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Therese Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew

Bryan Cave chairwoman Therese Pritchard had done her research on Berwin Leighton Paisner, reading up on the British firm’s practice groups and culture, before she reached out to her transatlantic counterpart Lisa Mayhew.

Their first meeting, in London, went smoothly enough that Mayhew invited Pritchard to meet again to discuss the possibility of a combination. Their next meeting would be in Berlin, a location chosen by Mayhew to keep their merger consultations cloaked in secrecy, likely informed by BLP’s previous tie-up talks with Greenberg Traurig becoming public before eventually fizzling out. One of the first things the two women agreed on was a desire to combine their firms under one profit pool, eschewing the more popular Swiss verein model.

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