Fresh off of rebuilding its cybersecurity practice with a trio of hires in three cities, Norton Rose Fulbright has brought on a pair of partners to bolster its corporate, M&A and securities expertise on both coasts.
The global legal giant confirmed this week its addition of partners S. Ward Atterbury in New York, where he most recently served as co-head of the M&A practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman, and Blank Rome partner Mark Greenfield in Los Angeles.
Atterbury and Greenfield officially joined Norton Rose as partners last week. Greenfield will now serve as head of his new firm’s corporate team in Los Angeles. He has concentrated his practice on corporate transactions, as well as advice and counseling.
“The primary most reason I left my prior firm was to join Norton Rose Fulbright [and] take advantage of the larger platform provided to me through the firm’s global reach and industry focus, which aligns with mine,” Greenfield said.
Prior to joining Blank Rome in late 2009, Greenfield served as the managing partner of Los Angeles-based boutique Greenfield & Rich, where he spent the previous 13 years advising middle-market companies.
Greenfield has worked in corporate finance law for more than 43 years and has extensive experience with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including representing private equity sponsors, corporate acquirers and sell-side entrepreneurs. He also regularly represents public companies, independent directors and audit committees and serves as outside general counsel to multiple clients.
“I hope to be able to service my partners and the firm’s clients with SoCal-centric corporate legal needs,” Greenfield said. “More specific to my practice and its development, I am focused on private equity acquisitions and divestitures, as well as the oil and gas industry, two active areas for Norton Rose Fulbright, where I hope to augment the firm’s practice in these areas.”
Atterbury’s practice focuses on M&A deals and related financings. He joined Katten Muchin’s New York office as a corporate partner in late 2014 after leaving White & Case, where he was named an American Lawyer Dealmaker of the Year in 2009 for his work handling a $17.9 billion initial public offering by credit card giant Visa Inc.
“Norton Rose Fulbright is a tremendous law firm, and their continued focus on growing in New York made this an incredibly appealing destination,” said Atterbury in a statement. “The firm’s global platform and high standard of service offer unparalleled opportunities to its lawyers and clients alike.”
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Big Apple base dramatically grew in size last year following its combination with New York-based Chadbourne & Parke. The combined firm, which in 2017 also absorbed 180-lawyer Australian firm Henry Davis York, now has roughly 4,000 lawyers with 59 offices in 33 countries. According to the most recent Am Law 100 financial data, Norton Rose Fulbright had $1.96 billion in gross revenue last year.
In California, Norton Rose Fulbright hired top technology transactions dealmaker Lior Nuchi earlier this year from McGuireWoods in San Francisco. Last week Norton Rose Fulbright also welcomed aboard Shearman & Sterling counsel Jeewon Serrato, head of the firm’s global privacy and data management practice, as a partner in San Francisco and its new U.S. head of data protection, privacy and cybersecurity.