Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has confirmed discussions about a potential merger with US firm Greenberg Traurig. This merger would result in a firm with over 2,500 lawyers spread across a range of global offices. Greenberg Traurig, founded in Miami, has 38 offices spanning a variety of US cities as well as offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The combination would expand BLP’s presence enormously in the US as well as adding to their own international offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Real estate and infrastructure are key sectors for both firms and the merger would allow them to provide a top quality service on a global scale. A merger would significantly expand both of the firms’ other practice areas such as corporate finance, M&A, private equity, litigation, media and entertainment, technology, energy and natural resources. Greenberg Traurig launched its first German office in October 2015 with the aim of improving its real estate practice. BLP has recently been focused primarily on expansion in Asia, with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and a new opening in Myanmar in November 2015. The discussions of this potential merger are still in preliminary stages so it still remains to be seen whether this transatlantic merger will go ahead.