Bird & Bird promotes twelve new partners


Following our partnership review we’re pleased to appoint twelve new partners from across our international offices and from a variety of sector groups and practices.

David Kerr, CEO, comments: “It’s always great to see our talented lawyers develop and we’re delighted to make these promotions. These appointments demonstrate the strength of expertise we have in our sector groups and across our international offices. I look forward to seeing how these new partners further build our offering to key industry targets across the world.”

Our new partners are:


Ian Edwards from our office in London: Ian’s background is in the IT sector, both in general commercial and outsourcing. He has recently driven the firm’s focus on contracts for agile software development.


Ulrike Gruebler, from our Hamburg office which we opened in May last year: Ulrike practises both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law, largely within the media sector which is a strong focus of our Hamburg office.


Lars Huisman from our office in The Hague: Lars is an intellectual property lawyer, particularly working with clients in the fields of life sciences and agro/food.


Jennifer Jones, also from London: Jennifer is an intellectual property lawyer with a strong focus on life sciences. Before turning to law she studied and researched in the field of biotechnology.


Michael Juenemann is based in our Frankfurt office: Michael specialises in banking and finance law, mainly advising in the areas of national and international financial and capital markets.


Colin Kendon, also from our London office: Colin heads our UK employee incentives & benefits team and has over 20 years’ specialist experience in this area advising both international and domestic companies.


Oliver Koester also from Hamburg: Oliver’s expertise is in M&A transactions and restructuring and insolvency issues, with particular experience in the automotive sector.


Marc Martens, from our office in Brussels: Marc focuses on regulatory practice work, particularly in the life sciences and energy sectors where there are increasing opportunities for our Brussels office.


Jesper Nevalainen, from our Helsinki office: Jesper focuses on commercial law, including outsourcing, especially in the IT sector and has particular expertise in open source licensing issues.


Mikko Rajala, also from Helsinki: Mikko practises dispute resolution, including arbitration. His experience in major projects exemplifies the work of our sector-focused international dispute resolution team.


Ivan Sagal heads our offices in Prague and Bratislava: In addition to his role leading two offices within our Central Europe region, Ivan practices corporate and banking and finance law, particularly within the energy sector.


Anna Wolters from our Düsseldorf office: Anna practises intellectual property, particularly patent litigation and pharmaceutical law, and has a strong life sciences sector focus. She has a doctorate in the patentability of biotechnology inventions.

These appointments bring the total number of internal promotions to partner to 15 since the beginning of the current financial year, alongside 20 lateral partner hires in the same period.