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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.

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