International law firm Bird & Bird announces today that it has promoted 14 lawyers internationally to the partnership – the firm’s highest ever figure and double last year’s total of seven.
Four new partners are made up in the UK and also four in Germany; two are made up in France and one lawyer is promoted in each of The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The appointments are with effect from 1 May 2008 and bring the total number of partners up to 187. This figure includes ten partners in Finland, as Bird & Bird’s merger with Fennica Attorneys Ltd of Helsinki, is also effected on 1 May.
The new partners are:
Dirk Barcaba (Frankfurt) - specialises in real estate and distressed debt transactions.
Ina vom Feld (Düsseldorf) - focuses on the life sciences sector covering both patent and pharmaceutical law.
Stefan Münch (Munich) - primarily advises clients on M&A, private equity and venture capital.
Matthias Meyer (Düsseldorf) – specialises in intellectual property law, in particular international patent infringement.
Stéphane Leriche (Paris) - focuses on commercial law issues in the IT, e-commerce and telecommunications sectors.
Hubert Mortemard de Boisse (Lyon) - advises on competition law, regulatory aspects of electronic communications and contentious matters relating to unfair competition practices.
Ernst Barten (The Hague) - advises on a wide range of international and Dutch domestic tax matters relating to commercial corporate transactions.
Stefano Silvestri (Milan) - primarily advises Italian and international clients on M&A, general corporate and commercial matters.
Daniel Cifuentes (Madrid) - provides advice to large multinational companies in all areas of employment and social security law.
Mahmut Baran (Stockholm) – has considerable experience in providing tax advice both in Sweden and internationally.
Angus Miln (London) - specialises in venture capital and private equity transactions, private M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
Elizabeth Lang (London) - advises extensively on executive terminations and general employment-related issues.
Joss Hargrave (London) - advises on a wide variety of banking transactions and has considerable corporate insolvency and restructuring experience.
Patrick Kelleher (London) - primarily focuses on patent litigation and has particular experience in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology fields.
David Kerr, Bird & Bird’s CEO, said: “We welcome these 14 lawyers to the Bird & Bird partnership. We are promoting a record number of new partners across 15 offices, demonstrating the success of our continued policy of rapid international expansion.”
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