Bird & Bird builds in Asia with key partner hire


International law firm Bird & Bird has been expanding its Asian offices in Hong Kong and China. The firm has just recruited a top rated IP lawyer, Shirley Kwok, from Vivien Chan & co to help build its IP capabilities across Asia. Shirley’s appointment follows a tide of recent expansion for the firm in Asia, with the appointment of a team of dispute resolution and commercial lawyers.

With a leading reputation especially for her trademark work, Shirley brings over 20 years of IP experience, primarily focusing on China since the market opened up in the 1980s. Shirley will become head of IP portfolio management operations in Hong Kong and China at Bird & Bird and will play a key role in the international development of the firm’s IP activities.

Commenting on her appointment, Matthew Laight, Managing Partner of the firm’s Asian offices said:

“Shirley’s appointment is key for us. Her experience is highly impressive and I’m sure she’ll help take our portfolio management practice to new heights particularly in China. She also adds considerably to our IP litigation capabilities”.

Commenting on her appointment, Shirley added:

“This is a very interesting opportunity for me. Bird & Bird has an enviable reputation for IP not only in Asia but internationally and being part of this highly successful business is exciting to say the least”.

Shirley’s appointment follows on from a period of growth for Bird & Bird Asian offices with the recent hire of a team of three dispute resolution lawyers in Hong Kong led by Consultant Darren FitzGerald who will head up the firm’s Asian Dispute Resolution Practice. Darren brings 12 years experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration in Asia-Pacific. Commercial and IP lawyers have also been recruited in Beijing recently.

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