BLP appoints Corporate DMP John Bennett as Firm’s International Business Partner

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced today (18 March 2013) that it has appointed long standing Corporate Departmental Managing Partner, John Bennett, as the Firm’s International Business Partner. For some time, John has chaired the firm’s China Business Group and USA Business Group, and the initial priority of this new position will be focussed on these important regions.

Over 40% of BLP’s revenue comes from international work. The creation of a new position of International Business Partner reflects the Firm’s ambition for further international growth and the potential that lies within the US and Chinese markets in particular. John has been tasked with growing the Firm’s cross-border and multi-jurisdictional business through the introduction of new clients and development of our relationships with existing clients.

As John takes on this new international role, he will relinquish his position as the Firm’s Corporate Departmental Managing Partner in the UK, a position he has held since the merger which established the Firm in 2001. John will continue his existing client responsibilities, including being responsible for a number of the Firm’s important client relationships and developing innovative client solutions.

Neville Eisenberg, BLP Managing Partner, commented:“This is an important appointment which arises out of the increasingly international profile of the Firm and demonstrates our commitment to continuing growth. John has been instrumental in the launch of our Moscow, Hong Kong and Beijing offices – his international experience and client development skills will be a powerful combination.”

John said: “Over the last ten years I have watched BLP grow into an international firm operating out of 11 offices across four continents and with a global managed network of preferred firms.  The Firm’s vision for further growth is characteristically ambitious. It centres on a new world strategy – following capital flows in and out of old and new ‘driver’ economies such as the United States and China and I am delighted to be taking such a key strategic role in helping the Firm broaden its international footprint.”

John will continue as Corporate Departmental Managing Partner until BLP appoint a successor.

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