Norton Rose Fulbright acquires Vancouver firm Bull Housser

Norton Rose Fulbright has acquired Canadian firm Bull Housser, adding 54 partners and a base in Vancouver to its global network.

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Bull Housser lawyers will be brought under the Norton Rose Fulbright name, with Bull Housser managing partner Janet Grove remaining managing partner of the Vancouver office.

She will report to Norton Rose Fulbright Canadian managing partner Charles Hurdon, based in Ottawa.

The move follows Norton Rose Fulbright’s launch in Northern California in June, after it hired seven lawyers from Sidley Austin’s San Francisco office. The team moved over as part of a group hire across the US, which saw Norton Rose Fulbright poach Sidley’s entire public finance team.

Norton Rose Fulbright chief executive Peter Martyr said the Bull Housser combination “reinforces our growing Pacific Rim practice”. Bull Housser specialises in projects and transactions work in the region.

Bull Housser is comprised of 54 partners, 32 associates and four counsel. It joins a firm that saw global revenue rise 3.4 per cent to £1.16bn for the 2015/16 financial year in its third financial year since the merger of legacy firms Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski.

As well as turning the spotlight back on the US this year, Norton Rose Fulbright has also been pushing for greater efficiency across the business. The firm announced in May it would axe 170 global business services roles in favour of opening a back office function in Manila later this year

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