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Norton Rose is to bring in longstanding PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) general counsel Owen Jonathan in the role of senior adviser to the global executive committee.
Jonathan, a former partner at the UK law firm, will be based part-time in its London headquarters from January 2013, advising the executive committee on global structure, risk management issues and firm development.
The news follows his retirement from PwC this month, with his present role being taken by former FSA conduct business unit head Margaret Cole (20 March 2012).
It also follows confirmation of Norton Rose’s June 2013 merger with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski, creating the world’s third-largest law firm by lawyer numbers (14 November 2012).
Jonathan, who joined PwC as general counsel in 2000, has also been a member of the accountancy giant’s executive committee for the past 10 years.
He was a partner at Norton Rose between 1983 and 1994, before leaving to join Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post as deputy CEO and then CEO. He was later general counsel at Kuok Group.
Norton Rose CEO Peter Martyr said in a statement: “Owen brings unique experience of the growth of a Big Four accountancy firm, a deep understanding of global organisations and experience of risk management at the highest level.”
Jonathan added: “We’re all facing a dynamic, complex, and ultimately tough economic climate, but one in which there remain great opportunities for law firms able to seize the initiative in their respective markets. This is something Norton Rose’s transformation in recent years is testament to.
“It’s exciting to be asked to advise Norton Rose’s global executive committee at such a crucial time, particularly with the recent announcement of its expansion into the US through its combination with Fulbright & Jaworski. Norton Rose has a highly successful global strategy, fantastic clients, and great people, and I am relishing the opportunity of being part of the next phase in its development.”