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Ropes & Gray LLP

1211 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10036, USA
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Boston, Central Hong Kong, Chicago, East Palo Alto, London EC4A, London EC4M and 6 more

Top-tier Firm rankings

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s practice is noted for its ‘strong team, with diversity of applicable expertise and good ability to centralize points of contact’. In New York, the team handles real estate-related loan financing for the likes of Blackstone Mortgage Trust and TPG Real Estate Trust, and also serves a range of foreign investors. In an example of the latter, David Djaha and Daniel Stanco represented Duwaliya Real Estate in the acquisition of an office property at 1575 Eye Street, Washington DC. Stanco was also busy in the acquisition space for private equity clients and advised First Atlantic Capital on the joint venture acquisition, financing and development of a $140m condominium development in the Nolita neighborhood of New York. In Boston, the practice was active in a range of investment and finance mandates for funds and investment managers, such as the Baupost Group and Pacific Investment Management Company, and in one highlight, Jack Creedon advised a co-lender on a $500m syndicated loan to Sears Holdings, secured by mortgages on over 20 Sears stores across the US. Other key players in Boston include the highly rated Richard Gordet, who has ‘tremendous experience across a wide variety of transactions, and a practical approach to problem solving’, and Walter McCabe. Since publication, Marc Lazar has joined Goodwin.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Stanco - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

New York-based Michael McGovern is a key contact at Ropes & Gray LLP, which represents companies and individuals in domestic and international criminal antitrust investigations. McGovern, who jointly heads the practice with Mark Popofsky, has experience in a wide variety of investigations, including those concerning automotive parts, capacitors, Libor and foreign exchange products.

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP acts for plaintiffs and defendants in litigation covering the full spectrum of anticompetitive practices, such as tying, price-fixing, monopolization and group boycotts, among others. Washington DC-based practice head Mark Popofsky and Boston’s Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Services in various class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers concerning an optical disk drive price-fixing scheme. The firm has particular strength in healthcare-related antitrust work; notable highlights included acting for Questcor Pharmaceuticals (now part of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals) in Retrophin’s challenge of the client’s acquisition of the rights to Novartis’ Synacthen drug. Chong Park, a notable individual in the Washington DC office, has previous experience serving as a senior attorney at the anti-competitive practices division of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s workload spans multiple industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and information technology. In addition to filing HSR notifications, the group coordinates multi-jurisdictional clearances and assists with investigations initiated by the FTC/DOJ/state attorneys general. Counsel Deirdre Johnson in Boston and Michael McFalls in Washington DC acted as antitrust counsel to Shire Plc in its $32bn acquisition of Baxalta. The pair also acted for Bain Capital in various matters, including its $220m sale of Blackhawk Specialty Tools to Frank’s International. Washington DC-based Jonathan Klarfeld is a seasoned merger enforcement expert, having previously spent 13 years at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Standout in regulatory law’, Ropes & Gray LLP’s group has ‘strong appellate capabilities’. ‘Terrific’ practice head Douglas Hallward-Driemeier demonstrates ‘deep expertise, boundless creativity, tireless work ethic and incomparable geniality’. The team represented three medical associations and six physicians in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Florida regulation preventing physicians from enquiring about patients’ ownership of firearms. Other highlights included defending Media Innovation Group against a putative class action alleging deceptive placement of third-party cookies on internet users’ devices. James Batchelder in Silicon Valley is recommended. In January 2017, Steven Baughman joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

The ‘client-focused, considerate and proactive’ attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP include practice group leaders Joshua Levy and Michael McGovern, based in Boston and New York respectively. Along with fellow Boston lawyer Aaron Katz, Levy successfully represented real estate developer Dustin DeNunzio against charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. New York-based partner Christopher Conniff represented the son of the former majority leader of the New York State Senate in a conspiracy, extortion and bribery trial. Joan McPhee divides her time between Boston and New York. McPhee, McGovern and Katz represented Kurt Mix in a felony obstruction of justice case related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Washington DC lawyer Colleen Conry has considerable anti-corruption experience and New York’s Marc Berger has a strong reputation.

