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Bird & Bird
AVENUE LOUISE 235 BOX 1
1050 BRUXELLES
Belgium

Belgium > EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech Tier 1

Bird & Bird works with a wide range of major life sciences and healthcare clients on contentious and non-contentious issues, taking a multi-disciplinary approach to matters across the business cycle. Clients include pharma, medical devices, and biotech companies, universities and other research organisations, and investors. The team, led by specialist medicines and biotech advisor Marc Martens, has notable expertise in healthcare sector pricing and reimbursement, e-health, and public procurement matters, alongside playing a leading role in litigation before the European Commission relating to generics. Counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle has a focus on biological materials and biobanking, while senior associate Kevin Munungu handles market access and pricing issues.

Practice head(s):

Marc Martens

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 1

Bird & Bird has an integrated cross-border data protection offering, working with international clients and public sector bodies on EU-wide data protection and cybersecurity issues, ranging from GDPR compliance to specific advice relating to disruptive technologies, research programmes, and Big Data issues, most notably within the transport sector. Other areas of strength for the practice include employee data and life sciences issues, while the team’s continuous corporate support offering often includes internal secondments. The team is led by Benoit Van Asbroeck, a specialist in contentious and non-contentious data protection work, with senior associate Simon Mortier also a key name in the team, handling both advisory work and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Benoit Van Asbroeck

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

European Commission

DKV Belgium NV

ERGO Insurance NV

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Commission on two of its Horizon 2020 projects.

Belgium > Fintech Tier 1

Bird & Bird has a strong record across innovative fintech products, advising clients on payment services, blockchain technology, open banking, and lending platforms, with particular expertise in the fields of e-banking, online payments, and regulatory compliance. Clients include established businesses through to start-ups, both within Belgium and internationally. The practice is led by the ‘hands-onScott McInnes, recognised as an expert in e-payment systems, regulatory finance specialist Paul Hermant, and Cathie-Rosalie Joly, who also spends time in the Paris office and focuses on cross-border financial services regulatory and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Scott McInnes; Paul Hermant; Cathie-Rosalie Joly

Testimonials

‘Scott McInnes – very knowledgeable within his field and he comes highly recommended.’

‘We use Bird and Bird to provide legal advice across a number of very different and complex products. While Scott is our singular contact, the deep understanding of our products shown in the advice received from Bird & Bird and its various on the ground partners shows the depth of knowledge and understanding of his team and the quality of review conducted on the on the ground advice. Results are always received in a timely manner.’

‘Scott McInnes is an amicable, professional, hands on, conscientious, highly responsive, and diligent partner. Of the various partners we have across products Scott’s availability, timeliness, and attention to detail both in email exchanges and in work product stands head and shoulders above all others.’

Key clients

Stripe

Booking.com

Mastercard Group

Moneynet

bunq

Paysafe Group

Digital River

Riskified

Gaming1

Work highlights

  • Advising Mastercard on various financial services regulatory and competition law issues.
  • Advising Stripe on financial services regulatory issues.

Belgium > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Drawing on its firmwide reputation for intellectual property work, Bird & Bird's food and beverage team is routinely engaged by a stellar roster of domestic and international clients seeking assistance in the IP space.  Trademark portfolio management is a core strength of the practice, including protection and enforcement actions, monetisation reviews and regulatory compliance pertaining to advertising. The team is also well versed in industry-specific e-commerce matters, consumer law, and boardroom-level advisory. Nicolas Carbonnelle assists clients in the food and drinks space with the full lifecycle of new products, including innovative new ventures in the eco-conscious space. IP heavyweight Jean-Christophe Troussel acts for a number of multinationals on cross-border transactions and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Carbonnelle; Jean-Christophe Troussel

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

IPIFF (International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed)

Le Pain Quotidien

Ferrero

FAM, Stumabo and Hifferman

Burger Brands

Nestlé

Work highlights

  • Assisting Le Pain Quotidien with the management of its international trademark portfolio, as well as the protection of the Le Pain Quotidien brand.
  • Advised the IPIFF in the drafting of industry guidance on the preparation of novel food application dossiers and the implementation of the EU regulation on food information to consumers (FIC Regulation) in relation to insect-based food products.
  • Represented Anheuser-Busch Inbev in various strategic oppositions before the EUIPO with respect to its global and well-known brands such as STELLA ARTOIS, CORONA, FRANZISKANER, LEFFE etc.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Bird & Bird has a preeminent reputation in healthcare and life sciences globally and its Brussels practice is equally adept in contentious and non-contentious mandates. The team is especially active in the hospital sector, advising on a mix of pricing, reimbursements, e-health issues and public procurement. Practice head Marc Martens‘s deep regulatory expertise notably encompasses areas including biobanking, advanced therapies and clinical trials, working with a deep roster of regional, national, and European organisations. Jean-Christophe Troussel and Paul Hermant are noted for their focus on IP-based and transactional mandates, respectively. Nicolas Carbonnelle continues to work with a number of high-profile clients on medical biotechnology and pharmaceutical instructions, often in a cross-border capacity.

