbourne-based partners Jim Bulling and Daniel Knight. With a strong track record acting for high profile clients based both domestically and internationally, Kane will be a real asset for our clients to draw upon. It is a pleasure to welcome him to the firm."
Barnett is the second new partner to join K&L Gates in Australia in recent weeks, following the earlier appointment of James Clyne as a corporate partner in the Perth office.