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Katz - Ropes & Gray LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Private equity and healthcare are among the key areas of expertise at Ropes & Gray LLP, which counts Boston Children’s Hospital, TPG Capital and Artis Capital Management among its clients. The firm has litigators in major hubs on the East and West coasts. Among the department’s leading figures are the ‘fantastic’ Robert Fischler in New York, Richard Gallagher, who co-manages the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, Chicago-based Jeffrey Bushofsky, who maintains an active pro bono practice alongside his regular caseload and Anne Johnson Palmer in San Francisco.

Next generation lawyers

Anne Johnson Palmer - Ropes & Gray LLP

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M&A: litigation: defense
M&A: litigation: defense - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘a leading practice for banks in aiding and abetting litigation’ but its practice also has a broader focus. David Hennes in New York is lead counsel to Deutsche Bank Securities in In re PLX Technology Shareholders Litigation, in which plaintiffs allege aiding and abetting of breach of fiduciary duty in the approval of the sale of PLX Technology. Hennes and Boston-based John Donovan acted for Shire US in a case alleging breach of merger agreement brought by stockholders of SARcode Bioscience following its 2013 acquisition by Shire. In Boston, clients praise Christopher Green, whose clients include Silver Lake Partners, and Peter Welsh, who acted in a multibillion-dollar appraisal case for a life sciences company.

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 LLPknows what it is doing in litigation and enforcement matters and always does an excellent job’. The firm’s ‘top-notch lawyers’ include Randall Bodner in Boston and Anne Johnson Palmer in San Francisco, who together represented Keurig Green Mountain in a federal securities case that was voluntarily dismissed when the evidence of confidential witnesses was proven to be unreliable. Boston-based Christopher Green is leading the defense of Sarepta Therapeutics in a case seeking $1bn in damages following setbacks in the filing of a new drug application. The case is now on appeal before the First Circuit. The firm has a strong pharma practice that generates 10b-5 cases and a leading 1940 Act practice representing funds. John Donovan is leading the defense of numerous fund advisers including Pimco in excessive fee litigation. Donovan and David Hennes are advising biopharmaceuticals company Chiasma on a class action.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP boosted its capital markets team in 2016 through the hires of New York-based securities partner Michael Littenberg from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, and San Francisco-based counsel Jesse Cuevas from Shearman & Sterling LLP. The group had a strong year, acting on a string of debut and follow-on offerings and secondary offerings. In a high-profile cross-border deal, life sciences specialist Marc Rubenstein acted alongside the firm’s Hong Kong office in advising Hutchinson China MediTech on its $101m IPO. Among its work for underwriters, practice co-head Patrick O’Brien acted for the lead underwriters in two separate follow-on offerings for Sage Therapeutics totaling $325m. David Fine, Julie Jones and department co-head Paul Kinsella are also recommended. Named partners are based in Boston except where otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings
Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP attracts praise for its ‘impressive depth of experience and market knowledge’ and its ‘extremely professional and capable lawyers’. The issuer-focused practice leverages its enviable private equity client base - Blackstone, Silver Lake Partners and TPG Capital are all on the team’s books - to specialize in advising leading PE players and their portfolio companies on sophisticated high-yield transactions. In a recent example, Boston-based Michael Lee acted for IMS Health Holding, co-owned by TPG, Leonard Green & Partners and CPP Investment Board, in its $1.7bn issuance of dollar and euro-denominated bonds. In New York, Stefanie Birkmann advised Surgery Center Holdings, a portfolio company of HIG Capital, on its $400m senior notes issuance. New York-based Jay Kim is ‘technically excellent’ and acted for West Corporation in its $400m offering of senior secured notes. Boston-based Byung Choi is also a key member of the group.

