We appreciated and benefited from Bird & Bird's transactional cross-border capabilities. It was very helpful to work seamlessly and efficiently with a single point of contact in Germany co-ordinating the other Bird & Bird offices.
Chambers Europe, 2016
“Bird & Bird has a very strong practice: it is a really significant player in Germany. Intellectual property is etched in its DNA"
IAM Patent 1000 2017
Bird & Bird has ‘excellent IT expertise’ and is particularly well regarded for its ‘very strong’ capabilities in IT contractual work, transactions and arbitrations. The practice advised a large German automobile manufacturer on its digital car project and provided contractual advice to a major healthcare company. The client roster also includes large companies from the energy and financial services sectors, with regular clients including Deutsche Postbank, ADAC and Microsoft.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - RANKED: TIER 1
Bird & Bird traditionally focuses on contract and copyright advice for content providers and distributors, but increasingly also covers digital media and has been picking up work in social media and gaming. Clients include Dailymotion, N24 and Bitcom.
Bird & Bird’s ‘professional’ telecoms team often acts in matters involving IT, e-commerce, internet services, M2M communication, connected cars and IoT. It represented Telefónica in actions against the Federal Network Agency’s decision regarding its merger with E-Plus and also advised the client on the Projekt 2016 frequency auction. Other clients include various multinational automobile manufacturers and technology and telecoms companies, such as Verizon.
TELECOMS: REGULATORY - RANKED: TIER 2
The practice advised Deutsche Telekabel on the sale of Chequers Capital to Primacom and assisted the client during merger clearances before the Federal Cartel Office. NetCologne sought the firm’s advice on financing the acquisition and expansion of the regional network.
TELECOMS: TRANSACTIONS - RANKED: TIER 2
"Bird & Bird is one of the biggest in the country; it is nestled within the firm’s sprawling international network, the group has the resources and reach to effectively handle cross-border cases"
WTR 1000 2018