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Norton Rose Fulbright joins forces with Chadbourne & Parke

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 5:21 PM | By Paula Kulig

Norton Rose Fulbright, with a presence in 33 countries, including Canada, has announced its successful combination with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke. The firm will operate under the name of Norton Rose Fulbright.

After joining forces with Chadbourne & Parke — an international law firm founded more than 100 years ago — Norton Rose Fulbright has enhanced capabilities in project finance, bankruptcy, litigation and white-collar disputes, tax and Latin American finance and infrastructure work, among other areas. The combination deepens the firm’s formidable offering in key sectors such as energy, infrastructure and finance, and expands the firm’s reach in the critical New York market.

The firm’s Canadian offices are in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Calgary.

“This combination means our clients in Canada will benefit from an increased access to the major business hubs in the U.S. and Latin America, hence facilitating cross-border interests,” Charles Hurdon, the firm’s Canadian managing partner, said in a news release. "As with our recent Vancouver merger, this gives our clients the opportunity to tap into regional expertise and expands our global footprint."

The combination, announced June 30, gives the firm about 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices. The U.S. practice now has roughly 1,000 lawyers, including more than 300 in New York and more than 130 in Washington.

Peter Martyr, Norton Rose Fulbright’s global CEO, said: “Bringing together Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne will enable Norton Rose Fulbright to provide even greater breadth and depth of services to our clients. We now offer enhanced capabilities in New York and Washington, D.C., while our global platform expands to Mexico City, São Paulo and Istanbul."

Added Andrew Giaccia, vice-chair of Norton Rose Fulbright’s U.S. management committee and immediate past managing partner of Chadbourne & Parke: “Having joined forces with Norton Rose Fulbright, we can now provide enhanced legal service to our clients in the world’s key business and financial centres. Our lawyers’ shared commitment to client service … makes this a powerful combination."

Norton Rose Fulbright differentiated itself in the legal marketplace by becoming the first global law firm to be organized by industry sector. The firm is recognized as a legal leader for its work in financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and health care.