Bird & Bird reinforces international IP team with Belgian partner hire

10 September 2007

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited one of Belgium’s leading IP lawyers, Jean-Christophe Troussel, to reinforce the firm’s intellectual property capabilities in Brussels. Jean-Christophe will also play a key role in the growth of the firm’s international IP group. He joins Bird & Bird on the 3rd of September.

Joining from Linklaters, where he was head of their Brussels based IP group, Jean-Christophe brings over 17 years experience covering a wide range of IP work for mainly international and Belgian multi-national clients in several sectors including life sciences and FMCG. His experience combines a broad range of litigation in patent, trade mark, domain name and unfair competition disputes with a transactional practice, advising clients on all types of tech-transfer agreements and on all IP aspects of M&A and other corporate deals. At Bird & Bird, he will work alongside current head of Bird & Bird’s Brussels IP group, Bruno Vandermeulen, to help build the practice further.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Hermant, managing partner of Bird & Bird’s Brussels office said:

“We are very glad that Jean-Christophe has decided to join us. Our IP group here in Brussels under the leadership of Bruno Vandermeulen has gone from strength to strength and having Jean-Christophe on board will only help to develop and diversify the practice further. He is a first class lawyer with an outstanding track record. I’m sure he’ll be a perfect fit”.

Commenting on his appointment, Jean-Christophe said:

“I am of course delighted to be joining Bird & Bird which is a leading firm for intellectual property in Europe and Asia and continues to demonstrate considerable commitment to building its international IP capabilities. I’m thoroughly looking forward to contributing to this growth”.

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.