Bird & Bird starts toward ambitious goals in Asia with four new partners

March 26, 2012 Bird & Bird has boosted capacity across its Asia network with the addition of four partners.

Lorraine Tay leaves a role as the head of Baker & McKenzie’s Singapore trademarks registration practice to join Bird & Bird’s Singapore IP team, while Catherine Mun – also of Baker & McKenzie – joins the Hong Kong international dispute resolution practice group.

Dorsey & Whitney corporate of counsel Xia Chao joins as a partner in Shanghai, while John Koh receives internal promotion after three years in the Hong Kong office.

The firm revealed that it intends to grow its business in Asia to account for 20% of total revenue and lawyer headcount in the next three to five years. The firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore currently account for just 10% of the firm’s fee income.

David Kerr, CEO commented: “Our new partners all bring a wealth of experience in working with international clients as well as detailed understanding of the local regulatory environment. We look forward to working with them as we continue to develop our presence in Asia, as our existing and potential clients’ needs in the region increase.”

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