Bird & Bird forms cooperation agreement with leading Australian digital-economy law firm Truman Hoyle

21 March 2013

David Kerr

Bird & Bird and Truman Hoyle share strengths in key sectors including technology, telecommunications and media. Both firms offer transactional and contentious capabilities in corporate and commercial, competition and regulatory; dispute resolution and IP; infrastructure and employment. 

Bird & Bird already has offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as other close relationships with other firms in the Asia-Pacific region; this agreement with Truman Hoyle will help Bird & Bird to further strengthen its offering in the region.

Under the cooperation agreement the firms will be able to jointly-market their services to clients. This will enable Truman Hoyle to access Bird & Bird’s international offices and relationships around the world and Bird & Bird can tap into Truman Hoyle’s expertise as part of its global offering.

Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr said: “Bird & Bird and Truman Hoyle share a clear cultural fit and compatibility in their TMT sector focus. Both firms pride themselves on legal expertise, deep industry understanding and a creative approach to client service. We are deeply impressed by the calibre of both the lawyers and clients at Truman Hoyle. It goes without saying that we are delighted to welcome them to the Bird & Bird international network.”

David added: “It makes sense for us to formalise an agreement in Australia. It is one of the top 10 largest knowledge economies in the world and we already work for clients in most of the world’s top economies. For example, we are merging in Denmark to make us the only international firm to have a presence in the top three knowledge economies (Denmark, Finland and Sweden).”

Shane Barber, managing partner of Truman Hoyle, added: “Bird & Bird has an impressive international reputation and an approach that really resonates for our lawyers and our clients. It has a demonstrated commitment to grow the firm to meet the increasingly international needs of clients operating in the new economy. We are delighted to be formalising our relationship with Bird & Bird and know that our clients will benefit from the international resources now available to them.”