Norton Rose Fulbright makes up 46 in first post-merger promo round

Norton Rose Fulbright has made up 46 new partners in its first promotions round since its merger last year, up from 33 in 2013.

Following the combination of Norton Rose and Houston energy firm Fulbright & Jaworski it has added a chunk of new partners to the US for the first time (2 June 2013). The firm’s Houston office has taken on two new partners while Dallas and Austin both take two. Dispute resolution and litigation partner Eric Herzog also joins the partnership in Los Angeles.

The firm has also made eight new promotions to the South African equivalent of director as well as adding 12 partners to Europe, upon the ten partners promoted there last year.

In 2013 the firm promoted 33 lawyers to the partnership including five in London (24 April 2013). The number was down on 36 the previous year with additions to the partnership in the City also dropping from eight in 2012 (17 April 2012).

This year the City has been prioritised again, with London taking ten of the European promotions. Canada is the next largest grouping, with 11 new partners, followed by South Africa with eight and the US with seven.

Canada remains a fairly nascent market for the firm after making two Canadian mergers in 2011. In 2013 a third of its new partners came from the Canadian arm.

This year Latin America has received three new partners, Australia and Asia have both made up two and the Middle East have all received one new partner.

Of all those made up, female partners account for almost half of the new promotions, at 20 out of 46, continuing last year’s trend when 44 per cent of the lawyers promoted were women.

The promotions are being made across all eight of the practice’s global practice groups with 17 made up in corporate, M&A and securities, ten in litigation and nine in banking and finance.

Legacy Norton Rose’s merger with Fulbright went live on 3 June 2013, creating a firm with overall revenues of about £1.3bn

Norton Rose chief executive Peter Martyr commented: “These are our first promotions in the United States following our US combination last year. We have also made a number of promotions in Latin America, which is consistent with the announcement of our Rio de Janeiro office in 2014.”

The firm is on the brink of opening its third Latin American base in Rio de Janeiro with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from BP (19 February 2014).

However it is set to close its Prague office for the second time after a review of the Czech market kicked off last year (23 April 2014). 

Partner promotions in full 


Adrian Joyce – Banking and finance, Tokyo*

Shamim Razavi – Corporate, M&A and securities, Jakarta **


Wissam Abwi – Corporate, M&A and securities, Sydney

Toby Biddle – Dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney


Michael Bunn – Corporate, M&A and securities, Toronto

Kyle Kashuba – Dispute resolution and litigation, Calgary

Madeleine Loewenberg – Employment and labour, Toronto

Danielle Maksimow – Banking and finance, Calgary

David Millette – Corporate, M&A and securities, Montréal 

Justin Pettigrew – Corporate, M&A and securities, Calgary 

Louisa Pontrelli – Intellectual property, Toronto 

Katherine Prusinkiewicz – Corporate, M&A and securities, Calgary 

Marie-Hélène Rochon – Intellectual property, Montréal 

Joshua Sadovnick – Dispute resolution and litigation, Calgary 

Kristin Wall – Intellectual property, Toronto


 Nadine Bourgeois – Banking and finance, Frankfurt

Sarah Cullen- Banking and finance, London

Chris Down – Banking and finance, London

Marcus Evans – Corporate, M&A and securities, London

Imogen Garner – Corporate, M&A and securities, London

Claudio Grisanti – Tax, Milan and Rome

Sarah McKellar – Corporate, M&A and securities, London

Fiona Millington – Corporate, M&A and securities, London

Simon Ramsden – Dispute resolution and litigation, London

James Russell – Corporate, M&A and securities, London

Mark Simpson – Antitrust and competition, London

Matt Waudby – Dispute resolution and litigation, London

Latin America 

Kelly Blondet – Employment and labour, Caracas

Hernán Rodríguez – Banking and finance, Bogotá

Mauricio Zagarra – Corporate, M&A and securities, Bogotá

Middle East

Vandana Rupani – Corporate, M&A and securities, Dubai

Louise Campion – Banking and finance, Johannesburg

Lara Granville – Antitrust and competition, Johannesburg

Laurie Hammond – Banking and finance, Cape Town

Tinashe Makoni – Banking and finance, Johannesburg

Vanessa Palmer – Corporate, M&A and securities, Durban

Deniro Pillay – Dispute resolution and litigation, Durban

Tessa Stuart – Corporate, M&A and securities, Durban

Carina van Vuuren – Real estate, Johannesburg

United States

Brian Boyle – Dispute resolution and litigation, Houston

Matthew Dekovich – Dispute resolution and litigation, Houston

Robert Greeson – Intellectual property, Dallas

Eric Herzog – Dispute resolution and litigation, Los Angeles

Stephen Huffaker – Dispute resolution and litigation, Austin

Scarlet McNellie – Corporate, M&A and securities, Dallas

Mark Oakes – Corporate, M&A and securities, Austin

* subject to regulatory approval

** operates as a Senior Foreign Counsel at Susandarini & Partners, in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia