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Winston Hires 9 Partners from Norton Rose Fulbright

Aug. 1, 2017, 2:07 PM

Nine Latin America-focused partners who joined Norton Rose Fulbright from Chadbourne & Parke in its June merger are already on the move again.

Winston & Strawn on Tuesday announced the hire of the team led by Talbert Navia and Allen Miller, who were co-heads of the Latin America practice at their former firm.

Tom Fitzgerald, managing partner of Winston, said the team joined Winston, at least in part, because of a difference in philosophy at the larger global firm Norton Rose Fulbright.

In an interview Tuesday morning, Fitzgerald explained that the team joining Winston serves as a New York-based international legal advisor to Latin America companies and relies on relationships with local law firms in Latin America for business referrals, as well as legal expertise when advising corporations outside of the region.

Therefore, joining Norton Rose Fulbright was problematic because Norton Rose Fulbright staffs its own lawyers who practice local law and compete with such local firms.

“They didn’t want to go to a firm where they would compete with them,” said Fitzgerald.

A Norton Rose Fulbright spokesman said in a statement that a merger of Chadbourne’s “size and scope brings with it significant changes, and some lawyers leaving is not surprising.”

He also said that the lawyers who remain with the firm “are already leveraging the advantages of our global platform.”

As for Winston, the team from Norton Rose Fulbright adds to the Chicago-founded firm’s goal to expand its corporate transactions practice in New York, where the partners will be based.

Navia, according to an archived version of his biography, has represented large corporations and investement funds in infrastructure and construction projects in the U.S. and Latin America, such as Odebrecht, Camargo Corrêa, Grupo ACS, Zurich Airport, CCR, Brisa, Parsons, Northleaf Capital, among others.

He has also represented Latin America companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and financing — such as Vale, SigmaQ, Corimon and La Grecia — and private equity and venture capital firms as an advisor.

As for Miller, some of his past clients as a corporate lawyer have included asset manager GLG Partners, GE Energy Financial Services and Enersis S.A., a Latin American electric utility, according to his archived bio.

The nine-partner group carries a wide range of specialties: in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financing, private equity, fund formation, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, international arbitration and litigation.

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