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Marcus Pearl

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Partner who specialises in a wide range of technology, international outsourcing (both business process and IT) and strategic commercial contracts. He advises across a number of industry verticals but has a particular focus on the financial services, technology, retail, sports, real estate and healthcare sectors. Experience ranges from all forms of technology transactions including in the FinTech sector, IT transformation projects, IT outsourcing arrangements, global BPO outsourcing, investment management outsourcing and real estate commercial transactions including facilities management outsourcing and property management arrangements.

He has worked in-house at Ericsson(Commercial/Technology),, GlaxoSmithKline (Consumer Products division) and the UK Department of Health(Government outsourcing projects). Marcus is joint head of the firm’s Technology practice, which includes FinTech. He is also a key member of the firm’s US Strategy Executive Committee and leads the commercial group’s US strategy. In addition, he sits on the firm’s Israel group. Marcus jointly won Legal Week’s 2011 ‘TMT Team of the Year’ for his work on a global IT transformation project for National Grid worth £1bn. He is a member of the American Corporate Council (ACC) and a sits on BLP’s Partners’ Advisory Board.


Scholarship to work for a US Congressman, 1996; trainee solicitor and associate Simmons & Simmons 1999-2004; associate Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP 2004-11; partner Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP 2011 to date; ‘Ambassador’ to the US, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP 2012 to-date.


Fluent French.


Weizmann Institute, New North London Synagogue.


Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge; University of Manchester (BA Honours, Politics and French, 1st Class); Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Diplome, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris); College of Law, London (CPE; LPC).


Arsenal season ticket holder and keen cyclist.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP resulted from a merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and US firm Bryan Cave in April 2018, with its UK-based commercial group forming a key part of a larger international practice. Richard Shaw leads the team, which includes Marcus Pearl ('quick to identify key issues') and 'technically brilliant' Usman Wahid. The group's first-rate reputation in commercial contracts garners complex, business-critical work from clients in sectors such as financial services, real estate and media, among others. Carol Osborne spends the majority of her time undertaking matters in the retail and luxury brands sector. In 2017, Pearl and senior associate Louis Wihl acted for Bay State Milling Company in its groundbreaking licensing arrangement with Arista Cereals Technologies to commercialise the first high-amylose crop in the United States. Elsewhere, the team is increasingly active in strategic data monetisation and ad tech projects. In addition, the firm has a first-rate global outsourcing practice, which spans areas such as IT infrastructure, facilities management, healthcare, and general and life insurance, among others. Melissa Manski, Mark Lewis, Mimi Curran and Charlotte Pham are recommended.  

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's 'responsive and hard working' technology practice offers 'very solid advice' at 'good value for money'. The group has significant transactional expertise and acted for DXC Technology on the share acquisition of Swiss-based company LLX Global Business Services and its UK subsidiary. Additionally, a team led by Marcus Pearl advised the management of Exactpro Systems on a management buyout of Exactpro from the London Stock Exchange Group. Usman Wahid , alongside Pearl and outsourcing lawyer Mark Lewis,  jointly heads up the firm's technology practice, which recently hired Daniel Csefalvy from Linklaters LLP . He has experience advising on financial services technology, cryptocurrencies and crypto-exchanges. Senior associate Ash Von Schwan, who arrived from White & Case LLP, is another new addition to the non-contentious team.

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