Norton Rose Fulbright merger grows infra practice

The legal powerhouse has added Manhattan-based Chadbourne & Parke, strengthening its US presence while adding offices in Mexico City, São Paulo and Istanbul.

One of the US’s largest infrastructure law practices has gotten even bigger, as Norton Rose Fulbright merged with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke.

The merger, in the works since February, will beef up Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice in the US, where 115-year-old Chadbourne & Parke held deep roots. With the deal, the firm’s New York office becomes one of the 25 biggest in the city.

“Our current and potential clients seek robust offerings from us in New York, Washington, DC, and California, which, along with Texas, are key US markets,” said Daryl Lansdale, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US managing partner. “We have found an outstanding fit with Chadbourne, which increases our client capabilities on both coasts.”

The joint firm will now have more than 4,000 lawyers, including around 1,000 in the US, working from offices in 50 cities worldwide. With the merger, Norton Rose Fulbright adds offices in Mexico City, São Paulo and Istanbul.

“Bringing together Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne will enable Norton Rose Fulbright to provide even greater breadth and depth of services to our clients,” said Peter Martyr, the firm’s chief executive.

Norton Rose Fulbright added that the acquisition would particularly strengthen the firm’s infrastructure and energy units.