Our International Commercial Practice lies at the heart of Bird & Bird and is recognised internationally as a market leader. Unlike many of our competitors, Bird & Bird offers commercial advice as a principal standalone specialist offering in each of our offices across the world as opposed to a support function to a corporate department. This focus and the sheer expertise and experience developed as a result sets Bird & Bird apart from other law firms.
We advise domestic and multi-national businesses and public sector organisations across a diverse range from, for example, international investment banks and global telecommunications companies to national health foundations and print companies, to start-ups and young companies. We support our clients throughout the lifecycle of their commercial transactions, from strategic planning and negotiation to implementation, contract management and exit.
We offer a complete commercial law service covering all aspects of our clients’ commercial needs. We have significant experience across the entire range of commercial arrangements from software development agreements and agency and distribution agreements to global outsourcing and procurement.
We also regularly advise on agreements for e-commerce, manufacturing, supply, franchising, sales, marketing, advertising, promotion and a wide range of other commercial arrangements.
Clients come to us as much for our strategic thinking and detailed understanding of their sector as for our close attention to the fine print of their legal documents. We train our lawyers to understand the value of advice to clients that supplements the strict letter of the law with commercial experience thereby allowing clients to take business decisions based on our advice. We don’t sit on the fence. We offer practical legal solutions to practical commercial challenges. Through regular involvement in many complex and specialist transactions, we are able to help our clients to minimise their exposure to key business, legal and financial risks and maximise the chances of their achieving their commercial goals.
Our service is based around teamwork and joined-up thinking not only between commercial lawyers across all our offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia but with colleagues in complementary practice areas such as corporate, tax, dispute resolution, employment and real estate.
We provide clear, insightful advice and a calm, pragmatic approach to complex issues and challenging situations.
Heads of Group: Jim Runsten and Simon Shooter