Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science degree with first-class honours from the University of Cape Town in 1986. On a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University he read law at Keble College, graduating with first-class honours in 1989, and then completed an LLM at Columbia University in 1990. He joined the firm in 1994 and was named partner in 1998.
Mr Norwitz is a member of the American Law Institute, the New York City Bar Association mergers and acquisitions committee and the American Bar Association, where he is active on the corporate governance committee and served on the committee on corporate laws. He teaches a course in mergers and acquisitions at Columbia University School of Law and was a member of an international advisory group to the South African government on company law reform. He is a regular speaker and panellist at professional conferences, has chaired and participated in numerous Practising Law Institute programmes and contributes regularly to professional publications on topics relating to M&A and corporate governance. Mr Norwitz serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the University of Cape Town Fund, Friends of Ikamva Labantu (an organisation supporting grassroots charitable work in South Africa), both of which he chairs, and Friends of the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.
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