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Norton Rose Australia chairman Adrian Ahern to head global firm

Published 15 February 2013 09:34, Updated 21 February 2013 08:13

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Norton Rose Australia chairman Adrian Ahern to head global firm

Adrian ahern’s appointment as global chair underscores the importance of the Asia Pacific region , says Norton Rose Photo: Virgina Star

Law firm Norton Rose’s Australian chairman Adrian Ahern will take on the additional role of global chairman from May 1.

The Sydney-based Ahern has been chairman of the local operation since March last year. In 2002 he joined Deacons, the local firm that in 2010 became part of UK-based Norton Rose’s global network. He has been on the Norton Rose board since the time of the merger.

Ahern takes over from Norton Rose Canada chairman Norman Steinberg, whose one-year term as global chairman expires. The chairman post rotates between the five member firms.

“The appointment of one of our Australia-based partners to global chairman is a significant milestone, not only for Norton Rose, but for Australian business generally,” says Norton Rose Australia managing partner Wayne Spanner. “Adrian’s global role underscores the importance of the Asia Pacific region in an international business.”

The merger with Fulbright & Jarworski, creating Norton Rose Fulbright, will be completed by next June and will add 800 lawyers to the Norton Rose network of 2900. There will be 1250 partners in total. Total revenue will rise to $US1.9 billion from $1.3 billion.

“I will continue to focus on the growth of our international business as we welcome one of the US’s most highly regarded legal practices, Fulbright & Jarworski, to Norton Rose from June of this year,” says Ahern, an M&A and infrastructure lawyer and former managing partner of Andersen Legal.