Bird & Bird allies with Turkish firm BTS

Bird & Bird has further expanded its horizons with the announcement of a cooperation agreement with Turkish firm BTS & Partners.

The three-partner Istanbul firm focuses on technology and media, and has already worked with Bird & Bird on “a surprisingly large number of things”, according to CEO David Kerr.

The agreement is the latest in a string of international alliances for the UK firm. Most recently it announced alliances with Indonesian firms K&K Advocates and Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners (25 June 2014).

Bird & Bird has also signed agreements with South Korean firm Hwang Mok Park (25 February 2014), Australian TMT boutique Truman Hoyle (22 March 2013), Chinese firm Lawjay Partners and Malaysia’s Tay & Partners.

Kerr said the Turkish move was in response to client demand, both flowing into Turkey and out of the country. There was a particularly strong flow of work to Germany, he said, adding: “The links between Turkey and Germany are historically very strong so that’s very logical, and our German colleagues have been very involved in assessing the market with us in that regard.”

He said Bird & Bird had looked at other firms before deciding to sign the cooperation agreement with BTS, but felt comfortable with the relationship it had already built with the Turkish firm.

The relationship will focus most closely on the technology sector.

BTS managing partner Yasin Beceni said the combination of his firm’s local knowledge and Bird & Bird’s global capabilities would help the firms expand the services offered to both Turkish and international clients.

Kerr said Bird & Bird would continue exploring opportunities internationally.

“For us the global reach is an integral part of our differentiated offering,” he said.

Bird & Bird is the latest in a string of international firms to gain a foothold in Turkey, often through an alliance due to local regulations. Last year saw CMS (7 November 2013), US firm Edwards Wildman Palmer (16 May 2013) and Pinsent Masons (14 February 2013) all launch in Istanbul.