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Mark L Johnson, partner, K&L Gates

K&L Gates grows Boston office with addition of 10 lawyers

Law firm K&L Gates has expanded its Boston office with the additions of two new partners, Mark L Johnson and Paulo J Marnoto, and eight new associates.

Johnson (pictured) joins the firm’s corporate securities and finance practice from Cooley, while Marnoto joins the firm’s private equity and fund formation practice from Ropes & Gray.

With a practice that has focused on corporate, securities, and capital markets matters for nearly 30 years, Johnson advises issuers, investment banks, and investors in public offerings and other financings by US and international issuers in an array of industries, particularly in the technology and life science sectors. He regularly advises public and private companies on ongoing corporate matters, including merger and acquisition transactions and corporate governance issues. Prior to his time at Cooley, Johnson chaired the underwriting practice group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Marnoto has extensive experience in the areas of fund formation and investing; venture capital, securities, buyout, and international transactions; general corporate law; and securities law compliance. He has served as counsel to several funds and funds-of-funds, investment managers, and institutional investors in relation to investments, securities transactions, and securities law compliance.

“We are delighted Mark and Paul have joined our Boston office,” says Mark E Haddad, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ Boston office. “With their extensive transactional experience, they will play important roles in our expanding Boston corporate practice and, at the same time, they will be able to better serve their clients on the K&L Gates platform, one of the legal profession’s largest and most integrated global platforms.”  

The associates joining the firm include Damien Grierson and Joanna Lin, who have extensive experience in capital markets transactions and public and private company representation. Grierson previously was associated with Cooley and Shearman & Sterling, with Lin also joining K&L Gates from Cooley. K&L Gates also recently welcomed six first-year associates in the Boston office.

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