Bird & Bird appoints Johannes Eisser as a Corporate partner in its Abu Dhabi office


International law firm Bird & Bird today appoints Johannes Eisser as a partner in its International Corporate Group, based in Abu Dhabi. 

Johannes has extensive experience of advising international and domestic clients (including family-owned businesses) on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate advisory work (including set-ups with all related regulatory and licensing requirements), corporate restructuring, and commercial and employment issues. He has worked with clients from across a broad range of business sectors, including education, energy, defence, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the public sector. 

He joins from Trowers & Hamlins, where he was a partner in the International Corporate department, based in Abu Dhabi. He has lived and worked in the UAE since 2005. 

Bird & Bird's Middle Eastern Corporate team advises on a mix of M&A transactions, take-overs, IPOs and corporate restructuring deals, as well as other general corporate advisory matters, especially corporate structuring and set-up related matters. The team also work closely with the commercial group, assisting on corporate components of franchise deals and employment related matters.

Anders Nilsson, Head of Bird & Bird UAE says: "Bird & Bird has a clear strategy to grow our UAE and Middle Eastern practices, and our commitment to Abu Dhabi is a strong part of this strategy. Johannes has experience with clients across a broad range of industries and areas, including defence, education and family owned businesses. This will add to and complement the practices of myself and Clive Hopewell in our London office."

Peter Veranneman and Alberto Salvade, Co-heads of Bird & Bird's International Corporate Group say: "We're delighted to welcome Johannes to Bird & Bird's International Corporate Group. In the last year, we have seen an increase in corporate-related instructions, especially from international clients but also from local companies such as VC and PE funds.  As a native German speaker with a wealth of experience in the Middle East, Johannes will serve as an important connection between our colleagues the UAE and those in Europe.

Johannes adds: "Bird & Bird's strong international platform and network of offices, plus the co-operation with AllBright in China are very appealing to me. The platform provides opportunities for attracting work from existing and new clients for inbound and outbound investment work. I'm looking forward to getting to know my new colleagues around the network."