Bird & Bird builds international employment & benefits team with Spanish hire

24 May 2007

Firm launches employment & benefits practice in Madrid.

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited employment and benefits specialist Daniel Cifuentes to launch a dedicated employment and benefits practice in its office in Madrid. Daniel, who joins the firm from Uria Menéndez, will also play a key role in the growth of Bird & Bird’s international HR services, following key hires in other offices across the firm’s Europe and Asian network.

Joining the firm’s office in Madrid, Daniel brings 10 years experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment and social security law issues covering board level contract negotiations, large-scale company restructuring and multinational employment cases. Daniel will help establish an employment and benefits practice at the firm’s Madrid office, which he will head-up. The office also recently launched corporate finance capabilities following on from the appointments of corporate partner Javier Vasserot and finance partner Andrés Lorrio.

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

“Daniel’s appointment is key in developing our international HR services capability on an international level. Our team has grown significantly and we are now recognised as a key player on the international stage. Daniel’s arrival will significantly enhance this capability”.

Commenting on his appointment, Daniel added:

“Joining Bird & Bird is a very exciting opportunity for me. Bird & Bird is one of only a few international firms with a clear and well defined vision to offer clients a full service in cross-border support on international HR matters. I’m very much looking forward to joining them”.

Bird & Bird now has employment and benefits capabilities across each of its countries, offering a complete international human resources service covering contentious and non-contentious employment advice, compensation and benefits, international mobility and business immigration advice. In recent months the firm recruited Amedeo Rampolla from Freshfields to co-head its employment practice in Italy.

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

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.