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Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski to merge

Will have a combined turnover of US$2bn and become a top ten global law firm

14 November 2012

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International law firm Norton Rose and US law firm Fulbright & Jaworski will join forces on 1 June 2013.

The combined firm, to be named Norton Rose Fulbright, is expected to become a top ten global legal practice by gross revenue and number of lawyers.

The firms say they will have a joint force of 3,800 lawyers, turnover of about US$2bn (£1.26bn) and 55 offices across the world, the bulk of which will come from Norton Rose, which says it has 2,900 lawyers, turnover of more than US$1.32bn and 43 offices.

The news follows the announcement last week by SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain of their intention to combine and create a top ten global firm in the first quarter of 2013, subject to partnership approval.

“We have been looking at the US market for a number of years, seeking a firm that meets our requirements for excellence in law, good business synergies and a compatible culture,” said Peter Martyr, chief executive of Norton Rose.

“Fulbright & Jaworski meets all our criteria; it is financially strong, with forward-looking management and similar strategic growth aspirations.”

The top leadership positions at the merged firm will be retained by Norton Rose’s senior team. Norman Seinberg will continue as global chairman, Martyr will continue as global chief executive and Dan Boyd will retain his global deputy chief executive position.

Ken Stewart, chair elect of Fulbright & Jaworski’s executive committee, will be the managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright’s US operations and will take a senior position on its global executive committee.

Said Stewart: “This is a smart combination of two groups whose geographic presence, capabilities and client service cultures are strongly complementary”.

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