Harold Paisner

Senior Partner Emeritus

“Harold was BLP’s Senior Partner for 14 years, guiding the firm from strength-to-strength both internationally and in the UK. He remains a tremendously popular and likeable Ambassador for the firm as attested by all of my clients who have met him. Harold continues to serve as a valued member of the BLP team, focusing on the development of our international profile.” (Robert MacGregor, BLP Chairman)
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  • Senior Partner Emeritus of the firm, with 40+ years’ experience as a lawyer, with particular expertise in corporate finance and corporate cross-border transactional work.
  • Led the expansion of Paisner & Co during the 1980s and 1990s, and has more recently been actively involved with the firm's international strategy, including the development of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner's Preferred Firm Network. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner now has offices in 12 jurisdictions, as well as close links with law firms in Continental Europe, the US, the Middle East and the Far East.
  • Involved in Paicolex Trust Management AG, BLP’s trust company in Zurich and the Isle of Man.
  • Serves as Chairman of the International Issues Committee of the Law Society, and Advisor to the President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).
  • Member of the International Bar Association, The American Bar Association, the British Baltic Lawyers Association and the UIA.
  • Non- executive directorships include: Interface, Inc. and PUMA VCT 11 plc.
  • Involved with a number of charitable organisations.
  • Speaks French and German.



Significant Experience

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Growth of Paisner & Co.

Harold managed the growth and led the expansion of Paisner & Co during the 1980s and 1990s. Growing the firm from 5 partners in 1979 to a 60-strong partnership by 2001. Proactively helped bring about the Paisner & Co merger with Berwin Leighton in 2001, to form Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as it is known today. Was the Senior Partner of BLP from 2001 until 2015.


Internationalisation of BLP

Since the merger of Paisner & Co and Berwin Leighton in May 2001, emphasis has been on the development of the firms international presence. BLP’s growth includes the opening of offices in Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore, Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Beijing, Frankfurt, Berlin and Yangon. A great deal of time has also been invested in cultivating an informal but non-exclusive international network of preferred and recommended law firms across the globe. Harold has been instrumental in the expansion and subsequent integration of the firm’s international operations. Harold is also involved in Paicolex Trust Management AG, BLP’s trust company based in Zurich and the Isle of Man.