Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright today announces the
expansion of its Latin America practice through the opening of an office
in Brazil. Norton Rose Fulbright's Brazil practice, based initially in
Rio de Janeiro, will be its 55th office worldwide and its
third office in Latin America, complementing existing offices in
Venezuela (Caracas) and Colombia (Bogotá).
The new practice will be headed by partners Andrew Haynes and Glenn
Faass, who both have long-standing experience of working in Brazil.
New hire Andrew Haynes joined Norton Rose Fulbright on February 3, 2014.
Andrew was previously Assistant General Counsel Global Corporate with BP
p.l.c., overseeing all M&A legal work for BP globally, including in
Latin America. Prior to BP, he served as Deputy General Counsel for BG
Group plc (formerly British Gas and one of the largest foreign investors
in Brazil) overseeing all M&A globally, and was previously BG Group's
Chief Counsel for South America, based in Brazil.
Glenn Faass is the head of Norton Rose Fulbright's Bogotá office and
previously led Macleod Dixon's Brazilian practice for seven years. He
returns to Brazil after heading offices in Russia, Kazakhstan and
Venezuela. He focuses on international M&A, joint ventures, corporate
structures and anti-bribery and corruption in the resources sector.
Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers will practice English, Canadian and US
law, particularly in international M&A, joint venture, securities and
project finance transactions, as well as anti-bribery and corruption and
investigations, restructuring, and international arbitration and dispute
resolution. The Brazil team will focus on oil & gas, energy,
infrastructure, mining and commodities M&A, projects and financing,
including aviation and shipping finance.
The Brazil practice will provide an effective on-the-ground presence to
serve Norton Rose Fulbright's clients' international legal needs in
Brazil and elsewhere in the region. Gloally, it will connect multiple
markets, including the US, China, Germany and Africa with Brazil and the
rest of Latin America.
Andrew and Glenn will be supported by Norton Rose Fulbright's Latin
America group, comprising more than 100 lawyers and headed by Elisabeth
Eljuri (Caracas). The global team includes Willie Wood (Houston), Laura
McMahon (Houston), Tom Vita (London), Robert Milbourne (Brisbane) and
Alexander von Bergwelt (Munich).
Peter Martyr, global chief executive, Norton Rose Fulbright, said:
"Our clients have been asking us to open in Brazil for some time and
this represents the successful completion of a major strategic objective
for us. We will be able to provide our clients with on-the-ground
international legal support for inbound and domestic activities in
Brazil, as well as assist our Brazilian clients with their outward
Elisabeth Eljuri, head of Latin America, Norton Rose Fulbright,
"Our Brazil practice will play a key part in our strategy to target
mandates across Latin America, including the 'Southern Cone' of Chile,
Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay, and to capture intra-Latin
American transactional work.
"We will also seek to represent other Latin American corporates and
financial institutions investing abroad, a trend which we believe will
accelerate. International capability on the ground in Brazil will help
us advise on inbound work to the region including disputes and
Andrew Haynes, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, said:
"Brazil offers significant opportunities across a wide range of industry
sectors, such as oil & gas, energy generally, infrastructure and mining.
I am delighted to be joining an organization with an established Latin
America practice and such strengths in energy and natural resources."
Norton Rose Fulbright has long been established in Latin America
particularly through its Venezuela office, where the practice is ranked
Band 1 in Chambers Latin America 2014 for corporate/M&A dispute
resolution; energy and natural resources; labor and employment, and tax.
The Bogotá office opened in 2010 and is already developing a leading
reputation for energy, infrastructure, finance, project and mining work.
Norton Rose Fulbright's Latin American practice is recognized in both
the Legal 500 2013 and Chambers Latin America 2014 guides in projects
and international arbitration.
Notes for editors:
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the
world's preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full
business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50
cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia,
Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key
industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining
and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences
Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business
principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the
highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to
maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
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