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Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

The ‘excellent attorneys’ at Ropes & Gray LLP have ‘a strong work ethic’, ‘are highly knowledgeable in their fields and are able to take on complex transactions in a practical and business-oriented way’. The team handles the full range of investment-related issues, advising on tax structuring, ground leases, and debt and equity financing structures for various projects. It also advises on environmental issues associated with project development, such as permitting, regulatory compliance and the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Recent work includes representing Blackstone Mortgage Trust as borrower, securing $12bn in repurchase and secured credit facilities to finance a mortgage loan portfolio; advising TPG Capital on its $1.8bn sale of portfolio company IASIS Healthcare to Steward Health Care System; and acting for American Industrial Partners in its acquisition and disposition of enterprises with significant environmental footprints. London-based Iain Morpeth leads the global real estate team and David Djaha is the key figure in New York, advising on global investments and transactions. Richard Gordet and Walter McCabe are the names to note in Boston, and ‘rising starDaniel Stanco is based in New York.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Stanco - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP fields 15-plus former enforcement attorneys and federal prosecutors from bodies such as the DOJ, FTC and SEC. New York-based Michael McGovern previously acted as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District. Christopher Conniff is also based in New York. The firm’s recent work includes assisting clients with federal investigations into areas such as generic pharmaceutical drugs, financial benchmarking (including ISDAfix and Libor) and freight forwarding. Mark Popofsky heads up the antitrust practice.

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Civil litigation/class actions: defense
Civil litigation/class actions: defense - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s team undertakes a significant amount of work for clients in sectors such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and biotechnology, among others; practice head Mark Popofsky (who is located in Washington DC) and Boston-based Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Storage against price-fixing class actions in Re Optical Disc Drives Antitrust Litigation. In addition to handling class actions, the team’s workload also includes individual actions and merger litigation. IASIS Healthcare, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Yale Medicine and Polar Air Cargo are other key clients. Chong Park, whose practice is split between the Washington DC and San Francisco offices, has nearly 25 years of litigation experience.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Boston-based counsel Deidre Johnson leads Ropes & Gray LLP’s merger control practice. In addition, Ruchit Patel, who is a key contact in the London office, adds UK and EU competition law expertise to the global offering. The team handles HSR filings and co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional merger clearances, and also assists clients with merger investigations and challenges. In a multifaceted transaction, which required multiple HSR filings, the team acted as antitrust counsel to Bain Capital in its acquisition of Surgery Partners from HIG Capital, and also in its acquisition of National Surgical Healthcare from Irving Place Capital. Michael McFalls and Jonathan Klarfeld, who are both based in Washington DC, are recommended individuals in the team. Mark Popofsky, whose practice is split between Washington DC and San Francisco, is overall head of the antitrust group.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

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Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s group is headed by Joshua Levy in Boston and Michael McGovern in New York. McGovern acted alongside Boston-based Joan McPhee and Aaron Katz, as well as Doug Hallward-Driemeier in Washington DC, for Kurt Mix in a two-count felony obstruction of justice case in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, leading to a community service sentence with no fine or restitution. Levy is representing Interline Brands in an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General into potential claims under the FCA. Marc Berger left the practice in December 2017 to become director of the New York regional office of the SEC.

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Katz - Ropes & Gray LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is notable for its track record in litigation for private equity firms. Healthcare litigation is another standout area; in one recent highlight, a cross-office and cross-practice team represented American Kidney Fund in a litigation effort against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concerning an interim final rule enacted that would impact on dialysis patients and providers; the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction freezing the rule indefinitely; Jeffrey Bushofsky in Chicago and Timothy McCrystal in Boston were the lead partners. Jane Willis and Gregg Weiner head the commercial litigation group from Boston and New York respectively; New York-based Robert Fischler is also recommended.

