7 July 2020Insurance

Clyde & Co boosts global cyber offering through partner hire

Insurance-focused law firm Clyde & Co has hired Ian Birdsey as a partner in London to support its expansion and development of its global cyber risk offering.

Birdsey joins from Pinsent Masons, where he was global head of cyber and led the development of the firm's practice over eight years. A cyber specialist with more than a decade's experience managing cyber matters, Birdsey advises corporate, SME and insurer clients to manage domestic and international incidents, claims, investigations and subsequent litigation.

Clyde & Co senior partner Peter Hirst said: "Cyber is one of the most dynamic areas of the law thanks to regulatory, technological and social developments around data security, privacy, and corporate risk. The cyber threat organisations face and the impact it can have is rapidly evolving and intensifying and is a significant board level issue. As such our strategy is to provide the integrated and global 'one stop shop' cyber offering our clients need. As a leader in his field, Ian brings with him a wealth of expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions in this space."

Birdsey commented: "I am excited to be joining a market-leading cyber practice and to be working alongside such a strong global team whose focus is on providing a unique and holistic approach to the management of cyber risk, wherever clients operate. The cyber market is extremely dynamic but also at a critical point in its development with the number of incidents, costs and liability risk increasing exponentially.

"In this market it is important to continually evolve and innovate to develop new solutions for clients. The firm's extensive experience, global footprint and the use of innovative technologies enables the team to provide a standout offering in the market. I am looking forward to playing my part in helping achieve the firm's ambitions in this space."

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