On 1 April 2018, Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner combined their legal practices to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (the “BCLP Group”) is a global law firm comprised of a network of affiliated firms and entities (“BCLP Firms”). The locations of our offices and further jurisdiction-specific information, including a description of each of the BCLP Firms can be found at (link to website).
The BCLP Firms are regulated by the relevant professional bodies in the jurisdictions where they are established, and have offices (please see the country links below for further details).
The professional bodies which regulate a specific BCLP Firm and/or its offices will also have jurisdiction over its individual lawyers. In addition, our lawyers are regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission (for details, please contact the individual lawyer).
The lists of partners of the respective BCLP Firms can be accessed at their registered office, and/or on our websites. For further details, please see the relevant office sections below. Within the BCLP Group, 'partner' is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practice. In the US, all our partners are members.
Unless otherwise mentioned in the country links below, the BCLP Group’s compulsory layer of professional indemnity insurance is provided by QBE Casualty Syndicate 386 and QBE Syndicate 1886, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD. Details of the policy number and the territorial extent of the insurance can be obtained from our Head of Professional Risk and BCLP Insurances at our London office.
For further regulatory information regarding a specific BCLP Firm, office or topic, please click on the links below:
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Although we try to ensure the accuracy of all of the content and material published on this website (“Content”), such Content is for general information only, and is not intended to be a substitute for specific legal advice. You should obtain specific legal advice before taking or refraining from taking any action.
We will not be responsible in any circumstances for any consequential or incidental damages (including but not limited to loss of profits, loss of privacy and loss of data) or for any other indirect, special or punitive damages whatsoever that arise out of or that are related to the use of this website.
This website and most of its content is owned by the BCLP Group. Those elements of this website whose rights have not been transferred to the BCLP Group are owned by certain third parties. This website is protected by copyright and database right. You may print out individual articles or pages for your private use or for non-commercial research within your organization, but such content remains the sole and exclusive property of the BCLP Group and the concerned third party owners. No form of distribution or making available to the public (whether in print or electronic form) of any of this website's contents is allowed without the prior written consent of one of our partners.
If you are accessing this website from France, please note the following statements which apply to you:
This website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be attorney advertising or an offer to represent any site visitors under any applicable law. BCLP does not wish to represent anyone based upon viewing this website in a jurisdiction where this website fails to comply with all laws and ethical rules of that jurisdiction.
To the extent the local rules of professional conduct on the practice of law in an individual visitor’s jurisdiction require BCLP to designate a principal office or a single attorney responsible for this website, BCLP designates St. Louis, Missouri, as its principal office and Kathryn DeBord as the attorney responsible for this website.
Under the rules of professional conduct in the practice of law in some jurisdictions, portions of this website may contain material that is nevertheless deemed to constitute attorney advertising. In accordance with those rules (notably in New York) we make the following statement:
WITH RESPECT TO ANY STATEMENTS CONSTITUTING ATTORNEY ADVERTISING: PRIOR RESULTS REFERENCED ON THIS SITE DO NOT GUARANTEE A FUTURE OR A SIMILAR OUTCOME.
If you have any questions, for purposes of attorney advertising rules, please contact BCLP at: Office of General Counsel Metropolitan Square Building, 211 North Broadway, Suite 3600, St. Louis, MO 63102, Telephone: +1 314-259-2000.
The BCLP Group is committed to conducting business according to high standards of business integrity. We have a zero-tolerance policy in respect of bribery and corruption. We require those with whom we have business relationships to have and maintain a like policy and appropriate procedures for combating bribery and corruption.
We are aware that criminals have been using the BCLP Firms' names and sometimes the names of individuals working within the BCLP Group in scam emails, letters and phone calls. These communications typically suggest that an inheritance or a job can be obtained by paying an upfront fee. Their aim is to get your money and/or your personal data to use in other illegal activities.
Please act cautiously for your own protection. If you receive any communication purporting to be from the BCLP Group or any of our partners or employees about which you are uncertain or suspicious, do not respond and particularly do not provide personal or confidential information. You can check the legitimacy of any suspicious communication by forwarding it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not use web-based email addresses such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo.
Please note that this firm and its lawyers have no involvement in any of these scams. Our name is being used in an unauthorized and illegal way.
We report incidents of which we become aware to the relevant authorities. There are, however, new scams being devised by criminals regularly.
If you are based in the UK, you can find further information on scams (including ones we have reported) on the Solicitors Regulation Authority ("SRA") website. You can also contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorized by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practicing details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may also be undertaken.
We practice in Abu Dhabi and Dubai through branches of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP), a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK") and a BCLP Firm. It is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Our Abu Dhabi branch is licensed to provide legal consultancy services in Abu Dhabi by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market Registration Authority (license number 000000227) whose rules can be found here: www.adgm.com/. It is registered with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development under licence number CN-1158206.
Our Dubai branch is authorized to provide legal consultancy services in Dubai by the Legal Affairs Department of the Government of Dubai, whose rules can be obtained here: http://legal.dubai.gov.ae/en/Pages/default.aspx. It is also regulated as an ancillary service provider by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (www.dfsa.ae/), and registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre under licence number CL1255.
