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Norton Rose Fulbright


Norton Rose Fulbright - Sydney
  • Level 21,
  • 111 Eagle Street
  • Brisbane
  • Queensland
  • Australia
  • QLD 4000
  • Managing Partner: Wayne Spanner
  • Numberof partners:   140
  • Number of lawyers: 608

Firm Overview:
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. It provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. With more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognised for its industry focus, it is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Wherever it is, the firm operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Financial Institutions:
Norton Rose Fulbright is strong in crossborder transactions, banking and finance, funds management and insurance, with specialist expertise in the energy, mining, commodities and infrastructure sectors. It has a leading practice in Australia including the recent appointment of key lateral partners that have added skill and increased bench strength.
Key Clients: Norton Rose Fulbright works with the banking, funds, insurance and regulatory areas of global institutions, including Australia’s major trading banks, AMP, QBE and Macquarie.
Contact: Adrian Ahern adrian.ahern@nortonrosefulbright.com

Norton Rose Fulbright operates across all areas of the energy sector – renewables, power, oil and gas, regulated assets, water and climate change. With an invaluable understanding of the complex issues surrounding funding, debt structures and government policies, its energy group has advised on some of Australia’s highest profile and most innovative energy projects and issues.
Key Clients: The energy team has relationships with international investors, international and domestic banks, export credit agencies, development banks, major global and local energy companies and energy developers, including ANZ, BP Australia, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, Essential Energy, Hydro Tasmania, JP Morgan, JX Nippon Oil.
Contact: Vincent Dwyer vincent.dwyer@nortonrosefulbright.com

Infrastructure, Mining & Commodities:
Norton Rose Fulbright supports clients on complex, cross-border transactions and has recently worked on some of the largest and most innovative international investments in the mining sector in Australia. The projects team, which includes project finance specialists, has significant expertise in energy and mining infrastructure as well as strong credentials in agribusiness and the areas critical to the production and supply of commodities.
Key Clients: Vale, Banpu, Anshan Iron & Steel, ITOCHU, Shandong RuYi, Theiss, Brookfield, Bechtel.
Contact: James Stewart james.stewart@nortonrosefulbright.com

Technology & Innovation:
Norton Rose Fulbright advises technology, telecommunications and media companies, and leading consumer brands on all aspects of technology development, protection, procurement and licensing such as cloud, and on all types of technology transactions, from licence agreements to joint ventures, global outsourcing deals and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Norton Rose Fulbright is a leading Australian practice in the commercialisation of intellectual property through franchising, licensing and joint ventures.
Key Clients: APN News & Media, Australia Post, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Schweppes Australia, Symantec, Ten Network, and Vodafone Hutchison Australia. Contact: Nick Abrahams nick.abrahams@nortonrosefulbright.com

With the region’s largest shipping and offshore practice, and unrivalled international capabilities, Norton Rose Fulbright is at the forefront of maritime law. It has a unique ‘pit to port’ offering, advising on all aspects of moving energy and natural resources from deep-sea or mine mouth to port, and subsequent export; and from finance and build of rail and port infrastructure to shipping and off-take arrangements. Its aviation practice has particular strength in aircraft financing and counts numerous major and regional airports among its clients, along with the manufacturers, financiers and insurers of aircraft.
Key Clients: Norton Rose Fulbright acts for shipping, rail, airports, airlines, insurers, authorities, financiers and government bodies in the transport sector, including BP Australia, Brookfield Rail Pty Ltd, Caltex Australia Limited, Fugro-Geoteam AS, Japan Airlines International Co Ltd, Queensland Rail Corporation, Rio Tinto Limited, and Toll Holdings Limited.
Contact: Ernest van Buuren ernest.van.buuren@nortonrosefulbright.com

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
Norton Rose Fulbright offers a high quality service across all aspects of life sciences and healthcare. It advises global pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, research institutes, hospitals and health care providers on a wide range of legal issues.
Key Clients: The firm’s blue-chip client base in Australia includes four of the top ten global pharmaceuticals and healthcare organisations, and many other household names such as CSL and Johnson & Johnson.
Contact: Bernard O’Shea bernard.oshea@nortonrosefulbright.com


  • Level 21,,
  • 111 Eagle Street,
  • Brisbane,
  • Queensland
  • Australia
  • QLD 4000
  • Tel +61 7 3414 2888
  • Fax +61 7 3414 2999
  • Level 6, 60 Marcus Clarke Street,
  • Canberra,
  • Australian Capital Territory
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  • ACT 2601
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  • RACV Tower, 485 Bourke Street,
  • Melbourne,
  • Victoria
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  • VIC 3000
  • Tel +61 3 8686 6000
  • Fax +61 3 8686 6505
  • Level 39, BankWest Tower,
  • 108 St Georges Terrace,
  • Perth,
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  • Australia
  • WA 6000
  • Tel +61 8 6212 3222
  • Fax +61 8 6212 3444
  • Level 18,
  • Grosvenor Place,
  • 225 George Street ,
  • Sydney,
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Tel +61 2 9330 8000
  • Fax +61 2 9330 8111
  • DX 368 Sydney