Delivered > 650 cross-border projects in the last 18 months

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner preferred firm network

The international market for legal services continues to evolve rapidly, making the need for creative strategic thinking and collaboration ever more critical. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s international preferred firms group is now in its eighth year and continues to go from strength to strength. 

The network includes over 100 market leading independent law firms around the world, which undergo due diligence process and are selected on the basis of quality of their specialist expertise, local knowledge and commitment to client service.

It's structured on a non-exclusive basis with usually one firm per jurisdiction. Some firms prefer to have a closer relationship and take part in joint marketing or business development efforts.

We work differently in the United States where we have relationships with various firms based on their location and their particular area of expertise. 

The Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Asia Network allows us to work closely with firms in jurisdictions such as Myanmar and Indonesia where these relationships foster joint working arrangements for shared clients, and joint marketing and business development activity.

Benefits to members of the network

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    Instant access

    Instant access to 32,000 lawyers through the dedicated Preferred Firm Gateway team who facilitate introductions and business sharing opportunities. Get in touch with the Preferred Firm Gateway or call +44 (0)20 3400 2177

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    Control and reassurance

    Multi-jurisdictional matters can be project managed by a single law firm, meaning the client has one point of contact for an international project and receives fully integrated advice.

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    Shared Opportunities

    Opportunities to work on exciting international projects and expand existing client base.

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    Professional development

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner welcomes secondees from our preferred firm network into various practice areas around the firm. We encourage network firms to do the same.

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    Personal networking

    There are regular Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Preferred firm events offering the perfect setting to network with peers from around the globe. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner holds events throughout the year at Managing Partner level and also aimed at specific practice groups.

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    Best practice

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner supports network firms in sharing best legal practice across lawyers, best management practice across managing partners plus best business practice between business services managers.

Latest examples of work

We have worked together to deliver over 650 cross-border projects, with individual projects touching up to 48 jurisdictions

US multinational

Strategic global business process outsourcing project with a global tier one business process service provider.

  • Jurisdictions involved the USA and 20 jurisdictions throughout Europe

Winning the mandate ahead of eight global firms, BLP worked alongside a team of lawyers from our preferred firm group to advise on this deal. The client benefitted from one point of contact in London. All face to face negotiations took place in the US with all other negotiations by conference call. With a preferable time zone, work would often be done in Europe prior to the working day in the US, ensuring we were always ahead of demanding timelines. By working together, the network of local counsel delivered specialist, streamlined advice delivery to our client.

European Insurer: Strategic review of location of European head office for client
Jurisdictions involved UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland
Working with our preferred firms, BLP coordinated the project from beginning to end, presenting a tailored document illustrating and explaining the numerous factors weighing in favour of, and against, the re-location of the clients head office in another European jurisdiction. Throughout the project the client only had to deal with BLP, keeping the administrative burden on the in-house team to a minimum.

Financial services arm of a global manufacturing company

Evaluating the pros and cons of introducing two electronic purchasing processes across a range of jurisdictions.

  • Jurisdictions involved  32 EMEA countries

Working with our chosen preferred firms, we delivered a summary survey of possible mandatory restrictions and conditions of each of these systems across each jurisdiction. BLP project managed the matter, ensuring the advice was delivered consistently and to deadline, producing an easy to read report with clear conclusions. Our client was delighted with our approach, commenting that it delivered better results faster and more cost effectively

Global Energy Group

Advised a global energy group on the sale of its interests in three offshore oil and gas exploration concessions in Brazil.

  • Jurisdictions involved Brazil, Russia and USA

The transaction was delivered by BLP’s projects and finance experts in conjunction with corresponding experts from preferred firms across three continents. BLP acted as the primary point of contact throughout the process, instructing international counsel where required and managing costs for the client. BLP acted as a single point of contact for the client, and, over the course of the matter, worked closely with the firms involved to ensure that work was delivered on time and within budget. As a result, the sale was concluded efficiently and to the satisfaction of all parties.

Multinational Corporation

Advised the client, a multinational corporation, on the acquisition of a global data gathering business.

  • Involved over 20 jurisdictions

Our client needed to know whether the activities of the target business might infringe third parties’ rights and so undermine its business model. As the advice was required within a few working days, BLP identified the key jurisdiction with the client and sourced local advice through preferred firms whom we knew were experienced in this area in each country. BLP compiled and delivered the advice in one report for the Board of our client, on time and to a global fixed fee budget.

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