Law firm Shoosmiths has opened its first office outside of the UK in Brussels to meet growing client demand for European Union competition, regulatory and trade law advice.
The new opening will meet two objectives: first, an enhanced ability to service clients’ combined UK and EU competition, regulatory and trade law needs; and second, access to relevant and quality talent – particularly in the fields of international trade, competition, EU regulation, and privacy and data, where Brussels is a prime location.
The firm also said it has recruited experienced lawyer Kiran Desai, previously the EU competition law leader at EY Law and prior to that the managing partner of the Brussels office of Mayer Brown.
According to Shoosmiths, Desai has broad and deep experience of advising clients on competition law as well as EU regulatory laws. He has worked for clients in many sectors, such as air transport, automotive, chemicals, life sciences and is particularly active in relation to clients in the media and technology sectors. He will work alongside Shoosmiths’ head of competition law Simon Barnes.
Simon Boss, Shoosmiths’ CEO, said: “The opening of a Brussels office meets our commitment to being able to advise clients, both national and international, on all aspects of law relevant to the UK. The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner and the influence of EU law on international jurisprudence and legal policy is significant.”
Desai added: “Shoosmiths’ strong position in the UK legal market, its growth over the last few years and its ambition were key attractions for me. The EU/UK interface will be a significant subject for UK businesses and those doing business into the UK.
“The firm’s strengths in a number of sectors means a Brussels-based practice is a strategic initiative for Shoosmiths to ensure it continues to be able to service the needs of its growing client base.”