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Commercial lending
Commercial lending: advice to borrowers - ranked: tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s borrower-led practice has long held a top position in the market, and the ‘highly responsive’ team is also making a concerted push into direct lender work, where it is developing a reputation for its ‘good knowledge of middle-market transactions’. Alyson Allen and Joanne De Silva are highly active in the direct lending market thanks in part to their work for KKR Credit Advisors and Hancock Capital Management; recent highlights include advising the former client on a $625m multi-tranche loan to H.I.G Capital to fund its acquisition of the Keefe and Courtesy groups. On the sponsor side, the firm recently acted for Silver Lake Partners, as co-sponsor with Thoma Bravo, on the financing of the acquisition of software company SolarWinds. The firm is also handling a substantial amount of work for corporates and strategic buyers; recent highlights include assisting Samsonite with a $2.3bn loan connected to its acquisition of Tumi. The highly regarded Byung Choi continues to head the US team, which includes the ‘very goodStefanie Birkmann, Jay Kim and Sunil Savkar.

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 2

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Ropes & Gray LLP has a respected higher education practice but also represents research institutes, foundations, hospitals and academic medical centers on a range of matters associated with their NFP status. Key names in the group include Carolyn Ward, who is a member of the tax and benefits group in the Washington DC office, and tax partners Kendi Ozmon and Lorry Spitzer in the Boston office. Spitzer focuses on the taxation of nonprofit organizations, particularly colleges, universities and healthcare organizations.

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 team at Ropes & Gray LLP often takes on debtor-side mandates and advises distressed portfolio companies of the firm’s many private equity clients. On the creditor side it has represented the unsecured creditors of LINN Energy in connection with the company’s Chapter 11 plan and litigation regarding a complex cash collateral dispute. Mark Bane and Mark Somerstein also represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Magnum Hunter Resources Chapter 11. Keith Wofford focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and alongside Somerstein and D Ross Martin (who splits his time between Boston and New York) represents the official committee of unsecured creditors of Sabine Oil & Gas with its objection to Chapter 11 plan confirmation and various claims against the secured lenders. LINN Energy bankruptcy. Bane and Stephen Moeller-Sally (Boston and New York) co-chair the business restructuring practice. Recent hire Gregg Galardi also comes highly recommended. Lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP had a prolific year and further cemented its position in the high-end M&A market when it acted for Pfizer on its $14bn acquisition of Medivation, and assisted Boehringer Ingelheim in a global license and collaboration agreement with AbbVie to jointly develop and commercialize a IL-23 biologic antibody for the treatment of psoriasis and other immunological indications. Practice co-chair and FDA specialist Gregory Levine represents clients before state and federal regulators in all phases of product lifecycle and assists clients with internal and government compliance investigations and enforcement actions. Levine advised a pharmaceutical manufacturer on FDA labeling and promotional issues relating to the use of new clinical data and led an internal investigation for a pharmaceutical client into a whistleblower complaint alleging violation of company anti-kickback statute guidelines. The group also has a strong patent litigation capability, and continued its successful representation of Medac, and its subsidiary Medac Pharma, in patent infringement litigation brought by Antares Pharma. Another highlight saw the team successfully defending Nevro in two IPR proceedings filed by Boston Scientific before PTAB. Steven Wilcox and Michael Beauvais are ‘extremely knowledgeable in the life sciences space’, as are Mark Bellomy, Marc Rubenstein and David McIntosh. Named individuals are based in the firm’s Boston and Washington DC offices.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Levine - Ropes & Gray LLP

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

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Ropes & Gray LLP is ‘a sophisticated, high-quality practice’ that focuses on convergent healthcare transactions and data privacy issues. The highly regarded John Chelsey in San Francisco advised on the rebrand and reorganization to create Verity Health System out of the Daughters of Charity Health System through a $250m investment from private equity firm BlueMountain Capital. Boston-based Deborah Gardner has been representing Northwell Health in an investigation by the US Department of Justice into alleged False Claims Act violations by the client when cardioverter defibrillators were inserted into six patients at its hospitals. OhioHealth and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan are also clients. Boston-based Mark Barnes is recommended for FDA mandates and Washington DC-based Thomas Bulleitexplains complex matters in a clear language’. New York-based Brett Friedman is now a partner.