Practice head(s):

Marc Martens

Key clients

Polpharma

Terumo

Teva

European Respiratory Society

Astellas Pharma

European Commission

Promethera Biosciences

Mithra

Amgen

Reckitt Benckiser

Univercells

Work highlights

  • Representing Polpharma in an EU General Court case in regulatory data protection.
  • Instructed by European Respiratory Society to review the IP provisions in a draft collaboration agreement with a leading pharmaceutical company in the framework of the Clinical Research Collaboration “European Respiratory Network for Data-sharing in COVID-19″.
  • Served as transaction counsel for the partnership between listed company Hyloris Pharmaceuticals SA (Euronext Brussels: HYL) and Purna Female Healthcare (PFH) – a spin-off founded by Purna Pharmaceuticals NV (a Belgian manufacturer of pharmaceutical products) and Creafund NV (a Belgian private equity fund) – to develop and commercialise an innovative combination therapy for the treatment of severe and recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (rVVC).

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 1

The technology and communications team at Bird & Bird has a strong bench of talent and breadth of expertise that ensures a regular flow of instructions from various high-profile tech and telecoms players. The practice is adept in a range of commercial and contentious matters, including consortium agreements, joint ventures, and public procurement contracts. Working closely with the firm's competition law team, Hein Hobbelen regularly advises major telecoms companies on state aid, and in proceedings before the European and Belgian courts. Benoit Van Asbroeck's experience encompasses CJEU procedures and landmark legislative processes. Pierre Hechtermans and Simon Mortier are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Benoit Van Asbroeck; Hein Hobbelen

Key clients

European Commission

Digital Europe

Bite Lietuva UAB

Work highlights

  • Participating in three European Commission funded research projects under the Horizon 2020 programme, including LeMO (Leveraging Big Data to Manage Transport Operations), SMART-BEAR (Smart Big Data Platform to Offer Evidence-based Personalised Support for Healthy and Independent Living at Home) and THREAT-ARREST (Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors Training – Assurance Driven MultiLayer, end-to-end Simulation and Training).
  • Selected by Digital Europe to provide a monitoring/implementation & compliance service covering EU Member States’ implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) for the span of over 18 months and beyond as of January 2020.

Belgium > Intellectual property Tier 1

Bird & Bird enjoys a stellar market reputation on account of its highly capable and multifaceted IP practice. An expansive roster of high-profile multinationals turn to the team for assistance with brand protection strategy, copyright enforcement, geographical indications, transactional support and multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Practice head Jean-Christophe Troussel is an experienced adviser to many of the firm's life sciences, food, and luxury goods clients, with niche expertise in parallel imports matters. Benoit Van Asbroeck is noted for his academic and contentious credentials in IP and IT, successfully representing clients before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Domien Op de Beeck's prolific disputes practice sees him appearing before the Belgian courts, the European Patent Office, and the General Court of the European Union. Guillaume de Villegas and Pierre Hechtermans are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe Troussel

Testimonials

‘Very well organised and very responsive team. The consultations are clear and concise.’

‘Jean-Christophe Troussel understands well the client’s expectations.’

‘Bird & Bird has a very dedicated and competent team. They always have an appropriate answer in a reasonable time. They also understand the philosophy of our group and work with it.’

‘Domien Op de Beeck has proven to be a decisive support for vey specific situations and he also helped the company with more strategic opinions.’

‘Solid experience across the board, reactive, knowledgeable, and very good on the project management side of the equation. Very good IP watch technology and communication tools. Always on budget, complete visibility on billing ahead of any task.’

‘Professional, knowledgeable, supportive and well-rounded. Most important for me is the ability to trust them completely, on the project management side and on the billing.’

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Amgen

Chemicar Europe

Le Pain Quotidien

Mithra

Ontex

Secubit

Stanley Black & Decker

Carmeuse Coordination Center S.A.

Volkswagen

Esselte

Ferrero

Reckitt Benckiser

Terumo

AtriCure, Inc.

FAM, Stumabo and Hifferman

WIPO

ThermoFisher

Crossfit Inc.

