Established in 1985, Bryan Cave's New York office is the firm's second largest as a result of the 2002 merger with Manhattan-based Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP.
Our New York lawyers take on many pro bono representations on behalf of poor and disadvantaged populations. The office maintains ongoing referral relationships with a diverse range of organizations including Hot Bread Kitchen, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the Office of the Appellate Defender, the Legal Aid Society, Family Equality Council, MFY Legal Services, the Partnership for New York City and the New York City AIDS Memorial Park Campaign.
Our lawyers and staff are active members of the New York community. The New York office proudly supports our "signature" charitable effort, Union Settlement Association, which builds a stronger community in East Harlem. We are also active in City Harvest's Skip Lunch Fight Hunger program, Adopt-A-Solider Platoon, Inc., the Justice Resource Center — National MENTOR Moot Court and Mock Trial Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Workplace Mentoring Program, the American Heart Association, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Lee National Denim Day in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and New York City Bar Chorus.
The New York office is composed of approximately 140 lawyers who practice in a wide range of legal disciplines, including:
Mergers and Acquisitions
We represent public and private entities in domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures of public and private businesses, including mergers, tender offers and asset sales. We also help our clients with other business combinations, including joint ventures, partnerships and minority and alternative investments.
We represent issuers and investors in public and private stock and debt offerings and assist our clients with securities compliance, governance and reporting obligations.
Real Estate Transactions and Financings
Our Chambers USA-rated real estate practice has handled many of the most exciting and sophisticated transactions in the country, providing comprehensive legal services addressing all facets of real estate ownership, joint ventures, development, land use, regulation, investment and financing and covering nearly every asset class. Within our real estate practice is the Real Estate Private Equity and Joint Venture Team, a coordinated, multi-disciplinary group with vast capacities in real estate, corporate, tax, ERISA and other related legal specialties.
Our Litigation Group combines the experience of our attorneys in all phases and types of dispute resolution forums – trial and appellate courts, domestic and international arbitrations and mediations – with innovative uses of technology and cost-effective approaches to project management. Our litigators are experienced in virtually every substantive area and industry, including banking, securities, real estate, employment, product liability, environmental, insurance, white collar criminal defense and attorney and accountant liability.
White Collar Defense and Investigations
Our White Collar Group regularly defends companies and individuals in criminal investigations brought by the DOJ and U.S. Attorneys' Offices, as well as state district attorneys and attorneys general. We also conduct independent and internal investigations and compliance audits, ordered by in-house counsel, audit committees, or other groups of independent directors, or by independent monitors or trustees, receivers or examiners.
For businesses invested in intellectual property — including chemical, pharmaceutical, biochemical, electrical/electronic, mechanical and computer technology fields — our lawyers can add significant value by creating and implementing intellectual property strategies, in addition to handling a wide range of litigation and related patent office proceedings, patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, and intellectual property licensing and transactions.
Our New York finance team, as part of the firm’s 100-lawyer banking and finance group, represents both lenders and borrowers in all types of financing transactions. Our experience includes the structuring, negotiation, documentation and administration of a broad spectrum of syndicated and non-syndicated credit transactions involving both domestic and foreign companies in a wide variety of industries. In addition, our Fund Finance Team handles financings for various pooled investment vehicles, such as mutual funds, closed-end funds, hedge funds and private equity funds.
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights
Our lawyers have in-depth experience representing secured lenders, special servicers, indenture trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees, individual creditors and entities interested in acquiring troubled companies or their assets in bankruptcy cases and in out-of-court restructurings and workouts. We also counsel clients on domestic and cross-border bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters, loan workouts and restructurings and prepare the true sale and non-consolidation opinions necessary for sophisticated corporate and real estate transactions.
Labor & Employment
Our practice covers all aspects of employment discrimination, wage and hour, and traditional labor law, as well as employment contracts and policies, and related litigation: class actions, non-compete and trade secrets, federal and state agency administrative proceedings, and employment and labor arbitration. We advise employers on union organizing, employee terminations, reductions in force, leaves, overtime exemptions and labor and employment law compliance; negotiate collective bargaining agreements; draft employment handbooks, policies and agreements; and provide compliance training for management.
Environmental and Land Use
We handle all aspects of environmental law and litigation for New York industrial, commercial and real estate clients, as well as several public benefit corporations, public authorities and municipalities. Our land use lawyers represent developers, public authorities and municipalities in zoning, land use, historic preservation, building code, administrative proceedings and litigation matters.
Tax Advice and Controversy
On the transactional side, our Tax Group regularly provides tax advice and tax planning with respect to mergers and acquisitions, international transactions, sophisticated real estate transactions, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity funds, executive compensation and state and local tax matters. In tax controversy matters, we regularly represent clients on federal tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and in the United States Tax Court and on state and local matters before the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and New York City Department of Finance, among others.
Prepaid and Emerging Payments
We have a leading practice in the areas of prepaid and emerging payments including gift cards, prepaid and reward cards, mobile payments, eWallets, virtual currencies, credit cards, debit cards and check processing. We advise banks, payment networks, processors, retailers, program managers and marketers, ACH networks, and bill payment and payment facilitation companies regarding federal and state consumer protection, privacy, data security and anti-money laundering laws, as well as state abandoned property and money transmitter licensing laws.
Our private client lawyers engage in sophisticated personal estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, business succession planning, will, estate and trust litigation, charitable planning, pre-marital planning and related legal services. The group counsels and represents clients throughout the United States and internationally, ranging from individuals, families and closely-held businesses to major trust and charitable institutions.