Firm strengthens European presence with 13th international office in Madrid
International law firm Bird & Bird will be further strengthening its European presence with the launch of its thirteenth international office in Spain’s capital, Madrid. A presence in Spain will place the firm in another key location positioning Bird & Bird in all the key economic centres in Europe for its sectors of focus. This is also the firm’s third new office since the beginning of this year, having recently announced openings in Rome and Frankfurt.
As the 5th largest economy in Europe, Spain is a significant market for Bird & Bird particularly for the Communications, IT and Life Sciences sectors, three of the firm’s main sectors of activity. Along with its other offices, a presence in Madrid will now secure Bird & Bird’s European coverage for these key sectors. An initial team of IT and Communications lawyers will form the core team which is expected to rapidly expand from this base into a full service office along the lines of Bird & Bird’s other offices across the world.
Javier Fernández-Samaniego from Linklaters has been recruited to lead the initial development of the office. An IT and Communications specialist, Javier is a highly rated lawyer, described as “a leading light for technology issues” by Chambers & Partners. While at Linklaters, he was also the head of their Madrid IT and Communications Department. It is anticipated that he will be joined over the coming months by IP, Life Sciences, Data Protection, Corporate, Employment and Competition specialists all with contentious and commercial experience of Bird & Bird’s major sectors.
Commenting on the new office, David Kerr, Bird & Bird’s CEO said:
“This is an important and very exciting development for us and for our international clients. We are now present in all the key centres in Europe for our sectors of activity and we have first class teams in each. We have known Javier for a few years having worked with him on various projects. He is a first class lawyer. With his support, we hope that we will achieve in Spain what we have achieved in Italy and Germany – which have been new locations for us in the last few years but are already extremely successful”.
Javier Fernández-Samaniego added:
“After having practised law in Cuatrecasas, which is a leading Spanish firm, and having had the opportunity of contributing to the development of Linklaters in Spain from scratch, I am delighted to be joining Bird & Bird at this very exciting stage in their development. I have known Bird & Bird for some years now and the fit is perfect. The Spanish legal market is now a mature and sophisticated one and there is an obvious gap to be filled by Bird & Bird whose sector approach combined with its top quality legal service and international focus will prove to be highly successful as well in a country like Spain”.
Bird & Bird’s major European roll-out began in January 1999, significantly expanding its presence in Belgium (Brussels). In 2000 it opened two further offices, one in France (Paris) and another in Sweden (Stockholm). The following year in 2001, the firm launched an office in The Netherlands (The Hague) and a year later launched its first office in Germany (Düsseldorf). Expansion continued throughout 2003 when the firm opened its first office in Italy (Milan) and a second office in Germany (Munich). In 2004, Bird & Bird turned its sights to Asia opening an office in China (Beijing) returning back to Europe in 2005 with further offices in Italy (Rome), Germany (Frankfurt) and now Spain (Madrid).