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M&A litigation: defense
M&A litigation: defense - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

At Ropes & Gray LLP, ‘the level of service is extremely high - its impressive and smart lawyers do a great job all round’. David Hennes in New York and Boston-based Peter Welsh lead the corporate and shareholder litigation practice. The pair secured a favorable settlement for biopharmaceutical company Medivation in two appraisal cases in Delaware arising from its $14bn acquisition by Pfizer in 2016. Welsh and San Francisco-based Richard Gallagher represented MACOM Technology Solutions in a disclosure-based class action arising from a $770m acquisition. Leading light John Donovan in Boston secured a motion to dismiss a case against Shire US Holdings after Fortis Advisors alleged that milestone payments were due under a merger agreement that led to the acquisition of SARcode in 2013.

Leading lawyers

John Donovan - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLPhas great experience in 10b-5 cases, especially in the life sciences sector’ and ‘a prominent practice in 36b cases for mutual funds’. The firm has a deep bench of trial lawyers, including many former federal prosecutors and attorneys with in-house experience in the enforcement divisions of the SEC and DOJ. In Boston, Randall Bodner is ‘a dean of the Bar’, according to one client. John Donovan, who is handling several Section 36(b) excessive fees cases, and Christopher Green are recommended. Bodner and Anne Johnson Palmer in San Francisco are defending Keurig Green Mountain in a stockdrop case in which the Second Circuit reversed a dismissal of all claims and a motion for summary judgment has now been filed. Peter Welsh, who is handling a 10b-5 case for LPL Financial Holdings, and New York-based David Hennes are chairs of the corporate and shareholder litigation practice.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

The ‘outstanding’ capital markets team at Ropes & Gray LLP is regarded by many as ‘a go-to practice for private equity funds’ - its client base also encompasses corporate issuers and investment banks. Jointly led from Boston by Patrick O’Brien and Paul Kinsella, the large national group also includes key practitioners in San Francisco and New York. In a major coup, San Francisco’s Thomas Holden advised Canada Goose Holdings, as the issuer, and Bain Capital, as a selling shareholder, on both Canada Goose’s C$340m IPO and its $259m follow-on offering. In another cross-border highlight, O’Brien, together with the firm’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices, advised China-based biotechnology company Zai Lab on its $172.5m IPO. Boston partners David Fine and Craig Marcus advised Planet Fitness on three separate follow-on offerings worth $306m, $326m and $348m respectively.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP pairs its enviable private equity client base with ‘a truly remarkable team of lawyers’ to create a compelling issuer-side offering. The group is regularly engaged to act on complex and multi-faceted transactions, such as New York-based Jay Kim and Boston-based Kevin Jarboe’s advice to Blackstone and new healthcare IT joint venture Change Healthcare in obtaining $6.6bn in financing, including high-yield bonds. In another high-value deal, Boston’s Michael Lee - who is ‘a highly committed counsel’ - advised IQVIA on two senior notes issuances worth $1bn and €625m respectively. Boston-based Byung Choi, who co-leads the firm’s global finance group, is a key figure in the team and alongside New York’s Stefanie Birkmann assisted Surgery Partners, and its majority shareholder Bain Capital, with its issuance of $370m in high-yield bonds and amendments to its $400m of existing high-yield bonds, to help finance its acquisition of National Surgical Healthcare.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘a world-class’ banking practice that is particularly well known for its sponsor-led advice where it acts on a broad range of mid and large cap transactions. The ‘outstanding’ team is ‘easy to work with and ensures, in each engagement, to focus on the client needs’. Recently the firm advised the Blackstone Group and Change Healthcare Holdings on the $6.6bn financing required to help facilitate its joint venture with McKesson Technology Solutions into a leading global health care services and IT company. The firm also represented Surgery Partners and its majority shareholder, Bain Capital, on the $1.3bn financing for its acquisition of National Surgical healthcare. Beyond the private equity sphere, the firm represented corporate client IQVIA on a $1.5bn bond issue used in connection with its three-way merger with Quintiles Transnational Holdings and IMS Health Holdings. Highly regarded global co-head Byung Choi leads the team out of Boston, ably supported by Stefanie Birkmann, Jay Kim, Sunil Savkar, and Alexander Zeltser (‘outstanding and brings a balanced aggressive approach to agreement development and administration’) in New York. The firm also has an increasingly active direct lending practice jointly led by Alyson Gal in Boston and Joanne De Silva in New York. Clients on this side include KKR Credit Advisors, Hancock Capital Management, and Benefit Street Partners.

