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International law firm Bird & Bird opened this week a representative office in downtown San Francisco

The new office will foster closer relationships between Bird & Bird's international network and US based clients, providing them with non-US legal advice in the same time zone. It will also focus on building the firm's presence in the region and providing an ideal platform for working together with US partner firms.

Bird & Bird advises the world's most innovative companies on their international activities in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East including international expansion and investments outside the US,  intellectual property,  disputes, data privacy, VC, M&A, HR issues, complex restructuring and transformational projects and coordinated multi-jurisdictional services. The firm currently advises more than half of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500 – many of which are US based.

Stefano Silvestri, Partner and Co-Head of Bird & Bird's International Corporate Group, previously based in Milan, and Nick Aries, IP Partner, previously based in London, have both relocated to San Francisco to lead the office.

They are joined by new Tech & Comms partner Kai Westerwelle, who brings a wealth of expertise having been the co-head of Taylor Wessing's US group since 2014, and one of the founding partners of its representative office in Silicon Valley. Kai was previously a partner in Taylor Wessing's Frankfurt office since 2003.

The team will be joined by a Senior Associate from the firm's Asia-Pacific offices in the coming months.

Senior partners Roger Bickerstaff (Tech & Comms) and Ian Hunter (Head of International HR Services) will split their time between their London base and the new San Francisco office over the next few years to support the development of the office.

About Bird & Bird LLP
Bird & Bird LLP is an international law firm which supports organisations being changed by technology or the digital world. We combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients achieve their commercial goals.  We have over 1300 lawyers in 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as close ties with firms in other parts of the world. If you want to find out more, visit

Bird & Bird office in Bratislava, Slovakia, was opened in 2008.

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