Bird & Bird is pleased to announce Sven-Michael Werner has joined as a partner in its China Corporate Practice. Sven-Michael joined the firm on 3 January 2014 and is based in its Shanghai office. He has over 12 years of experience in practising Chinese law and prior to joining Bird & Bird, he was a partner with international law firm Taylor Wessing in Shanghai.
Sven-Michael has extensive experience in M&A and Foreign Direct Investment transactions, with a strong focus on advising European clients in relation to their inbound investment into China. He is fluent in German and English and speaks Mandarin.
Integral to Sven-Michael's role will be working closely with the firm's partners not just in China, but also across Europe, and particularly with Germany, to cultivate the growing inbound and outbound work Bird & Bird does for its European and German clients both in and out of China.
Alexander Schröder-Frerkes, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Germany and head of the International Corporate Group said: “We are pleased to welcome Sven-Michael to our International Corporate team. His history of working with clients in Europe, Germany and China having been based in London, Munich and Shanghai will make him an invaluable asset to our international practice. Having Sven-Michael on the ground in Shanghai will also bring greater interaction and cross referral opportunities particularly with partners and members of the firm's China Desk in Germany."
Marcus Vass, Head of Bird & Bird's China Transactional Group said: "Sven-Michael's extensive experience in our key sectors of technology, media and life sciences, as well as with major fashion brands, makes him a good fit for our growing corporate practice in China. His appointment is also in line with Bird & Bird's strategy to strengthen our corporate service offering for clients not just in China but across the entire Asia Pacific region."
Sven-Michael commented on his joining Bird & Bird: "What drew me to Bird & Bird was its strong sector focus, remarkable client base and extensive international reach. Also key is its drive and commitment to growth in China and internationally, and for me to play a part in Bird & Bird's exciting plans for development in 2014."
In April 2013 Bird & Bird relocated its premises in Shanghai to the Bund Centre in order to accommodate the significant future growth of its team. This appointment is in line with Bird & Bird’s international expansion strategy and reinforces our commitment to clients in the region.