Norton Rose Fulbright Combines With 300-lawyer New York Firm

Norton Rose Fulbright, a global legal giant with a sizeable Dallas office, is merging with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke, the firms announced Tuesday. The combination is expected to occur in the second quarter this year, creating a massive legal practice with 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices and 32 countries. The firm will keep the Norton Rose Fulbright name.According to Norton Rose Fulbright, here are other highlights of the deal: Its U.S. practice will have about 1,000 lawyers Its New York office will rank among the city's 25 largest with more than 300 lawyers Its Washington, D.C. office will grow to more than 130 lawyers Norton Rose Fulbright brings 3,600 lawyers to the merger, including about 140 in Dallas. The merger strengthens the firm's practice in energy and infrastructure, banking and corporate finance, project finance, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory law."We are excited to be growing our presence in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, which, along with Texas, are key markets in the U.S.," said Daryl Lansdale, Norton Rose Fulbright's U.S. managing partner, in a statement. "Our combination with Chadbourne substantially increases the depth and breadth of our offerings while preserving our unique, collegial culture."Norton Rose Fulbright is the result of a 2013 merger between the U.K.'s Norton Rose and Texas' Fulbright Jaworski. Chadbourne & Parke traces its roots to 1902, when it was founded in New York.In a separate announcement today, Baker Botts law firm said it has hired nine former Norton Rose Fulbright partners for its Houston office. The partners moving are Edward Rhyne, David Peterman, Robert Phillpott, Efren Acosta, Ned Crady, Daniel Mark, Natasha Khan, Ron Scharnberg and Dan Tristan.  Continue reading...

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