Exclusive: US IP giant Finnegan turns its back on Belgium for London launch

Washington DC-based intellectual property firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, commonly known as Finnegan, is to relocate its Brussels office to London by the end of this year. 

The office will be managed by the firm’s Brussels managing partner Anthony Tridico, who will relocate to London with three patent attorneys from the Belgium base and a lateral hire who will help with the logistical side of the launch.

Tridico confirmed the move yesterday (15 August 2013) and told The Lawyer that he is actively recruiting for new people. He praised London as “one of the IP centres of Europe” and said this was one of the main reasons for the move.

It was initially thought that the London base would be Finnegan’s second European outpost, however Tridico said the Brussels office had a different business model when it opened in 1994 and until two years ago had only advised on US law.

While the Belgium base predominantly worked around the model of US attorneys working with European clients, the London focus will be on building a European practice. 

The London outpost is set to be in the Holborn area with office space large enough to hold around 20 staff members. 

Tridico said it is likely to open in the fourth quarter of the calendar year, which will also be when the Belgium office closes. 

The closure of the Brussels office is not expected to lead to any redundancies.