Bird & Bird makes eight new partner appointments

03 May 2006

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 133. Raquel Ballesteros (Life Sciences & Regulatory), Anna Duffus (IP), Romain Ferla (Competition), Jiri Jäger (Corporate), Raimondo Maggiore (Banking & Finance), Eutimio Monaco (Telecoms & Antitrust), Fabian Niemann (IT & Outsourcing) and Jörg Witting (Competition) were made partners with effect from 1 May 2006.

Brief biographies are enclosed below:

Raquel Ballesteros joined Bird & Bird in November 2005 and helped launch the firm´s Madrid office. Raquel specializes in providing contentious and non-contentious legal advice in matters related to the Life Sciences field (product liability, strict liability claims against Health Administrations, medical and pharmaceutical malpractice, regulatory matters). She has also wide experience in Public Law, particularly public procurement and sanctioning proceedings, defending her clients´ interests in both administrative and judicial proceedings.

Anna Duffus is an intellectual property lawyer based in the firm’s London office. She is qualified to practise in Scotland and in England and Wales and has extensive experience advising on all aspects of IP rights including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information. She focuses on contentious matters and, having a Physics degree, has particular expertise in national and international patent litigation in the electronics and communications industries.

Romain Ferla is based in Bird & Bird’s Paris office. He is a member of the firm’s EU Competition Group. Romain focuses on various aspects of EU and French competition law ranging from notifying or challenging mergers at EU or national level to advising on competition law issues raised by distribution, technology or other commercial agreements. He has also developed a strong practice representing clients in litigation before French courts and in administrative proceedings before the EU/French competition authorities in cases of alleged abuse of a dominant position or participation in anti-competitive agreements.

Jiri Jäger is based in the firm's Duesseldorf office. Jiri has broad expertise and long-term experience in the field of corporate/M&A. He focuses on contract negotiations, reorganisation of companies (spin-offs, mergers), legal due diligence and financing. Having spent three years working outside his home juridiction, Jiri has gained invaluable experience in cross-border transactions involving multi-national clients.

Raimondo Maggiore helped launch the Banking & Finance department at Bird & Bird’s Milan office when he joined in October 2003, after having spent more than 4 years in the Italian Securities and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) in the Financial Intermediaries Division. Raimondo has a deep knowledge and experience of Italian and European banking asset management and financial services regulation.

Eutimio Monaco helped launch the firm’s Rome office in January 2005. He is considered one of the rising individuals amongst the Italian community of communications and antitrust lawyers. His reputation was primarily set by winning a number of high profile antitrust and communications cases. Eutimio assists a relevant number of alternative Italian communications operators in relation to their contractual, regulatory and antitrust issues and he also assists major Italian companies before the EU and Italian antitrust authorities.

Fabian Niemann leads the Frankfurt IT and outsourcing practice. He advises providers, banks and other customers in the field of IT services and outsourcing, software and hardware as well as internet, e-commerce and digital media. Fabian is particularly involved in large IT and outsourcing projects, the drafting and negotiating of complex contracts and IT litigation. Fabian also has specific expertise in copyright, new media and data protection issues.

Jörg Witting specialises in European and German competition law and EU-State aid law. He has extensive experience in European and national merger control proceedings, including multi-jurisdictional filings. Jörg has particular experience in the finance and the healthcare industry sectors.

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2. 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.