DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the Austrian arm of DLA Piper, has poached CMS Cameron McKenna’s Sofia office head for its Prague practice. Peter Valert, who worked out of both the Prague and Sofia offices at Camerons, was instrumental in setting up the firm’s Bulgarian operations and his departure will come as a blow to the fledgling office. Valert, a commercial partner with expertise in telecoms and IT/IP, worked on blue-chip files such as Belgacom and Dresdner Kleinwort Capital and coordinated the firm’s technology, media and telecoms work across Central and Eastern Europe.
Bird & Bird has expanded its Asian IP offering with the hire of partner Shirley Kwok from local firm Vivien Chan & Co in Hong Kong. Kwok specialises in trademarks and has more than 20 years of IP experience in the Chinese market. She has been appointed to head the firm’s IP portfolio management team […]