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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner: Transatlantic merger deal confirmed

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New global outfit will be led by two women

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and US outfit Bryan Cave have agreed to join forces to create a new transatlantic titan within the legal market.

The new firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), will have roughly 1,600 lawyers across 32 offices in 11 different countries. The tie-up will officially go live in April. Commenting on the deal, BLP’s managing partner, Lisa Mayhew, said: “Our combination is rooted in a shared determination to do something fresh and different for clients.” She continued:

“Clients will benefit from our combined legal expertise; our shared values and culture and our approach to innovation in their interests. Different to most other international firms, ours will be fully financially integrated from day one. This will enable us to work in teams whose only focus will be to provide a first-class service to clients.”

As an interesting aside, the new outfit will have two women at its helm: BLP’s Mayhew will be teaming up with Bryan Cave’s Washington-based chair, Therese Pritchard.

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BLP, which offers around 40 training contracts annually, performed well in Legal Cheek’s Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey, scoring As for training, quality of work, peer support, tech and social life. On the other side of the Atlantic, Missouri-headquartered Bryan Cave was founded in 1873 and specialises in a range of practice areas including tax, retail, private wealth and technology.

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26 Comments

CMS Junior (ex Nabs)

Weird that you can pretty much see our new offices from Adelaide House but that hasn’t stopped them making exactly the same mistake as us…

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Anonymous

which is?

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Anonymous

Completely false equivalence, this merger is a transatlantic merger between a US and UK firm giving both firms new access to UK and US markets, yet yours was an attempt to merge 3 UK headquartered firms for reasons that remain unclear to this day. How are they making the same mistake?

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Anonymous

More money for BLP lawyers?

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Big Dolla

Hahahahahahaha

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PEPE

THICC

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

So that will be Bryan Cave by the end of the year and no more BLP!

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Anonymous

Quite shocked that they dropped Berwin’s name off the letterhead. Such a persona of City Law, and both namesake firms more or less vanished into thin air (definitely the case with KWM/SJB) within 40 years of being founded by him.

Sad.

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Berwin

Don’t worry.

I still get a kick out being erroneously associated with Brewin Dolphin.

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Anonymous

My thoughts exactly. Minus the sad.

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Anony-mouse

BLP is one of those ‘average good’ firms. It’s not shit, but it can’t stand up among the SC crowd nae moar.

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Anonymous

You’re right. After all, the heady heights of Ashurst’s standards are hard just too hard to meet.

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Sceptical John

You’re taking their point at its weakest. I’m imagining that they compared BLP to HSF or HogLove (or even Maccies/Travers), not Ashurst.

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Anonymous

I love how people keep shitting on BLP (BCLP) and Ashurst. The VAST majority of wannabe and junior solicitors can only dream of working at brand as successful as them, including myself!

Between the two of them they receive damn near 4000 applications a year for 80-85 training contract spots. But yah, they’re no good anymore!

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Anonymous

Yet no other SC firm (or even at a push no other MC firm) matches BLP for its work in real estate (inc. real estate finance, litigation, investment funds and construction, planning etc) ?

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Anonymous

Who cares, they better them in all the far-more-profitable-than-real-estate areas of corporate / disputes………

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Sceptical John

And the other Silver Circlers are better than BLP for everything else.

Your comment is a bit silly. The only reason to train at BLP is for its Real Estate practice.

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Sceptical John

To clarify, I meant to respond to the first Anonymous poster at 3:57pm. The one who seems to think that Real Estate is the be all and end all of a City law firm.

Mr Reuben

It is…

Anonymous

If you think BLP isn’t well respected in corporate/litigation then you my friend are the silly one

Anonymous

…yet BLP has a higher Chambers ranking for litigation than both Macs and Ashurst. It’s a misconception to view BLP as a ‘real estate only’ firm; it’s corporate, finance and litigation offerings are as good as most of the other SC and matches their rankings….

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Anonymous

BLP is as good as Maccies for M&A and Private Equity? Okey

Anonymous

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Anonymous

As for their flash lawyer, Graham Shear, who organised and attended the President’s Club dinner, wonder if he will drop off just as “Berwin” has??

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Anonymous

Leadership at BLP has always been the problem why they never really pushed on. Lack of continuity comes to mind hence why they are always recruiting across the board. If they had strong leadership they wouldn’t have lost the Berwin!

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