Bird & Bird Launches Office in The Netherlands

15 November 2001

Firm continues European expansion with recruitment of key Dutch team

International law firm, Bird & Bird, will be launching a Dutch office in The Hague, on 1st December 2001. An initial team of 4 partners will launch the office, which will operate under the name Bird & Bird.

The new office will initially be staffed by a total of 17 lawyers although the intention is to grow the office rapidly. The team will mirror the firm's sectoral focus and will be acting primarily for clients in the communications, IT, life sciences, e-commerce and media sectors. A wide range of work will be covered, including corporate, general commercial, IP and litigation.

The partners comprise Marjolein Geus, well recognised as a leading Dutch communications lawyer, Harry Rek, well recognised for his corporate expertise, Erik Limpens who joins from Andersen Legal and Intellectual Property expert, Wouter Pors.

Commenting on the launch, David Kerr, Bird & Bird's Chief Executive, said:

"We are most excited by this development. The Netherlands is a key country in Europe in our major sectors and we regard this as being a leading team. We have worked with them for many years, and we see enormous potential. The Hague is a key centre for telecoms, IT and IP and we are very pleased to welcome them on board."

Marjolein Geus, who will become joint Managing Partner of Bird & Bird's Hague office with Harry Rek, added:

"My team and I have had close links with Bird & Bird for more than 5 years. The synergy between us and Bird & Bird has become increasingly apparent, in terms of client-base, culture and dedication to quality.

"Our objective is simple: we want to be part of Europe's premier law firm in these sectors. The Bird & Bird brand already has a powerful resonance in Europe and allied with our reputation and resources in the Netherlands, we believe this move will put us well on the road to realising our goal."

Bird & Bird's major European roll-out began in January 1999, significantly expanding its office in Brussels, followed by Paris in January 2000 and a merger with Gedda & Ekdahl in Stockholm in December 2000. The firm is now in 6 countries and has well-publicised intentions to expand in other key European jurisdictions, including Germany, Italy and Spain.

For any more information, please contact David Kerr or Marjolein Geus on +44 (0) 20 7415 6000.