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David made Goliath – Kerr on Bird & Bird’s re-invention as a leading global TMT shop

Victoria Young talks to veteran chief David Kerr about growing pains and going even more global

There’s no doubt chief executive David Kerr has overseen a rapid extension of Bird & Bird’s international reach, with additions ranging from a major takeover in Australia, to acquisitions in Denmark, and associations around the Asia-Pacific region. But for Kerr – re-elected in March for another three-year term after spending two decades as chief executive – a new priority is consolidating and tightening the firm’s focus as it comes off a flat 12 months in a crowded mid-market.