Bird & Bird Makes Eight New Partner Appointments

11 May 2004

International law firm Bird & Bird has appointed eight new partners. The appointments, which have been made across Bird & Bird’s international sector and practice groups, will bring the total number of Bird & Bird partners to 114. Anne-Laure Brun-Buisson (Corporate), Philippe Danesi (Employment), Stefan Gottgetreu (Corporate), Oliver Jan Jüngst (IP), Armand Killan (IP), Mark Leach (Communications), Ulf Mellqvist (Litigation) and Alison Wong (IP) were made partners with effect from 1 May 2004.

Brief biographies are enclosed below:

Anne-Laure Brun-Buisson joined Bird & Bird in April 2002 and is based in Bird & Bird’s Paris office. Anne-Laure’s main areas of expertise are private equity investments, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring in the context of international as well as domestic transactions. In addition, Anne-Laure has also developed a strong practice focused on finance and securities, specifically in relation to buy-out and property financing.

Philippe Danesi joined Bird & Bird in November 2002 and is also based in Bird & Bird’s Paris office. Prior to joining the firm, Philippe worked at law firm Fidal Paris & International. He is an employment law specialist and has advised numerous companies, both national and international. His experience spans restructurings, working time regulations, individual and collective dismissals, employee benefits, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, relations and litigation with staff representatives and unions as well as litigation in all aspects of French Employment Law before various jurisdictions.

Dr. Stefan Gottgetreu joined Bird & Bird in October 2002 to help build up the German corporate/M&A practice. He is based in the firm’s Düsseldorf office. He is a specialist in corporate and M&A work and advises clients on company reorganisations, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Stefan's experience includes both cross-border transactions as well as domestic corporate work.

Oliver Jan Jüngst joined Bird & Bird in July 2002 to help establish Bird & Bird´s Düsseldorf office. He is an IP lawyer with a strong focus on German patent and trademark law. In particular, his practice focuses on the orchestration and implementation of patent infringement litigation in the life sciences sector and also embraces other technical areas, such as mechanics and electro-technics.

Armand Killan is an intellectual property lawyer based in the firm’s office in The Hague who joined Bird & Bird in 2001. Armand has substantial experience in contentious intellectual property work including international patent and trademark (counterfeit) cases. Armand has accumulated wide-ranging expertise in matters involving legal aspects of registration of pharmaceuticals and clinical trials as well as advertising in regulated markets (telecommunications, pharmaceuticals).

Mark Leach joined Bird & Bird in 1998 and is a member of the firm’s Communications Group, based in London. He advises on a wide range of commercial transactions in the IT and telecommunications sectors, acting for both suppliers and customers. His practice has a particular focus on technology and BPO outsourcing and he has experience of a number of high value deals in this field.

Ulf Mellqvist joined Bird & Bird in March 1996 after having worked at the Court of Appeal in Stockholm and before that in the Malmö District Court. Ulf is based in Bird & Bird’s Stockholm office and specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as mediation and conciliation. He is an experienced litigator in the IT and banking sectors. Ulf also advises on insolvency law.

Alison Wong joined Bird & Bird, Hong Kong in 1998. Alison specialises in intellectual property law and advises on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. She has advised on a number of patent litigations involving multinationals in China and continues to supervise patent litigation in other jurisdictions around Asia. Her non-contentious practice covers advising clients, particularly in the media market, on the exploitation of intellectual property rights.

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