Norton Rose expands in Russia and enters Central Asia

11 January 2011

Creating a market leading energy and mining practice

International legal practice Norton Rose Group today confirmed that leading Canadian law firm Macleod Dixon joined the Group on 1 January 2012.

As a result of the merger, Norton Rose Group has gained a team in Almaty, Kazakhstan and has significantly strengthened its Russian practice by growing its Moscow team to 40 lawyers.

The Group’s office in Almaty consists of a well established, experienced team of 12 lawyers, specialising in energy and mining. The practice is recommended by leading legal directory Chambers Global 2011 for energy and natural resources in Kazakhstan.

The enlarged team in Moscow will occupy a market leading position in the Russian energy and mining sectors. The practice is top rated for mining in Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2011 and recommended for energy and natural resources.

Yerzhan Kumarov will continue to head the Almaty office. Peter Burrows and Anatoly Andriash will jointly run the Moscow office, working with the other Moscow partners.  

Yerzhan Kumarov said:

“The merger of two recognised leading international firms, such as ours, will inevitably result in a significant strengthening of our position in the Central Asian region. It will enable us to continue providing a consistently high quality and seamless service for our clients, particularly in energy, natural resources and finance, but now with the benefit of unmatched multinational resources and a global platform.”

Peter Burrows said:

"The addition of the Macleod Dixon Moscow team with its strong reputation will give us a real presence in the Moscow market.  During our negotiations we have been impressed with the focus and professionalism of the Macleod Dixon lawyers.  Their practice complements our own perfectly and I look forward to working with Anatoly in our role as joint heads of the Moscow office."

Anatoly Andriash said:

“The merging of two of the most respected names in natural resources and finance in the Russian legal market, with a combined 40 year track record of excellence and professionalism, presents us with a not to be missed opportunity to consolidate our reputation as leaders in these fields.  We look forward to building an even stronger and more competitive Russian practice working side by side with our new colleagues to offer a broader service to our local and foreign clients”.

As a result of the merger, Norton Rose Group has also deepened the strength and breadth of its existing capabilities in Canada with close to 700 lawyers, and has also entered Latin America for the first time with 60 lawyers across two new offices in Colombia (Bogotá) and Venezuela (Caracas).

The enlarged Norton Rose Group is one of the five largest international legal practices, with over 2,900 lawyers in 43 offices throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia.

The Group specialises in the six industry areas of financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.  

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

For further information please contact:

Elena Senkova, Business Development Manager, Norton Rose (Central Europe) LLP
Tel +7 499 924 5101
elena.senkova@nortonrose.com

Zhanna Assangaliyeva, office manager, Norton Rose (Kazakhstan) Limited
Tel: +7 727 311 2480
zhanna.assangaliyeva@nortonrose.com

Sarah Webster, head of PR, Norton Rose LLP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 5942; Mob: +44 (0)7725 350 425
sarah.webster@nortonrose.com

Notes for editors:

Norton Rose Group

Norton Rose Group 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 43 offices in Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, 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 Dar es Salaam, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta.

Norton Rose Group comprises Norton Rose LLP, Norton Rose Australia, Norton Rose Canada LLP, Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc), and their respective affiliates.