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 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP provides ‘an excellent service’ and the group has ‘sound business acumen and deep industry knowledge’. The ‘responsive and personableAndrew Thomases in Silicon Valley is currently representing three computer gaming companies - Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Take-Two Interactive - in a patent suit brought by non-practicing entity Acceleration Bay, which claims infringement of its network-related patents. Thomases represented SmartThings in an infringement action filed by Clean Energy Management Solutions, successfully securing a dismissal. Richard McCaulley heads the practice from Chicago; Silicon Valley-based James Batchelder focuses on major technology-related cases; and Steven Baughman heads the post-grant trial group from Washington DC.

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Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 6

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s client roster features a number of pharmaceutical giants, which the group assists with worldwide prosecution and portfolio management. The group is led by Boston-based Anita Varma and New York-based Joseph Guiliano, and has an active post-grant proceedings practice that is representing a number of consumer technology companies in IPRs and CBM reviews. It successfully defended Nevro’s patent from two IPR challenges filed by Boston Scientific Neuromodulation. Other representative clients include TiVo Corporation, Bayer Healthcare and Samsung Electronics. Former post-grant proceedings head Steve Baughman joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in January 2017.

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Patents: licensing
Patents: licensing - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ and its ‘client services are impeccable’. The group has particular strength in the life sciences space and is highly active in large IP-driven M&A and restructuring transactions. In recent work, the team advised Pfizer on a global alliance agreement with Merck to develop and commercialize MSB0010718C, Merck’s anti-PD-L1 antibody, and advance Pfizer’s anti-PD-L1 antibody into Phase 1 clinical trials. The ‘experienced and intelligentDavid McIntosh advised Sarepta Therapeutics on its exclusive license and collaboration agreement with Summit Therapeutics, granting Sarepta rights to its utrophin modulator pipeline, including its clinical candidate ezutromid. Edward Black heads the mainly Boston-based group, which also includes the ‘practical and smartMark Bellomy and the newly promoted partner Megan Baca.

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 handles the full range of hedge fund matters, including structuring, management and regulatory issues, and is noted for its investor-side practice. Laurel Fitzpatrick advised Bernard Partners - a new management company created by several former partners at D.B. Zwirn & Co - on its entry to the market, which, in an industry first, involved a public Canadian offering. Fitzpatrick also advises Pimco on the launch of both traditional hedge funds and funds with private equity-style features. She jointly heads the practice with Boston-based Leigh Fraser, who advises hedge fund managers on a panoply of regulatory matters. Jessica O’Mary is advising a number of well-known names, including Bain Capital Credit, on debt funds, while Sarah Davidoff is advising Margate Capital Management on compliance issues, and is also advising the same client on the creation of a long-short equity fund. Chicago-based Deborah Monson, who is noted for her expertise in commodities and derivatives, advised Willowbridge Associates on the launch of its first fund using high-volume algorithmic securities trading. The firm’s other clients include Blackstone Alternative Asset Management and Allianz Global Investors. Named attorneys are based in New York unless specified.

Leading lawyers

Laurel FitzPatrick - Ropes & Gray LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jessica O’Mary - Ropes & Gray LLP

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP acts for an extensive range of registered fund clients and attracts praise for its practical approach. Thomas Hiller and Sarah Clinton advise Grantham, Mayo Van Otterloo & Co on a variety of matters, including recently assisting with the registration of shares in GMO SGM Major Markets Fund under the Securities Act 1933 and the launch of GMO SGM Major Markets Series Fund, which will operate under a master-feeder structure. Bryan Chegwidden and James Thomas regularly advise Putnam Funds and its trustees on new product launches, including recently assisting with the launch of a mortgage opportunities fund. In San Francisco, Gregory Davis advises AMG Funds on a range of matters, including a hybrid fund launch allowing retail investors access to private equity funds, which required approval from the SEC and FINRA. Hillier and Chegwidden lead the practice, which includes David Sullivan and New York-based Michael Doherty, who are ‘both highly practical and solutions-oriented’. Doherty and John Loder act for Natixis and Loomis Sayles on their ETF launches, including a socially responsible fund, while Gregory Sheehan is advising the independent directors of Sequoia Fund on board governance issues and litigation arising from losses incurred in relation to its holdings in Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The independent trustees of JP Morgan ETFs and State Street Institutional Funds are also clients. Named attorneys, unless mentioned otherwise, are based in Boston.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Sheehan - Ropes & Gray LLP