Nestlé

Nokia

PPG Coatings

Ralph Lauren

RELX Group

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented Anheuser-Busch InBev in various strategic oppositions before the EUIPO with respect to its global and well-known brands such as Stella Artois, Corona, Franziskaner and Leffe.
  • Successfully assisted Ferrero in blocking and destroying KINDER and KINDER BUENO fake and/or copycat products imported in Belgium.
  • Assisting Terumo Europe in a wide array of IP and IP-related commercial matters, including trademark, patent and advertising laws.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Financial services Tier 2

Bird & Bird leverages its strong record in tech and innovation work globally, advising domestic and international clients within the fintech industry on issues such as payment services, blockchain technology, open banking, e-banking, and e-finance, working with established players alongside start-ups and disruptors. Specific areas of expertise for the team, led by online payments specialist Scott McInnes and regulatory finance lead Paul Hermant, include financial services apps and innovative digital payment platforms, including cryptocurrency.

Practice head(s):

Scott McInnes; Paul Hermant

Testimonials

‘Scott McInnes – extremely knowledgeable within his area of law and with a buisness minded approach. He comes highly recommended.’

‘Scott McInnes, great at organising a team to support multi-jurisdictional work.’

‘We use Bird and Bird to provide legal advice across a number of very different and complex products. While Scott is our singular contact, the deep understanding of our products shown in the advice received from Bird & Bird and its various partners shows the depth of knowledge and understanding of his team and the quality of review.’

‘Scott McInnes is an amicable, professional, hands on, conscientious, highly responsive, and diligent partner. Of the various partners we have across products, Scott’s availability, timeliness, and attention to detail both in email exchanges and in work product stands head and shoulders above all others.’

Key clients

Stripe

Booking.com

Mastercard

Moneynet

bunq

Paysafe

Digital River

Riskified

Gaming1 (Ardent group)

Work highlights

  • Advising Mastercard on various FS regulatory and competition law issues.
  • Advising Stripe on FS regulatory issues.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Food Tier 2

Bird & Bird advises food and beverage producers, distributors and retailers, and biotech companies on food production, labelling, R&D, and distribution issues, offering an integrated global service in collaboration with its international offices, alongside in-house life sciences regulatory expertise. Clients range from start-ups through to multinationals, including major global food and beverage players. The team is led by counsel Nicolas Carbonnelle, who has expertise across the life cycle of food products, from initial development through to distribution and marketing, with Francine Cunningham also involved in public affairs advice and lobbying.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

IPIFF

Work highlights

  • Advised the IPIFF on the drafting of industry guidance on the preparation of novel food application dossiers and the implementation of the EU regulation on food information to consumers (FIC Regulation) in relation to insect-based food products.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Bird & Bird's media, entertainment and sport practice works across a broad sweep of industries including broadcasting, television, radio, film, and advertising. The team is regularly engaged by major global corporations and associations for representation in trademark enforcement actions, compliance reviews, content licensing, and distribution matters. Benoit Van Asbroeck is noted for his expertise in intellectual property and tech, advising on proposed legislative changes and securing victories in cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Pierre Hechtermans is recommended for his focus on rightsholder and intermediary advisory, and works alongside Van Asbroeck at the CJEU.

Practice head(s):

Benoit Van Asbroeck; Hein Hobbelen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Crossfit Inc.

RELX Group

Digital Europe

FIFA (International Federation of Association Football)

Belgium > Not-for-profit Tier 2

Belgium > Competition: EU and global Tier 4

Bird & Bird has expanded its share of big-ticket competition work, with new mandates from major international corporates, and provides integrated regulatory and public affairs support alongside its competition offering. The team handles cross-border merger control proceedings, and is involved in major state aid and cartel litigation before the European Commission and courts. The practice is now co-led by Hein Hobbelen, who has a diverse practice and has played a key role in securing new international mandates, alongside José Rivas, who specialises in state aid and has notable expertise in the sports sector, complementing the firm’s traditional TMT focus.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Anne Federle; Ana Manzaneque

Testimonials

‘Jose Rivas and Bird & Bird Competition team – top performance, outstanding competence and professionalism in all matters, both while dealing with the Commission and in litigating in front of European Court of Justice.’

‘Jose Rivas, Ana Manzaneque and the team are very knowledgeable, stand out thanks to their top expertise in competition matters, very good listening abilities and customer oriented approach. It is very easy and always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘José Rivas, very knowledgeable, always takes care of matters diligently and with attention to the purpose of the task.’

