New Canadian link for law firm Norton Rose

CITY law firm Norton Rose has sealed its second Canadian merger, announcing a tie-up with resources specialist Macleod Dixon less than a year after it took over Montreal-based Ogilvy Renault.

Norton Rose said yesterday it had inked a deal that would see it team up with Macleod Dixon from January 2012, in a move that will boost its mining and energy practice and help it expand into South America and Central Asia.

“This is another very exciting move for the group,” said group chief executive Peter Martyr. “This merger delivers real strength in energy and mining in Canada, as well as in emerging markets such as Latin America and Central Asia.”

Bill Tuer, managing partner of Macleod Dixon, will join the executive committee of Norton Rose, which will have a total of 2,900 lawyers across 43 offices once the merger is completed.

Once the firms are joined, Norton Rose will add 60 lawyers in Caracas, Venezuela and Bogota, Chile, as well as 13 in Kazakhstan.

Norton Rose Canada, as the group’s Canadian operation will be branded, will have almost 700 lawyers, placing it in the top three Canadian legal practices by headcount.