Bird & Bird expands international corporate team with UK hire

01 October 2007

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited Simon Fielder, a corporate finance/M&A partner, to expand the firm’s corporate practice in the UK. Simon will also play a key role in the growth of the firm’s international corporate group following recent key hires in other international offices of the firm.


Simon brings with him a range of corporate transactional work predominantly for companies in the technology and leisure sectors. He also has a strong focus in advising North American companies on flotations on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Simon joins Bird & Bird from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP prior to which he worked for 14 years at Osborne Clarke.


Commenting on his appointment, Mark Pinder, co-head of the firm’s international corporate practice said:


“Simon brings highly relevant and extensive experience to the team. He understands the industry focused way in which we work and I’m confident he’ll be an invaluable member of our group as we continue to expand our activities on an international basis”.


Commenting on his appointment, Simon said:


“Bird & Bird is dedicated to building its corporate group on an international basis and has a very well defined strategy for growth. I’m very much looking forward to joining the team there and contributing to their continued development”.


Bird & Bird’s international corporate capabilities now extend across the whole of Western Europe and into Asia. In the past couple of years, the group has undergone a number of significant developments with the appointments in the UK of partners Alistair Crellin from Pinsent Masons, Simon Allport from Jones Day and corporate tax lawyer Mathew Oliver from Lovells. In Dusseldorf, the firm also promoted corporate lawyer Jiri Jaeger to partner. Last November, the firm recruited Javier Vasserot from DLA Piper to launch a dedicated corporate practice in Bird & Bird’s office in Madrid and more recently recruited Harm van Berkum, a highly rated corporate/M&A partner to expand the firm’s corporate capabilities in The Hague. Bird & Bird’s international corporate group now consists of 34 partners and over 100 lawyers in all.


For more information on this please contact Natalie Arestis, PR Manager on 020 7905 6248 or natalia.arestis@twobirds.com.


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Bird & Bird is a full service international 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.