Publish in Special Reports - Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Norton Rose Fulbright opens office in Brazil, in part to handle growing demand related to pre-salt oil investments. (Photo: Petrobras)
Norton Rose Fulbright Partners Elisabeth Eljuri, Glenn Faass, Andrew Haynes and Laura McMahon.
BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Norton Rose Fulbright is expanding its Latin America practice through the opening of a new office in Brazil. The Rio de Janeiro office comes on top of already growing business in the other countries it already had offices – Colombia and Venezuela – and other key markets such as Mexico, Chile and Peru.
“It gives us a proximity to important Brazilian corporates that may need support for international matters,” says Andrew Haynes, the Co-Head of the new Brazil Practice who previously served as a general counsel for British energy firms BP and BG. “It also gives us an availability in the time zone and region for matters that may come up, which can be very important, and an understanding of the region’s sensitivities that may make or break a deal.”
Haynes says the Brazil expansion comes on top of an already strong region-wide practice, which includes a large Houston-based Latin America practice in addition to the offices in Colombia and Venezuela. “There is a tremendous depth in Latin America that most international firms don’t have,” he says.
Apart from Brazil, Norton Rose Fulbright is seeing growth in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru, says Elisabeth Eljuri, head of Latin America. Meanwhile, the law firm has also been active in countries like Chile and Uruguay and also sees opportunities in Bolivia, adds Laura McMahon, co-chair of the Latin America Practice Group in the United States.
Keywords: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Pacific Rubiales, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Weatherford