Bird & Bird Hire Corporate Teams in Paris and Brussels

12 May 2000

Leading corporate lawyers reinforce Bird & Bird's European capability

The Paris office of international law firm Bird & Bird has brought in two new partners, Jodie Cohen-Tanugi and François Serres, both formerly with Salès Vincent & Associés. Jodie Cohen-Tanugi will head the corporate/M&A team of the Paris office and in addition to Ms. Cohen-Tanugi and Mr. Serres, the team will comprise 4 associates.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ms Cohen-Tanugi has practised law in Paris for sixteen years, after beginning her career with Mayer Brown Platt in Washington, D.C. Her experience encompasses a wide variety of international corporate transactions, specialising in the Internet, media, and communications sectors. François Serres, also a graduate of Harvard Law School, has broad experience in the corporate sector, focusing on international M&A and joint ventures.

Commenting on their appointment, Paris managing partner, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol said:

"Since the Paris office was opened in January 2000, we have grown to nearly 30 lawyers. The addition of two corporate partners with the outstanding credentials of Jodie Cohen-Tanugi and François Serres, along with their team, bring substantial benefits for our clients. With our new corporate capability and the recent appointment of employment partner Benjamine Fiedler, Bird & Bird's Paris office now offers clients a full service capability, reinforcing the firm's strong sectoral focus."

Furthermore, in Bird & Bird's Brussels office, corporate lawyer Paul Hermant of Loeff Claeys Verbeke will be joining the firm as a partner on June 1 2000. With extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and financial law, Paul also regularly lectures, teaches and publishes in these areas. He will be joined by a team of 3 associates and his appointment brings the total number of lawyers in Brussels to over 35, including seven partners.

Executive chairman, David Kerr adds:

"The success of our Brussels and Paris offices has been dramatic and is evidenced by their rapid growth. Our sectoral approach is integral to the firm's expansion strategy and is proving highly successful in the Continental European market."

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