Bird & Bird has entered into an association with Singapore firm Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva (ATMD), due to take effect from 1 January 2009.
Bird & Bird hopes to beef up its South East Asian presence with the alliance, which will see the firms sharing clients.
Bird & Bird chief executive officer David Kerr said: "[We] will further grow our presence in Asia as we look to continue our policy of targeted international expansion."
ATMD is a firm of 10 partners and 20 other lawyers based in Singapore and specialising in IP and technology corporate commercial work.
ATMD managing partner Alban Kang commented: "Our clients will benefit from the increased international coverage and wider array of legal skills, while our lawyers will have greater opportunities to work on cross border legal matters with new colleagues across Europe and Asia.”
ATMD also has an association with Malaysian firm Tay & Partners.
Bird & Bird currently has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai and has been working hard at expanding its IP capability in the region with a string of hires (18 February 2008).