‘Very hands on. Quite effective and cost efficient approach in particular the allocation of tasks within the B&B organization.’

‘Anne Federle knows what is relevant and what not and focuses on the crucial topics. She is willing to provide her personal assessment even beyond pure legal views.’

‘Very precise and focused advisory.’

‘Anne Federle – precise and focused.’

Key clients

Air Products PLC

Panasonic

FIFA

easyJet

HanesBrands, Inc.

The European Commission

Burberry

John Deere

Mastercard

Ralph Lauren

ASML

John Bean Technologies

Daikin Chemical Europe GmbH

PPG

Rubycon

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Inditex

Boehringer Ingelheim

Recipharm ab

BorgWarner

Clarios

Adient

Aptiv

SES

European Thermal Paper Association (ETPA)

Ottobock

KYOCERA Document Solutions Deutschland

CLEPA

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in a major high-profile cartel investigation.
  • Advising several clients in the sports sector, including global sports federations, on matters varying from car racing regulations to entering new markets.
  • Representing easyJet in an action for annulment before the General Court of the EU of a high-profile Commission decision on state aid concerning funding granted to Sardinian airports.

Belgium > Employment Tier 4

Drawing on its sizeable global network, Bird & Bird is noted for its strong sense of interdepartmental and international collaboration, advising a number of high-profile clients on collective dismissals, TUPE transfers, outsourcing issues, and works council negotiations. Seasoned practice head Pieter De Koster advises a broad sweep of clients on various labour law matters, including change management issues, industrial relations work and contentious proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Pieter De Koster

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, proactive and realistic in their advice and solutions.’

Key clients

ABN-AMBRO

Infosys

Plastipak

Salesforce

Burger Brands

Cytiva (including Danaher)

Quantum Simulation Technologies (QSimulate)

Workday

Pfizer

Esko-Graphics BV

Cummins Engine Company

Aptiv (formerly Delphi Automotive plc)

PPG (EWC)

Marsh (part of MMC Group)

SD Worx

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Optel

Colgate-Palmolive

Ricoh

John Bean Technologies

Perrigo

Blue Yonder

Lexmark

Milestone Systems

Zoom Communications Inc

KDDI

Belgium > Tax Tier 4

Bird & Bird’s tax team advises its wider tech and corporate practices on various transactional tax issues alongside indirect tax and regulatory considerations. The practice additionally advises on niche IP and R&D tax considerations, working with growth companies in the technology, telecoms, and life sciences sectors. Brent Springael leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Brent Springael

Testimonials

We used the tax practice of Bird & Bird in Belgium because of their unique knowledge in 2 dimensions : IP and tax matters, both related to each other. The important publications both national and international, give this team experience and credibility in handling our files.’

Brent Springael, the partner, has written an important book on IP and tax related matters. His knowledge and credibility are huge. His commercial approach, understanding of the law and practical implementation is one of the best we have experienced.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Group

Cefaly Technology

Touring

Monster Energy

Mastercard

Kiadis

Panasonic

Qlik Group

Quantum Simulate

Capsugel / Lonza

Coopervision

ERINHA

Cardiovascular Center Aalst

EY

Servulo (Lusa Press Agency)

We Are Knitters

SABAM

Yuzzu

Belgium > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Bird & Bird advises on a wide range of transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments, and public takeover bids, and has expanded its involvement in the market beyond its traditional strength in tech and life sciences, with notable new mandates concerning car batteries and manufacturing operations. The team also handles commercial contracting, distressed acquisitions, and corporate litigation. The team is led by Paul Hermant, who advises on transactions and financing matters, with senior associate Pieter-Jan Van Houdenhove regularly involved in M&A and corporate litigation, working with domestic and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Network Research Belgium S.A.

Bridford Investments

The European Life-Science Infrastructure for Biological

Information (ELIXIR)

PRACE

So Easy Systems Sp.z.o.o.

Univercells Technologies SA

Association Des Industries Européennes du Plâtre

(Eurogypsum)

FHP BV, Creafund NV, Hyloris Pharmaceutical S.A, Purna

Pharmaceuticals

Panasonic / Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Munt Dental NV Yes

U&I Learning NV

Work highlights

  • Advised NRB on an acquisition for Prodata.
  • Advised Hyloris, Purna, and FHP on a partnership transaction between listed company Hyloris Pharmaceuticals SA, Purna Female Healthcare and Creafund NV.
  • Advised Panasonic on the sale of its European consumer battery business.

