Bird & Bird has made up a dozen new partners in a return to 2009 promotion levels.
Last year, just two lawyers were made up in the international firm’s 2011 round, both in the London office. Bird & Bird was the only one of the UK’s top law firms to record a drop from 2010 figures.
CEO David Kerr welcomed the return to 2009 promotion levels, saying the spread of partners across offices and sector groups showed Bird & Bird’s ‘strength of expertise’.
In the IT-focused London office, Ian Edwards has been promoted; as have IP lawyers Ulrike Gruebler in Hamburg, Lars Huisman in The Hague, Anna Wolters in Dusseldorf and Jennifer Jones in London. Banking and finance lawyer Michael Juenemann has been promoted in Frankfurt, as has Colin Kendon from the London-based UK employee and incentives team.
Oliver Koester, an M&A specialist in Hamburg and Marc Martens, energy lawyer in Brussels, have also joined the partnership. The Helsinki office has promoted Jesper Nevalainen in commercial law and dispute resolution expert Mikko Rajala to partner. Ivan Sagal, who heads Bird & Bird’s Prague and Bratislava offices and practises corporate, banking and finance law, is the 12th promotion.
The firm said it had also made up three other internal partners during the year in its Asia offices. Bird & Bird has also hired 20 partners laterally in the past year.