Bryan Cave founded its London office in 1982, giving us decades of experience in one of the most important financial and legal centers in the world. Our team includes English solicitors, U.S. attorneys and dual-qualified lawyers and is based in the heart of the City.
It now helps resolve legal issues for corporate clients operating in the United Kingdom and, given that English law underpins so many international agreements, works across the globe on disputes and transactions, as well as in relation to a wide range of on-going business challenges. In addition, the London office’s Private Client Practice is one of the largest American private client practices outside the U.S., helping clients based in the UK to manage their U.S. affairs.
Our clients include companies in the aerospace, chemical, technology, defense, energy and natural resource sectors, as well as those in the financial services, health care, telecommunications, transportation and food industries. We also work for some of the most highly regarded luxury brands and retailers, as well as high net worth individuals.
Bryan Cave’s “One Firm” core value ensures effective teamwork, seamlessly management of cross-border matters and the sharing of knowledge and resources among all of its offices worldwide. This means that the team is able to draw on the resources of the firm as whole, supplementing its own areas of particular expertise that include:
Bryan Cave’s London lawyers advise on banking and finance transactions under English law and have extensive experience of both UK-based and cross-border transactions, often partnering with lawyers from different jurisdictions depending on where borrowers are incorporated or assets are located. We have experience in a wide range of industry sectors and represent providers of finance as well as borrowers, project sponsors and equipment suppliers.
Specific areas of focus include bilateral, club and syndicated financings and debt capital markets; secured lending and the taking and enforcement of security interests; asset finance and leasing; leveraged finance; acquisition finance; project finance, including the representation of project companies, sponsors and providers of finance; trade finance; insolvency and restructuring; and derivatives.
The Corporate Finance Practice consists of both UK- and U.S.-qualified lawyers. Our strength lies in our ability to focus on individual client’s specific requirements and in recognizing that clients from different sectors require specialized solutions to particular needs. We have successfully represented companies from numerous business sectors including financial services, software and IT, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, medical, healthcare, retail, media and entertainment on large, medium and small transactions.
Our lawyers have a wide range of multi-jurisdictional experience in areas such as initial public offerings of securities, commercial loans, project and development finance, financial services regulation, private equity, venture and development capital transactions, early stage finance for start-up businesses and management buy outs including public companies. Our "One Firm" culture enables our lawyers to easily call upon other specialist practices within the company worldwide, enabling us to provide a comprehensive service to our domestic, European and international clients.
We cover all phases of a corporate trust transaction — from issuance through administration and extending to satisfaction and discharge, including redemption and defeasance. When the circumstances dictate, we represent our clients in default, workout, enforcement and bankruptcy situations. Should our client be accused of wrongdoing in the performance of its duties, our corporate trust litigators defend the institution in litigation. Our practice also extends to the ancillary services provided by our corporate trust clients, including custodial, collateral, escrow and agency services.
Cross-Border Commercial Practice
We advise clients on all types of commercial transactions and have particular experience in cross-border arrangements, whether between companies established in different jurisdictions or in connection with the sale of goods or services across borders. The office has significant experience in the IT, telecoms, pharmaceutical and software industries and with the specific issues relevant to commercial contracts in those industries.
Our team includes highly regarded experts in the retail sector, with a deep understanding of the issues involved in managing supply chains, outlets and ecommerce solutions in highly competitive markets.
Our UK Employment Practice attorneys have extensive experience in employment matters and provide a full range of support to UK, U.S. and international companies. As part of Bryan Cave’s Labor and Employment Group, employment lawyers in the UK have an understanding of the needs of U.S. employers and can offer a useful service to companies conducting business in Europe in the area of European employment practices and HR issues. We work closely with colleagues worldwide in areas such as employee benefits, pensions, tax, intellectual property, information technology and corporate transactions to provide an international perspective. Our range of experience includes employment contracts; termination packages, business reorganisations, redundancy programs, industrial disputes, employee consultation, European legislation; maternity and paternity rights, equal opportunities, discrimination claims, unfair dismissal and breach of contract claims, disciplinary and grievance hearings.
The London office provides a comprehensive dispute resolution service to both domestic and multinational clients encompassing court litigation in England and elsewhere, mediation, mini-trials and international arbitration. Our litigation and arbitration team includes barristers and solicitor advocates, together with solicitors called to state bars in the U.S. The team has particular experience in joint venture disputes, corporate insolvency, asset tracing and insurance, and handles a full range of commercial and corporate disputes, including maritime disputes. We have a particular depth of experience in handling disputes being conducted in a number of jurisdictions, the interrelationship of court proceedings and parallel arbitrations and disputes that are governed by laws foreign to the place in which the proceedings are conducted, often involving a dispute as to which law should apply.
In addition, we are one of a small number of UK law firms to embrace the use of technology in trial preparation and presentation, earning us one of the UK’s top technology awards for the “best use of IT for litigation support and alternative dispute resolution,” being described as “one of the few law firms to have a coherent global strategy for the use of litigation technologies.”
Mergers and Acquisitions
The London M&A Practice focuses on all matters relating to multinational and domestic acquisitions and disposals by way of share sale, asset sale or other forms of structured transaction. Our clients range from large corporations to small and mid-sized businesses in a broad range of industries across many jurisdictions. We have the depth of capacity and experience to represent clients in the wide range of projects that fall within this area. Clients include buyers, sellers, intermediaries and advisors, with transactions ranging in value from the hundreds of thousands of dollars to multimillion dollar levels.
Private Client and Trusts and Estates Practice
The Private Client Practice advises families and individuals directly, or through their local advisors or trustees, in connection with tax and estate planning needs, including advice for owners of closely held companies and for individuals interested in making charitable gifts. We also offer a full range of international and U.S.-based legal advice for international families, international trust companies and private banks. Our range of experience covers such areas as complex estate planning for multinational families, foreign trusts that benefit U.S. persons or invest in U.S. assets, foreign individuals moving to the U.S. (including advice on insurance and annuity structuring), donors and charities operating internationally and foreign individuals and corporations investing in the U.S.
Structured Finance and Debt Capital Markets
Our Structured Finance Team, which includes recognised figures in the market, has extensive experience in advising all types of market participant across the full range of structured finance and debt capital markets products.
The team represents major investment banks, corporates and investment managers on a huge variety of complex structured financings, including securitisations of a very broad variety of assets and whole businesses; CLOs, CDOs and other structured products and funds; secured lending, warehouse financing and receivables financing; all aspects of liability management, including strategic advisory work, bond buy-backs, exchange offers, tender offers and bondholder meetings; portfolio purchases and sales; and debt capital markets instruments generally, including bonds, MTNs, retail bonds, private placements, commercial paper, high yield bonds, exchangeable and convertible bonds and credit-linked notes. We specialise in structuring transactions to cater for market participants’ specific commercial needs in the face of increasingly onerous regulatory and economic demands.
UK and EU Competition/Antitrust
London’s competition and antitrust lawyers provide advice across the full spectrum of UK and European Union (EU) competition and antitrust issues, from merger clearances through to contractual compliance. We work in conjunction with the transactional, intellectual property and litigation service groups across the firm and across a wide range of industries and have assisted in the development of compliance and training materials in this area. Bryan Cave’s “One Firm” core value enables us to offer advice on U.S. and EU competition and antitrust matters on a one-stop shop basis.