John Loder - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Private equity funds
Private equity funds - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Among the few firms with expertise spanning all asset management classes’, Ropes & Gray LLP attracts praise for its ‘team-based culture’ and for having ‘strength in depth across all levels of seniority’. John Ayer advised investment management company Atairos Group on its establishment and the structuring of its investment vehicles comprising more than $4bn in committed capital. The firm supplements its sponsor-side credentials with an impressive LP client base, which includes Stanford University, Canada Pension Plan, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and Harvard University - Larry Rowe advises the last client on buying and selling a range of interests, as well as on co-investment vehicles. Also recommended are Marc Biamonte in New York, who is ‘an excellent fund formation lawyer - thoughtful, responsive and a pleasure to work with’, and who has particular expertise in structuring funds-of-funds and separately managed accounts; regulatory expert Jason Brown, who stands out for his ‘extensive technical and industry knowledge’; Raj Marphatia in Palo Alto, who regularly handles multibillion-dollar fund formations; Chicago-based Matthew Posthuma; and Peter Laybourn and Debra Lussier, who advised Constitution Capital Partners on a $500m fund, as well as on various fund-of-one and separately managed accounts. New York-based Morri Weinberg handles ten-figure buyout fund formations. Amanda Persaud is a new high-profile recruit in New York from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The named attorneys are located in Boston unless specified.

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 and executive compensation (transactions)
Employee benefits and executive compensation (transactions) - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

The Boston-based executive compensation practice at Ropes & Gray LLP works closely with the firm’s transactional team and advises on benefits due diligence, the implementation of new employment agreements, and compliance with ERISA regulations. Renata Ferrari and Loretta Richard lead the group from Boston and the pair advised Mattress Firm on its takeover by Steinhoff and assisted TSSP with its acquisition of part of Credit Suisse’s distressed portfolio. Jonathan Zorn assisted Shire in its merger with Baxalta, while Jennifer Rikoski acted for Bain in the sale of Blue Coat to Symantec.

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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 has ‘a top-notch’ group, which acts for clients including Harvard College and TPG Capital. Practice head Jeffrey Webb’s ‘greatest quality is his expertise’ in litigation, arbitration, class actions and senior executive disputes. Recent highlights for Webb, who divides his time between Boston and San Francisco, included representing Bill’s Taxi in a putative wage and hour class action before a federal court and, together with counsel Jenny Cooper, defending Eminent in restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation with Bop, which attempted to prevent an employee from moving to Eminent. Megan Bisk was promoted to the partnership. Named attorneys are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

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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

Ropes & Gray LLPprovides excellent support, good communications, timely responses and sound legal advice’. Edward Black heads the practice from Boston, where his colleagues include David McIntosh and Mark Bellomy. Black worked alongside ‘thorough and unflappable’ Silicon Valley lawyer Megan Baca in advising marketing and communications agency Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners on matters that include advertising services agreements. McIntosh acted for Boehringer Ingelheim in the formation of a global agreement with AbbVie to develop a biologic antibody for the treatment of psoriasis. Bellomy assisted Pfizer with the formation of a global strategic alliance with Merck to develop and commercialize an antibody for the treatment of cancer.

