Australian partner to become Global Chairman of Norton Rose
15 February 2013
- First Australian Global Chairman
International legal practice Norton Rose is pleased to announce that the Chairman of Norton Rose in Australia, partner Adrian Ahern will also become Global Chairman, effective from 1 May 2013.
Adrian specialises in M&A and leads the financial institutions industry sector team in Asia Pacific. He is based in our Sydney office.
Adrian takes over from Norman Steinberg, whose term as Global Chairman expires by rotation on 30 April 2013. Norman will continue as Chairman of Norton Rose in Canada and will be a co-chairman of Norton Rose globally.
Peter Martyr, Global Chief Executive, Norton Rose said:
“I am pleased to welcome Adrian to his new role as Global Chairman. He brings exceptional client relationship experience to the practice and I have every confidence he will continue to build on the international work of his predecessor, Norman Steinberg, who I would like to thank. The rotation of the Global Chairman role reflects the global nature of our business. We all benefit from a global group of Chairmen who are working together and sharing knowledge and expertise as we continue to grow internationally.”
Wayne Spanner, Managing Partner, Norton Rose in Australia said:
“The appointment of one of our Australia-based partners to Global Chairman is a significant milestone, not only for Norton Rose, but for Australian business generally. Adrian’s global role underscores the importance of the Asia Pacific region in an international business”.
Adrian Ahern, Chairman, Norton Rose in Australia and M&A partner said:
“This is a very exciting opportunity and I am honoured to be the first partner from Australia appointed to the Global Chairman role. I will continue to focus on the growth of our international business as we welcome one of the US’s most highly regarded legal practices, Fulbright & Jaworski, to Norton Rose from June of this year. My primary focus will be our clients and ensuring we deliver them the highest quality legal advice and industry expertise, wherever they are working with us around the globe”.
For further information please contact:
Samantha Magnusson, senior manager corporate communications, Australia
Tel: +61 (2) 93308138; Mob +61 (2) 423 116 696
Sarah Webster, head of PR, Norton Rose LLP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 5942; Mob: +44 (0)7725 350 425
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About Adrian Ahern
Adrian Ahern is a partner of Norton Rose Australia based in our Sydney office. He practises primarily in M&A and infrastructure related matters and has been doing so for almost 30 years. He is presently Chairman of Norton Rose Australia and also leads the group’s Financial Institutions industry focus strategy in the Asia Pacific region. Mr Ahern studied Law and Economics at the University of Sydney. He also studied in Japan in the mid 1970s and worked on secondment in Tokyo in the in-house legal department of a large Japanese organisation in the mid 1980s.
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Norton Rose is a leading international legal practice. We offer a full business law service to many of the world’s pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia. Knowing how our clients’ businesses work and understanding what drives their industries is fundamental to us.
Our lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders, enabling us to support our clients anywhere in the world. We are strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
We have more than 2900 lawyers operating from offices in Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Prague, Québec, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Warsaw; and our associate office in Jakarta.
From 1 June, 2013 we will forces with leading U.S. law firm Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. to create Norton Rose Fulbright. We will also have offices in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh-Southpointe, Riyadh, San Antonio, St Louis and Washington, D.C. With 3,800 lawyers, Norton Rose Fulbright will be one of the largest global legal practices, with significant depth of expertise in the world’s leading business and financial centres.
Norton Rose is the business name for the international legal practice that comprises Norton Rose LLP, Norton Rose Australia, Norton Rose Canada LLP and Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) and their respective affiliates.