09:39, June 30 90 0

2017-06-30 09:39:06
Norton Rose and Chadbourne merge after month-long delay

Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke have officially combined after a number of delays pushed back the merger that was supposed to go live on 1 May.

The combined firm will now number 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices and 33 countries. There are now 1,000 lawyers in the US practice, 300 of whom are based in New York and 130 in Washington DC.

The combined firm’s New York capability has long been touted as the main motivator of the merger, as it will significantly enhance Norton Rose Fulbright’s projects and infrastructure capabilities, Chadbourne’s largest single practice area.

The addition of Chadbourne and Parke secures Norton Rose Fulbright’s position as among the 25 largest law firm offices in New York City.

Norton Rose Fulbright global chief executive Peter Matyr 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, DC, while our global platform expands to Mexico City, São Paulo and Istanbul.”

US managing partner Daryl Lansdale added: “Our current and potential clients seek robust offerings from us in New York, Washington, DC, and California, which, along with Texas, are key US markets. We have found an outstanding fit with Chadbourne, which increases our client capabilities on both coasts.”

The Lawyer understands that the central provision of the merger was that Chadbourne partners outside of the US had to sign up to the UK LLP to stay on at the combined firm, which has been the cause of upset in jurisdictions including the Middle East and Russia.

It is understood that the condition prompted a number of partners to leave Chadbourne’s project finance group for Covington & Burling, including London duo Ben Donovan and Agnieszka Klich.

There was also the departure of former global investigations head Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan to Morgan Lewis & Bockius in April.