Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski join forces

Leading law firms combine to form Norton Rose Fulbright

MONTRÉAL--()--International legal practice Norton Rose today announced that it will combine with leading U.S. law firm Fulbright & Jaworski on June 1, 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

Norton Rose Fulbright will have 3,800 lawyers and will be a top 10 global legal practice by gross revenue and by number of lawyers. Norton Rose Fulbright will have 55 offices internationally, including 11 offices and 800 lawyers in the U.S. in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, St Louis and Washington D.C.

Norton Rose Fulbright will also have a new office in Riyadh and additional strength in London, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Munich.

We will have world class expertise in litigation and dispute resolution; corporate; intellectual property; and banking and finance.

By industry sector, the enlarged practice will occupy a market leading position in the areas of energy; pharmaceuticals and life sciences (including healthcare); financial institutions, infrastructure, mining and commodities; technology and transport.

Norton Rose Fulbright will also establish a global regulatory and investigations practice.

Peter Martyr, Chief Executive, Norton Rose, commented:

“The U.S. legal market is the largest in the world and our combination will create a truly global practice with significant depth of expertise in the world’s principal business and financial centres.

We have been looking at the U.S. market for a number of years, seeking a firm that meets requirement of excellence in law, good business synergies and a compatible culture. Fulbright & Jaworski meets all our criteria; it is financially strong, with forward-looking management and similar strategic growth aspirations.

As Norton Rose Fulbright, we will continue to invest in our strongest practice areas and develop our expertise across our key industry sectors. We also expect to continue extending our global business not only in the U.S., but in the emerging growth markets of the future, in particular in Latin America, Africa and Asia.”

Steven B. Pfeiffer, Chair of Fulbright & Jaworski’s Executive Committee, commented:

“Fulbright’s combination with Norton Rose will expand our global platform and enable us to provide an even broader range of services to our clients. We will be an international leader in providing seamless and superior client service.”

Kenneth L. Stewart, Chair Elect of Fulbright & Jaworski’s Executive Committee, commented:

“This is a smart combination of two groups whose geographic presence, capabilities and client service cultures are strongly complementary. The combined organisation will provide the experience, insight and service our clients need everywhere they do business around the world.”

John Coleman, Managing Partner of Norton Rose in Canada, commented:

“Norton Rose Fulbright draws a new map in the international legal market and sets a precedent in cross-border business. This brings our clients access to the major commercial markets around the world and creates a new North/South corridor through the Americas. In addition, by combining our Canadian strength with Fulbright's deep U.S. roots, we can offer unparalleled legal capabilities to companies in the energy and resources, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and financial services industries both in Canada and throughout North America.”

Peter Martyr will continue as Chief Executive of Norton Rose Fulbright. The Chair-Elect of Fulbright, Ken Stewart, will continue as U.S. Managing Partner of Fulbright and will take a senior position on Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Executive Committee. Other Fulbright partners will also sit on the Executive Committee. Norman Steinberg is the Global Chairman of Norton Rose.

A full media pack for reporters is located at www.nortonrose.com/groupmediapack.

Note: There will be a conference call open to all media at 11 AM EST. To access the call, please dial 800-732-5617.

Notes for editors:

Norton Rose is a leading international legal practice. We offer a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia. Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us.

Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world. We are strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

We have more than 2900 lawyers operating from offices in Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Prague, Québec, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Warsaw; and from associate offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta.

Norton Rose is the business name for the international legal practice that comprises Norton Rose LLP, Norton Rose Australia, Norton Rose Canada LLP and Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) and their respective affiliates.

Contacts

Norton Rose
Europe, Middle East and Asia
Sarah Webster, head of PR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 5942; Mob: +44 (0)7725 350 425
sarah.webster@nortonrose.com
or
Jane Lougher, PR Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 2063; Mob: +44 (0)7595 886 200
jane.lougher@nortonrose.com
or
Canada
Peter Zvanitajs, Senior Public Relations Adviser (English press)
Tel: +416-216-1871; Mob: + 416-553-5789
peter.zvanitajs@nortonrose.com
or
Joanne Lajeunesse, Director, Marketing (Québec region/French press)
Tel: +514-847-4723; Mob: +514-919-2880
joanne.lajeunesse@nortonrose.com
or
Australia
Sam Magnusson, Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8138; Mob: +61 (0)423 116 696
samantha.magnusson@nortonrose.com
or
Africa
Candice Collins, Communications Specialist
Tel: +27 (0)11 685 8630
candice.collins@nortonrose.com
or
Fulbright & Jaworski
Dan McKenna, Director of Media Relations
Tel: +1 713-651-3576
dmckenna@fulbright.com

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Contacts

Norton Rose
Europe, Middle East and Asia
Sarah Webster, head of PR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 5942; Mob: +44 (0)7725 350 425
sarah.webster@nortonrose.com
or
Jane Lougher, PR Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 2063; Mob: +44 (0)7595 886 200
jane.lougher@nortonrose.com
or
Canada
Peter Zvanitajs, Senior Public Relations Adviser (English press)
Tel: +416-216-1871; Mob: + 416-553-5789
peter.zvanitajs@nortonrose.com
or
Joanne Lajeunesse, Director, Marketing (Québec region/French press)
Tel: +514-847-4723; Mob: +514-919-2880
joanne.lajeunesse@nortonrose.com
or
Australia
Sam Magnusson, Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8138; Mob: +61 (0)423 116 696
samantha.magnusson@nortonrose.com
or
Africa
Candice Collins, Communications Specialist
Tel: +27 (0)11 685 8630
candice.collins@nortonrose.com
or
Fulbright & Jaworski
Dan McKenna, Director of Media Relations
Tel: +1 713-651-3576
dmckenna@fulbright.com