Bird & Bird has been rated as the leading firm globally in Who's Who Legal's annual analysis of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Media lawyers.
Under a new heading "Data" The 2018 edition lists over 750 information technology lawyers and 400 telecommunications and media specialists. The individuals selected are "world leaders in their ability to handle complex transactional issues, including outsourcing matters, or regulatory matters, as well as resolving disputes concerning licensing and content issues, among others."
In total 28 of Bird & Bird's Tech & Comms and Media & Entertainment lawyers were recommended in the 2018 edition. 16 within Information Technology, 13 for Telecoms & Media and a further 10 for Data Privacy, Protection and Security.
In total 13 Bird & Bird jurisdictions featured, once again demonstrating the cross-border strength of our global team.
The following extracts were taken from the analysis published by Who's Who Legal in November 2017.
Data 2018: Information Technology
Bird & Bird is recognised within Europe for its leading tech department, which houses 16 of the leading names in the field. Bird & Bird also excels outside of Europe, with an impressive three listings from offices across Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.
Graham Smith is an internationally respected authority on cyberlaw. He has an impressive depth of knowledge and is regarded as “one of the real senior statesman in the online world”.
Roger Bickerstaff is a leading light on digitalisation and e-commerce. He has a vast understanding of EU procurement law, which makes him a highly sought-after name in the market.
James Mullock is recommended by peers as anuthority on information law and is regarded as “outstanding on tech disputes”. He is well known as a practitioner who will fight hard to achieve victory for his clients.
Benoit Van Asbroeck receives praise for his Belgian practice taking in e-commerce, digital marketing and cloud computing. He is noted by one source as “both technically and legally skilled”.
Henriette Picot is an industry leader on complex technology transactions. Her skill in disputes in particular is highly renowned.
Alexander Duisberg handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; he is recognised for his depth of industry experience and his knowledge of digital transformations.
Pekka Takki has over a quarter of a century of expertise and is regarded as a trusted adviser on IT matters. One source calls him “the best IT lawyer in Finland”.
Ariane Mole is also recommended as a dynamic lawyer with an impeccable knowledge of her field.
Michelle Chan has more than 17 years’ experience advising prominent clients in Asia on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters relating to the TMT sector.
Shane Barber is commended by peers for his “excellent work in the telecoms sector”, regularly advising two of Australia’s leading telecommunications carriers on their business needs.
Alexander Shepherd is highly visible in the market and stands out for his experience handling complex regulatory and commercial issues in the technology and communications sectors.
Data 2018: Telecoms and Media
Leading international law firm Bird & Bird boasts a particularly strong presence with 13 practitioners based across Europe and Asia recognised as leading experts in the field. Bird & Bird is renowned for its extensive telecommunications and media practice. This year the firm once again tops our listings.
The “excellent” Sven-Erik Heun is a renowned communications and IT expert who is “highly recommended” by peers for his telecoms expertise. He is highlighted for his vast experience providing regulatory and strategic advice on complex projects and transactions.
Graeme Maguire boasts an excellent reputation in the market thanks to many years handling a broad range of technology, outsourcing and communications matters.
With more than 30 years’ experience Marjolein Geus is a long-standing fixture in the market, impressing commentators with her skilful handling of a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues in the communications sphere.
Benoit Van Asbroeck is leading technology, communications and media specialist who is greatly valued by clients for his understanding of the fine nuances of negotiating high-value TMT contracts.
In France, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is a well-known name in the market thanks to her considerable expertise in telecoms regulation.
Data 2018: Data Privacy, Protection and Security Analysis
Ruth Boardman stands out as a well-respected data protection practitioner. She “is very experienced” in cloud computing and location tracking and peers speak highly of her work in the space.
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