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 32 offices, including shared offices in Brussels, Beijing and Shanghai. Present in some 15 jurisdictions, the network currently has more than 2,500 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 2017, 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 2017 (by value, US$m).


Best Friends

334 706

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

243 012


205 762

Clifford Chance LLP

157 738

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

139 211

Allen & Overy LLP

124 486

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

122 589

Latham & Watkins LLP

116 959

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

116 558

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

92 340

Source: MergerMarket