Wallied Soliman, Norton Rose Fulbright.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Walied Soliman, who chairs its Canadian practice, as its new global chair.

With his appointment, Soliman will lead the firm’s global supervisory board for a one-year term effective Jan. 1.

“Being appointed as the global chair of the supervisory board of our firm is an incredible privilege and opportunity,” Soliman said in a statement. “I look forward to engaging with our partners and clients as we continue to develop our market-leading global legal business.”

Soliman succeeds Australian litigation partner Tricia Hobson, who became the firm’s first female global chair last year. Hobson will continue to serve as chair of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Australia practice.

Based in Toronto, Soliman joined the firm in 2005 from Ogilvy Renault, five years ahead of the Montreal-based firm’s merger with Norton Rose.

Soliman specializes in M&A, takeover defense, complex reorganizations and shareholder activism in Canada.

“His extensive experience will be invaluable as we grow these practices worldwide,” Peter Martyr, Norton Rose’s global chief executive, said in a statement.

As the new global chair, Soliman will also focus on developing Norton Rose Fulbright’s cross-border M&A and funds practice, and work to promote diversity and inclusion firmwide, the firm said in a statement.

“The appointment of Soliman to the role of global chair for Norton Rose Fulbright will be a boost to the continued growth of our global business,” Martyr said.