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Bird & Bird

MANNERHEIMINTIE 8, 00100 HELSINKI, FINLAND
Tel:
Work +358 9 622 6670
Fax:
Fax +358 9 622 6677
Email:
Web:
www.twobirds.com

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

The Helsinki office combines a firmly established full-service local practice with first-class cross-border capabilities and reach enabled by the firm’s international offices.

The firm serves both Finnish and international corporate clients in all areas of business law. It takes pride in its deep understanding of the businesses in which its clients operate. This means being fully conversant with current business, market and technical issues in addition to possessing in-depth expertise in the law and regulation of each relevant industry sector.

The Helsinki office is staffed by 75 employees, including 50 lawyers. The office is headed by managing partner Jaakko Hietala.

Bird & Bird stands out in the Nordic market as the only truly international firm with a presence in the key Nordic jurisdictions of Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Its 125 lawyers are spread across its four Nordic offices, enabling the firm to mobilise appropriate resources to support its clients on cross-border Nordic matters.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.

  • Other offices
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  • Abu Dhabi
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  • Amsterdam
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  • Beijing
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  • Bratislava
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  • Brussels
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  • Budapest
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  • Copenhagen
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  • Dubai
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  • Dusseldorf
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  • Frankfurt
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  • Hamburg
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  • Hong Kong
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  • London
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  • Luxembourg
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  • Lyon
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  • Madrid
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  • Milan
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  • Munich
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  • Paris
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  • Prague
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  • Rome
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  • Shanghai
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  • Singapore
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  • Stockholm
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  • Sydney
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  • The Hague
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  • Warsaw
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  • Number of lawyers: 1,200
  • at this office: 50
  • Languages
  • English
  • Swedish
  • Finnish

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