Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Commercial Contracts Department

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What the team is known for Highly experienced commercial practice regularly acting on large-scale, business-critical agreements often involving cross-border elements. Strong client roster, including businesses across the retail, property, energy and financial sectors. Regularly called upon to advise on commercial arrangements in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Strengths"They support us brilliantly - they are very responsive and have done some incredibly fast turnarounds when it has been needed," reports one client, adding: "They always manage to deliver and we see them as a seamless extension of our in-house team."

Clients are "very impressed," and "highly recommend" the team, highlighting its "broad experience base."

One source notes: "The firm is knowledgeable and easy to work with. They explain laws we are not familiar with in an understandable way and are quick to turn around legal documentation as needed."

Work highlights Assisted Estée Lauder with a range of commercial matters for its brands including the drafting and negotiating of third-party fulfilment provider arrangements and the development of terms and conditions.

Notable practitioners

Marcus Pearl
is the global co-sector lead for technology at the firm. In addition to acting for clients in the technology space he has broad experience advising financial services and media sector clients among others. He is an expert in strategic collaboration and service agreements, with a notable focus on cross-border deals.
"He gives very good pragmatic advice, is proactive and always willing to go the extra mile. He is a very knowledgeable and good all-round lawyer."

Co-leader of the firm's technology and commercial practice
Richard Shaw
advises clients on an array of commercial contracts. He displays particular expertise in strategic contract negotiation on behalf of clients in retail and consumer products manufacturing.
"He supports us brilliantly and we have a great open line of communication with him." "He is a good, solid commercial lawyer."