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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Officially Launches, Led by Co-chairs Therese Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew

April 3, 2018

Washington, DC, April 3, 2018 – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has officially launched today, April 3. The partnerships of both Bryan Cave LLP and Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP overwhelmingly approved the combination on Feb. 26. The new global, fully integrated law firm has 32 offices in 11 countries and a platform of more than 1,400 lawyers, placing it among the largest in the world and enabling it to significantly enhance the scope of services provided to its clients. The new firm is led by Co-chairs Therese Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew.

Clients of the combined firm will have access to broader and deeper legal services across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including in many of the world’s leading markets. The new firm offers clients a range of internationally integrated capabilities, including one of the most active global M&A practices, world’s leading real estate practices, largest international financial services practices, and strongest international litigation and corporate risk practices.

The firm will act for 53 of the world’s top 100 companies and is poised to provide innovative services and products to clients through a combination of technology and experience. Combined, this experience ranges from providing world-class legal advice to providing operational advice and support to in-house legal teams, with services that will continue to be optimized using process, data analytics and technology. During the first six months, the firm will combine and grow the legacy BCXponent and Streamline brands, which were designed by each of the firms to integrate legal operations into its advisory framework, and it will grow legacy technology offerings, such as the proprietary technology platform CrossLITE. The new firm also will launch new products throughout 2018, including new automated contract negotiation software and a unique technology-driven case analysis product, to help clients mitigate litigation risk. The combined firm additionally will show a demonstrable commitment to fostering innovative ideas among employees on new legal technology, via its TechX initiative and Business Academy, to empower its teams to continuously improve services.  

“Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is well positioned to provide global strategic counsel to our clients across industries and geographies,” said Therese Pritchard, co-chair of the firm and legacy chair of Bryan Cave. “Our integrated structure is designed to institutionalize and reward collaboration across our global platform. Our lawyers are already creating cross-border client and industry teams, and in so doing, they are discovering new synergies that will enable broader efficiencies for our clients.”

“Creating Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been a fantastic journey for us all,” said Lisa Mayhew, co-chair of the firm and managing partner of legacy BLP. “Our firms have come together with a commitment to serve our clients as one team.”

Integration plans among practice groups and administrative functions have been ongoing for several months. The firm will be organized under four global departments: (i) Corporate, (ii) Finance, (iii) Litigation and Corporate Risk, and (iv) Real Estate led by the following:

Corporate

Global Departmental Managing Partner – Peter Van Cleve, St. Louis
Deputy Departmental Managing Partner – Jonathan Morris, London 

Finance

Global Departmental Managing Partner – Adam Dann, London
Deputy Departmental Managing Partner – Laurence Frazen, Kansas City

Litigation and Corporate Risk

Global Departmental Managing Partner - Christine Cesare, New York
Deputy Departmental Managing Partner – Nathan Willmott, London

Real Estate

Global Departmental Managing Partner – Chris de Pury, London
Deputy Departmental Managing Partner – Andrew Auerbach, New York

The firm also has appointed two senior partners: 

Robert MacGregor, SP for EMEA
Bill Seabaugh, SP for the Americas

About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

With more than 1,400 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven, collaborative culture, diverse legal experience and industry-shaping innovation and offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

Combined firm capability and record:

  • The new firm will be called Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP with combined revenues of more than $900 million, ranking it among the 50 largest law firms in the world
  • A global law firm with more than 1600 highly skilled lawyers
  • With 32 offices across North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia
  • Offering a diversified transaction and litigation practice serving clients in key business and financial markets around the world
  • A client base that includes publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, not-for-profit organizations, government entities and individuals.
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner represents 191 (or just under 40%) of the Fortune 500 as a combined entity
  • The firm represents 53% of the top 100 companies in the world (i.e. top 100 Fortune 500).
  • Represents 30 of the world’s top 50 banks (measured by revenue)
  • Advise 12 of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds
  • BLP have 163 ranked lawyers by Chambers, Bryan Cave lawyers are ranked 84 times. Of these 39 lawyers are no. 1 ranked across the new firm
  • In the past two years, the firm has advised clients on real estate projects valued at approximately $75B
  • Currently ranked in the top 25 in the US for the volume of M&A deals by Thomson Reuters
  • Advised on three of the UK’s largest ever single asset real estate deals - Walkie Talkie (£1.28bn), Cheesegrater (£1.15bn), HSBC Tower (£1.17bn).
  • Winner of the Estates Gazette Real Estate Team of the Year 2017 award and ranked number one across all real estate disciplines in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners (UK)
  • Managed client disputes in 16 of the world’s arbitral institutions
  • For the 10thyear running Bryan Cave achieved a perfect score on the Human Right’s Campaign Equality Index reflecting their best practice approach to diversity and policies for LGBT lawyers.
  • In 2018 BLP was recognised as one of the top 10 most LGBT* inclusive places to work in the UK in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI), an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
  • Bryan Cave was twice named “The World’s most Innovative Law Firm” by the International Legal Technology Association.
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has been  named Law Firm of the Year 8 times since 2004 and, in 2015, was named a top-five 'legal game changer of the last decade' by the Financial Times plus came top in the 2017 Legal Business rankings for “Most Innovative Law Firm”.

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