Bryan Cave

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Bryan Cave LLP
Bryan Cave
Headquarters One Metropolitan Square
St. Louis, Missouri
No. of offices 24 Bryan Cave LLP, 8 BCIC
No. of attorneys approx. 1200
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Don G. Lents, Chair of the Firm[1]
Revenue $411 million (2006)[2]
Date founded 1873
Company type Limited liability partnership

Bryan Cave LLP is an international law firm with twenty-four offices worldwide, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.


Bryan Cave represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Bryan Cave’s lawyers work in client service groups either specific to an area of law or directed toward certain industries. Bryan Cave lawyers include former U.S. Senators John Danforth and Alan Dixon, and former New York Mayor Ed Koch. The chairman of the firm is Don Lents, who works from the St. Louis office.

Notable transactions[edit]

  • Represented Ralcorp in the $2.6 billion merger between Ralcorp and Kraft Foods' portfolio of cereals under the Post Cereal label.[3]
  • Advised Monsanto in its $290 million purchase of Aly Participacoes, a division of Brazilian global conglomerate Votorantim. Aly Participacoes operated two companies, CanaVialis S.A. and Alellyx S.A. which focus on sugarcane breeding and related applied genomics and biotech in the sugarcane industry.[4]
  • Counseled Barnes & Noble, the bookseller, on its $596 million purchase of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Inc., a division that had been spun off from Barnes & Noble in the mid-1980s. The acquisition closed on October 1, 2009.[5]


In 2002, Bryan Cave acquired New York-based Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn, and Berman LLP, bringing the headcount of the combined firms up to over 800 lawyers.[6]

The firm established an office in southern Illinois in 2004 to assist clients with class action, product liability and commercial litigation matters in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois.

BCIT was rebranded as BCIC in 2011 to reflect the expanded depth of resources and services available through the subsidiary.

In 2005 Bryan Cave lost its Riyadh and Dubai offices to the Houston, Texas based mega-firm Fulbright & Jaworski, but retained its office in Kuwait.[7] The Kuwait office however soon closed.

Bryan Cave expanded further in 2007 when it opened an office in Hamburg[8] and Milan. In 2008, the firm opened offices in San Francisco and Paris.[9] In 2009, Bryan Cave and Atlanta-based Powell Goldstein merged, creating an expanded firm with new offices in Atlanta, Charlotte and Dallas.

At the beginning of 2012, Bryan Cave merged with Holme Roberts & Owen (HRO), a law firm based in Denver, Colorado with over 210 attorneys. The only international law firm based in Denver, it had several other offices in the United States and worldwide. HRO had been named the best corporate/M&A and environmental law firm in Denver by Corporate Board Member magazine for three years, and Chambers USA also named HRO a “Band 1” leading law firm for seven consecutive years. However, they had experienced significant staff losses and departures in 2011, making the acquisition a desirable option.[10] Together, the two firms comprise one of the 25 largest law firms in the world.

Bryan Cave also established an office in Frankfurt, Germany in 2012, to be integrated with the firm’s already established Hamburg office.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lent's firm bio". 
  2. ^ "The American Lawyer - 2007 Am Law 100: Eleven Firms Break the Billion-Dollar Mark". 
  3. ^ "Post Deal Raises Ralcorp's Clout". Dow Jones Newswires (Flex News). November 16, 2007. Retrieved October 18, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Demarest and Souza Cescon in bio-tech acquisition". IFLR Legalwire (IFLR). November 25, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ Lowe, Zach (August 10, 2009). "Davis Polk, Bryan Cave on $596 million Barnes & Noble Deal". AmLaw Daily (Incesivemedia). Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "News & Events | News Center | Bryan Cave LLP and NYC-based Robinson Silverman to Merge; Combination Based on Client Benefits". Bryan Cave. 2002-06-10. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Brian Cave Closes Riyadh Office". 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Our Offices | Offices | Hamburg". Bryan Cave. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Our Offices | Offices | Paris". Bryan Cave. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  10. ^ 9:39 amDec 6, 2011 (2011-12-06). "Bryan Cave Merges with Colo-based Holme Roberts & Owen - Law Blog - WSJ". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 

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