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Mergers in Canada, South Africa Put Norton Rose in Top Ten

Posted Nov 15, 2010 10:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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U.K. law firm Norton Rose is expanding into Canada and South Africa through mergers with two other firms.

In Canada, Norton Rose is merging with Ogilvy Renault, according to Legal Week, the Am Law Daily and the Toronto Globe and Mail. In South Africa, it is merging with Deneys Reitz. The moves follow Norton Rose’s merger last year with the Australian firm Deacons.

After the latest mergers, Norton Rose will have more than 2,500 lawyers in 38 offices around the world, and revenues of more than $1 billion. It is now among the tenth largest law firms in terms of head count, the Am Law Daily says.

According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, Canadian law firms rarely merge with global law firms. The last significant merger occurred in 1999, between Torys and the New York firm Haythe & Curley.

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