Best Friends


The Best Friends network of independent law firms allows Bredin Prat to constitute fully integrated teams comprised of the best lawyers in foreign jurisdictions.

In the context of cross-border deals, this model allows Bredin Prat to provide global legal services while remaining the lead strategic counsel for the client.

Bredin Prat is one of the founding members of the Best Friends network, which was formed in Europe over fifteen years ago and now comprises BonelliErede (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), De Brauw (the Netherlands), Hengeler Mueller (Germany), Slaughter and May (the United Kingdom) and Uría Menéndez (Spain/Portugal).

The Best Friends currently have 30 offices, including shared offices in Brussels, Beijing and Shanghai. Present in some 20 jurisdictions, the network currently has more than 2,700 lawyers.

The firm has similarly fostered close working relations with a second, far more extensive network of independent firms across the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


In 2018, the 6 Best Friends firms of the Best Friends network worked on many M&A transactions in their respective jurisdictions, placing the network at the top of the European league tables for 2018 (by value, US$m).


Best Friends

361 295

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

301 309


280 372

Allen & Overy LLP

207 079

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

202 687

Clifford Chance LLP

172 943

Herbert Smith Freehills

145 724

Latham & Watkins LLP

134 245

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

118 183

DLA Piper

103 232

Source: MergerMarket