Norton Rose has unveiled the leaders of its three main global practice groups ahead of its merger with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski next month, with corporate and disputes both receiving new bosses.
London-based European corporate chief Martin Scott will become overall head of corporate, M&A and securities after the tie-up, replacing Hong Kong’s David Stannard, who will remain as a partner focusing on developing the firm’s global securities business.
Stannard took over as global corporate chief from Tim Marsden in 2011, becoming its first group-wide practice head outside of the UK (23 June 2011).
Global banking head Jeremy Edwards in London will retain the position in the new-look firm, which will assume the Norton Rose Fulbright name from 3 June.
Disputes and litigation will be overseen by Fulbright Manhattan office head Linda Addison, who takes over from City-based Deirdre Walker, Norton Rose’s global disputes leader since 2009.
Walker will continue as a partner in London and will work with Addison on practice expansion. Both Walker and Stannard will remain on the firm’s executive committee, with Walker becoming head of the European, Middle East and Asian disputes group. Addison and Scott will also join the committee.
The new roles become effective on 3 June, when Norton Rose global CEO Peter Martyr will also take on the overall position as head of Norton Rose Fulbright (14 November 2012).
Martyr said in a statement: “I would like to thank David and Deirdre who have made, and will continue to make, outstanding contributions to our business with a forward focus, respectively, on our growing international securities business and our expanded European, Middle Eastand Asia litigation and dispute resolution practice. We look forward to continuing to work together on the executive committee from 3 June.
“I would of course like to congratulate Jeremy, Linda and Martin on their appointments.”
Following the merger the firm will have around 3,800 lawyers including at least 1000 in disputes, 900 in corporate and 700 in banking.
The firm has not yet announced heads of other practices or the leaders of its six sector groups, with the precise make-up of the executive committee also unconfirmed. Fulbright chair Ken Stewart will be managing partner of the US arm and join the committee, as will other Fulbright partners.