Top Flight Competition Team Joins Bird & Bird in Brussels



International law firm Bird & Bird, has recruited a team of competition lawyers to its office in Brussels. Joining from Stanbrook & Hooper, the team will be led by partner Wilko van Weert who will also head up Bird & Bird’s Competition Practice in Brussels. He will be joined by Stanbrook & Hooper associates Indiana de Sèze and Filip Ragolle. The team will join the firm on 1st May.

The appointment of the team follows rapid investment in the expansion of Bird & Bird’s EU and Competition capability, which has seen a number of significant appointments in London and Paris over the last two years.

Wilko van Weert and his team bring with them a wealth of experience. In particular Wilko has led teams handling a number of significant cases for clients in the life sciences, communications, media and IT sectors; all of which correspond to Bird & Bird’s main areas of focus. Having also spent 3 years at the Dutch competition authority, Wilko has very good connections with the EU Commission.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Hermant, managing partner of the Brussels office, said:

“As EU and competition law issues become growing concerns for our clients, the arrival of Wilko and his team will be especially beneficial in reducing their anti-trust exposure and maximising the effectiveness of opportunities open to them. With knowledge of our sectors and excellent experience of innovative and cutting edge competition cases, Wilko and his team are an excellent fit.”

Commenting on his appointment Wilko van Weert added:

“Bird & Bird has established a highly impressive reputation for its strength in key sectors. The firm’s expanding international network also offers the possibility to cover what is fast becoming a multi-jurisdictional area of law. I am delighted to have joined the team.”

For any more information, please contact Larry Cattle on + 44 (0) 20 7415 6000.