Leading lawyers

Byung Choi - Ropes & Gray LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sunil Savkar - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has a notable track record in assisting academic medical centers, research institutes, hospitals, foundations and universities with a broad spectrum of matters relating to their tax-exempt status. Names to note include Washington DC-based counsel Carolyn Ward, who is a member of the tax and benefits group, and Boston-based tax partner Kendi Ozmon. Lorry Spitzer retired in December 2017.

Leading lawyers

Carolyn Ward - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

The ‘uber-responsive and proactive’ business restructuring group at Ropes & Gray LLP demonstrates ‘deep business acumen and industry knowledge’ and provides ‘great value for money’. The team has been particularly busy with creditor-side mandates in the energy space with a string of engagements in high-profile matters: recently, the practice advised Elliott Management Corporation and several of its managed funds as creditors on claims totalling $2.6bn related to the Energy Future Intermediate Holdings Company bankruptcy. In the Chapter 11 restructuring of Linn Energy, ‘brilliant strategists’ Mark Bane and Keith Wofford acted for the official committee of unsecured creditors. The practice was also engaged by an ad hoc group of GenOn noteholders in the company’s bankruptcy case. On the company side, Gregg Galardi represented Gawker Media in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and footwear brand AeroGroup in its out-of-court restructuring and later Chapter 11 filing. New York-based Bane and ‘accomplished litigatorStephen Moeller-Sally in Boston jointly head the team. Mark Somerstein in New York dedicates ‘endless energy and attention to clients’ and Boston-based Andrew Devore is a ‘capable up-and-comer’.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences
Healthcare: life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s team often advises clients on high-profile corporate and litigation matters. Co-chair Gregory Levine, along with Zach Blume and Paul Kinsella, led advice to Aegerion Pharmaceuticals on various contentious and non-contentious issues, including the negotiation of a consent decree with the FDA and DOJ. Michael Beauvais assisted Bain Capital with a $55m financing and investment round for German biopharmaceutical company InflaRx. David McIntosh acted for Akebia Therapeutics on various corporate transactions, including a number of major licensing agreements. The team, which includes the well-regarded Steven Wilcox, Mark Bellomy and Marc Rubenstein, was bolstered by the arrivals of Paul Scrivano in San Francisco from O'Melveny & Myers LLP and David Blittner in New York from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. All partners are based in Washington DC and Boston unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Levine - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Healthcare: service providers
Healthcare: service providers - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Led by Deborah Gersh in Chicago and Timothy McCrystal in Boston, Ropes & Gray LLPprovides excellent service across the board’ including advising on healthcare transactions, regulatory compliance, reimbursement issues, government investigations and enforcement actions. Anne Phillips Ogilby in Boston is ‘a fabulous, wonderful and well-recognized expert in her field’; she recently acted for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health System on a potential affiliation. The highly regarded John Chesley in San Francisco advised MemorialCare Health System on the transfer of an acute care hospital to an unrelated operator and McCrystal assisted the American Kidney Fund with various matters pertaining to the Health Insurance Premium Program. Deborah Gardner is recognized for her Medicare and Medicaid expertise; she recently assisted Dana Farber Cancer Institute with a challenge to Medicare’s reimbursement of an uncompensated care pool tax. Other names to note include Boston-based Mark Barnes, Thomas Bulleit in Washington DC, and New York-based regulatory specialist Stephen Warnke.

