Jeffrey Norton, the former U.S. co-managing partner of Linklaters, is returning to his former longtime firm O’Melveny & Myers from Dechert in New York.
“I don’t view this as a lateral move,” said Norton, who joins O’Melveny as a partner on its corporate finance team. “I view this as sort of getting back to where I probably always should have been.”
Norton first joined O’Melveny as an associate over three decades ago before becoming partner in 1994. He was a part of the firm’s initial expansion of its finance practice when he moved to New York from its Los Angeles office.
In his return to O’Melveny Norton said wanted to be a part of that recommittment and re-expansion effort by the firm to grow its finance practice in the U.S. and globally.
“I’m getting back to my roots,” Norton said. “I grew up at O’Melveny. This is the place that trained me to be the lawyer I am and to have that opportunity to help these guys with their rapid expansion of the finance practice is honestly just the perfect fit for me.”
He has advised clients on a wide array of public and private financing matters, including debt refinancings and acquisitions, with a particular focus on domestic and cross-border corporate and acquisition financing, including leveraged credits and high yield bonds.
In 2005, Norton decamped to Linklaters where he became the head of its U.S. banking practice. Six years later he was appointed co-managing partner for Linklaters’ U.S. offices alongside Conrado Tenaglia, who now co-heads Linklaters’ Latin America practice.
Norton stepped down from his managing partner post nine months early in 2014 to focus on developing the firm’s U.S. banking and leveraged finance practice.
Norton left Linklaters in 2017 to join Dechert as a partner in its corporate securities group, specializing in leveraged finance transactions.
“He has a sterling reputation in the leveraged finance space and shares our core values, including an unwavering commitment to our clients and colleagues,” O’Melveny Chair Bradley J. Butwin said in a statement.
Norton joins another notable New York lateral, aviation finance partner Jason Kaplan, who was hired by O’Melveny for the corporate finance team from Hughes Hubbard & Reed in October.