Norton Rose Fulbright has elected Gerry Pecht as global chief executive, effective from 1 January 2021. Pecht will succeed Peter Martyr, who has led Norton Rose, and then Norton Rose Fulbright, since 2002.
Houston-based Pecht, who is a 40-year veteran with the firm, has led its dispute resolution and litigation practice since 2014.
He has represented publicly traded companies in the US and internationally, as well as their officers and directors, and his commercial litigation practice focuses on securities litigation and enforcement, energy litigation, internal corporate investigations, and international litigation and arbitration.
“As home to seven of our 52 global offices, Asia is an incredibly important continent for our law firm,” Pecht told Asia Business Law Journal. “We provide our Asia-based clients with a broad range of local and international advice, while many other clients around the world rely on our cross-border experience in Asia.
“As global chief executive, I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in Asia to create additional client opportunities. On a personal level, Asia is special to me because I spent years of my childhood in the Indian subcontinent, the Philippines and Indonesia.”
Peter Scott, Norton Rose Fulbright’s managing partner in Europe, Asia and the Middle East added: “Asia is a priority for us, and with Gerry we will be making further investment in the region. Our offices in Asia are central to our global strategy, working closely with colleagues and clients around our global network. Gerry embraces Norton Rose Fulbright’s global vision, and continued growth in Asia is a major part of that strategy.”