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has a ‘strong team with great skills and knowledge that is totally dedicated to the process and outcome’. The firm is praised for its life sciences expertise and for its consistent ability to assemble a ‘functioning team with different skills and areas of expertise’ that delivers ‘an aligned and seamless service’. Over the last few years, the firm has managed to develop a hugely impressive strategic M&A practice alongside its longstanding position as a private equity buyouts heavyweight. The life sciences, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors continue to be its forte. Recent work includes advising Shire Pharmaceuticals on its headline $32bn acquisition of Baxalta, a deal which involved significant tax complexities and regulatory issues connected to Shire being a Jersey incorporated company that has an Irish tax domicile and is listed in London and on Nasdaq. The firm also advised Shire on its $6.5bn acquisition of biotech company Dyax. Jane Goldstein is co-head of the M&A group and splits her time between New York and Boston. Christopher Comeau has an exceptional record in high-value life sciences transactions. Julie Jones has an impressive mix of private equity and corporate relationships and Paul Kinsella is noted for life sciences and medical technology transactions. John Sorkin provides additional senior level credibility in the New York office, where he is also noted for representing financial advisers. New York-based Othon Prounis and Carl Marcellino are also strong in M&A and private equity. In February 2017, Paul Scrivano joined the firm's San Francisco office from O’Melveny & Myers LLP as global head of M&A.All 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 is recommended for ‘complicated and sophisticated M&A work’, providing ‘a fantastic M&A service’, ‘a very deep bench of talented partners and associates’ that are ‘deeply entrenched in the private equity M&A market’. The firm represents six of the ten largest US private equity funds, 32 of the 100 largest global funds and more than 35 mid-market funds engaged in transactions ranging from $100m to $1bn. Its two cornerstone bulge-bracket clients remain Bain Capital and TPG Capital. Highlight deals included advising Bain Capital on the proposed dual-track sale or IPO of Blue Coat, which resulted in its $4.65bn sale to Symantec. It also advised Bain and its portfolio business The Weather Company on the sale of its product and technology unit to IBM. In addition, it advised Silver Lake on its $4.5bn take-private acquisition of SolarWinds alongside Thomas Bravo. The team has an especially strong reputation for life sciences, healthcare and technology deals. Experienced figure Alfred Rose and frequent Bain adviser Will Shields head the department, which also includes the seasoned David Chapin, Newcomb Stillwell and New York partners Daniel Evans, Othon Prounis and David Blittner, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in 2016. Kendrick Chow is a ‘go-to buyout lawyer’ and ‘trusted adviser’ with ‘many years of experience in the buyout space’. The firm also has a strong team of partners in Chicago and San Francisco. All 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 protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

Data protection and data breach response - ranked: tier 2

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The ‘top-notchRopes & Gray LLP practice is ‘always professional and timely, consistently operates at a high level and produces exceptional work and guidance’. Boston-based Douglas Meal and Heather Egan Sussman are the main partners; Meal focuses on defending companies targeted by government investigations alleging privacy and data security violations, while Sussman focuses on privacy, information security and consumer protection. Recent highlights include assisting Supervalu with its response to cyber attacks on certain sectors of its computer network, which included investigating the attack, communicating with customers and regulators, and responding to payment card brand inquiries. The team is also representing medical laboratory LabMD in its petition to the Court of Appeal for a review of an FTC decision which held the client liable for allegedly violating FTC rules through its data security practices. Michelle Visser is highly experienced in defending companies against data security breach claims.

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

Ropes & Gray LLP regularly advises technology companies on antitrust, data security, tax and IP issues, as well as litigation, M&A and capital markets matters. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston, and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. Recent highlights include Black acting for TiVo (formerly Rovi Corporation) in a complex patent licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures; and Christopher Rile in New York representing Lytx, a video telematics provider, in its sale to Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR. Other key contacts include New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP advises local and international clients on the full range of domestic and international tax issues, including tax planning, structuring cross-border transactions, and tax-exempt transactions. David Saltzman led the team advising Shire Plc on its $32bn agreement to incorporate global pharmaceutical corporation Baxalta. Other highlights included advising Par Pharmaceutical Holdings on tax issues related to its agreement to be absorbed by Ireland-based Endo International. Kaisa Group, TPG Capital and Hutchison China MediTech are also clients. Elaine Murphy and Rom Watson are other names to note.

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    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.