3 days to get ahead of the competition

Welcome

Trying to buy a company within 3 days and from under the noses of a rival is just one of those opportunities (or challenges) that arise in business. When they do arise, companies – including 40% of the Fortune 500 - rely on us to protect their interests and support their business critical needs.

Formed by the combination of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner, our law firm is purposely structured in a way few other law firms are – as a fully integrated international team that provides clients with clear, connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner brings enduring value to client relationships. By combining the practice experience, industry knowledge and market connections of 1400 lawyers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with our recognised leadership in applying legal service and technology innovation, we deliver commercial advantage to clients.

Working as one team, we bring to our clients a range of integrated capabilities, including some of the world’s most active M&A, real estate, financial services,  litigation and corporate risk practices.

Throughout this website we introduce those capabilities, presenting just some of the myriad challenges that we have helped many of the world’s best-known companies to overcome. We hope it provides a sense of the exceptional personal commitment and resolute focus on results that you too would experience if you worked with us.

We always prefer to introduce ourselves over a coffee and focus first on the opportunities and risks that you face, but hope the information provided on this site suffices in the meantime. Please do get in touch.

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We are currently building a new joint website but in the meantime you can read about our experience in the US on our partner website.

  • 3 days to get ahead of the competition

    An energy client story

    A valued energy-sector client rang at 6:30pm on a Friday evening and asked if he could pop over to our office – straight away. A distressed company was on the market but our client's rivals were circling. Our client was not going to miss out and wanted to purchase the target, quickly. Specialists from BLP’s Finance, Corporate and Insolvency practices cleared their weekends and negotiated an exclusivity agreement with the administrators by 2am that same night, winning an auction and granting our client until midnight on Monday to sign the deal.

     

    Following further intense hours of review and negotiation over the course of the weekend, the Sale & Purchase agreement was agreed and executed on time - less than 80 hours after the idea was first raised.

     

    When the deal was completed some weeks later, it included complex group and financing restructuring, multiple joint ventures and involved legal teams from the UK, Russia and Cyprus.

  • A view from 45 countries by Tuesday

    An employment client story

    A well-known financial institution phoned BLP one Friday evening with an important employment-related request. The client needed a joined-up view on a restructuring issue involving 45 countries. Time was of the essence – the client needed the report back by Tuesday.

     

    With the clock ticking, the key questions were clarified with the client and local specialist lawyers were lined up in all jurisdictions. BLP project managed responses from each of those 45 locations and standardised hundreds of resultant pages into a single executive summary running to just a handful of pages. Simple ‘traffic light’ visuals also helped the client to easily spot problem areas.

     

    Beyond meeting the tough deadline and helping the client to navigate a sensitive matter, the client was delighted that the report was fit for the bank’s Board first time around. “Brilliant” was the quote we received.

  • An important flight to Berlin

    An antitrust client story

    A US-based tech company needed merger clearance on a global acquisition, and appointed BLP to help achieve that in the USA, Germany, Russia, Poland and China. BLP’s antitrust team led the work, project managing local counsel around the world to ensure consistency of execution. Timeframes on securing clearances in China threatened deal financing and, with our track record of working on such clearances, the client asked BLP for fresh thinking to expedite matters. Noting a key Chinese official was due to be at a global conference in Berlin, the lead BLP partner jumped on a plane, sought out the official and agreed a process to obtain the clearance in a timely fashion.

     

    The evidence and justifications China required were submitted as agreed and the $600m+ acquisition was successfully approved – completing a few weeks early. We’re delighted to say that the client has given us all of their anti-trust work since.

  • Big Building Big Deal

    A real estate client story

    With the reputation as the number one law firm in the City of London for all aspects of real estate, Cathay Life – a leading life insurance brand in Taiwan – asked BLP to help them purchase a 445,000 square foot mixed-use building in the centre of London. The £575million acquisition of the Wallbrook Building, designed by Foster + Partners and occupied by Worldpay, JLL, Waitrose and Virgin Active, was one of the biggest property deals in the UK and involved a broad team of BLP technical specialists covering real estate, corporate finance, construction, planning, tax, employment and commercial.

     

    The integrated team – in BLP’s London and Hong Kong offices – worked closely with CBRE, Cathay Life’s property agents, to make the deal happen.

Some of our Awards and Accolades

Helping our clients to achieve their objectives is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner true measure of success. Beyond our clients' satisfaction and the outcomes we help them to achieve, our quality is also demonstrated via the recognition of our peers.

