Norton Rose relocates Montreal partner to Hong Kong

Norton Rose has relocated Montreal-based partner Andrew Bleau to fortify its Hong Kong capital markets and M&A practice four months after its merger with Canadian firm Ogilvy Renault.

Bleau, a US- and Canadian-qualified lawyer, has been a partner with the Montreal-based Ogilvy Renault for eight years. The firm was rebranded as Norton Rose OR when the tie-up with Norton Rose went live on 1 June 2011 (15 November 2010). He started his practice with the firm from 1995 to 1997 and then joined Sullivan & Cromwell, where he worked an associate in New York and Paris for six years. He returned to Ogilvy Renault in 2003.

He is experienced in corporate finance and M&A, particularly cross-border transactions involving US and Canadian securities laws and markets.

“The growing demand for US-qualified lawyers with cross-border capital markets experience in the region, together with the sustained regional interest in foreign direct investment into Canada, has made this an eminently sensible move,” Bleau said in a statement.

At the end of last year, Norton Rose’s Hong Kong office lost corporate finance partner Freeman Chan to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, which launched a Hong Kong law practice earlier this year (2 December 2010).