Significant Commercial team joins Bird & Bird

24 November 2006

Three partner team joins firm in major commercial push

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited a highly rated team of lawyers, in a major push by the firm to further develop its already strong international Commercial Group. A team of 3 commercial partners with a focus on Bird & Bird’s sectors, will be joining the firm from Barlow, Lyde & Gilbert in the new year. The recruitment of the team, which will be based in Bird & Bird’s London office, follows a wave of recent expansion of the firm which has attracted significant lateral hires across its international offices.

The new team will consist of partners Simon Shooter, Chris Holder and Christian Bartsch. Having developed a leading reputation for its commercial work in the IT and Communications sectors and for its Outsourcing experience in the Banking & Financial Services sector, the team brings significant additional expertise to Bird & Bird as it continues to expand its international Commercial Group.

Commenting on the team’s move to Bird & Bird, David Kerr, CEO of the firm said:

“We’re absolutely delighted that we have this opportunity to bring on board this first rate team. We have known Simon, Chris and Christian for some years. They and the rest of their team are not only exceptional lawyers but are also very affable and energetic and have significant synergies with Bird & Bird. Having them onboard will, I believe, set Bird & Bird apart from other commercial groups creating one of the largest teams of dedicated commercial lawyers not just in the UK but internationally. We are extremely enthusiastic about this development”.

Commenting on behalf of the team, Simon Shooter added:

“Bird & Bird is a very ambitious firm offering us exciting opportunities especially on an international level to develop our practices. The international dimension of their business really does set them apart from other firms and their business focus and strategy to expand makes this a very exciting next step for us. On a personal basis, it is also clear that there will be a great personality fit with Bird & Bird’s existing team”.

For more information on this please contact Natalie Arestis, PR Manager on 020 7905 6248.

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About Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird is a full service international commercial law firm with an in-depth knowledge of chosen industry sectors. We focus on aviation & aerospace, communications, banking & financial services, e-commerce, information technology, life sciences, media and sport.

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.