Bird & Bird expands Dutch media practice

25 February 2008

Bird & Bird announces today the appointment of Olaf Trojan, who joins the firm’s Dutch media practice in The Hague as a partner.

Olaf Trojan is recognised as one of the leading contentious media lawyers in the Netherlands. He was previously head of the Dutch litigation practice at Simmons & Simmons. He will be joined by Michel Veltman, who equally has a strong focus on media law.

Olaf Trojan is a content-focused media lawyer. This approach has resulted in longstanding relationships with clients such as publisher AD Nieuwsmedia.

His experience with mainstream media is a valuable addition to Bird & Bird’s established Dutch media practice. The firm’s international sports practice will also benefit from Olaf’s broad experience in the Dutch sports sector.

The Dutch media practice group is part of the team led by Marjolein Geus and Pauline Kuipers, which focuses on telecoms, internet and media. Marjolein Geus, co-managing partner of Bird & Bird’s Dutch office, said: “Olaf Trojan’s experience and work base in the media sector fit perfectly with our current Dutch media practice and will add great value to our clients in the converging telecoms, media and IT sectors. Additionally, his focus on the sports sector provides a unique opportunity to grow the sports practice in The Netherlands.”

Olaf Trojan added: “Bird & Bird’s traditional strengths in technology, media and telecoms will provide me with a fantastic base on which to build and expand my practice.”

David Kerr, Bird & Bird's CEO, said: “Our office in The Hague, which was set up only six years ago, has already grown to a 70 lawyer practice, demonstrating that we are among the fastest growing law firms in the Netherlands. The addition of talented lawyers such as Olaf Trojan demonstrates that our strategy of rapid international expansion continues to be a success.”

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