Leading lawyers

Stephen Warnke - Ropes & Gray LLP

Thomas Bulleit - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage
Patent litigation: full coverage - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Mainly active in the electronics, life sciences and technology sectors, Ropes & Gray LLP has recently bolstered its PTAB practice with the arrival of Washington DC’s Scott McKeown from Oblon and increased its life sciences expertise in New York with Filko Prugo from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Richard McCaulley in Chicago and Andrew Thomases from the Silicon Valley office jointly lead of the practice. The recent caseload includes representing Godo Kaisha IP Bridge in multi-patent litigation against Broadcom and assisting TiVo with the filing of patent infringement suits against, among others, Comcast, ARRIS and Technicolor. CJ CheilJedang, Fujitsu and Honeywell are also clients. Mark Rowland, James Batchelder and Gabrielle Higgins in Silicon Valley and Jesse Jenner in New York are key contacts. Steven Baughman and counsel Megan Raymond left for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, while Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is active in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and technology sectors. The firm’s main presence is in Boston where practice head David McIntosh and Mark Bellomy are based. Silicon Valley’s Megan Baca is also noted. A major highlight was assisting Akebia Therapeutics with its $1bn collaboration licence agreement with Otsuka Pharmaceutical for the development and commercialisation of an aenemia drug treatment, one of several strategic licence agreements that the client entrusted the practice with. In other work, Edward Black led in advising investment managing firm Tudor Investment on a collaboration agreement with an engineering firm in the field of artificial intelligence to advance trading strategies. Other clients include AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Lantheus Holdings and TPG Capital. James McGraw joined Gray Reed.

Next generation lawyers

Megan Baca - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s hedge fund team advises a number of leading names on issues ranging from trading and commodities through to fund regulation and formation. In New York Laurel FitzPatrick advised PIMCO on launching several funds, including funds-of-funds and emerging market funds, while Joel Wattenbarger is advising Sequoia Capital on a range of regulatory and compliance issues, including broker-dealer matters. Jessica O’Mary, who has advised Angelo, Gordon & Co on several fund launches, and Sarah Davidoff, who advises Dragoneer Investment Group, are also names of note. In the Boston office, Leigh Fraser advised Arrowstreet Capital on forming several new quant funds, which included complex regulatory matters regarding algorithmic trading. Away from the East Coast, Deborah Monson in Chicago has futures expertise. Other clients include D E Shaw and Och-Ziff Capital Management.

Leading lawyers

Laurel FitzPatrick - Ropes & Gray LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jessica O’Mary - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds
Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds - ranked: tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

Primarily based in Boston, Ropes & Gray LLP is ‘one of the leaders in the mutual fund arena - the depth and industry knowledge of the registered funds team is excellent’. George Raine and Gregory Sheehan (‘a true expert in ’40 Act law, who provides both funds and independent directors with excellent, practical advice’) advised Baillie Gifford Funds on matters including forming an impact fund. John Loder continues to advise Natixis and Loomis Sayles’ fund groups. Other key names include Brian McCabe (who deploys his ‘superior intellect’ as fund counsel for clients such as Brighthouse Funds), Sarah Clinton, James Thomas and Timothy Diggins, who advises State Street Global Advisers. In Chicago, Paulita Pike (‘a vital partner to clients’ success in growing and governing large assets under management figures’) continues to advise the trustees of Jackson National Life Funds, and Gregory Davis acts as fund counsel to AMG Funds, which sponsors 46 mutual funds, and its affiliate AMG Pantheon Fund, a registered fund-of-private equity funds. Further independent trustee representations include those of Lord Abbett Funds (handled by New York-based Bryan Chegwidden), JP Morgan ETFs and FlexShares ETFs. Chegwidden and Thomas Hiller head the team.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Sheehan - Ropes & Gray LLP

John Loder - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Private equity funds (including venture capital) - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘deep knowledge on both private equity fund formation and the creation of alternative asset management businesses - the partners are of course thoughtful and knowledgeable, but the intelligence and experience of the senior associates is extremely impressive too’. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in the investor representation space; Larry Rowe continues to advise Harvard University on a range of limited partner commitments. On the sponsor side, John Ayer advised Altamont Capital Partners on raising its third fund, which raised $1bn, and assisted Cove Hill Partners, a new manager formed by Bain alumnus Andrew Balson, with forming its first fund. Other names in the Boston office are Debra Lussier, who advises BV Investment Partners, and Peter Laybourn. In New York, Morri Weinberg advised Accolade Capital Management, a venture capital and growth equity manager, on forming Accolade Partners VI, while the ‘thoughtful, responsive and knowledgeableMarc Biamonte acts for leading names in the sector in funds-of-funds. In Chicago, Matthew Posthuma handles real estate fund work. In manager M&A, Raj Marphatia in Palo Alto advised ArcLight Capital Partners on its sale of a minority stake to a syndicate including Goldman Sachs and Wafra. Amanda Persaud in New York has ‘excellent judgment and experience in connection with fund formation and creating and managing alternative asset management businesses’; her work includes manager spin-outs. Other clients include Canada Pension Plan and Temasek.

