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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Beijing, Berlin, Boulder, Brussels and 33 more

The firm: Formed by the April 2018 merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) is purposely structured in a way few other law firms are — as a fully financially integrated international team of 1,400 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Built from the start to be ‘one firm’ with high connectivity and client facing culture, the firm is already known for its relationship-driven and collaborative spirit. It also capitalises on the heritage of both legacy firm’s reputation for industry-shaping innovation. Now structured around a series of enhanced and global capabilities, the firm offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

BCLP’s expertise covers all aspects of commercial law; antitrust and competition; construction, engineering and procurement; corporate finance; dispute resolution; employment; pensions and incentives; finance; intellectual property; private client; real estate and infrastructure; regulatory and compliance; re structuring and insolvency; and tax.

BCLP’s client base includes publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, not-for-profit organisations, government entities and individuals. 40% of the Fortune 500 rely on the firm to protect their interests and support their critical business needs and 30 of the world’s top 50 banks have relied on BCLP. The cumulative deal value of real estate projects the firm has advised on in the last two years exceeds $75bn.

BCLP is renowned for responding creatively to the challenges clients face, evidenced by being four times winners for Legal innovation: Leader in Law Firm Innovation (, 2018); Number 1 Most Innovative Law Firm (Legal Business, 2017); ‘World’s Most Innovative Law firm’ (ILTA, 2014); ‘World’s Most Innovative Law firm’ (ILTA, 2011).

It has a series of innovative new products and services in the pipeline. BCLP is also investing in client technology solutions, such as case management and workflow platform ‘Sharedo’, which are delivering significant efficiency improvements for clients. The firm will launch new products throughout 2018 and into 2019, 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.

Diversity & Inclusivity: BCLP brings diversity and inclusivity into every aspect of its work and culture, fostering an environment where everybody feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In 2018 BLP was recognised as one of the top ten 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. In 2017, and for the 11th year 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.

Further details are available via, LinkedIn or via Twitter: @BCLPLaw.


UK: London, Manchester, Southampton

US: Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington

Europe: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Moscow, Paris

Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore

Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Tel Aviv

Principal Areas of Work: The firm focuses on the following areas:


  • M&A & Corporate Finance
  • Employee Benefits
  • International Trade
  • Investment Management
  • Private Client
  • Public Policy & Government Affairs
  • Securities
  • Tax Advice & Controversy
  • Technology & Commercial


  • Asset Finance
  • Banking
  • Energy, Environmental & Infrastructure
  • Energy Finance
  • Structured Debt
  • Restructuring & Insolvency

Litigation & Corporate Risk:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration & Construction Disputes
  • Investigations, Financial Regulation & White Collar
  • Labour & Employment
  • Product Liability

Real Estate:

  • Commercial Construction
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Disputes
  • Finance
  • Planning & Zoning


  • Number of UK partners: 156
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 473

Above material supplied by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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