BIRD & BIRD

Comment: This firm is recommended for M&A and has enjoyed a solid return to form after a tempestuous few years. With a constant flow of deals thanks to the consistent sector focus, as well as a well-integrated European practice, B&B has established a now relatively small, but homogenous team. Energy, telecoms and automotive remain the main focuses, which stem from the firm’s strong client base in these fields. The technology focus also led to the instruction from a major asset manager for transactional work – a client that would normally be expected to be at one of the top practices. One of the USPs of the practice is its strong links to B&B’s European practice: the PostNL deal came through regulatory partners in the Dutch office. It is this continental European integration which is important for the future given the doubts surrounding the role of a London office in the M&A market.
Strengths: Integrated European practice with esp. strong northern European offices. Focus on technology companies.
Recommended: Stefan Münch (“objective and target-oriented, good knowledge of the technology sector”, competitor), Dr. Alexander Schröder-Frerkes.
Practice: Strong focus on the technology sector throughout the firm, as well as the energy, life sciences, telecoms and automotive sectors. (7 partners, 4 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? EMSA on sale of French SEB Group; Flir Systems on acquisition of Point Grey Research; PostNL on acquisition of 50 percent share in HIM Holtzbrinck 25; Sojitz Corp. on acquisition of Solvadis Holding; TomTom on acquisition of Autonomos.
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