TwoBirds reaffirms Benelux standing

Bird & Bird managing partner David Kerr has made Benelux a key plank of the firm’s European growth strategy as the firm makes its third hire in The Hague in as many months, bringing in an IT and telecommunications specialist from LogicaCMG.

Feyo Sickinghe was a senior regulatory adviser in the energy, utilities and telecoms group at IT outsourcer LogicaCMG before joining Bird & Bird as a senior consultant.

Sickinghe will also spend a portion of his time at Bird & Bird’s Brussels office, where he will advise clients on EU regulatory matters.

Kerr told The Lawyer: “It’s all part of a wider strategy to continue building. We’ve been very pleased with the growth in the Benelux region over the past couple of years.

“We do have a very careful plan for every country, which has to fit in with the firmwide plan for each sector group. We’re not great fans of opportunistic growth.”

Co-managing partner for the office in The Hague Marjolein Geus said: “We currently have around 60 fee-earners and we’re looking at continuous growth. This is definitely not the end of it.”

Sickinghe is the third addition to the Netherlands office in as many months. In February The Hague grew with the hire of corporate partner Harm van Burkem from Simmons & Simmons’ Rotterdam office. Like Sickinghe, van Burkem’s practice focuses on the energy, infrastructure and technology, media and telecoms sectors.

In January Bird & Bird brought in IP litigator Marc van Wijngaarden and two associates from Dutch patent specialists Arnold & Siedsma.