It was only a week ago that Canadian firms McMillan Binch Mendelsohn and Lang Michener announced their merger, which will take effect in January.
Now, Ogilvy Renault has announced that it is about be the first Canadian law firm “to go global” by joining international legal practice Norton Rose Group in June. In addition, South African law firm Deneys Reitz, the 4th largest firm in that country, with 200 lawyers and offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, itself announced that it will join Norton Rose in June. From the Ogilvy announcement:
Together the enlarged Group will be a top 10 global legal practice by number of lawyers with more than 2,500 lawyers in 38 offices worldwide.
Ogilvy Renault will soon be connected across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. Combining with the Norton Rose Group, we’ll be helping Canadian businesses reach their widest audiences yet. Read more about our enlarged Group that will be a top 10 global law firm by number of lawyers.
For more information, see Ogilvy’s full press release, which includes access to an archived conference call, or Norton Rose’s detailed media release.
More media coverage:
- Globe and Mail story
- National Post story
- Financial Post/Legal Post column
- And a rather different take, in a Wall Street Journal law blog post