Bird & Bird builds international employment team with Italian hire

20 October 2006

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited employment & benefits specialist Amedeo Rampolla, to boost its Italian employment team. Amedeo, who joins the firm from Freshfields, will also play a key role in the development of Bird & Bird’s international employment group, which has over the past couple of years developed significantly across Europe and Asia.

Joining the firm’s office in Milan, Amedeo brings with him over 12 years experience of a wide range of employment advice. He joins from Freshfields where he was Head of Employment, Pensions and Benefits – a team he established from scratch. Before that he was a partner at Andersen Legal where he established and was head of the Italian Labour Law Service Line. At Bird & Bird Amedeo will co-head the existing employment team along with partner Caterina Rucci.

Commenting on his appointment, Ian Hunter, co-head of the firm’s international employment group said:

“I’m delighted that Amedeo is joining us. We are committed to developing our employment capabilities on an international level and Amedeo’s arrival will certainly help us in this goal. Our team has transformed significantly in the past couple of years and we will continue to expand”.

Commenting on his appointment, Amedeo added:

“This is a very interesting opportunity for me. Bird & Bird is one of only a few international firms able to offer clients a full service in cross-border support on employment matters. Their focus on sectors also makes them truly unique. I’m very much looking forward to joining them”.

Bird & Bird now has employment capabilities in almost all of its 14 offices, offering a complete international human resources service covering contentious and non-contentious employment advice, compensation and benefits, international mobility and business immigration advice. In the UK, recent developments include the recruitment of a dedicated compensation and benefits team led by partner Guy Abbiss.

For more information on this please contact Natalie Arestis, PR Manager on 020 7905 6248 or natalia.arestis@twobirds.com.

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About Bird & Bird

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With offices in Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome and Stockholm, we offer our clients local expertise within a global context, helping them to realise their business goals both domestically and internationally.

Bird & Bird was identified as one of the Top 50 Law Firms in the world that has “taken the greatest strides towards globalisation while maintaining quality”, in a recent survey carried out by researchers for the PLCWhich Lawyer? Yearbook.

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