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 37 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 2020, 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 2020 (by value, US$m).


Best Friends

248 693

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

180 716

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

175 962

Latham & Watkins LLP

167 345


143 164

White & Case LLP

139 991

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

126 845

Clifford Chance LLP

121 060

Allen & Overy LLP

114 922

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

96 733

Source: MergerMarket