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Deacons Australia and Norton Rose Have Announced They Will Merge Effective January 1, 2010

Issued: June 01 2009
Deacons Australia and Norton Rose announced June 23 that the two firms will merge effective January 1, 2010. Deacons Australia will make the move after its arrangement with Deacons Hong Kong comes to an end later this year. The new Norton Rose Group will have a turnover of more than £420 million (US$691 million) and more than 1,800 fee earners in 29 offices. In the Asia Pacific region, it will bring together more than 700 fee earners operating from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

“As soon as the initial discussions were underway it became clear that there was a common global ambition, particularly in the predicted growth markets of the future, namely Asia Pacific,” said Don Boyd, chief executive partner of Deacons Australia. “We have shared aspirations regarding strategic growth, both in practice area terms and geographic expansion. The business case is compelling and the synergy of working together is convincing.”

Boyd will take the role of deputy group chief executive, working with Norton Rose group chief executive lawyer Peter Martyr.


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