We have been part of a European network of law firms, sometimes called ‘Best Friends’, for a number of years. The members are all renowned firms and market leaders in their jurisdictions: Slaughter and May (UK), Bredin Prat (France), BonelliErede (Italy), Hengeler Mueller (Germany) and Uría Menéndez (Spain).
Our approach is founded on three core principles:
see with clarity – seeing clients’ challenges in their full context requires a profound understanding of the relevant businesses, markets and jurisdictions. We believe this depth of understanding cannot be replicated, but it can be shared
respond with agility – we build specific teams according to individual issues and requirements and increase effectiveness by putting the right minds in the right place at the right time. This flexibility gives our clients the highest quality advice possible
deliver coherence – our advice is focused and consistent at all levels and fully aligned across all jurisdictions. This coherence offers our clients continuity, consistency and confidence
We exchange associates on a frequent basis and share office space in Brussels, Singapore and London. And we develop and share know-how, training modules and other services that may be of interest to clients, as well as our experiences of other foreign firms. Last but not least, we develop joint networks of friends law firms outside Europe, such as in Asia and Africa.