Bird & Bird named "The Leading International Law Firm" for Telecommunications Media & Technology 2015 by Who's Who Legal

10 December 2014

The latest marketplace analysis published by Who's Who Legal ranks Bird & Bird as the most highly regarded law firm for Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Following votes from clients, in-house counsel and peers the research named 29 of our lawyers as leaders in the field, which included fee earners from our offices in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

The following extract is taken from the report:

"Bird & Bird is the leading international law firm in this market… the strength of the firm lies in its strong network of offices…

The London office alone houses six listings. Roger Bickerstaff is internationally acclaimed for his “immense knowledge” of the IT market. His “world-leading” practice focuses on infrastructure contracts, procurement procedures, contract management issues and dispute resolution in relation to large-scale IT projects.

The “accomplished” Ruth Boardman heads the firm’s international privacy and data protection group. Clients praise her “brilliant grasp of the regulatory environment” and her “ability to cover the full spectrum of legal needs”. Graeme Maguire is one of the most highly rated telecoms lawyers in our research, with a regulatory and commercial understanding of the market that is “second to none”.

The firm also boasts an “outstanding” German contingent with five leading lawyers. Alexander Duisberg, in Munich, is “highly adept” at handling complex commercial, outsourcing and data protection issues for a range of clients in the IT sector. The “excellent” Jörg-Alexander Paul specialises in IT outsourcing and also advises a range of institutions on complex software, database and e-commerce projects. Sven-Erik Heun is “one of the leading telecoms lawyers in Germany”, who provides “first-rate” advice to network operators, service providers, investors and corporate customers in the communication sectors.

In France, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is a “world-class” lawyer in both the IT and telecoms markets. Her command of the European regulatory environment and commercial transactions in communications and digital technology is widely praised. Benoit Van Asbroeck, in Brussels, is also nominated in both sections for his “authoritative” counsel on non-contentious and contentious matters, including drafting and negotiating complex contracts. The firm also has a number of listings in The Hague, including the “brilliant” Gerrit-Jan Zwenne who heads the data protection team. Javier Fernández-Samaniego is the head of the IT, commercial and dispute resolution groups in Spain. His “accomplished” practice has been a “driving force” in the local market for many years.""

Additional Bird & Bird lawyers identified as market experts for Information Technology, Communications and Media include:

Shane Barber (Australia)
Jim Fitzsimons (Australia)
Catherine Erkelens (Belgium)
Nicolai Dragsted (Denmark)
Martin von Haller Grønbæk (Denmark)
Peter Elliot (England)
Colin Long (England)
Graham Smith (England)
Joanne Wheeler (England)
Kari-Matti Lehti (Finland)
Jesper Nevalainen (Finland)
Ariane Mole (France)
Marc Schuler (France)
Valerian Jenny (Germany)
Fabian Niemann (Germany)
Michelle Chan (Hong Kong)
Marjolein Geus (Netherlands)
Jeroen van der Lee (Netherlands)
Feyo Sickinghe (Netherlands)

Full analysis can be read on the Who's Who website here: