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Bryan Cave LLP and NYC-based Robinson Silverman to Merge; Combination Based on Client Benefits

June 10, 2002

New York, N.Y. – The 18-office international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and New York-based Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP announced today that they will merge, creating a new firm of more than 800 lawyers, with more than 235 lawyers based in New York. Click here to visit the Robinson Silverman Web site.

The merger of the two firms takes effect July 1. Globally, the combined firm will be known as Bryan Cave LLP and in New York, the firm will use the name Bryan Cave/Robinson Silverman.

Brad Hildebrant, chairman of Hildebrant International, a leading legal industry consulting firm, said the merger of the two firms “signified the blending of two strategic plans and cultures aimed at providing an enhanced client service operating platform. Law firm mergers of today must be based on more than mere size to be successful going forward. The entities must share a vision and work in unison toward the achievement of that goal.”

Michael N. Rosen, chairman of Robinson Silverman, will join the Executive Committee of Bryan Cave where he will have a role in firmwide leadership and will lead the merged firm in the New York and northeastern United States marketplace.

Stuart A. Gordon, of Robinson Silverman, and Dennis Fleischmann, of Bryan Cave, will be co-resident managers of the combined New York office. Fleischmann has been Bryan Cave’s New York resident manager since 1999.

Walter L. Metcalfe, Jr., chairman of Bryan Cave, said “New York is the commercial and financial capital of the world. Our firm recognizes the need to make a substantial investment in talent there to serve the sophisticated needs of our national and international clients.”

Metcalfe added that during the months in which the two firms explored a merger, they found they shared a common culture and core values. “We see this merger as an enhancement of that culture and those values,” Metcalfe said.

Rosen said “the national and worldwide reach of Bryan Cave was the answer our firm sought in planning our future course. Our clients increasingly view the world nationally and globally; we will be able to serve them more efficiently through Bryan Cave’s existing national and international capabilities.”

As Robinson Silverman’s clients expanded beyond their New York City origins, the firm experienced significant growth in its mergers and acquisitions and related corporate practice areas, including both public and private equity transactions. Bryan Cave has long served many of the nation’s major corporations with its mergers and acquisitions practice. In 2001, Bryan Cave was ranked in the top 25 of four different categories in the legal advisor merger and acquisition rankings prepared annually by Thomson Financial Securities Data. In New York, Bryan Cave is known for its representation of financial institutions and intellectual property issues.

Bryan Cave is a leading international law firm with nearly 650 lawyers. It has a diversified international practice and represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients including major publicly held multinational corporations, major and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Bryan Cave also has a significant litigation practice across the country. With offices in the United States, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave serves client needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

Robinson Silverman, with 170 lawyers in New York, was founded in 1950. It has significant practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, litigation, real estate and environmental and land use. The firm also has specialized practice groups in international law, tax law, immigration, personal representation, bankruptcy law and creditor’s rights, labor law, ERISA and government relations.

Both firms include publicly prominent figures. Edward Koch, the former mayor of New York City, and James Gill, who serves as chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, are partners at Robinson Silverman. Former U.S. Sens. John Danforth, of Missouri, and Alan Dixon, of Illinois, are partners at Bryan Cave.

For Additional Information contact:

Walter Metcalfe, St. Louis (314) 259-2575
Michael Rosen, New York City (212) 541-2000