This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR- MINING
Editor's Note - This article was published before the firm's combination with Fulbright & Jaworski.
It is a time of growth for Norton Rose. In 2012, the firm entered Latin America and Central Asia for the first time and strengthened its position in Canada through a merger with Macleod Dixon. Later in the year, it opened a new office in Dar es Salaam, adding to the firm’s presence in Africa which now boasts five offices and covers more than 40 African jurisdictions. This year promises to be an equally busy time for Norton Rose as it prepares to merge with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013. Following the merger, Norton Rose Fulbright will boast an incredible 3,800 lawyers across 54 offices, including 11 in the US. Despite this international growth, Norton Rose remains dedicated to the quality of its professionals and the provision of a world-class service to clients. The firm garners 137 inclusions across an impressive 29 practice areas demonstrating its brilliance in almost all of our practice areas.
|NORTON ROSE LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 137|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||5||Insolvency & Restructuring||3|
|Asset Recovery||3||Insurance & Reinsurance||7|
|Aviation||14||Internet & e-Commerce||1|
|Banking||3||Labour & Employment||5|
|Business Crime Defence||1||Life Sciences||17|
|Capital Markets||3||M & A||4|
|Commercial Mediation||1||Oil & Gas||15|
|Construction||3||Product Liability Defence||2|
|Corporate Governance||2||Project Finance||6|
|Corporate Immigration||2||Public Procurement||4|
|Corporate Tax||3||Real Estate||1|
The firm’s life sciences practice is “second to none”. Norton Rose garners 17 listings across the intellectual property, product liability, regulatory and transactional sub-sections, demonstrating the impressive breadth of its practice. Three lawyers appear in both the IP and regulatory sections: Adrienne Blanchard and Judith Robinson in Montreal and Patrick Kierans in Toronto. Kierans is head of the firm’s pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector and has “a thorough understanding” of key regulatory concerns as well as being an expert on IP law. Melbourne-based Bernard O’Shea also achieves a dual listing in this chapter in the regulatory and transactional sub-sections. He is highly experienced in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries and his expertise covers research, clinical trials, product developments and commercialisation, as well as licensing and marketing arrangements. Gino Martel in Montreal and Jeremy Grushcow in Toronto are both highly recommended for their transactional life sciences expertise. The firm achieves three listings in the product liability subsection, among them William McNamara, a “top-notch litigator”.We feature 15 Norton Rose lawyers in our oil and gas chapter. The firm is best represented by its offices in London and Caracas. Philip Vallance is an “eminent” financing professional who acts for providers, arrangers and consumers. He is joined in London by Nick Prowse and Eleanor Martin. Prowse has “extensive experience” in advising on both upstream and downstream projects and has a worldwide practice. Martin is a “rising star” who specialises in offshore oil and gas projects. Norton Rose also has a strong practice in Venezuela where we feature a further three lawyers. Elisabeth Eljuri is the global leader of the firm’s Latin American practice. As well as being one of our most highly regarded lawyers for oil and gas, she is also listed in our chapters on mining and arbitration. Eljuri is “simply fantastic” and provides “clear, sophisticated and pragmatic advice” on a range of landmark international disputes and transactions. Sergio Casinelli is also an “exceptional practitioner” who has “enviable experience” in service contracts for the oil and gas industry and has worked on the review of Venezuelan and Mexican regulatory matters in this area. Leopoldo Olavarría has a “superb” practice in oil and gas which centres on cross border transactions. Another “outstanding” lawyer in Latin America is Pablo Mauricio Alvarado who, based in Bogotá, is qualified to practise in both Colombia and the US. He represents international clients on high-end transactions and ventures. We also list lawyers from Canada, Australia, Singapore, Russia, Italy and the Netherlands in this chapter, demonstrating the impressive international capacity of the firm.With a vast global footprint, it is no surprise that Norton Rose excels in aviation and we feature 14 lawyers from six of the firm’s offices in this chapter. Over the last year they have been a dominant force in the marketplace with high profile matters such as acting for Cathay Pacific in an on-going competition investigation and representing Natixis in a complex, cross border dispute involving leases in default. Lead partner in this case, Patrick Farrell is “one of the stars of the firm” with a practice that centres on international disputes for airlines, banks, lessors, financiers and insurers. He is based in London, alongside six other featured practitioners Duncan Batchelor is a “leading light” in the field and is a “professional, personable and smart” lawyer. He is an asset finance specialist who has particular expertise in cross-border leasing and structured finance transactions. The “very experienced” asset and structured finance lawyer Neil Poland provides “a notably high level of service” for clients in the aviation industry and is praised by clients for his “thorough advice”. Elsewhere in Europe, George Paterson in Paris and Ralf Springer in Munich are highly recommended by our respondents. Paterson is a “first-rate lawyer” who leads the Paris office and its aviation team. Springer heads the banking practice in Munich and is a “technically astute” practitioner. In Asia, Jeremy Gibb is an asset finance lawyer and “the one to call” for financing matters in Tokyo. Leigh Borrello, based in Singapore, is “very responsive” and head of the firm’s Asian aviation finance practice. He is the “lawyer of choice” for many of our respondents. In Johannesburg, Pierre Naude is a “tough litigator” who has a broad contentious practice which includes insurance disputes.Norton Rose is our mining law firm of the year. It has an exceptionally successful practice having recently advised Tizir on the issuance of a $150 million Nordic bond and advised Allied Gold Mining PLC on a $360 million recommended acquisition by St Barbara Mining Limited. We feature nine lawyers from the practice. Yerzhan Kumarov, managing partner of its Almaty office, is a “leading expert” in the region in mining and infrastructure financing. Jorge A Neher is one of two lawyers included from the firm’s Bogotá office. He is a “very talented lawyer” who advises major and junior mining companies on a wide range of issues including financing, transactions and precious stones. Two lawyers are also featured from the firm’s Moscow office. Aydin S Jebrailov has a “detailed and comprehensive knowledge of Russian mining laws” as well as the “ability to develop pragmatic solutions”. Michael Dale is head of the mining law division in the firm’s Johannesburg office and “an expert in the technical side of mining”. He “provides excellent results for his clients”. In Toronto, Marvin Singer has over 25 years of experience in the area and has worked on projects all over the world. He is “a true authority in the area”. The firm also boasts inclusions from Venezuela and London.Two further lawyers of note are Kevin Cron and Brian Gray. Cron is head of the firm’s corporate practice in South Africa and has acted for leading mining groups as well as national and international banks. He is a “dynamic” lawyer who has “an excellent reputation for quality work”. Cron is listed in our capital markets, corporate governance, M&A and project finance chapter. Based in Toronto, Gray is a “well known leader” in intellectual property with a contentious practice which focuses on patent, trademark, entertainment and advertising disputes. He is “brilliant at working efficiently under pressure” and is an “intellectually gifted practitioner”. Gray is listed in the intellectual property section of our life sciences chapter as well as in our chapters on patents and trademarks.The imminent merger with Fulbright & Jaworski will build upon both firm’s strengths in the areas of energy, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, financial institutions, infrastructure, mining and commodities, technology and transport. The combined firm will be a “force to reckoned with”.
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