Bird & Bird is pleased to announce it has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Swiss law firm BCCC Avocats LLC. The agreement covers French speaking Switzerland.
BCCC is an independent business law firm with 30 lawyers based in Geneva and Lausanne, with expertise in industries aligned with Bird & Bird such as TMT, healthcare and life sciences and practices such as employment, corporate and intellectual property
The relationship between Bird & Bird and BCCC began in 2009 but was strengthened in 2010 when the two firms co-created the Legal Counsel Club. The Legal Counsel Club is a forum dedicated to bringing together the General Counsel of multinational companies located in the Lake Geneva and Rhones-Alpes region to share best practice, experience and relevant issues.
BCCC advises international corporations, SMEs and start-ups active in the Lake Geneva region, as well as entrepreneurs, families and individuals. BCCC has won several awards from leading directories and journals.
Frederique Dupuis-Toubol, Bird & Bird’s Head of France said: “Switzerland is emerging as a key European arbitration hub, increasing 15% year on year. This combined with the recently founded Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property presents great opportunities for us to develop and expand our work in this region.
"As the only international law firm with a presence in Lyon we have been uniquely positioned in the area for a number of years and this agreement will allow us to strengthen our relationships and better support new and existing clients. We look forward to continuing a successful business relationship with the team at BCCC."
Manuel Bianchi della Porta, Managing Partner of BCCC said: “We are very pleased to formalise our agreement with Bird & Bird. We have developed a strong working relationship with them over the past five years and are excited to be able to offer our clients access to the Bird & Bird network.”
This agreement is the second signed by Bird & Bird this year. In March a cooperation agreement with Australian firm, Truman Hoyle, was signed which significantly strengthened its Asia-Pacific offering.