Denys Reitz joins UK-based law firm

5 January 2011

South African law firm Denys Reitz is to join multinational law firm the Norton Rose Group from June this year, in a move aimed at expanding its client base and increasing its access to international skills and resources.

Norton Rose, with its headquarters in London, is an international legal practice offering full business law services, with a strong presence in the fields of financial institutions, energy, commodities, infrastructure, transport and technology.

Ogilvy Renault, a leading Canadian law firm, will also be joining the new group. Also joining the expanded group will be Africa Legal, a division of Denys Reitz that focuses on providing legal services across the African continent.

The expanded group will be led by Peter Martyr, currently the CEO of the Norton Rose Group, while Denys Reitz deputy chairman Rob Otty will join the expanded firm’s board.

Top 10 global practice

According to Denys Reitz, the move will turn the expanded group into one of the top 10 global practices by number of lawyers, with more than 2 500 practitioners in 38 offices worldwide.

“This is a major strategic step for our practice, which already operates in three cities across South Africa and has a large footprint across the African continent,” Denys Reitz said in a recent statement.

“We firmly believe that Africa and the rest of the globe will become increasingly important to our clients in the years to come, and by combining the practice it will provide us with a depth of international resources from which we can continue to build our already significant network of offices.”

According to Denys Reitz, there will be strong business and client synergies in the combined practice, particularly in Africa, Europe, UK, the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East.

“We are confident that the increased strength and depth of coverage will improve the group’s service to clients worldwide,” the law firm said.

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