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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

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Managing Partners: Lisa Mayhew, Steven Baumer
Number of partners: 535
Number of lawyers: Over 1,522
Languages: Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish plus over 40 other languages.

Firm Overview:
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) — formed by the combination of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner — 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.

By combining the practice experience, industry knowledge and market connections of over 1,400 lawyers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with the firm’s recognised leadership in applying legal service and technology innovation, BCLP delivers commercial advantage to clients, and builds enduring client relationships.

BCLP Private Wealth has helped over 5,000 wealth owners around the world, their families and their other advisers, to protect, grow and pass on their personal and business wealth.

Main Areas of Practice:

Private Client & Tax:
BCLP specialists advise international high-net worth individuals on all aspects of personal tax planning, trusts, asset protection and wealth structuring, changing tax residence and domicile planning, pre-immigration tax and wealth planning, emigration planning and international estate planning and international wills and estate administration. As important as creating the right wealth structure for a family is ensuring it remains effective — BCLP advises trustees and families on all trust and tax aspects of the on-going management of trusts and foundations to check existing structures remain tax efficient and continue to fulfil the family’s needs, as those needs, the family’s circumstances and the tax and regulatory environment change.
Contact: Damian Bloom, Partner, Co-Head of Private Client
Email: [email protected]

UK & US Estate Planning:
BCLP has over 40 private client specialists who handle cross-border estate planning for multi-national high-net worth individuals and families with UK and US connections. The firm assists in the implementation of complex plans that include US domestic trusts, intra-family gifting for multi-national families, foreign grantor and non-grantor trusts, and restructuring trusts with US settlors or beneficiaries and those that hold US property interests.
Contact: Tracey Neuman, Associate Director
Email: [email protected]

Private Client Litigation:
Wealth attracts disputes. When co-investors, beneficiaries, creditors, debtors, regulatory authorities and others make claims, high-net worth individuals, fiduciaries and wealth management institutions rely on the expertise of BCLP’s lawyers to find long-term solutions and manage on-going risks. The firm have advised private clients on over 200 such disputes in the last three years.
Contact: Joy Davies, Partner 
Email: [email protected]

Family Businesses & Family Office:
Running a family business means you will inevitably encounter complexities and challenges. Ensuring your values, wishes, wealth and — ultimately — your legacy, are preserved for future generations requires careful planning and rigorous execution. BCLP act for some of the most valuable privately held companies in the world, ensuring those businesses, and the wider, global, wealth of the families, are protected, and creating structures to manage and control long-term succession.
Contact: Simon Phelps, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Family Asset Protection:
BCLP corporate family lawyers handle the complex, cross-jurisdictional, and potentially reputation-damaging, issues that often arise during high-value, international and highprofile cases. Advising on pre and post nuptial agreements and innovative asset protection solutions to protect wealth when it’s passed from one generation to another, as well as helping individuals and trustees reach the best outcome in complex and/or international divorce cases.
Contact: Marcus Dearle, Partner
Email: [email protected]

BCLP help donors, founders, charities and trustees, as well as helping wealthy families coordinate and manage their international charitable giving, in accordance with their values and philosophy. The firm advised charities with capital assets running to several £billion - which fund causes in more than 20 countries.
Contact: Nicola Allison, Associate
Email: [email protected]

The entrepreneurs that BCLP advise require expert, bespoke, corporate structuring. The firm help their clients execute over 250 corporate transactions per year, which had a total cumulative deal value exceeding £18bn over the last five years.
Contact: Jonathan Morris, Partner
Email: [email protected]

BCLP Residential:
BCLP Residential provides legal expertise on high-value prime and super-prime residential real estate (both for personal occupation and investment or development/plot sale) to ultra-high net worth individuals and high end residential developers/financiers, advising on acquisitions, disposals, developing, financing, letting and restructuring personal/business residential assets. BCLP has over 200 lawyers dedicated to the real estate sector.
Contact: Chris de Pury, Global Leader, Real Estate
Email: [email protected]

Damian Bloom, Partner
Email: [email protected]

St Louis: Stephen Daiker, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Hong Kong: Marcus Dearle, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Dubai: Ibrahim Elsadig, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Evgeny Timofeev, Partner
Email: [email protected]

Stefan Skulesch, Of Counsel
Email: [email protected]

Paris: Antoine Martin, Partner
Email: [email protected]


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