2Birds votes to give CEO and chair another term at helm

Bird & Bird has re-elected its longstanding chief executive office David Kerr and chairman Michael Frie for additional three-year terms.

Kerr (pictured) has headed Bird & Bird for 14 years, during which time the firm has grown dramatically both in the UK and internationally.

The firm said in a statement that the reappointment of Frie as chairman was a reflection of this growth. Frie joined Bird & Bird in 2000 when it merged with Stockholm firm Gedda & Ekdahl, where he was managing partner.

“I’m very pleased and honoured to be given the privilege to lead the board for an additional three-year term and look forward to continuing my active role in the leadership of the firm,” Frie said.

While Kerr said it was “with great pleasure” that he had the opportunity to continue in his role as CEO, he admitted the last 18 months had presented unprecedented challenges to the global economy and the legal profession generally.

“We continue to be relatively well positioned in terms of our distinctive strategy, geographic reach and client service capabilities,” Kerr added. “There’s been a dynamic shift in the legal market and the next few years present a substantial opportunity for us to deliver on clients’ increasingly complex needs.”