South Africa: Deneys Reitz and Ogilvy Renault to join Norton Rose Group
Last Updated: 15 November 2010

Norton Rose Group
15 November 2010

Deneys Reitz and Ogilvy Renault to join Norton Rose Group
Creating a top 10 global legal practice
 

Deneys Reitz, a leading South African corporate law firm, today announced that it will be joining international legal practice Norton Rose Group on 1 June 2011. Canadian Law firm Ogilvy Renault will be joining Norton Rose Group at the same time. This follows the successful merger of Norton Rose Australia into Norton Rose Group earlier this year.

Together the enlarged Group will be a top 10 global legal practice by number of lawyers with more than 2500 lawyers in 38 offices worldwide.

Peter Martyr, Group Chief Executive, Norton Rose Group, commented:

"This is a very exciting move for the Group and constitutes a significant step towards realising the Group’s global ambition of becoming one of the world’s leading providers of legal services, with offices in the world’s principal business and financial centres."

"Canada and South Africa are increasingly influential economies for our clients in the energy and natural resources, infrastructure, technology and financial institutions sectors. Ogilvy Renault and Deneys Reitz give the Group increased strength and depth of resource and expertise in these sectors. We are seeing a considerable increase in the amount of business flowing between Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia; the enlarged Group will be ideally positioned to target this business growth and to provide our clients with the highest quality of legal services connecting the these regions."

Rob Otty, Deputy Chairman of Deneys Reitz, commented:

"The combination of our years of experience in Africa and Norton Rose Group’s increasing involvement in African business will provide the Group with a springboard to become the premier legal practice in Africa. The global markets are increasingly interested in Africa, which is one of the world’s most rapidly growing economic regions. As part of Norton Rose Group, we expect to be at the forefront of developing Africa’s business ties with the rest of the world and in particular with Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas."

John Coleman, Managing Partner of Ogilvy Renault, commented:

"As our Canadian clients become increasingly successful on the international stage, we need to be able to support their international growth. Norton Rose Group is a global leader, with a highly compatible business focus and client service ethic. Equally importantly, our firms have a similar culture and values. As soon as the initial discussions were underway it became clear that we shared a common global vision particularly as it relates to emerging markets such as Asia Pacific. We have strong synergies with the Group, including practice areas, industry sectors and geographic expansion. This is a tremendous development for the firm and our clients."

The Deputy Chairman of Deneys Reitz, Rob Otty, and the Managing Partner of Ogilvy Renault, John Coleman, and the will join the Group’s Executive Committee.

The two new additions to the Group follow the inclusion of Norton Rose Australia on 1 January 2010.

A full media pack for reporters is located at www.nortonrose.com/groupmediapack

For further information please contact:

Jacqui Hampton, Media and Advertising Manager - Marketing, Deneys Reitz
Tel: +27 11 685 8721; Mob/cell: +27 (0) 83 236 6953
jacqui.hampton@deneysreitz.co.za

Kerrin Roberts, Head of Public Relations, Norton Rose LLP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7444 2596; Mob/cell: +44 (0)7595 886 216
kerrin.roberts@nortonrose.com

Pete Zvanitajs, Senior advisor - media relations (English Press), Ogilvy Renault
Tel: +1 416 216 1871; Mob/cell: +1 416 553 5789
pzvanitajs@ogilvyrenault.com

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