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First post-merger promotion round sees Norton Rose Fulbright make up 46

Norton Rose Fulbright has announced its first global partner promotions since the merger of Norton Rose and leading Houston energy firm Fulbright & Jaworski took effect in June 2013. A total of 46 partners are being made up, including eight promotions to the South African equivalent role of director.

Twelve of the promotions fall in Europe, where 10 associates have been made up to partner in London, with Canada taking on the next largest grouping of promotions (11), followed by South Africa (8); the US (7); Latin America (3); Australia and Asia (2 each); and the Middle East (1).

The promotions are being made across all eight of the top 10 firm’s global practice groups, with 17 in corporate, M&A and securities; 10 in dispute resolution and litigation; nine in banking and finance; four in intellectual property; two in antitrust and competition; two in employment and labour; and one apiece in real estate and tax.

Female partners account for 20 of the 46 promotions, or 43 per cent.

In  2013, a pre-merger Norton Rose made up 33 partners, marginally down on a 2012 figure of 36. While the total number of partners promoted in this latest round is far in excess of recent Magic Circle figures, including Clifford Chance’s announcement today (23 April) that it will make up 21 partners, the merger has seen NRF become one of the largest of the international firms with 3,800 lawyers across 54 offices, including 11 in the USA.

Peter Martyr, global chief executive, said: ‘We continue to grow globally and I am pleased to welcome the new partners and directors who will play a key role in meeting the needs of our clients around the world. These are our first promotions in the United States following our US combination last year. We have also made a number of promotions in Latin America, which is consistent with the announcement of our Rio de Janeiro office in 2014.’

Details of the global partner promotions are:


Adrian Joyce (banking and finance, Tokyo)*

Shamim Razavi (corporate, M&A and securities, Jakarta) **


Wissam Abwi (corporate, M&A and securities, Sydney)

Toby Biddle (dispute resolution and litigation, Sydney)


Michael Bunn (corporate, M&A and securities, Toronto)

Kyle Kashuba (dispute resolution and litigation, Calgary)

Madeleine Loewenberg (employment and labour, Toronto)

Danielle Maksimow (banking and finance, Calgary)

David Millette (corporate, M&A and securities, Montréal)

Justin Pettigrew (corporate, M&A and securities, Calgary)

Louisa Pontrelli (intellectual property, Toronto)

Katherine Prusinkiewicz (corporate, M&A and securities, Calgary)

Marie-Hélène Rochon (intellectual property, Montréal)

Joshua Sadovnick (dispute resolution and litigation, Calgary)

Kristin Wall (intellectual property, Toronto)


Nadine Bourgeois (banking and finance, Frankfurt)

Sarah Cullen (banking and finance, London)

Chris Down (banking and finance, London)

Marcus Evans (corporate, M&A and securities, London)

Imogen Garner (corporate, M&A and securities, London)

Claudio Grisanti (tax, Milan and Rome)

Sarah McKellar (corporate, M&A and securities, London)

Fiona Millington (corporate, M&A and securities, London)

Simon Ramsden (dispute resolution and litigation, London)

James Russell (corporate, M&A and securities, London)

Mark Simpson (antitrust and competition, London)

Matt Waudby (dispute resolution and litigation, London)

Latin America

Kelly Blondet (employment and labour, Caracas)

Hernán Rodríguez (banking and finance, Bogotá)

Mauricio Zagarra (corporate, M&A and securities, Bogotá)

Middle East

Vandana Rupani (corporate, M&A and securities, Dubai)

South Africa

Louise Campion (banking and finance, Johannesburg)

Lara Granville (antitrust and competition, Johannesburg)

Laurie Hammond (banking and finance, Cape Town)

Tinashe Makoni (banking and finance, Johannesburg)

Vanessa Palmer (corporate, M&A and securities, Durban)

Deniro Pillay (dispute resolution and litigation, Durban)

Tessa Stuart (corporate, M&A and securities, Durban)

Carina van Vuuren (real estate, Johannesburg)

United States

Brian Boyle (dispute resolution and litigation, Houston)

Matthew Dekovich (dispute resolution and litigation, Houston)

Robert Greeson (intellectual property, Dallas)

Eric Herzog (dispute resolution and litigation, Los Angeles)

Stephen Huffaker (dispute resolution and litigation, Austin)

Scarlet McNellie (corporate, M&A and securities, Dallas)

Mark Oakes (corporate, M&A and securities, Austin)

* subject to regulatory approval

** operates as a Senior Foreign Counsel at Susandarini & Partners, in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia