Bird & Bird Makes Eight New Partner Appointments


International law firm Bird & Bird has appointed eight new partners. The appointments, which have been made across Bird & Bird’s international sector and practice groups, will bring the total number of Bird & Bird partners to 114. Stefan Gottgetreu (Corporate), Oliver Jan Jüngst (IP), Armand Killan (IP), Mark Leach (Communications), Ulf Mellqvist (Litigation) and Alison Wong (IP) were made partners with effect from 1 May 2004.

Brief biographies are enclosed below:

Dr. Stefan Gottgetreu joined Bird & Bird in October 2002 to help build up the German corporate/M&A practice. He is based in the firm’s Düsseldorf office. He is a specialist in corporate and M&A work and advises clients on company reorganisations, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Stefan's experience includes both cross-border transactions as well as domestic corporate work.

Oliver Jan Jüngst joined Bird & Bird in July 2002 to help establish Bird & Bird´s Düsseldorf office. He is an IP lawyer with a strong focus on German patent and trademark law. In particular, his practice focuses on the orchestration and implementation of patent infringement litigation in the life sciences sector and also embraces other technical areas, such as mechanics and electro-technics.

Armand Killan is an intellectual property lawyer based in the firm’s office in The Hague who joined Bird & Bird in 2001. Armand has substantial experience in contentious intellectual property work including international patent and trademark (counterfeit) cases. Armand has accumulated wide-ranging expertise in matters involving legal aspects of registration of pharmaceuticals and clinical trials as well as advertising in regulated markets (telecommunications, pharmaceuticals).

Mark Leach joined Bird & Bird in 1998 and is a member of the firm’s Communications Group, based in London. He advises on a wide range of commercial transactions in the IT and telecommunications sectors, acting for both suppliers and customers. His practice has a particular focus on technology and BPO outsourcing and he has experience of a number of high value deals in this field.

Ulf Mellqvist joined Bird & Bird in March 1996 after having worked at the Court of Appeal in Stockholm and before that in the Malmö District Court. Ulf is based in Bird & Bird’s Stockholm office and specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as mediation and conciliation. He is an experienced litigator in the IT and banking sectors. Ulf also advises on insolvency law.

Alison Wong joined Bird & Bird, Hong Kong in 1998. Alison specialises in intellectual property law and advises on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. She has advised on a number of patent litigations involving multinationals in China and continues to supervise patent litigation in other jurisdictions around Asia. Her non-contentious practice covers advising clients, particularly in the media market, on the exploitation of intellectual property rights.