Warwick Place lies at the confluence of the Grand Union and Regents Canals in London. For nearly 200 years these waterways have been a symbol of the commercial and cultural crossroads that is the United Kingdom. Here goods shipped by sea from all corners of the globe were dispatched to the industrial heartland of Great Britain by a system of canals every bit as sophisticated in their time as the myriad connections made possible today in a wired world.
But just as the world of clipper ships and barges has been supplanted by high-technology logistics, so the world of international business is no longer anchored to a handful of commercial destinations. WarwickPlace Legal now provides strategic advice regarding locations throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and certain key emerging markets, such as China and Brazil.
The founder and principal of WarwickPlace Legal is Robert Bata, who, in the course of a distinguished legal career first as a Wall Street lawyer and later as a prominent cross-border transactional lawyer, opened, managed and grew the European and London offices of several major U.S. firms. His knowledge of the global legal market is based on his extensive involvement in the actual business of building international practices, sometimes from scratch: analyzing client needs, market trends and strategic opportunities; gauging the commitment to overseas expansion on the part of all constituencies and leaders within the law firm; identifying candidates for merger or acquisition who add value and are compatible with the firm's culture; managing the expectations of both sides in a combination; directing and monitoring integration; working with real budgets; and benchmarking and rigorously evaluating the performance of new joiners.