Bird & Bird retains top ranking in the 2017 Who's Who Legal's guide to Technology Media and Telecommunications

Bird & Bird has retained the top ranking in Who's Who Legal's annual analysis of Technology, Media and Telecommunications law.

The 2017 edition lists over 800 information technology lawyers and 400 telecommunications and media specialists.

In total 27 of Bird & Bird's Tech & Comms and Media & Entertainment specialists were recommended in the 2017 edition. Lawyers from 13 Bird & Bird jurisdictions featured, demonstrating the vast depth and breadth of our global team.

"Bird & Bird has more individuals listed and features listed individuals in more jurisdictions than any other firm in this year’s research. Its extensive network in this area is focused on Europe, but also comprises additional listings in the Asia-Pacific region.

The London office is the most widely recognised with seven nominees. Stand-out names include the "outstanding" Roger Bickerstaff, who is regarded as one of the EU’s leading lawyers in the procurement of large IT projects. Ruth Boardman is “a big name in data protection law”, while Graham Smith is similarly well regarded for his expertise in regulatory and contentious aspects of internet law, garnering significant praise from peers globally.

In France, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol excels in both our IT and telecoms research, with a practice that focuses on negotiating outsourcing agreements and advising on telecoms regulations.

In Germany the firm’s strong team includes six listings; the most widely recognised are Alexander Duisberg, who is highlighted for his “intelligence and creativity” with regards to outsourcing contracts, and Fabian Niemann, who is considered “a brilliant lawyer” for cloud computing matters.

Belgium practice head Benoit Van Asbroeck stands out for his broad expertise in IT and telecoms matters. A further 10 market-leading practitioners are listed across Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore."


  • Shane Barber


  • Catherine Erkelens
  • Benoit Van Asbroeck


  • Nicolai Dragsted
  • Martin von Haller Grønbæk


  • Jesper Nevalainen


  • Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol
  • Ariane Mole
  • Marc Schuler


  • Alexander Duisberg
  • Sven-Erik Heun
  • Valerian Jenny
  • Fabian Niemann
  • Jörg-Alexander Paul
  • Henriette Picot

Hong Kong

  • Michelle Chan


  • Massimiliano Mostardini


  • Marjolein Geus


  • Alexander Shepherd


  • Paula Fernández-Longoria


  • Stefan Bernhard


  • Roger Bickerstaff
  • Ruth Boardman
  • Graeme Maguire
  • James Mullock
  • Graham Smith
  • Joanne Wheeler

The full analysis can be read here

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