Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner have announced that the two firms will merge as of April 2018. The new firm, which will be called Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, will have a combined revenue of over USD 900 million.
As the result of the merger, the firm's Moscow office – the former Goltsblat BLP – will drop the name of Managing Partner Andrey Goltsblat from its letterhead and operate under the new name of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
According to a (former) Goltsblat BLP press release, "the merger brings together two organizations widely recognized for their innovative approaches to client service, into one global, fully financially integrated law firm. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner will provide clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 32 offices across 11 countries and a platform of approximately 1600 lawyers."
The new combined firm will be led by Co-Chairs Therese Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew. “Our combination is rooted in a shared determination to do something fresh and different for clients,” commented Lisa Mayhew, Managing Partner of BLP. “Clients will benefit from our combined legal expertise; our shared values and culture and our approach to innovation in their interests. Different to most other international firms, ours will be fully financially integrated from Day one. This will enable us to work in teams whose only focus will be to provide a first class service to clients.”
“This merger will result in an expanded presence and set of service offerings in key markets around the world and accelerate our utilization of technology and innovation to redefine efficiency and value in the practice of law,” said Therese Pritchard, Chair of Bryan Cave. “Both firms have long traditions of building strong relationships – both with clients and within our firms. This legacy is reflected in shared values, including a core belief that our greatest asset is our people and our greatest responsibility is to our clients,” she added.
Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, said: “I am convinced that this merger will be a new step for all our team. We used to be a leading national team, later on having joined forces with the major UK law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in 2009, we offered the market a totally new and unique legal capability which proved to be a success from the very beginning and over the recent years became one of the top-tier international law firms in Russia. And now the new firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner purposely structured as one global team to provide clients with top-quality, integrated legal advice and a wide range of new innovative products and services whenever and wherever they may need, will let us strengthen further our unique position on the Russian legal market and globally.”