Bird & Bird launches dedicated corporate practice in Lyon with key hire

03 October 2008

International law firm Bird & Bird today announces the appointment of corporate partner David Malcoiffe, who joins the firm to launch a dedicated corporate practice in the firm’s Lyon office.

David joins the firm from Soulier & Associés (in Lyon) where he represented a broad range of corporate clients across a variety of business sectors, including media and IT, on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, general corporate and tax advice. He specialises in advising foreign and domestic corporations in connection with business acquisitions and reorganisations.

David’s combined international corporate and tax experience has earned him a reputation as a key M&A and restructuring practitioner in the Rhône Alps region for multinational foreign and domestic groups. Prior to joining Soulier & Associés, he began his career as a tax and corporate lawyer in the French law firm, Fidal (KPMG).

Commenting on David’s appointment, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol, Managing Partner of the firm’s French offices, said; “We are delighted to welcome David to the firm. The addition of such a strong corporate practitioner in our Lyon office greatly enhances our ability to serve the needs of the French market, but also enables us to broaden our offer to the firm’s wider client base.”

Mark Pinder, Joint-Head of Bird & Bird’s International Corporate Group, added; “David is a welcome addition to the firm’s international corporate practice. His knowledge and understanding of the Rhône-Alps, one of Europe’s most buoyant economic regions, will prove invaluable as we look to continue our international expansion.”

Commenting on his own appointment, David said; "I am very happy to join Bird & Bird. The firm has grown substantially over the past few years and continues to expand and invest in its international growth strategy. Lyon, and the surrounding area, is rich in industry and commerce so I hope my experience will help bolster the firm’s growing corporate practice.”

Bird & Bird’s International Corporate Group has over 120 lawyers specialising in international and local M&A, takeovers and IPOs, private equity and corporate governance and tax structuring – as well as key support areas such as acquisition and debt financing and employee benefits and incentives.

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Bird & Bird is a full service international commercial law firm with offices in Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stockholm and Warsaw.