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 Belgian office, which brings together 40 lawyers from more than ten different countries, offers expert advice across a broad range of areas including corporate, commercial, competition, employment, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, regulatory and tax. The team has strong expertise in the life sciences, electronics, technology and communications, aviation and aerospace, energy, and food and beverage sectors. Furthermore, the Belgian office is also the hub of Bird & Bird’s international competition and EU practice.

Located in Brussels, the heart of the European decision-making community, the firm is able to closely follow and influence the developments of European law, particularly in its chosen sectors. This enables it to keep its clients abreast of key developments in EC law.

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 and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising clients such as 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Arbitration Benoit Van Asbroeck
Banking and finance Paul Hermant
Brands and trade marks Jean-Christophe Troussel
Brands and trade marks Benoit van Asbroek
Commercial Benoit Van Asbroeck
Competition and EU José Rivas
Competition and EU Anne Federle
Competition and EU Scott McInnes
Competition and EU Hein Hobbelen
Copyright Jean-Christophe Troussel
Copyright Benoit Van Asbroeck
Corporate Paul Hermant
Dispute resolution Marc Martens
Dispute resolution Benoit van Asbroek
Employment
Patents and know-how Bruno Vandermeulen
Patents and know-how Marc Martens
Patents and know-how Jean-Christophe Troussel
Privacy and data protection Benoit Van Asbroeck
Regulatory and administrative Marc Martens
Public sector contracts and disputes Marc Martens
Tax Brent Springael
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 40
Dutch
English
French
German
Greek
Italian
Spanish
Other offices : Aarhus
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Copenhagen
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Helsinki
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Lyon
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Rome
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : Stockholm
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : The Hague
Other offices : Warsaw

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world. With over 1300 lawyers in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, the firm is ready to help clients wherever they are in the world. Bird & Bird’s history stretches back to the 1830s, with the firm formally established in 1846. Even back then, the firm’s excellence in client service and passion for key industries attracted leading innovators.

As technology allowed innovations and ideas to travel more quickly, the need to protect the ideas and innovations of its clients encouraged the firm to expand its international capabilities. In 1998, Bird & Bird became one of the first law firms to organise around key sectors, enabling it to share its deep industry knowledge more effectively across the firm.

Bird & Bird combines this commercial understanding of its clients’ businesses with its leading legal expertise and the international reach its clients need to achieve their goals.

Main areas of practice

For the past decade, Bird & Bird has been the go-to international legal firm for companies working with disruptive technology. Whether traditional businesses leveraging cutting-edge technology or start-ups changing the status quo, the firm guides its clients through all the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of this fast-moving environment. Bird & Bird’s lawyers combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their goals.

The firm currently works with over half of the first 100 companies in the Fortune 500 and nearly two-thirds of the world’s 100 most innovative companies, as named by Forbes. Over a third of Bird & Bird’s clients have been with the firm for more than a decade; testament to the high-level of service and legal expertise it delivers.

Bird & Bird’s wide-ranging practice in Latin America has been going from strength-to-strength since its inception ten years ago, working on projects across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. These projects have involved transactional work, dispute resolution and regulatory matters across multiple sectors including energy and projects, transport and aviation, food and beverage, TMT, life sciences and healthcare, employment, and financial services.

The firm’s offices in Madrid and London have spearheaded Bird & Bird’s activity in the region, making the most of Madrid’s connection in culture and language, as well as the extensive experience and expertise in the region of its individual lawyers. As a result, the firm has developed a very strong network of relationships with some of the most renowned and prestigious local firms in Latin American Countries.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Sectors
Automotive Christian Kessell
Aviation and defence Paul Briggs
Aviation and defence Leo Fattorini
Energy and utilities Matt Bonass
Energy and utilities Hermenegildo Altozano
Financial services Christian Bartsch
Financial services Stefano Febbi
Retail and consumer Mark Abell
Tech and comms Graeme Maguire
Practice areas
Commercial Simon Shooter
Commercial Fabian Niemann
Competition and EU law Pauline Kuipers
Competition and EU law Morten Nissen
Corporate Stefan Silvestri
Corporate Peter Veranneman
Dispute resolution Peter Knight
Finance Trystan Tether
Finance Raimondo Maggiore
Franchising Mark Abell
Intellectual property Morag Macdonald
Intellectual property Christian Harmsen
Outsourcing Mark Leach
Privacy and data protection Arian Mole
Privacy and data protection Ruth Boardman
Real estate Jonathan Baker
Regulatory and administrative Jan Byok
Tax Andrew Brown
Trade and Customs Richard Eccles
Trade and customs Brian Mulier
Partners : 310
Other fee-earners : 1,300
Total staff : 2,225