Who’s Who Legal recognises Bird & Bird as world leading firm for regulatory communications


The International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers 2011 has named Bird & Bird the world’s leading firm for the fourth consecutive year.

Who’s Who Legal carries out annual independent research with lawyers and their clients around the world to produce their recommendations, which for regulatory communications resulted in 278 experts in 49 jurisdictions in 2011.

Bird & Bird has more listings in this field than any other firm with nine in total from six international locations, including Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol, a “major player in Paris”, who is listed as one of the most highly regarded individuals.

In the UK David Kerr is described as a “big name”, Joint-Head of the International Communications Group Graeme Maguire was highly recommended for outsourcing work, Tim Schwarz was praised for his “practical and innovative” international work and Rhys Williams was termed “excellent”.

In Europe, Joint-Head of the International Communications Group Marjolein Geus, from the Netherlands, was praised for her “first-rate” expertise in national and EU-wide communications regulation and litigation, Sven-Erik Heun was described as “at the forefront of the German telecoms and e-commerce sectors”, John Tydén, from Sweden, was particularly noted for his understanding of digital convergence issues and Stephen Kines was termed a “leading authority” on regulatory issues in Central Europe.

Graeme Maguire commented: “We are delighted to continue to be recognised as a global leader for our regulatory communications work as our team continues to thrive on advising our clients on some of the most innovative and complex communication developments.” 

Marjolein Geus commented: “We greatly appreciate the opportunities we have had to work with clients on strategic regulatory issues both in developed and emerging markets over the past year and look forward to continuing to work on the most challenging and interesting communications regulatory issues.”