Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright announced Feb. 21 that they will combine in the second quarter of 2017. Chadbourne will cease to exist.

The name of the new firm will be Norton Rose Fulbright and  the firm will have more than 1,000 lawyers in the US, including more than 300 lawyers in New York alone. The global firm will comprise more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices spanning 32 countries.

According to a statement, the combination significantly strengthens both firms’ client offerings and practice capabilities, particularly in the areas of energy and infrastructure, banking and corporate finance, project finance, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory law.

Peter Martyr, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to unite Norton Rose Fulbright with Chadbourne & Parke to create a global law firm that few can match. Chadbourne has a proud history, and is known for its world class practices in energy, infrastructure, banking and finance. Joining forces with our new colleagues, we can offer our clients significant new capabilities in New York and Washington, DC. We will benefit from new offices in Mexico City, São Paulo and Istanbul, and we will be able to offer our clients expanded capabilities in London, Dubai, Latin America and other key markets.”

Andrew Giaccia, Chadbourne & Parke’s Managing Partner, commented:

“Coming together will give us the ultimate advantage of offering superior legal service in virtually all of the world’s key business and financial centers. Our firms share a strategic vision and client focus, and we have highly complementary practice and industry strengths. Following the combination, our global offerings will be virtually unrivalled in many areas, from energy and infrastructure to finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, litigation and regulatory work.”

Daryl Lansdale, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Managing Partner, said:

“We are excited to be growing our presence in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, which, along with Texas, are key markets in the US. Our combination with Chadbourne substantially increases the depth and breadth of our offerings while preserving our unique, collegial culture. Our client service focus remains unchanged, and our ability to meet our clients’ needs has greatly expanded.”

Norton Rose Fulbright differentiated itself in the legal marketplace by becoming the first global law firm to be organized by industry sector, possessing world-class experience in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

Facts and figures:

  • Combination brings together two leading global law firms
  • U.S. practice will have approximately 1,000 lawyers
  • New York office will rank among the city’s 25 largest with more than 300 lawyers
  • Washington, DC office will grow to more than 130 lawyers
  • Global firm will have more than 4,000 lawyers in 58 offices and 32 countries