Norton Rose Fulbright appears to be the latest UK firm considering a merger with a New York heavyweight. There have been reports that the firm is engaged in merger negotiations with Chadbourne & Parke.

This follows reports that Eversheds has become a transatlantic legal practice via a merger with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan - a nationwide American practice that is based in Atlanta and Washington. 

Is the race officially on to break the US market?