Bird & Bird appoints new Head of LegalTech and Innovation Hélder Santos

International law firm Bird & Bird today appoints technology expert Hélder Santos as its new Head of LegalTech and Innovation.

Hélder has extensive expertise in delivering digital transformations for clients with a range of experience working with diverse teams and practices internationally. Based in Bird & Bird’s Frankfurt office, he will focus on driving the firm’s efforts on current and future LegalTech solutions across its international offices. He will work closely with the firm’s international leadership team, including global executive committee member and technology and data expert, Sven-Erik Heun.

Hélder’s appointment is part of Bird & Bird’s strategic focus to continue to expand the firm’s expertise in providing technology enabled solutions within the business and enhancing client service. He joins the firm from KPMG Law where he was Head of LegalTech Solutions, and prior to that, headed the IT & Digital team at CMS. 

Christian Bartsch, CEO at Bird & Bird, comments: “We’re excited to have Hélder join the team at Bird & Bird, particularly at a time of such rapid acceleration in the LegalTech space. Hélder’s expertise in delivering digital transformations coupled with the firm’s strong focus on technology and innovation means we can take advantage of the opportunities that the latest tech applications have to offer, both as a business and for our clients.

Karen Jacks, Chief Technology Officer at Bird & Bird, says: “Hélder’s genuine specialism in all aspects of LegalTech and digital transformation, along with his international experience, make him the perfect fit to join our LegalTech team at Bird & Bird. His dedication to the development and adoption of the latest LegalTech solutions will further strengthen our firm’s progress in this space and help us to continue to provide value for our clients.” 

Hélder adds, “I’m delighted to be joining a firm with such a strong focus on innovation and I look forward to working with an international team who share my passion to lead on the changes brought on by technology. I’m excited for what lies ahead as we continue to enhance Bird & Bird’s LegalTech capabilities and develop innovative, effective and sustainable solutions across the firm’s international network.

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