Norton Rose expands in Canada, Latin America and Kazakhstan

4 October 2011

Expansion creates one of the world’s leading energy and mining practices

Norton Rose Group today announced that leading Canadian law firm Macleod Dixon will join the Group on 1 January 2012.

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

As a result of the merger, Norton Rose Group will add 60 lawyers in Latin America, based in Caracas (Venezuela) and Bogotá (Colombia), a 13 lawyer office in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and a team of lawyers in Moscow.

With close to 700 lawyers in Canada, Norton Rose Group’s Canadian operations will be known as Norton Rose Canada from 1 January 2012. It will be ranked in the top 3 Canadian legal practices and will be one of a small number of Canadian practices with a significant presence in each of the three main markets in Canada (Calgary, Toronto and Montréal).

The merger will increase Norton Rose Group’s resources across its six key industry sectors and in particular in its energy and infrastructure, mining and commodities practices. The Group will have more than 200 energy lawyers and more than 200 mining lawyers worldwide.

Peter Martyr, Group Chief Executive, Norton Rose Group said:

“This is another very exciting move for the Group and constitutes a significant step towards realising our ambition of becoming one of the world's leading providers of legal services. This merger delivers real strength in energy and mining in Canada, as well as in emerging markets such as Latin America and Central Asia.”

John Coleman, Managing Partner, Norton Rose OR LLP, said:

“This is about creating a new Canadian powerhouse that can serve clients through its international platform. I believe this changes the legal landscape in Canada. We will have unmatched strength and reach in the mining and energy business in Calgary, and throughout the world including Latin America.”

W. H. (Bill) Tuer, Managing Partner, Macleod Dixon, said:

"Our decision to merge was the result of a detailed strategic review. Joining Norton Rose Canada is a major global step in serving our clients through a broader and more sophisticated international practice. We have had offices in emerging markets for 20 years and investment is flowing into and out of Canada more than ever before. This merger will allow us to assist our clients in most of the important markets around the globe. We are very excited about joining Norton Rose Group, which has a common culture and values—something our clients appreciate."

John Coleman will continue as the Managing Partner of Norton Rose Canada. Bill Tuer, the Managing Partner of Macleod Dixon, will join the Executive Committee of Norton Rose Group.

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

For further information please contact:

Sarah Webster, head of PR, Norton Rose LLP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 2596; Mob: +44 (0)7595 886 216
sarah.webster@nortonrose.com

Notes for editors:

Norton Rose Group

Norton Rose Group is a leading international legal practice offering a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada, Africa and the Middle East.

The Group’s lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders to support clients anywhere in the world. The Group is strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Norton Rose Group has more than 2600 lawyers operating from 40 offices in Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, 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 OR LLP, Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc), and their respective affiliates.