Bird & Bird promotes 11 new partners


Bird & Bird is pleased to announce the appointment of 11 new partners from across our offices and from a variety of sector groups and practices. When these appointments take effect, Bird & Bird will have more than 270 partners across its 26 offices.

David Kerr, CEO, Bird & Bird, comments: “As we continue to grow as a firm, it's fantastic to be able to welcome more talented lawyers into our partnership.  Each of these individuals has demonstrated exceptional commitment to our strategic priorities and we look forward to seeing them further develop Bird & Bird's client offering.”

Our new partners are:

Elizabeth Reid, from our London office: Elizabeth specialises in PPP projects, project finance and commercial work within the defence, energy and infrastructure sectors. Her experience includes advising on complex international defence projects based in Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Guido Bormann, from our office in Dusseldorf: Guido specialises in commercial, public and procurement law within the IT, telecommunications, aerospace, defence and security sectors and has advised on major IT and telecoms projects such as TETRA radio, digital control systems and telematics.

Ted Chwu, from our Hong Kong office: Ted focuses on complex cross-border IP litigation and has managed teams of lawyers spread across China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan in high value patent infringement and invalidation actions. He also advises on personal data protection and anti-competition issues.

Alexander Csaki, also based in Dusseldorf: A specialist in public procurement, Alexander advises private companies and the public sector on matters of public regulatory law and European law, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. He specialises in contemporary issues such as allowance contracts in relation to pharmaceutical products and medical aids.

James Froud, also from London: James advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious domestic and cross-border employment issues in both the public and private sectors. During a long-term secondment to Yahoo!, James represented the company in several high profile employment projects involving multiple jurisdictions.

Thomas Larsen, based in Copenhagen: A barrister and solicitor of the High Court, Thomas has extensive practical experience in public procurement law and specialises in advising government clients in relation to the EU Procurement Directives while also representing them in litigation and arbitration cases.

Melissa Murray, based in the United Arab Emirates: Melissa provides advice to international businesses on commercial, corporate and general litigation matters relating to their operations in the UAE and the wider Middle East region. Her experience includes advising on hospitality, IT, IP, franchising, media, data protection, privacy, consumer protection, food, sports, healthcare, and regulatory matters.

Tom Snaith, from our office in London: Tom has considerable experience advising on intellectual property matters in the context of corporate and finance transactions, including international acquisitions and disposals, demergers, public offerings, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations across a broad range of sectors.

Garreth Wong, from our office in London: Garreth's expertise focuses on international arbitration and multi- jurisdictional disputes. His clients include large telecommunication multinationals, oil & gas majors and technology companies based throughout the world.

Coral Yáñez, based in Madrid: Coral is an expert litigator within our Energy and Utilities group. As well as representing international and Spanish companies in administrative proceedings linked to a wide range of regulatory matters, she has also had particular success obtaining favourable judgments from the Supreme Court and the Superior Courts of Justice in utilities and energy-related lawsuits brought against the Spanish public authorities.

Guohua Zhang, based in our Shanghai office: Guohua specialises in foreign direct investment, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and general corporate and commercial advice in China. He regularly advises on the legal frameworks for undertaking business in China, appropriate corporate structures, underlying contractual arrangements, regulatory compliance, labour and employment matters, and other wide-ranging legal issues concerning international clients in China.