By Nate Raymond
Nov 14 (Reuters) - Houston-based law firm Fulbright &
Jaworski said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement to
merge with London's Norton Rose in an arrangement that will
create a 3,800-lawyer global law firm.
The deal, expected to be completed by June 2013, would
create a firm with 55 offices worldwide. It will be called
Norton Rose Fulbright.
"Fulbright's combination with Norton Rose will expand our
global platform and enable us to provide an even broader range
of services to our clients," said Steven Pfeiffer, chair of
Fulbright & Jaworski's executive committee, in a statement.
The combined firm would be headed by Peter Martyr, Norton
Rose's global chief executive. In a statement, Martyr said
Norton Rose had been looking to enter the U.S. market for
"Fulbright & Jaworski meets all our criteria; it is
financially strong, with forward-looking management and similar
strategic growth aspirations," he said.
The merger is the latest for Norton Rose, which is organized
as a Swiss Verein, where global offices operate independently.
In 2011, Norton Rose merged with Canada's Ogilvy Renault and
South Africa's Deneys Reitz. In January, Norton Rose merged with
another Canadian law firm, Macleod Dixon.
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