Pending regulatory confirmation of the change of our Abu Dhabi and Dubai-registered names, we continue to practice in the UAE under the name ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’.
We practice in Belgium through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’), a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK") and a BCLP Firm. It is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Our Brussels branch is registered with the registre des personnes morales/rechtspersonenregister in Brussels under number 0541.198.632.
Lawyers based in our Brussels office are registered with the Brussels Bar, whose rules can be obtained from: www.baliebrussel.be (in Dutch) or www.barreaudebruxelles.be (in French). Those who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.
Our Belgian VAT number is: BE0541.198.632
Bryan Cave LLP Shanghai Office is a representative office registered with the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) and issued with the Practicing License of the Foreign Law Firm’s Representative Office in China [the license number is Si Lv Zheng Wai Zi 2002 No. 1-0064]. The Shanghai office is authorized to practice law in accordance with the provisions of Administrative Regulations on Representative Offices of Foreign Law Firms in China and Provisions of the Ministry of Justice on the Implementation of the Administrative Regulations on Representative Offices of Foreign Law Firms in China. Information on our lawyers can be found in the People section of this website. Bryan Cave LLP holds professional indemnity insurance arranged through Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, Inc. which covers the professional services provided by Bryan Cave worldwide, including the Shanghai office.
We practice in France through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (France) LLP (formerly named Bryan Cave LLP), a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC338062 ("BCLP France") and a BCLP Firm.
BCLP France is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, whose rules can be obtained from www.sra.org.uk/handbook/ . Pursuant to Directive 98/5/CE. its Paris branch is enrolled with the Paris Bar under Toque No R030, whose rules can be obtained from www.avocatparis.org.
Lawyers based in our Paris office who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.
A list of partners of BCLP France is open to inspection at its UK registered office: Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA, England; or at the Paris branch at 78 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris, France. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practise. In the US, all our partners are members.
Our French VAT number is: FR 50504614512.
If you are a client and have any problem with the service we provide to you, please contact our complaints handling partner, the Managing Partner of the Paris office whose details can be found on the Paris office page. We will try to resolve any problem you raise promptly and fairly using our internal complaints handling procedures (a copy of which is available by clicking on this link: Complaints Procedure). If, however, you feel that we have not satisfactorily resolved your complaint, you may be entitled to use the complaints service operated by (i) the Legal Ombudsman, details of which can be found on its site at www.legalombudsman.org.uk or (ii) the President of the Paris Bar (Bâtonnier de l’Ordre des Avocats de Paris), details of which can be found on this site www.avocatparis.org. You should be aware that there are time limits within which any complaint must be made, details of which can also be found on the above referenced websites.
Information pursuant to § 5 of the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, TMG) and the Regulation on Service Information Requirements (Dienstleistungs-Informationspflichten-Verordnung, DL-InfoV)
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP is a limited liability partnership established under the law of the State of Missouri and registered in the Commercial Register of Missouri under No. PL001410285. The registered office of the company is in St. Louis.
A list of partners authorized to represent the company may be accessed here. Eckart Budelmann is authorized to represent the Hamburg office and Dr. Tobias Fenck the Frankfurt office. You can reach the German offices of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner at the following addresses:
Hanseatic Trade Center
Am Sandtorkai 77
Tel +49 (0) 40 30 33 16 0
Fax +49 (0) 40 30 33 16 190
Tel +49 (0) 69 509 514 1100
Fax +49 (0) 69 509 514 1190
Lawyers (Rechtsanwälte und Rechtsanwältinnen)
The persons identified as lawyers herein are admitted to practice law in the Federal Republic of Germany and are bound to professional rules and regulations for lawyers in Germany. All lawyers are members of the bar association for their respective offices.
Frankfurt: Frankfurt am Main Bar Association, Bockenheimer Anlage 36, 60322 Frankfurt am Main
Hamburg: Hanseatic Bar Association Hamburg, Bleichenbrücke 9, 20354 Hamburg
The rules of professional conduct for lawyers and laws can be found on the Internet site of the German Federal Bar Association. The rules of professional conduct for lawyers are in particular:
German Federal Lawyers’ Act (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung, BRAO)
Professional Code of Conduct for German Lawyers (Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte, BORA)
German Regulations for Lawyers Specialized in Certain Areas of Law (Fachanwaltsordnung, FAO)
German Lawyers’ Remuneration Act (Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz, RVG)
Act on the Activity of European Lawyers in Germany (Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland, EuRAG)
Professional Rules for Lawyers in the European Union (Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Union, CCBE-Berufsregeln)
Tax Advisors (Steuerberater / Steuerberaterinnen)
The persons identified as tax advisors herein are admitted to practice as tax advisors in Germany and are members of tax advisor associations competent for their respective offices:
Chamber of Tax Consultants Hesse (KdöR), Gutleutstraße 1, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The rules of professional conduct for tax advisors and laws for tax advisors can be found on the Internet site of the German Federal Association of Tax Advisors. The rules of professional conduct for tax advisers are in particular:
We practise in Hong Kong through Bryan Cave LLP (previously named ‘Bryan Cave LLP).
