Norton Rose Fulbright builds in San Francisco with corporate hire from Baker Botts

Kaylee Yang is joining as a partner and focuses on life sciences, TMT, clean energy and entertainment sectors
Portrait of Kaylee Yang

Kaylee Yang

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has hired a corporate lawyer from Baker Botts to boost its deal making capabilities in San Francisco. 

Kaylee Yang joins the firm’s corporate, M&A and securities practice as a partner after five years at her former firm, where she was special counsel. Her practice focuses on M&A, leveraged buyouts, investments and joint ventures as well as operational and corporate and governance strategy, among other matters.

Yang brings with her particular expertise advising companies in the life sciences, TMT, clean energy and entertainment sectors, the firm said. She is the 13th partner and 18th lawyer to be based in NRF’s San Francisco office since it launched there in 2016, as listed on the firm’s website. 

Scarlet McNellie said Yang was an “excellent addition” to the firm’s corporate M&A team in San Francisco. 

“We are committed to continued growth in California, which allows us to represent clients seamlessly with our colleagues in Asia on significant cross-border deals,” she said. 

Yang arrives at NRF as the 27th lateral partner to join the firm stateside this year and the fourth lateral partner to join its corporate, M&A and securities practice in the last six weeks. 

One of those most recent moves was on the West Coast, where the firm hired renewable energy lawyer Elizabeth Sluder from Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles. Elsewhere, it added corporate partner Rajiv Khanna last month from  US national firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney to bolster its cross-border transactions team in New York. 

The firm has also been expanding in the Midwest. Earlier this month, it absorbed a 10-strong renewables-focused real estate boutique in Chicago, four months after it opened up shop in the Windy City as part of its ongoing expansion in the region that also saw it  hire an 11-strong team from boutique trial law firm Blackwell Burke to further grow its Minneapolis office in April.

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