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Lisa Mayhew (left) and Therese Pritchard

Bryan Cave and the U.K.’s Berwin Leighton Paisner have agreed to merge following a vote by partners to create a 1,600-lawyer trans-Atlantic firm that will be among the 50 largest in the world with combined gross revenues of around $900 million.

The new firm, to be called Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner once it goes live on March 31, will be fully financially integrated, the firms said in a joint press release, suggesting they were able to overcome tax issues that had pushed back a vote on a proposed merger initially unveiled in mid-October. In navigating the complexity of eschewing a Swiss verein style tie-up, both firms were advised by global accounting giant Deloitte.

The deal announced Monday combines two firms led by women, Bryan Cave’s chair Therese Pritchard and BLP’s managing partner Lisa Mayhew. The pair will be co-chairs of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, making it the first global firm to be led by two women, the firms said in their release.

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