Bird & Bird plans to launch in Abu Dhabi


International law firm Bird & Bird LLP is in the process of opening an office in Abu Dhabi.  Subject to obtaining local regulatory approvals, Mark Pinder, International joint head of Corporate, will head up the office. He will be joined by partner Tim Schwarz who will remain based in London but spend a significant amount of time in the region.

The United Arab Emirates is well known internationally for its commitment to key industry sectors including healthcare, TMT, infrastructure (major projects across transport and utilities), clean technology and aviation & aerospace.  Bird & Bird’s long-standing reputation of deep industry knowledge across these sectors presents an ideal opportunity to provide insightful commercial expertise to clients in the region.

David Kerr, CEO, Bird & Bird, comments:  "Our strategic growth internationally continues to be driven by client demands and we see significant opportunities in building our Middle East presence in Abu Dhabi. The UAE’s reputation as a hub for investment in innovation across many of our key industry sectors is a unique advantage for us."

Mark Pinder, Designated Head of Bird & Bird Abu Dhabi , adds:  "The UAE’s ongoing substantial investments in major commercial and corporate projects, across healthcare, energy and TMT presents an ideal opportunity for Bird & Bird’s expertise in delivering practical and profitable commercial solutions on complex deals.  We have a number of clients with interests in the region and we look forward to building relationships and a long-term presence in Abu Dhabi."