Two Birds consulting business to fly higher through merger

by Steve Randall04 Jun 2019

Two Birds consulting business to fly higher through merger

Bird & Bird has announced that its consulting business Baseline is merging with Valeocon Management Consulting.

The combined entity will have a new brand – Oxygy Management Consulting – and will be one of the largest management consultancy firms linked to an international law firm with offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the US.

"Baseline has been working closely with the Valeocon team for a number of years now, so it's extremely exciting for us as a firm to welcome the new team under the Oxygy name. Baseline's offering has been a crucial part of our aim to go above and beyond providing legal advice to our clients,” said Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr.

Baseline CEO Edoardo Monopoli will serve as CEO of Oxygy with current Valeocon CEO CEO Steve Crom taking the chairman role.

"As the business landscape continues to evolve, our collaborative approach and unique combination of legal and management consultancy expertise makes us well placed to help clients discover, design and deliver effective compliance, digital/data and expansion strategies,” added Monopoli.

Asia-based COO takes new global role at Linklaters

Linklaters has created a new global director of legal operations role to bring greater collaboration across the firm.

Appointed to the role is Asia COO Stewart Chippindale who has more than 20 years’ experience driving strategy, delivering change and leading multi-disciplinary teams in law firms in the UK, Continental Europe and Asia. He has been Asia COO since 2013.

“Stewart’s experience and leadership in Asia has been central to the region’s very strong growth over the last five years and I am excited to be working alongside to him to deliver this important element of our strategy,” said firmwide managing partner Gideon Moore.

The new role’s function incorporates Business Improvement, alumni and contract resourcing (including Re:link), Innovation & Efficiency, Knowledge & Learning, and Divisional Business Management.

Kennedys hires 12-strong team from Norton Rose Fulbright

A team of 12 insurance coverage and disputes lawyers and staff has joined Kennedys from Norton Rose Fulbright.

The London-based team – including 3 partners and 7 other lawyers - are market leaders in their field and represent Lloyds syndicates and global insurers.

The team’s arrival follows the appointment of Finance Director Jo Woods, who joined us in April from NRF.