Bird & Bird Opens Office in Beijing

15 September 2004

International law firm Bird & Bird has opened its tenth office in Beijing. The new office will play an important role in strengthening the firm’s presence in Asia.

Beijing is a key centre for intellectual property, information technology and communications activity within China and client demand has meant that Beijing has been the logical next office location in the ongoing expansion of Bird & Bird. The firm has recently acquired further talent in its sectors of focus in Asia. In October last year, an IT and e-commerce team led by partner Nigel Stamp, joined Bird & Bird in Hong Kong from Clifford Chance and last month Marcus Vass, a communications specialist, moved to Bird & Bird Hong Kong from Norton Rose. More recently, IP specialist Alison Wong was also appointed to the partnership. The new office in Beijing represents a further commitment by Bird & Bird to support the needs of its clients more effectively in China.

Matthew Laight, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird’s Hong Kong office, who will also manage the new office in Beijing said:

"Beijing is the centre of regulation for the sectors in which we specialise. The Courts there have taken the lead in high end intellectual property litigation and we have been assisting a number of clients in significant cases in China. Having an office in Beijing will allow us to better serve our clients. This, coupled with recent lateral hires and internal promotions, will work to our clients’ advantage"

David Kerr, CEO of Bird & Bird added:

"This is an important development for the firm which has over the past few years been expanding rapidly within Europe and now within Asia. An office in Beijing will place Bird & Bird in another important economic centre for our sectors of focus".

For more information, please contact Matthew Laight on +852 2248 6000 or Larry Cattle on + 44 (0) 20 7415 6156.