Fennica and Bird & Bird merger effected 1 May 2008

01 May 2008

Fennica Attorneys Ltd of Helsinki and international law firm Bird & Bird have merged in Finland, effective as of 1 May 2008.

The merger, built on strong practice and sector synergies between the two firms, will further establish Bird & Bird in the Nordic region following the opening of its Swedish office in Stockholm in December 2000.

Established in 1999, Fennica is now one of Finland’s largest full service law firms – it has 10 partners and employs a total of 33 lawyers in its offices in Helsinki. Like Bird & Bird, Fennica is a market leader in a number of key sectors, including IT and Communications. Its clients include well-known multinational corporations.

Fennica will now operate under the name of “Bird & Bird Attorneys Ltd” as the Finnish entity of Bird & Bird.

Jori Taipale, Managing Partner of Fennica, said; "Fennica was founded in 1999 and today enjoys a leading position in the Finnish market. We recognise that as a growing proportion of our clients are international, we need to be able to offer a high quality international service. Bird & Bird is a genuinely international firm, so this is an excellent opportunity for us: not only will our international capability now cover many major economic business centres across Europe, as well as the growing Chinese market, but importantly our people will also benefit from the opportunity to further develop their own professional skills.”

Commenting on the merger, David Kerr, Bird & Bird’s CEO said; “We see this merger as the latest step in Bird & Bird’s continued expansion into new markets. The combination of this new deal and our highly successful Stockholm office gives us a very strong footprint in the Nordic Region and provides an ideal platform to exploit the strong trading links between Sweden and Finland.

“The Fennica brand is very strong and has been built on the excellent reputation of its lawyers. This, combined with our Sweden-Finland axis, sector focus and excellent record of international growth, makes for a compelling proposition for clients, potential clients and recruits.”

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About Bird & Bird

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