Bird & Bird has appointed Ludo Deklerck as partner in the International Corporate Group to be based in the Brussels office. Ludo joins from US law firm Thompson Hine, where he has been practising for over twenty years, with the past seven as the managing partner of Thompson Hine’s Brussels office.
Ludo’s practice is focused on advising Belgian, European and US clients on a range of corporate issues including M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, as well as complex commercial transactions. On an EU practice level, Ludo has become highly regarded for his knowledge of data privacy, product safety, REACH, and other regulatory and compliance matters, which he will continue to cover and develop with the support of Bird & Bird’s own experts in those areas.
A significant number of Ludo’s clients are in the Life Sciences sector, including global pharmaceuticals, clinical research organisations, medical device companies and child food manufacturers.
Ludo will also play a key role in coordinating US inbound and outbound work, both for the firm and for the Brussels office in particular, building upon his great experience and deep understanding of client needs and his familiarity with the US market.
Commenting on Ludo’s appointment, Paul Hermant, Brussels Managing Partner, said: “Ludo is a welcome addition to the development of our International Corporate Group which includes over 200 lawyers. His strengths in corporate and commercial work, across Europe and with a strong link to the US, will provide great synergies for our team here in Brussels and across the twenty other offices.
In particular, we are happy to have him on board as he will strengthen our position in Flanders, and balance our corporate team. We also look forward to reinforcing our sector focused approach thanks to his strong interest and valuable experience in the life sciences sector. The Brussels Corporate team was fortunate to continue experiencing strong growth even through the financial crisis, and we see Ludo’s appointment as another great addition to its development.”