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Bredin Prat

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Brussels, Paris

The firm: Bredin Prat is a pre-eminent independent law firm, with offices in Paris and Brussels. Founded in the 1960s, the firm is widely recognised as providing legal advice that meets the highest standards of expertise and sophistication in its selected practice areas. Over the past few years, the firm’s growth from a leading French corporate and litigation ‘boutique’ to an over 180-lawyer-strong firm has mirrored the evolution of its domestic and cross-border practice and client base.

This expansion has strengthened Bredin Prat’s commitment to depth of experience built up through a remarkably low associate-to-partner ratio and the intense personal involvement of its partners.

The firm’s partners – of all generations – are widely recognised by peers and clients, and by the legal world generally, as being among the best lawyers in their respective fields.

Bredin Prat regularly advises on a wide variety of complex cross-border transactions and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

In what the firm strongly believes to be a superior model to the ‘one-stop shops’, Bredin Prat co-pioneered a cross-border integrated team approach for pan-European matters with its key ‘Best Friends’ – the leading independent firms in their respective jurisdictions – BonelliErede (Italy), De Brauw (Netherlands), Hengeler Mueller (Germany), Slaughter and May (UK) and Uría Menéndez (Spain). Bredin Prat has also developed special relationships with other leading firms in every other European jurisdiction as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.

This Best Friends model allows Bredin Prat to handle cross-border matters in integrated teams with the best lawyers in each jurisdiction, and the firm’s track record in handling complex, multi-jurisdictional matters on this basis is strong and highly appreciated by its clients.

The close working relationships between the Best Friends are reinforced through multiple joint initiatives, such as publications, training programmes and cross-secondments.

Areas of practice: Following the firm’s tradition of specialisation in chosen practice areas or in specific types of transactions – as opposed to a broad-based corporate and commercial practice – the firm’s transactional work today focuses on securities and public takeover law, significant (and often cross-border or multi-jurisdictional) mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and reorganisations, privatisations, tax, financing and corporate finance, insolvency and restructuring, employment and public law. Similarly, a significant part of Bredin Prat’s litigation practice – representing French and foreign clients before the French courts, French and European Community regulatory bodies, and French and international arbitral tribunals – concentrates on corporate, commercial and securities litigation as well as white-collar crime matters. Its arbitration practice focuses on disputes under international investment treaties, as well as domestic and international commercial arbitration. The firm’s traditional civil and private international law practice in particularly complex matters continues to represent an important part of its litigation and arbitration practice. The firm’s Brussels office advises on EU law, with a particular focus on competition law, mergers and state aid.

  • Other offices

  • Brussels

  • Number of lawyers: 180
  • at this office: 175
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Dutch
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Farsi
  • Chinese
  • Romanian
  • Bulgarian
  • Serbian
  • Member
  • Best Friends

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