International law firm Bird & Bird today announces the launch of a Central and Eastern European desk with the appointment of leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications partner, Stephen Kines.
Stephen has joined the firm from kines, a Prague-based boutique TMT firm, and specialises in Central and Eastern European (CEE) IT, E-commerce and communication law, particularly within the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He also has extensive experience in CEE M&A and commercial work.
Stephen co-founded kines in 2004 with a six-strong team of fee-earners from Linklaters’ Czech office, having previously been the founding partner of the firm’s IT/IP operation in CEE. Most recently, he was responsible for opening kines’ new office in Silicon Valley. At Bird & Bird, Stephen will work across all the firm’s offices but his initial focus will be on working with colleagues in the UK, Germany and France.
David Kerr, CEO and head of Bird & Bird’s Communications Group, said; “As the founder of a successful firm in its own right, Stephen adds a tremendous amount of experience to our existing IT, media and telecoms teams. His knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe will also help benefit the wider firm as we look to expand our international reach into exciting new markets. Stephen’s reputation is very strong as a high quality lawyer and business builder - his ‘out-of-the-box’ strategic approach also sits well with the firm’s way of doing things.”
Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said: “I am excited about joining the quintessential technology law firm and it is the natural next step for me. It gives me a chance to bring together what I have been doing in Silicon Valley and CEE for the past 12 years. Bird & Bird with its international pedigree but collegiate culture, has the right attributes to attract the top talent in CEE and provide a fresh approach for TMT clients.
“Its unique sector-focused approach has been very successful recently in mature legal markets and CEE is the next logical step for the firm as it grows its European offering.”
Bird & Bird’s Communications and Technology Group has an international team of more than 120 lawyers and is one of the largest multi-disciplinary teams of lawyers across Europe and Asia dedicated to the communications and technology sectors.
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Bird & Bird is a full service international commercial law firm with offices in Beijing, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
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