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a Hong Kong limited liability partnership and a member of the BCLP Group. It is registered with and regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong, and is authorised to practice Hong Kong law. Any Hong Kong law advice is provided by Hong Kong solicitors.
A list of partners is available at our registered office and will be provided upon request. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required by the primary firm and jurisdiction in which the individual practises. In the US, all our partners are members.
Our Indonesia practice is led by our Singapore office, supported by local counsel.
Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah Law Firm (IAB&F) and Mataram Partners are Indonesian law firms and members of the BCLP Asia Network. “BCLP Asia Network” refers to a series of bilateral strategic relationships between Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, the limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK”) and individual, legally separate, local legal practices in Asia operating independently. The Network is created in the interest of delivering joint services to shared clients and joint marketing activity only.
See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.
Our Israel practice is led by our London office.
BCLP Representative Office Services Ltd is a marketing representative of the BCLP Group. It is a limited company registered in Israel (company no. 51-4726397) and is not authorized or regulated to provide legal services.
Neither the BCLP Group nor any of the lawyers in our Israel Business Group practice Israeli law.
See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.
Our Myanmar practice is led by our Singapore office, supported by local counsel.
We practice in Russia through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly named ‘Goltsblat BLP LLP’), a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC340589 (“BCLP Russia”) and a BCLP Firm.
A list of partners of BCLP Russia can be accessed here. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practise. In the US, all our partners are members.
See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group [hyperlink to 'About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner' legal notice]. For further information regarding BCLP Russia, see the legal notices section of the website (www.gblplaw.com).
We practise in Singapore through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’), a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK") and a BCLP Firm. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Our Singapore branch is licensed as a Foreign Law Practice with the Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore, whose rules can be obtained from: www.mlaw.gov.sg/eservices/lsra/lsra-home/. It is registered with the Singapore Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority under number T10FC0153G.
Lawyers based in our Singapore office who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly name ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC315919 (“BCLP UK”) and a BCLP Firm. It is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”), whose rules can be obtained from www.sra.org.uk/handbook/.
BCLP UK’s branch offices outside of England and Wales are also regulated by the professional body in that jurisdiction (please see the country links in these legal notices for further details).
Lawyers based in our UK offices who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.
A list of partners of BCLP UK is open to inspection at its registered office: Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA, United Kingdom. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practice. In the US, all our partners are members.
BCLP UK is not authorized under the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA"). As a Law Society member it is, however, able in certain circumstances to offer a limited range of investment and consumer credit services to clients if they are an incidental part of the professional services BCLP UK has been engaged to provide. Nothing we say or do should be construed as an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activities, or as advice on the investment merits of acquiring or disposing of particular investments.
BCLP UK is not authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"). We are, however, on the FCA register so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity (broadly advising on, selling and administering insurance contracts). The SRA regulates this part of BCLP UK’s business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong. The register is on the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk/register.
The Law Society is a designated professional body under FSMA. The Legal Ombudsman is an independent body set up to decide complaints that a firm’s complaints procedure cannot resolve. If you are unhappy with any insurance advice from us, please contact either the SRA or the Legal Ombudsman.
Our UK VAT number is GB 974 9832 56.
We are committed to high quality legal advice and client care.
If our clients are unhappy about any aspect of the legal services they have received, or are concerned about a bill, they can contact their client relationship partner, the relevant departmental managing partner, or the office managing partner whose details can be found here.
Clients who wish to make a formal complaint may contact our designated complaints counsel at email@example.com, on the telephone on +44 (0) 203 400 1000, or by post to our London address. The designated complaints counsel will provide a copy of our complaints procedure. We hope to resolve any problem to our clients’ satisfaction, but if we do not, they may have the right to complain to the relevant professional body in the relevant jurisdiction. For example, in the case of BCLP UK, our clients may have the right to ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider their complaint by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on 0300 555 0333 or by post to PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, United Kingdom.
Normally, clients will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about their complaint (and no more than size years from the date of act/omission or three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint). Please note that before accepting a complaint for investigation the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. Our complaints procedure contains further information about their powers and procedures of the Legal Ombudsman and the categories of client to whom its services are available.
If our clients' complaint is about a bill, they may also have the right to apply to the court for an assessment of the bill, but if all or part of a bill remains unpaid we may charge interest.
Alternative complaints bodies exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both our clients and the firm wish to use such a scheme. The European Commission’s online dispute resolution platform can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/odr.
Our designated complaints counsel can provide further details.
Any third parties who wish to raise issues in relation to the firm’s business should contact our designated complaints counsel as set out above.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a limited liability partnership established under the law of the State of Missouri ("BCLP US") and a BCLP Firm. It is registered in the Commercial Register of Missouri under No. PL001410285, with a registered office in St. Louis.
See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.