This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - INTERNET, LIFE SCIENCES, PATENTS, REGULATORY COMMUNICATIONS
Dating back to the 1830s, today Bird & Bird has over 1,000 lawyers in 23 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Its strong focus on key industries gives rise to an unparalleled depth of expertise in each sector earning the firm the accolade of WWL Firm of the Year in the areas of internet, e-commerce and data protection, life sciences, patents and regulatory communications. Furthermore, it is also home to two of our lawyers of the year, Trevor Cook and Colin Long, for patents and regulatory communications respectively. Unsurprisingly, Bird & Bird has an extremely impressive client list including TNT Post, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Coca-Cola Hellenic, Just Eat and Liquid Telecom, to name just a few. The firm’s world-class credentials are supported by our research and we recognise individuals at the firm 111 times across 15 chapters.
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|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 111|
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|Asset Recovery||2||Life Sciences||31|
|Aviation||6||Oil & Gas||2|
|Franchise||2||Trade & Customs||1|
|Internet & e-Commerce||16||Trademarks||13|
|Labour & Employment||3|
The firm’s life sciences practice is centred on pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare and medical device businesses. Recent high-profile work includes defending ConvaTec in an action by rival Smith & Nephew to revoke one of its patents that protected the production of silver containing wound dressings. The firm boasts an impressive total of 31 listings in our life sciences chapter, 20 of which are in the IP sub-section. London-based Sally Shorthose has a “wealth of experience” in intellectual property and the life sciences field having spent 11 years working in-house for pharmaceutical companies. Her colleague Gerald Kamstra is “one of the best in country” in pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. In Düsseldorf, Ina vom Feld is an “expert” in handling multi-jurisdictional litigation and is praised for her “strategic approach” while in Belgium, Jean-Christophe Troussel has an “enviable” track record in all types of IP dispute resolution, including unfair competition matters.
Bird & Bird fields six lawyers in the regulatory section of our life sciences chapter, including the “brilliant” Ulf Grundmann, joint-head of the firm’s international food and beverage group and Marc Martens, head of the Brussels regulatory, public and administrative law department. In Beijing, Grace Chen is singled out for both her life sciences regulatory and transactional work, as well as featuring in our internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter. Hong Kong–based transactional lawyer John Koh advises companies within the life sciences sector on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial contracts and arrangements and Madrid-based Manuel Lobato stands out for his transactional work, as well as his “superb” regulatory advice and IP knowledge; he is also listed in our trademarks chapter and peers describe him as a “brilliant all-rounder”.
Of the 18 lawyers recognised in our patents chapter, 13 are also recognised for their life sciences IP work, including the very highly regarded Christian Harmsen, head of the firm’s German intellectual property group and co-head of the international intellectual property group. In London, Neil Jenkins is considered an “absolutely top-class” patent litigator with a “superb track record” of high-profile cases such as Abbott v APS (clarithromycin), Generics v Yeda/Teva (Copaxone) and Actavis v Novartis (fluvastatin). Katharine Stephens is joint head of the intellectual property department in London and is very highly regarded for both her patents and trademarks practice, as is her colleague Jane Mutimear. Bruno Vandermeulen leads the intellectual property team in Brussels and is a “specialist” at drafting and negotiating license agreements and conducting intellectual property due diligences.
Further lawyers of note include Trevor Cook, our patents lawyer of the year for the eighth consecutive time. Cook is also recognised as a leading life sciences IP and regulatory, trademarks and internet, e-commerce and data protection lawyer. Co-head of the firm’s international life sciences sector, he is considered to be “in a league of his own” for both his litigation and advisory work. Alban Kang is the managing partner of the ATMD Bird & Bird office in Singapore and is singled out for his life sciences product liability and regulatory nous, as well as his skills in the patent and trademarks sectors. Hong Kong-based Matthew Laight heads the firm’s intellectual property group for China and has a “fantastic reputation” for his handing of IP matters in the life sciences and electronics sectors. He is featured in our patents, trademarks and life sciences chapters. “Formidable” London lawyer Morag Macdonald is joint head of the firm’s international intellectual property group and is renowned for her “exceptional” litigation abilities. Recently, she has been involved in the running of various pan-European patent actions involving several jurisdictions in Europe. She is featured in our patents, trademarks and life sciences sections. Massimiliano Mostardini is managing partner of the firm’s Italian offices and is co-head of the international life sciences group and head of the Italian IP group. He considered “a real leader” in the life sciences, patents and trademarks fields and peers praise his “proactive” and “client-friendly” approach. Singapore-based Susan de Silva features in the franchise, environment and management labour and employment chapters of this edition and is described as having a “first-class understanding of clients’ business needs”.
Internet, e-commerce and data protection is another area in which the firm excels, with 16 practitioners from nine of the firm’s offices singled out in this field. The London office is best represented with six of its lawyers gaining recognition, including IT “guru” Graham Smith. Ruth Boardman jointly heads the firm’s international privacy and data protection group and offers “superb” advice on data privacy, freedom of information and database rights. Roger Bickerstaff is the joint head of the firm’s international IT sector group and is “very well known” for his work on complex and innovative IT projects. He is also an “expert” on EU procurement law issues and is listed in our public procurement chapter. In Frankfurt, the “terrific” Fabian Niemann co-leads the firm’s international cloud computing initiative and leads its international social media group. In Stockholm, Jim Runsten heads the IT sector group and is “simply excellent” at complex local and cross-border IT and outsourcing transactions.
Bird & Bird has an impressive trademarks practice which recently expanded to cover brand management, a new practice area for the firm. The practice group has continued to manage several high-profile trademark portfolios over the past year, including the European and Asian portfolio of the Monster Energy range of drinks and the global portfolio for Peek & Cloppenburg, the German clothing retailer. The firm achieves 13 listings in the trademarks chapter. London-based Peter Brownlow is singled out for his abilities in this field, including his recent success for Yahoo! in the landmark UK decision (Wilson v Yahoo!) relating to whether the use of a keyword by a search engine amounted to trademark infringement. Ai-Leen Lim leads the firm’s intellectual property portfolio management practice for China and Hong Kong and also manages the firm’s wholly owned trademark agency in Beijing. Of counsel Wolfgang von Meibom founded the firm’s German intellectual property group and is renowned for his abilities as a trademark litigator.
In recognition of its outstanding practice, Bird & Bird is our regulatory communications firm of the year with nine individuals featuring in the chapter. The firm’s stand out work in this field includes advising EE on a number of commercial network arrangements to support its business and 4G rollout. Based in London, Colin Long, our regulatory communications lawyer of the year, has over thirty years of experience in this sector. He advises leading telecom companies, suppliers, investors and regulators on telecommunications ventures. He has also counselled governments and agencies from around the world on telecom privatisation, strategic investment, licensing and associated regulatory reforms. Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol is managing partner of the Paris office, head of the French communications sector group and co-head of the French IT/commercial groups. She is recognised in both our regulatory communications and internet, e-commerce and data protection chapters due to her “outstanding” abilities across both areas. In the Netherlands, Marjolein Geus co-leads the firm’s international communications practice and also leads the communications team in The Hague. She is “highly regarded” for her “deep knowledge” of EU and national regulations in this area. Fellow co-leader of the international communications sector group Graeme Maguire in London, regularly advises on complex international outsourcing projects and business process outsourcings.
Our research identifies Bird & Bird as a “world-class” law firm with “unmatched expertise” in its key sectors.
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