Just four months after Who’s Who Legal reported the three way merger between Norton Rose, Ogilvy Renault and South African firm Deneys Reitz, Norton Rose is now set to acquire Canadian firm Macleod Dixon.
From January 2012, the enhanced Norton Rose Group will be one of the five largest international legal practices with more than 2,900 lawyers in 43 offices throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The new firm, to be called Norton Rose Canada, will be replacing Norton Rose OR LLP.
Who’s Who Legal currently lists 27 practitioners in seven offices from Macleod Dixon. The combined firm will bring this to a total of 132 practitioners covering 30 practice areas in 28 jurisdictions. The addition of the former Macleod Dixon lawyers will give Norton Rose Group a presence in our banking research for the first time, as well as extending the new firm’s global reach to four new office locations including Almaty, its first central Asian republic stretch with an office in Kazakhstan, Caracas, Bogota and Rio de Janeiro. The leading practice for the combined firm as represented in the Who’s Who Legal research will be mining where 14 practitioners are listed – 10 of whom come from Macleod Dixon.
Calgary-based Macleod Dixon was the first Canadian firm to enter Latin America, opening in Caracas in 1997, and last year set up an office in Bogotá. The firm also has an association with Veirano Advogados in Brazil, which will continue after the merger.
Norton Rose chief executive Peter Martyr says, “Macleod Dixon’s Latin America presence was a major influence in our decision to merge. Latin America is an increasingly influential region for our clients in the energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities sectors.”
Commenting on the merger, John Coleman, managing partner of Norton Rose OR said: “This is about creating a new Canadian powerhouse that can serve clients through its international platform. I believe this changes the legal landscape in Canada. We will have unmatched strength and reach in the mining and energy business in Canada and throughout the world including Latin America. This merger also bolsters our operations in Calgary making us the market leader in western Canada.”
Bill Tuer, managing partner of Macleod Dixon, said: “Our decision to merge was the result of a detailed strategic review. Joining Norton Rose Canada is a major global step in serving our clients through a broader and more sophisticated international practice.” He adds: “We are very excited about joining Norton Rose Group, which has a strong cultural fit and values—something our clients appreciate.”
Macleod Dixon was the recipient of Who’s Who Legal’s Global Mining Law Firm of the Year award in 2009 and 2011.
John Coleman will continue as the managing partner of Norton Rose Canada and Bill Tuer, the current managing partner of Macleod Dixon, will join the executive committee of Norton Rose Canada. He will also join John Coleman and Michael Lang on the executive committee of the group.