Eight-times Law Firm of the Year

  • Russia Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Chambers Europe Awards 2015 and shortlisted for 2016)
  • International Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (The Lawyer European Awards 2014 and shortlisted in 2015)
  • Best Law Firm in Russia - Goltsblat BLP (International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2010)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (British Legal Awards 2010)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2010)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2008)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Global Awards 2005)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2004)

Exceptional client service

  • Most Innovative Client Service (MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2015)
  • Client service law firm of the year - Goltsblat BLP (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014)
  • Client service law firm of the year - Goltsblat BLP (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010)
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in Client Service (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014)
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in Client Service (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2010)
  • Best Law Firm in Russia – Goltsblat BLP (ILO Client Choice Awards 2010
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in Client Service (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2008)

Quality of legal practice

  • Legal Advisors of the Year - Transactional (Private) (HealthInvestor Awards 2018)
  • Property Law Firm of the Year (Citywealth Magic Circle Awards, 2018)
  • Aviation Law Firm of the Year (Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards, 2018)
  • Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Best Lawyers 2018 Edition)
  • Top in M&A deal count according to Mergers.RU 2016 - Currently number one in terms of number of deals this year to date according to the Russian information and analytical platform Mergers.ru (Cbonds Group)*. 
  • Real Estate Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Best Lawyers Awards 2017)
  • Deal of the Year (International Tax Review's European Tax Awards 2016)
  • Deal of the Year (Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards 2016)
  • M&A Law Firm of the Year - Goltsblat BLP (5th annual M&A Atlas Awards)
  • Competition Team of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2015)
  • Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards 2015)
  • A Top-3 major international law firm in Russia for two years in a row (2015 and 2016) – the national ranking by the prestigious Russian business publication Kommersant
  • A Top-3 international law firm in Russia by income and by income per lawyer – Pravo.ru 2015 national ranking
  • Top-100 best competition law firms from around the world – Goltsblat BLP (Global Competition Review 100, 2014-2015)
  • Top-100 best firms from around the world to handle sophisticated government-led & internal investigations – Goltsblat BLP (Global Investigation Review 100, 2015)
  • Litigation of the Year (Global Competition Review Awards 2015)
  • Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year (British Legal Awards 2015)
  • Best Planning Project of the Year and Overall Silver Jubilee Cup Winner  (RTPI Planning Excellence Awards 2015)
  • Infrastructure Planning Award and prestigious Editor’s Award (Planning Awards 2015)
  • European Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year (IJGlobal Awards 2015)
  • Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards 2015) 
  • Best international law firm for Russian private equity (6th Russian Private Equity Congress 2014)
  • M&A Law Firm of the Year for Russia – Goltsblat BLP (Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2014)
  • Best international law firm for Russian private equity – Goltsblat BLP (6th Russian Private Equity Congress 2014)
  • Real Estate firm of the year (Legal 500 UK Awards 2013)
  • European project bond deal of the year (Project Finance Magazine 2013)
  • Real Estate Deal of the year - Industry Impact (Estates Gazette Awards 2013)
  • Best legal advisor (UK Stock Market Awards 2012)
  • Private client team of the year (Legal Business Awards 2012)
  • Mining law firm of the year (Singapore Lawyer Monthly Awards 2012)
  • Full Service Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Annual ACQ Country Awards 2011)
  • Law Firm of the Year for Russia – Goltsblat BLP (Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011)
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) team of the year (British Legal Awards 2011)
  • Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (The DealMakers Law Awards 2011)
  • Construction Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (The DealMakers Law Awards 2011)
  • Trade and Customs Law Firm of the Year – Goltsblat BLP (Finance Monthly Law Awards 2011)
  • Legal adviser of the year (International Hotel Investment Forum 2011)
  • Copyright law firm of the year (Intellectual Property Magazine 2011)
  • Outsourcing team of the year (Acquisition International Magazine 2011)
  • Legal Business Awards 2010 / Legal 500 and shortlisted in 2015 - Goltsblat BLP

Innovation

  • AI Innovation Award (Legal Week Innovation Awards, 2018)
  • Highest-ranked law firm for innovation (Legal Business survey of 9,000 clients, 2017)
  • Top 10 ‘game changer’ of the past 10 years (FT Innovative Lawyers 2015)
  • Finalist: Legal Innovator of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2015)
  • Finalist: Best Leadership of Innovation (MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2015)
  • Ranked 5th: Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2014)
  • Commended: Innovation of the Year (Modern Law Awards, 2014)
  • 'Standout’: Most Innovative Law Firm in Value Resourcing (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2014)
  • Commended: Most Innovative Law Firm in Corporate Strategy (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2014)
  • Commended: Most Innovative Law Firm in Dispute Resolution (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014)
  • Commended: Most Innovative Law Firm in Corporate & Commercial (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014)
  • Finalist: Law Firm Innovation Award (British Legal Awards 2014)
  • Ranked in the top ten most innovative law firms in Europe (FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2013)
  • Winner: InnovAction Award (College of Law Practice Management, 2011)
  • Winner: In-House Award for Innovation – Lawyers On Demand (British Legal Awards, 2011)

What clients say about us

  • “They have never let me down”

    “The guys are always there when I need them. I am a big fan”

  • “They were unbelievably responsive; a pleasure to work with. We were delighted”

    “We have the utmost faith in our lawyer to understand the issue and present a solution”

  • “They feel like part of our business and not our consultant. They are aware of our performance and are driven to help improve it”

     “Absolutely first-class – they deliver on their promises and are very proactive”

  • “The people are very client-focused; they're very proactive in coming forward with solutions and always very responsive”

    “The firm had our best interests at heart and that was key to me. They were there fighting my corner, which I thought was really important”

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