Norton Rose 'working through the technicalities' of a merger with Chadbourne
Norton Rose Fulbright has announced it is “working through the technicalities” of a planned merger with Chadbourne & Parke.
The announcement came after the Lawyer reported the merger had stalled because of client conflicts, Bloomberg Big Law Business reports. It also came the same day that a New York federal judge denied Chadbourne’s motion to dismiss a pay discrimination suit filed by three female partners. Law.com (sub. req.) also has a story on the announcement.
In a statement, Norton Rose said, “The combination process included an in-depth review of potential conflicts. We have identified very few material conflicts and are working to resolve these.
“We expect our proposed combination with Chadbourne & Parke to enhance our capabilities and add tremendous value to our collective clients. As we are in the process of working through the technicalities of bringing both firms together, it is premature to discuss any further at this stage. An update will be provided in due course.”
The Am Law Daily (sub. req.) recently reported that about 20 Chadbourne lawyers are leaping to Covington & Burling ahead of the merger.