Leading lawyers

John Ayer - Ropes & Gray LLP

Next generation lawyers

Peter Laybourn - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

In recent highlights, Ropes & Gray LLP acted for healthcare investment fund CRG regarding the executive compensation and ERISA issues surrounding the closure of CRG Partners III, and advised China Oceanwide on the regulatory compliance aspects of its acquisition of Data Group and its subsidiaries. Key names to note include Jennifer Rikoski, Loretta Richard and William Jewett, who oversaw State Street’s sale of its interest in Boston Financial Data Services. Renata Ferrari heads the team with Richard, and New York-based Alexandra Alperovich is also noted. Named individuals are based in Boston unless otherwise indicated.

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Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP regularly defends high-stakes class actions and collective actions, and has a specialist focus on advising on sensitive matters involving senior executives and management, including handling investigations into allegations of misconduct. Practice head Jeffrey Webb in Boston worked alongside Rocky Tsai in San Francisco to represent Arctic Glacier in a putative nationwide wage and hour collective action and a California class action. Webb was also successful in defending Loomis Sayles in a civil action brought by Consiglia Stacey Grove alleging age discrimination. HeartShare, SkillSoft and Berkeley Research Group are also clients. Also in Boston, Peter Ebb, counsel Jenny Cooper and associate Douglas Brayley are recommended.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

Known for its life sciences expertise, Ropes & Gray LLP’s practice handles a wide range of licensing and commercial agreements. Practice head Edward Black led advice to Tudor Investment Corporation on various IP transactions, including drafting agreements regarding a collaboration with an engineering firm. The group acted for Bain Capital Private Equity in all aspects arising from its acquisition of Innocor from a Sun Capital Partners affiliate. Mark Bellomy was engaged by Sarepta Therapuetics on the company’s sponsored research and option agreement with Généthon. David McIntosh and Silicon Valley-based Megan Baca are key names. All other partners are based in Boston. Other clients include Akebia Therapuetics, Pfizer and Juno Therapeutics.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is gaining further ground on its rivals, particularly through the build-out of its New York office and its growing presence on the West Coast. In 2017, the firm hired Bay Area giant Paul Scrivano as global head of the M&A practice. He brings considerable experience in technology sector deals, most notably in the semiconductors space. Nationwide the firm remains a leader in life sciences and healthcare, and in the asset management sector. It has also made considerable headway in representing financial advisers to M&A transactions, particularly following the recruitment of John Sorkin in 2015. He and his team have cemented stronger relationships to key investment banks, enabling the firm to increase its market share of financial adviser roles, but also gain recommendations and referrals from influential bankers. It continues to be recognized as a leader in private equity, which frequently leads to prime strategic M&A engagements, and is able to provide support in Food and Drug Administration (FDA) matters, tax, data privacy, intellectual property and executive compensation. It advised cornerstone client Bain Capital on a Bain-led consortium’s $18bn acquisition of Toshiba Memory from Toshiba Corporation, reported to be the largest Japanese deal since 2011 and the largest private equity and leveraged finance deal ever in Asia. A team led by Scrivano advised Mentor Graphics on its $4.5bn acquisition by Siemens Industry. In another major deal, the firm advised Multi Packaging Solutions on its $2.28bn acquisition by WestRock, one of the world’s leading paper and packaging providers. Other clients include Bright Horizons, Covidien, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Habit Restaurants, Marquee Brands, Pfizer, Planet Fitness and Reebok International. Other key partners include New York and Boston based Jane Goldstein, who is co-head of the M&A group, Christopher Comeau, who is recommended for large-cap life sciences deals, and chair-elect Julie Jones, who covers both private equity buyouts and strategic M&A. Paul Kinsella is also recommended for life sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotech transactions. New York-based Othon Prounis and Carl Marcellino are also noted for their mix of strategic M&A and private equity. Named partners are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has made further inroads into the large- and mid-cap market, building on its long history in the sector and its strength in key areas such as debt finance, tax, executive compensation and regulatory issues. In recent years, the firm has invested in expanding its private equity team in Chicago and on the West Coast, leading to greater connections to the likes of Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco and others. Bain Capital, TPG and Welsh Carson are amongst its longest-standing clients, though its wider client base includes Carlyle, Genstar Capital, HIG Capital, Summit Partners, TH Lee Partners and Baring Private Equity. It advised Bain Capital on a Bain-led consortium’s $18bn acquisition of Toshiba’s semiconductor business, reported as the largest Japanese deal since 2011 and the largest-ever private equity and leveraged finance transaction in Asia. It also represented TPG Capital in its $4.2bn carve-out of McAfee from Intel, in which TPG and Intel have formed a new joint venture with the private equity house having the majority stake in McAfee. The ‘go-to’ firm is a ‘top performer’, ‘responsive’ and ‘has a high-quality work product’. It is ‘excellent in terms of addressing issues, being commercial in its negotiations and is very easy to work with’. Will Shields leads the team and is a key relationship partner for Bain Capital. David Blittner has played a pivotal role in developing the firm’s presence in New York, as have Othon Prounis and Daniel Evans. Chair-elect Julie Jones is another prominent member of the team, as are Alfred Rose, David Chapin and Newcomb Stillwell. Chicago’s Neill Jakobe has contributed significantly to the firm’s growing practice away from the East Coast. In San Francisco, Jason Freedman is ‘practical’, ‘solution oriented’, has ‘a strong business sense’ and ‘strong M&A expertise’. Named lawyers are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

