Norton Rose Fulbright’s Tricia Hobson has stepped down from the role of global chair after her term expired by rotation on December 31, 2018.
The firm’s global chair is the chair of the global supervisory board of the firm, a statement explained.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian chair Walied Soliman has been appointed into the position, with the firm noting that as the new global chair, he will focus on developing the firm’s cross-border M&A and funds practice.
Mr Soliman is considered a leading authority in special situations, the firm said, and has built a dominant legal practice focused on M&A, takeover defence, complex reorganisations and shareholder activism in Canada.
He will also continue to champion initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion across the firm in his new role, the firm noted.
Global chief executive for Norton Rose Fulbright, Peter Martyr, said the appointment of Mr Soliman “will be a boost to the continued growth of our global business.”
“Walied is a leading practitioner in the Canadian M&A, takeover defence, complex reorganizations and shareholder activism market” Mr Martyr continued, reflecting that “his extensive experience will be invaluable as we grow these practices worldwide.”
He also thanked Tricia Hobson as Mr Soliman’s predecessor “for her contribution and commitment to the global business during her tenure as global chair.”
Commenting on his own appointment, Mr Soliman called the role “an incredible privilege and opportunity.”
“I look forward to engaging with our partners and clients as we continue to develop our market-leading global legal business”, he continued.
Lawyers Weekly covered Ms Hobson’s appointment to the role of global chair in December 2017.