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Fulbright & Jaworski Is Pondering Possible Merger Discussions with Norton Rose, Legal Week Says

Posted Sep 15, 2011 1:11 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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As part of an ongoing international strategy review, Fulbright & Jaworski is reportedly pondering whether it should consider discussing a possible merger with United Kingdom-based megafirm Norton Rose.

Legal Week quotes an unidentified Fulbright partner as saying that entering into merger discussions with Norton Rose is one of several strategic options that the Texas-based law firm is considering.

Although Fulbright & Jaworski lists nearly 900 lawyers on its attorney roster, only about 50 are located in its five international offices, according to Legal Week.

Norton Rose, which has about 2,600 lawyers, has completed mergers in Canada, Australia and South Africa in recent years, but hasn't yet melded with a law firm headquartered in the United States.

“We have made no secret that we want to complete a U.S. merger at some time," chairman Stephen Parish of Norton Rose tells the legal publication. "It is understandable that we are spoken of by Fulbright, but I expect that other firms would also be looking at us as we have proven that we are capable of putting together international mergers.”

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