Lawrence joins from Tesla Inc. where he spent the past five years as European Counsel. With nearly 25 years of experience as a competition and regulatory lawyer both in-house and in private practice, he advises on a wide range of EU regulatory, commercial, competition and compliance issues. He has particular expertise in the regulatory frameworks applicable to electric and autonomous vehicles. Lawrence will also work closely with the firm's Tech & Comms and Energy & Utilities sector groups, drawing on the extensive expertise he gained during his time working for one of the world's most innovative automotive companies.
Anne Federle, Head of Brussels at Bird & Bird says: "We are thrilled to welcome Lawrence to Bird & Bird. Lawrence's appointment is part of our ambitious growth strategy in Brussels and will bolster the firm's Competition & EU Law practice. It will also offer the International Automotive, Tech & Comms and Energy & Utilities sector groups new opportunities in this fast developing area and underscores Bird & Bird's reputation as the number one law firm advising companies being changed by technology and the digital world."
Dr. Christian Kessel, Head of the International Automotive Group at Bird & Bird comments: "Lawrence's appointment is a further boost to the firm's well regarded International Automotive Group. Our clients around the world will benefit from his deep knowledge and cutting edge experience in the most pioneering parts of the automotive industry. We look forward to him joining and strengthening our team.”
Lawrence adds: "I am very pleased to be joining Bird & Bird. The firm's sector-focused approach – particularly in the automotive and technology fields – and its large international network offer me the ideal platform to return to private practice and assist clients both in Brussels and around the world."