Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright is expanding its Latin America practice with the opening of a new office in Brazil.
To be based initially in Rio de Janeiro, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Brazil practice will be its 55th office worldwide and its third office in Latin America, complementing existing offices in Venezuela (Caracas) and Colombia (Bogotá).
The new practice will be headed by partners Andrew Haynes and Glenn Faass, both of whom have long-standing experience of working in Brazil.
New hire Andrew Haynes joined Norton Rose Fulbright early this month. Previously Assistant General Counsel Global Corporate with BP p.l.c., where he oversaw all M&A legal work for BP globally, including in Latin America, Andrew has also served as Deputy General Counsel for BG Group plc (formerly British Gas) overseeing all M&A globally, and was also BG Group’s Chief Counsel for South America, based in Brazil.
Glenn Faass is the head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Bogotá office and previously led Macleod Dixon’s Brazilian practice for seven years. He returns to Brazil after heading offices in Russia, Kazakhstan and Venezuela. He focuses on international M&A, joint ventures, corporate structures and anti-bribery and corruption in the resources sector.
Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers will practise English, Canadian and US law, particularly in international M&A, joint venture, securities and project finance transactions, as well as anti-bribery and corruption and investigations; restructuring; and international arbitration and dispute resolution. The Brazil team will focus on oil & gas, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities M&A; projects and financing including aviation and shipping finance.
The Brazil practice will provide an effective on-the-ground presence to serve Norton Rose Fulbright’s clients’ international legal needs in Brazil and elsewhere in the region. Globally, it will connect multiple markets, including the US, China, Germany and Africa with Brazil and the rest of Latin America.
Andrew and Glenn will be supported by Norton Rose Fulbright’s Latin America group, comprising of more than 100 lawyers and headed by Elisabeth Eljuri (Caracas). The global team includes Willie Wood (Houston); Laura McMahon (Houston); Tom Vita (London); Robert Milbourne (Brisbane); and Alexander von Bergwelt (Munich).