Brussels is often seen as the centre of Europe, home to the EU parliament and much of the EU bureaucratic structure and operations. Most international firms have a Brussels office of some sort, creating ample opportunity for recruitment.
The latest firm to pick up a new Brussels partner is Bird & Bird, which has turned to Ashurst for the hire of Greek-qualified Efthymios Bourtzalas.
Bourtzalas is actually the second partner to leave Ashurst in Brussels in a month, following the recent departure of Julian Ellison for Mayer Brown. Together, the losses leave Ashurst with eight partners in the EU’s de facto capital.
But Bird & Bird and Mayer Brown aren’t the only firms bulking up in Brussels right now. US litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced last month it was launching there, utilising the team it hired in Germany from Allen & Overy in 2012.
And Austria’s Schoenherr has also made moves in Brussels. The firm has had a representative office there for some 20 years, but recently relocated partner Volker Weiss to the city full-time to bolster its EU capabilities.
Although it might seem like Brussels already has far too many lawyers, it seems that there’s always room there for one more.
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