Norton Rose Fulbright to Open in Brazil
LONDON, February 19, 2014
LONDON, February 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
*Andrew Haynes joins Norton Rose Fulbright as Brazil co-head
*Current head of Colombia, Glenn Faass, also co-heads
*Global legal practice to expand into largest Latin American market
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 55 ^th 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 practise 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
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. Globally, 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
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 in-bound and domestic activities in Brazil, as well as assist our
Brazilian clients with their outward investment activities."
Elisabeth Eljuri, head of Latin America, Norton Rose Fulbright commented:
"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
"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
in-bound work to the region including disputes and regulatory."
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 organisation with an established Latin American
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; labour 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 recognised in both the Legal 500 2013 and Chambers Latin America
2014 in projects and international arbitration.
Notes for editors:
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world's
pre-eminent 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 and
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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Fulbright Canada LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as
Deneys Reitz Inc) and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, each of which is a separate
legal entity, are members ('the Norton Rose Fulbright members') of Norton Rose
Fulbright Verein, a Swiss Verein. Norton Rose Fulbright Verein helps
coordinate the activities of the Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not
itself provide legal services to clients.
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