Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in talks to merge with US’s Bryan Cave

City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) revealed this afternoon that it is in talks to merge with Missouri-headquartered Bryan Cave.

The deal would create a global law firm with 32 offices in 12 countries, and a platform of 1,500 lawyers.

It would boast one of the world’s most active global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practices, would lead in real estate and hospitality and would have a hefty financial services business.

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“If we combine we will operate without regard to geographic boundaries. Our firm would be one of only a handful of global firms operating in a one-firm structure with more than 500 lawyers in both the US and also internationally,” said Bryan Cave’s chair Theresa Pritchard.

Following the merger, both firms would aim to take on a wide range of new services models and products.

BLP has 14 offices around the globe, while Bryan Cave would bring more than 900 lawyers in 26 offices.

The transaction is subject to the resolution of all conflict issued and approval by partners at both firms later this year.

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