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Duane Morris Opens Dallas Office with Addition of Four New Partners

Duane Morris LLP has opened a new office in Dallas, Texas, with the addition of Trial partners Robert M. Castle III, Randy D. Gordon, Jamie R. Welton and Lucas “Luke” Wohlford. The group joins Duane Morris from Barnes & Thornburg LLP. The move further aligns Duane Morris’ domestic operations with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. The firm opened its Austin office in 2017 and its Houston office in 1999. The new Duane Morris LLP office is located at 100 Crescent Court in Dallas.

“For more than 20 years, we have focused on and invested in Texas. With our new Dallas location and team, our commitment is clear,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “Duane Morris now has a critical mass of legal talent and a footprint in key markets, including Houston and Austin, and we expect to expand our presence in Texas in the years to come. We look forward to supporting our broad client base with high quality and cost-efficient legal services.”

“Texas is central to Duane Morris’ strategic growth plan, and our Dallas office creates more opportunities to better service our technology, corporate and energy clients and grow our business in-state,” said Tom Sankey, managing partner of Duane Morris’ Houston office and Texas operations. “Our Corporate, Trial and IP practice groups represent a large client base in Texas, and our interdisciplinary, industry-sector approach to legal services enables us to deliver additional value.”

“Dallas, in particular, is an extremely positive business climate for entrepreneurs, the many Fortune 500 firms headquartered here and a broad array of high technology, healthcare, financial, energy and transportation clients,” added Randy Gordon, the managing partner of the Dallas office. “We are excited to plant the flag for Duane Morris in Dallas.”

“Matt Taylor’s vision for Texas is exciting, and the firm’s industry-focus groups represented a great opportunity to collaborate in new ways,” noted partner Rob Castle. “Overall, Duane Morris offers a unique and collegial culture that will enable me to better serve my healthcare client base.”

As one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, Dallas offers a thriving commercial environment. With more than 65,000 businesses located in the metropolitan region including Texas Instruments, AT&T, Comerica and Southwest Airlines, the city serves as headquarters to more than 20 Fortune 500 firms.

KPMG moves to Marischal Square as growth strategy continues

KPMG has announced plans to relocate to the multi-million pound Marischal Square development in Aberdeen, as it eyes further growth in the city.

KPMG has announced plans to relocate to the multi-million pound Marischal Square development in Aberdeen, as it eyes further growth in the city.

The leading professional services firm will relocate from its current base in Albyn Place to the new city centre location in the Spring.

Final designs and planning are current underway, with more than 140 auditors and advisors moving to KPMG’s new north east home, which will be located on the fourth floor of 1 Marischal Square.

The relocation has been designed to create greater flexibility, bringing teams together for the first time in one open-plan, collaborative space. Plans are also underway to enable clients to make the most of the central location, with event, breakout and shared working spaces.

Martin Findlay, KPMG’s Senior Partner in Aberdeen, said:

“We’ve called Albyn Place home for 25 years, and have some great memories here, but we’re incredibly excited about our next move. KPMG has been part of the fabric of Aberdeen since the nineteenth century, so we felt it was only fitting to make our next base a development which truly reflects the city’s optimistic future.

“For the first time, our various teams in Aberdeen will be able to work together in one dedicated floor, allowing far greater collaboration and flexibility. Our big focus will be on technology and innovation, developing a space that empowers our people and our clients to work together in the heart of the Granite City.”

Stephen Turner, Regional Director, Scotland, at Muse Developments, said:

“We are proud that KMPG has chosen 1 Marischal Square for the next phase of its progression here in Aberdeen. Its presence proves that if the right property is available, world-class organisations will commit to a city centre location and the firm will further enhance the business credentials of the area.

“KPMG is a very welcome addition to our existing portfolio of clients and will further enhance Marischal Square’s burgeoning reputation as Aberdeen’s premier city centre office development.”

He added: “The Grade-A space on offer is proving very attractive to prospective occupiers and we continue to talk to organisations interested in taking their place alongside some of the city’s leading businesses.”

Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing, said:

“KPMG’s arrival means another high-calibre firm and its staff are now located in the city centre, which was a main aim of the Marischal Square project.

“This area of city centre has been revitalised and I am confident it will continue to go from strength to strength. More and more people are attracted to the thriving eastern end of Union Street, which in turn is contributing to the wider economy of the north east.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: http://www.kpmg.co.uk/