Norton Rose Fulbright

Comment: A recommended corporate practice whose partners focus on particular sectors. The contacts to insurers, the energy sector and banks are highly established and these resulted in some technology-based instructions from the fintech field. With the notable exception of its stalwart relationship to BMW, NRF only has a smattering of contacts to concerns. There was progress, however, concerning cross-selling work from other practices to the corporate team: the work for DKE, for example, was originally an ?antitrust instruction and NRF helped it to set up a joint venture. NRF also expanded its compliance practice with an experienced in-house counsel from Metro, Michael Wiedmann.
Strengths: Focus on financial services, energy, ?insurance contracts (also in ?M&A), raw materials and pharma; international dispute resolution.
Development potential: NRF is increasingly becoming a platform where the pull of individual partners is less important. This is not without risk, given that NRF wants to generate more high-end work through contacts to concerns, as access to boardrooms is often linked to individual partners.
Recommended: Dr. Andreas Börner, Dr. Klaus von Gierke, Eva-Maria Barbosa, Frank Regelin (“creative, pragmatic, solution-oriented”, client).
Practice: International activity, mainly in the UK, eastern Europe and Canada; fast-growing practices in the US, South Africa, the Far East and Australia. (17 partners, 26 associates, 8 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Sumitomo Electric on SE conversion; Adler Real Estate on AGM; DKE on startup of DKE Data and on research JV with 10 agricultural companies; AGM advice to Mobotix, Paragon.
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