Formation of a lath-type structure was observed at a distance greater than 100 ώm from the bond interface created by explosive cladding. The laths were found to have a strong deviation from cubic symmetry and to contain numerous internal faults. The electron diffraction patterns do not fit any equilibrium or metastable phase known to exist in a Cu-2Be alloy. Crystallographic analysis based on electron diffraction showed that the laths have an orthorhombic structure. It is postulated that the orthorhombic phase results from a shear (martensitic) transformation which takes place in the a (fcc) phase during cladding. The proposed model assumes that shear occurs on the (111) plane in the  direction, and the orientation relationship is suggested to be ORTH(M)∥α and (001)ORTH(M) II (111)α, which is consistent with electron diffraction results. The transformation causes a volume decrease of 1.1 pct. Formation of the new phase was observed only in the solution-treated specimens of Cu-2Be and not in those aged prior to cladding. It is suggested that this may be a result of different stacking fault energies. © 1986 The Metallurgical of Society of AIME.