Norton Rose Fulbright has a long legacy in the United States
that spans more than nine decades of practice in dispute resolution
and litigation, transactional business law and intellectual
Norton Rose Fulbright is the product of one of the largest
combinations within the legal profession in recent history. The
U.S. law firm Fulbright & Jaworski joined with U.K.-based
Norton Rose on June 3, 2013 to form Norton Rose Fulbright. Norton
Rose Fulbright now has more than 3,800 lawyers based in over 50
cities across the United States, Europe, Canada, Latin America,
Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
While providing major corporations and financial institutions
across the globe with a full array of business law services, Norton
Rose Fulbright also works with innovative startups, particularly in
the United States and wherever creative entrepreneurs are reshaping
the marketplace. From information technology to biosciences to
energy and numerous other areas, Norton Rose Fulbright helps
clients turn their ideas into growing businesses.
Norton Rose Fulbright provides services across all key industry
sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and
commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life
sciences and healthcare.
Norton Rose Fulbright operates in accordance with its global
business principles of quality, unity and integrity. A recent
example of celebrating its global brand and team culture was the
firm's corporate partnership with the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1
team. It was also appointed as the global legal advisor to the
Additionally, the firm participated in the 2014 BP MS 150
bicycle ride from Houston to Austin. One hundred and forty-seven
riders from 24 offices around the world participated, and Norton
Rose Fulbright raised more than $300,000 for multiple sclerosis
In another recent global initiative, the firm sponsored the
Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, a two-year
circumnavigation of the world by the Jubilee Sailing Trust's tall
ship, Lord Nelson. Upon the ride's completion, the ship will have
taken its mixed crews of disabled and able-bodied sailors four
times across the equator, reaching seven continents, covering
50,000 miles and visiting 30 countries.
Norton Rose Fulbright obtained landmark
settlements for Feld Entertainment Inc, owner of the Ringling
Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, with the Humane Society of
the United States, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals and other animal rights groups and their lawyers. Under
the settlements, HSUS, ASPCA and other involved parties agreed to
reimburse Feld Entertainment for more than $25 million in legal
fees incurred over nearly 14 years of manufactured litigation in
which the parties attempted to outlaw Feld's use of elephants in
the circus and which the presiding judge ruled was frivolous,
vexatious and unreasonable from inception.
Norton Rose Fulbright attorneys were retained
by the National Football League Players Association on a
high-profile investigation into Ray Rice's suspension for violating
the league's personal conduct policy. Norton Rose Fulbright
investigated the league's handling of the situation, including due
process, discipline, facts and conduct both of the League Office,
which suspended Rice, and the Baltimore Ravens, which terminated
Norton Rose Fulbright advised Sierra Oil &
Gas S. de R.L. de CV, Mexico's first independent exploration and
production company in relation to the $525 million investment
commitment made by private equity firms: Riverstone Holdings LLC,
EnCap Investments and Infraestructura Institucional. The investment
allowed Sierra to fulfill plans to participate in exploration,
development and production optimization opportunities, which have
made possible by Mexico's recent energy reform. Additionally,
Sierra may consider opportunities in hydrocarbon transportation,
storage and processing.
Norton Rose Fulbright represented Mattress
Firm Holding Corporation, the largest specialty bedding retailer in
the U.S., on its $425 million purchase of The Sleep Train Inc.
Mattress Firm has more than 1,500 stores in 36 U.S. states and the
acquisition adds more than 300 additional retail stores in
California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. Pro forma
annual revenue is combined estimated to be $2 billion annually.
Norton Rose Fulbright succeeded on a summary
judgment motion in a $256 billion suit against BP. The federal
trial court held that a former BP contractor and an environmental
advocacy group had no standing or evidence to support a lawsuit
alleging violations of the federal False Claims Act and the Outer
Continent Shelf Lands Act.
Norton Rose Fulbright advised Gulf Finance
House in connection with an investment by Middle Eastern investors
in the Alta Vista multifamily portfolio in Houston. This landmark
deal stands as the first Islamic Finance cross-border,
multi-jurisdictional real estate transaction.