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Speechly Bircham goes international with new offices in Luxembourg and Zurich

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London law firm Speechly Bircham is opening two new European offices, in Luxembourg and Zurich, which will enable its Financial Services and Private Wealth teams to offer direct support to clients and intermediary contacts in two of Europe’s other leading financial centres.

The Luxembourg office opens on 1 June 2011, initially as Speechly Bircham Pfeiffer & Partners, and will practise Luxembourg law.  It will be led by experienced corporate lawyer and member of the Luxembourg Bar, Françoise Pfeiffer.  Previously Pfeiffer was Head of Banking and Finance at Oostvogels, and before that at Loyens & Loeff.  She has also worked as legal counsel for the Luxembourg Central Bank.
 
Pfeiffer will be joined by senior tax consultant Chokri Bouzidi, also from Oostvogels. Bouzidi was previously at Nauta Dutilh in London as well as Loyens & Loeff in Luxembourg. He has also worked at the renowned International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in Amsterdam.  Both Pfeiffer and Bouzidi will become partners of Speechly Bircham LLP.
  
The Zurich office will open on 20 June 2011 and will operate as Speechly Bircham AG. The office will be based in Basteiplatz, Zurich and headed up by Mark Summers – a partner in Speechly Bircham’s expanding Private Client division.  In 2010, Summers was included in Dow Jones’ 40 under 40 most influential wealth advisers in Europe. He is joined initially by two associates locally and several partners who will divide their time between London and Zurich. The Zurich team will practise English law.
 
Michael Lingens (pictured), Speechly Bircham’s UK Managing Partner, says: "Our firm is building a reputation for its work in the financial services sector, notably in the areas of investment and wealth management, and for our private client work in the UK and internationally. In this arena, our international offering will now include teams in Zurich and Luxembourg. 
 
We will be one of the few UK law firms able to offer integrated corporate, tax, regulatory, funds and private client work to banks, fund managers, wealthy individuals and private offices operating across these three key European financial centres.
 
A strategic review in mid-2010 established our priorities for the future development of the firm. Notable among these was a clearer focus on core areas of sectoral expertise; financial services; private wealth; technology; and real estate & construction. Our new offices are tangible evidence of this.” 

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