Norton Rose Fulbright enhances corporate and M&A practice with new Houston partner

John Bakht

John Bakht

John Bakht

Houston, Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that John Bakht, whose career is highlighted by senior in-house and private practice roles, has joined its corporate, M&A and securities team in Houston as a partner.

Bakht, who joins from Gray Reed, has more than 25 years of experience guiding clients through all types of transactional, commercial, compliance, operational and governance matters. He has negotiated and structured hundreds of domestic and international transactions, including complex mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchases, public and private securities offerings, financing transactions, joint ventures, master service agreements and technology licensing agreements.

Bakht represents a range of clients, including energy services and E&P companies, manufacturers, technology developers and other businesses spanning the tech, energy and industrial sectors.

Jeff Cody, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Managing Partner, said:

“John is a fantastic lawyer who complements and supports our growth strategy for corporate M&A. We are excited to welcome him to our Houston office, where the firm has ­long been recognized as having a strong reputation serving clients.”

Scarlet McNellie, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities, said:

“John has a thriving practice in which he oversees corporate transactions both in the US and globally. The growth of our M&A practice, including specifically in Houston, is a priority for the firm, and John’s business-minded approach will benefit our clients.”

Bakht, who held senior legal positions during his 13 years at Baker Hughes and, more recently, at CARBO and BJ Services, said:

“I am thrilled to join Norton Rose Fulbright because of its impressive global platform as well as its great cultural fit. I enjoyed my experiences collaborating with the firm’s lawyers when I worked in-house, and I look forward to being on this side helping clients.”

Licensed in Texas, Bakht received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. With more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East, Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognized for its industry focus is across all of the key sectors: financial institutions; energy, infrastructure and resources; transport; technology; life sciences and healthcare; and consumer markets. Through its global risk advisory group, the firm leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Operating in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity, Norton Rose Fulbright aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

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