Henry Davis York and Norton Rose Fulbright intention to combine firms



  • With around 160 partners in Australia, we will be the second largest global law firm and in the Top 5 overall, with offices in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Market leading practices in key industry sectors, particularly financial services, government and infrastructure
  • A distinguished client base of Australia's most iconic businesses and government departments
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and Australian law firm Henry Davis York announce their intention to combine their businesses to create one of Australia's most compelling and dynamic law firms.  The proposal for an intention to combine was approved by an overwhelming majority of partners in both firms.  The two firms will work towards finalising the details of the proposed combination with a view to commencing the integration of the businesses later this year.
At a time of significant change for the industry, this proposed combination will provide a powerful new offering to clients who will benefit from the increased scale and depth drawn from two highly compatible firms. This will be particularly evident in the key industry sectors of financial services, government and infrastructure, where both Norton Rose Fulbright and Henry Davis York have established and well-respected teams.
A core focus will be assisting corporate and government clients to manage their exposure to risk through a comprehensive team of risk advisory and regulatory experts that will be market leaders in this growing area.
The combination will also create opportunities for our people to collaborate on the very best local, regional and global work.

Norton Rose Fulbright global chief executive Peter Martyr commented:
“There is a sense of real momentum in our global business right now. The combination proposal in Australia with Henry Davis York is occurring as we join forces with premier New-York based firm Chadbourne & Parke and continue to integrate into our business our new colleagues from Vancouver-based firm Bull Housser.
“The addition of Henry Davis York will give us the critical mass we need in Australia to take full advantage of the steps already underway, at a global level, to modernise our business through the implementation of our 2020 business transformation strategy. This combination will allow us to bring the benefits of this transformation to more clients.”
Norton Rose Fulbright managing partner in Australia Wayne Spanner commented:
“We have admired for some time the way Henry Davis York conducts its business, and we couldn’t be happier that our two firms wish to come together. Our complementary approaches to client service and deep expertise in core industries will create a compelling offering for corporates and governments, not just in Australia but in Asia Pacific and beyond.
“We were ahead of the pack when we announced our game-changing merger with Norton Rose in 2010. We see that the Australian legal market is ripe for the next phase of consolidation and we are satisfied that this combination will bring us another first-mover advantage that will significantly strengthen our brand and footprint in the market.”
Henry Davis York managing partner Michael Greene commented:
“The partners and I have been considering for some time how we could take a proud and respected Australian law firm and re-engineer it for the future. After consulting with our clients, we felt the time was right to look to join forces with an elite global law firm to continue to provide them with an even greater level of service and industry expertise.
“Following our recent investment in our continued growth, particularly in establishing a Canberra office, we are particularly enthused about what this proposed combination will deliver to our long-standing financial services, government and infrastructure clients.”
The respective firms will now work towards a formal combination launch date later this calendar year. Upon that launch, the combined firm will be known as Norton Rose Fulbright.
For more information, contact:
Alex Boxsell, Senior Brand & External Communications Manager, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia
Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8165 Mob: +61 (0)414 985 556
Amanda Winter, Head of Marketing Communications, Henry Davis York
Tel: +61 2 9947 6718
Notes for editors:
Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3500 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Norton Rose Fulbright will combine with Chadbourne & Parke, a leading international law firm, during the second quarter of 2017. Norton Rose Fulbright's expanded practice will have more than 1000 lawyers in the US and 4000 lawyers worldwide.
Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.
Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.
Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, Toronto, Sydney and Johannesburg.
For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com/legal-notices.
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Henry Davis York
Henry Davis York is a market leading, dynamic and diverse law firm. We transform ideas and knowledge into outcomes that count for our clients, our people and our community.
We deliver first-rate thinking and work with our clients to create collectively inventive solutions and generate opportunities. We think outside of the traditional ways of working to achieve the right commercial outcomes and add value to our clients and our people. Attuned to what matters most, we are always actively on our clients' side, determinedly championing their business, seeing things from their perspective and thinking about every way we can help them to succeed.
We advise a range of clients including some of Australia's most iconic businesses, the Big 4 Australian Banks and other financial institutions, government departments and agencies, regulatory bodies, corporates, fund managers and infrastructure developers.
We know what we're good at and what we love doing and we focus on this. This alignment of expertise, passion and focus gives us a strong reputation for partnering with clients across a number of sectors, in particular in the financial services, government and infrastructure sectors.
Founded in 1893, our history is an important part of who we are today. We believe in building relationships with our clients and with our people that have longevity.
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Michael Greene
Managing Partner
Henry Davis York

Wayne Spanner
Managing Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia


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Henry Davis York
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Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
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