Leading lawyers

Alfred Rose - Ropes & Gray LLP

David Chapin - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Data privacy and data protection - ranked: tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

As ‘the key name in the market for data breaches’, Ropes & Gray LLP defended Arby’s Restaurant Group against third-party claims arising from a recent payment card breach, advised Hilton Worldwide on two separate data security incidents affecting certain Hilton-branded hotels, and acted for Supervalu on its response, investigation and subsequent litigation relating to cyber attacks on parts of its computer network. Other clients include Jetro Holdings, Target, Terra Firma Capital Partners and The Home Depot. Practice co-head Douglas Meal is the key name for government investigations, enforcement issues and litigation, while fellow co-head Heather Egan Sussman handles regulatory and advisory work. Michelle Visser in San Francisco and Seth Harrington are also recommended. Named attorneys are based in Boston, unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

Douglas Meal - Ropes & Gray LLP

Heather Egan Sussman - Ropes & Gray LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michelle Visser - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Particularly focused on private equity sponsors, Ropes & Gray LLP’s clients span software, the internet, financial services, healthcare, consumer technology, media, semiconductors and telecoms. Recent work includes advising Mentor Graphics on its sale to Siemens Industry. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein (who splits her time between Boston and New York) and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields are other key contacts. Global M&A head Paul Scrivano joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in early 2017 and splits his time between the New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s tax practice covers corporate and transactional tax for public and private companies as well as private equity, mutual, sovereign wealth and hedge fund taxation and advice relating to tax-exempt entities. New York partners Leo Arnaboldi and Adam Greenwood assisted Lightower (LTS Group Holdings) with its sale to Crown Castle International for $7.1bn. David Saltzman in Boston acted for Multi Packaging Solutions International in its $2.28bn sale to WestRock, while Jay Milkes in New York represented Kohlberg & Company in the formation of its eighth private equity fund worth $2.2bn. Boston-based team lead Elaine Murphy advised Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Trust Fund on its $150m structured equity investment in the recapitalization of the development project ROW DTLA in Los Angeles. Investment fund tax lawyer James Brown, who joined the New York office from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in January 2017, is recommended.

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