Bird & Bird launches EU & Competition practice in Spain with the appointment of Antonio Creus

24 April 2008

International law firm Bird & Bird today announces the appointment of leading EU & Competition lawyer, Antonio Creus, who joins the firm to launch its dedicated practice in Madrid.

Antonio joins the firm from DLA Piper and has more than 20 years’ experience advising on merger control, injunctions and complex cartel proceedings before the European Commission, as well as numerous high profile cases in the European Court of Justice.

Prior to DLA Piper, Antonio was responsible for establishing Cuatrecasas’ European and Competition and Regulatory practices where, in 2005, he obtained the first injunctions in Spain on the basis of Article 82 of the EC Treaty against companies in the television and energy sectors.

Richard Eccles, head of Bird & Bird’s International EU and Competition Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Antonio to Bird & Bird. Not only will his extensive competition experience prove vital as we look to establish the EU & Competition practice in Madrid, but his international credentials and extensive experience before the European Court in Luxembourg will also play an integral part in the continued growth and development of Bird & Bird’s international competition capability.”

David Kerr, CEO of Bird & Bird, said; “Antonio is an industry leader in his field and has vast competition experience, so we are delighted he is joining the firm. Bird & Bird’s wider International EU & Competition Group has enjoyed a sustained growth in recent times, and we hope that Antonio’s arrival will help further develop the firm’s offer in this area.”

Commenting on his appointment, Antonio added: “Joining Bird & Bird is a very exciting opportunity for me. The firm offers clients a full cross border service, which can only benefit my practice.”

Bird & Bird’s Madrid office has 25 lawyers and five partners, and offers full service commercial, transactional, regulatory and contentious capabilities for IT, IP and Telecoms.

Bird & Bird’s EU & Competition Law Group combines a strong focus in the firm’s chosen sectors with in-depth experience in all aspects of competition law. The Group advises at EC level and in all its European jurisdictions on merger control, contentious anti-trust matters and a full range of commercial transactions, including research and development, technology collaboration agreements, software and content licensing, distribution and marketing agreements, service supply, outsourcing and dispute settlement agreements.

For more information please contact:
Derek Gilmour or Ben Girdlestone
Tel: +44(0)20 7415 6079 / +44(0)20 7982 6470
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