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Bird & Bird has re-elected CEO David Kerr and chairman Michael Frie for a further three years.
Kerr has been the firm’s CEO for 17 years, while Frie has held the chairman position for six years after the Swede joined the firm in 2000 when it merged with Stockholm outfit Gedda & Ekdahl, of which he was managing partner (22 February 2012). Both were last re-elected in 2010 (23 March 2010).
Kerr said in a statement: “In the face of some of the most challenging trading conditions in living memory we’ve created a platform which allows us to continue to reduce debt, increase profits and drive remarkable growth around the world. I’m honoured to have my position as CEO extended and look forward to growing upon the success we’ve achieved to date.”
Frie added: “We operate at the cutting edge, supporting clients as they innovate new products, services and business processes, usually in knowledge-economy industries or where disruptive technologies are transforming the market landscape. We’ll continue to build on these goals to the benefit of our clients.”
Confirmation of the pair’s reappointment comes after Bird & Bird last week confirmed an alliance with Australian TMT specialist Truman Hoyle as part of a strategic push in the Asia-Pacific region (22 March 2013).
Earlier this year the firm also sealed a merger with Danish IP/IT boutique Bender von Haller Dragsted, which is set to go live on 1 May (11 March 2013).