Bird & Bird builds IT team in Germany with key recruit

18 October 2007

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited one of Germany’s leading IT lawyers to help build its IT capabilities in Germany. Joerg-Alexander Paul joins the firm from Linklaters and will be based in Bird & Bird’s Frankfurt office. His appointment will also help boost the firm’s international IT group.

Joining from Linklaters where he was part of their TMT group for nearly 14 years, Joerg-Alexander specialises in providing legal advice to banks, financial services providers, IT companies and other companies on complex IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing projects as well as software, database and e-commerce projects. He will join Bird & Bird’s German IT team which consists of partners Alexander Duisberg and Fabian Niemann.

Joerg-Alexander also brings specific experience of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and IT Outsourcing with a particular emphasis on the financial and insurance sectors. In this latter respect, his appointment will further enhance the firm’s expertise in this area following on from the arrival of partners Simon Shooter, Chris Holder and Christian Bartsch who joined Bird & Bird’s UK office from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, earlier this year.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Alexander Schroeder-Frerkes, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird’s German offices and co-head of Bird & Bird’s international corporate group said:

“Joerg-Alexander’s excellent experience and reputation in the financial services outsourcing area, will, combined with the strengths of our existing team, enable us to further develop Bird & Bird’s client base and reputation in the financial services industry in Frankfurt and internationally. I’m delighted he’s joining us”.

Commenting, Joerg-Alexander added:

“Bird & Bird’s IT Group is arguably one of the most developed and prominent in Europe and Asia. It is a strongly integrated team and I very much look forward to joining them”.

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