Norton Rose seals $1.9bn merger with America's Fulbright & Jaworski

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  • He might want to check the speed dial of the GC of HSBC too....

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  • RTZ no longer exists - it was bought by CRA and became Rio Tinto in the 90's. Hopefully NR aren't still waiting for the GC of RTZ to call. I think the GC of HSBC might have a few other names on speed dial that he/she would use first for a deal. CC's comes to mind....

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  • Not to mention BHP Billiton, BNP Paibas etc.., etc..,

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  • NR got that call from Rio and others and FJ is far from second tier energy

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  • Ugh. Another frankenfirm, joining the ranks of:

    -- Sonnenschein Nath Rosenthal Denton Wilde Sapte Salans Hertzfeld Heilbronn Fraser Milner Casgrain

    -- Kirkpatrick Lockhart Nicholson Graham Preston Gates Ellis Bell Boyd Lloyd

    -- Bingham Dana Gould McCutchen Doyle Brown Enerson Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman

    -- Hogan Hartson Lovell White Durrant

    -- Bryan Cave Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn Berman Powell Goldstein Frazer Murphy Holme Roberts Owen

    -- Squire Sanders Hammonds

    -- Pillsbury Madison Sutro Cushman Darby Cushman Winthrop Stimson Putnam Roberts Shaw Pittman Potts Trowbridge

    -- DLA Piper Marbury Rudnick Wolf Gray Cary Ware Friendenrich

    -- Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale Dorr

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  • "...with Norton Rose turning over $1.32m in 2011-12,". Heh

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  • And that of the GC of Barclays, RBS etc. If anything NR is big in FI.

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  • The person saying F & J are second tier energy and NR does low value mining etc obviously just doesn't know anything about the market. Re GC HSBC - remind me, who did HSBC's rights issue in 2009?? Wasn't it NR? Was it not the biggest rights issue of all time? Who is selling HSBC's Asian assets?

    Whose handling the major disposals for BP in Europe at the moment? Freshfields? No - NR.

    Its probably already the best energy and mining firm in the world and with F & J it will just cement that.

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  • Quite amusing seeing how second tier firms try to Big Themselves and love the Frankenfirm description. Very apt, although difficult to top Dentons for innapprooriate mixing of body parts.
    No question NR are second tier in mining. |Despite claiming to act for Rio and BHP (neither company would allow a major advisor to work for the other), it's noticable that Rio use Links/Allens (or Herbies) for their major deals and BHP use S&M/Blakes (now Ashursts). So, despite have a few extra body parts, the quality of the verein members will not change and NRF will remain firmly in the second tier, even for mining.
    Good luck to them, though, and hopefully this exclusive referal verein arrangement will increase their revenue line, even if it reduces (to 1) the number of US firms that will work with NR now.

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  • Frankenfirm - a description which you could also apply to many other major market players:
    - Freshfields Deringer Tessin Herrmann Sedemund Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber
    - Coward Chance Clifford Turner Pünder Volhard Weber Axster Roger Wells
    - Linklaters Paines Rädler Raupach Oppenhoff & Rädler (though Oppenhoff later moved on again!)
    it's a rare beast that has grown entirely through organic expansion.

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