Norton Rose Fulbright’s transatlantic tie-up with Chadbourne & Parke given go-ahead following successful partner vote

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International giant strengthens US arm

Norton Rose Fulbright’s transatlantic tie-up with New York-headquartered Chadbourne & Parke has been given the green light.

Confirming the merger, a statement on Norton Rose Fulbright’s website reveals that the two outfits “will combine in the second quarter of 2017”. This follows a successful partner vote which ran from 3 February.

Several weeks ago Legal Cheek reported that discussions between the two law firms were in their “advanced stages”, with lawyers from both sides keen to push the combination through as soon as possible.

Merger now agreed, the new firm — which will still operate under the name Norton Rose Fulbright — will boast more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices spanning 32 countries. Significantly strengthening its presence across the pond, the international giant will have over 1,000 lawyers in the US, including 300 in New York alone.

Boasting a global revenue of £1.16 billion according to Legal Cheek’s Most List, Norton Rose Fulbright will now benefit from new offices in Mexico City, São Paulo and Istanbul. Commenting on the union, the firm’s global chief executive, Peter Martyr, said:

We are delighted to unite Norton Rose Fulbright with Chadbourne & Parke to create a global law firm that few can match. Chadbourne has a proud history, and is known for its world class practices in energy, infrastructure, banking and finance. Joining forces with our new colleagues, we can offer our clients significant new capabilities in New York and Washington, DC.

Earlier this month Eversheds and Washington-headquartered Sutherland Asbill & Brennan completed a transatlantic merger of their own. With discussions first revealed back in December, the new law firm — which has 2,300 lawyers across 61 offices in 29 countries — is now called Eversheds Sutherland.

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I strengthen my arms with vigourous masturbation.



Trumpenkreig, is that you?


Officious Bystander

Yours was yum x



…and immediately a nine-partner energy team left its Houston office for Baker Botts.

This is gonna be such a game-changing merger, lemme tell you…



I remember when a solicitor at KWM was enthusiastically reassuring me and another vac schemer (now oneof my best buddies) that the combination between KWM and SJ Berwin (takeover of SJB) will be historic, fantastic and game changing. Oh boy he was right about that one.

I am sure people in both firms get similar reassurances from the management. Some just accept these on face value, others are more cynical and leave. I did not buy what he told me and chose another firm in the end – shame could have been a part of something historic.

This post has been moderated because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.



Correcting the LC Comment editing Nazi: No, not a “solicitor” – the SJB’s managing partner at the time.


Angry bastard

Hear hear, FascistCheek strikes again.

It really shows just how thick you are Tommy when you censor a comment and don’t realise it’s PUBLIC FUCKING INFORMATION that ROB DAY was the managing partner of KWMSJB at the time, and made the above comments to just about anyone who was listening.



Rob Day

Tom, per our agreement, please delete these posts.

Many thanks,



Can we have NYC secondments now please x



In your dreams cuz



I think this will work really well. Savvy move from NR



Chadbourne was moribund for years. NRF bought into a con.



Do you not think the Norton brand will help though?



It likely will. Not sure how that makes it a savvy move by NRF however, picking up a shop with 20 offices but revenues of $180m. That’s pretty much like merging with Shoosmiths.


Irwin Mitchell Trainee/Slave

We got a new coffee machine. (Well, technically, it isn’t new; our managing partner stole it from the company we share a building with.)


Irwin Mitchell Managing Partner

You aren’t supposed to be using that, drone! If I find out who you are, I’ll put you in the incinerator, with the others who have outlived their usefulness!

I’ve taken it to my house now (when I say house I mean the basement bedsit I share with 3 illegal immigrants below a corner shop in Peckham)


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