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Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Antitrust

Civil litigation/class actions
Civil litigation/class actions - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP differentiates itself by its ability to handle both defendant and plaintiff work and acts for companies such as Google, Cablevision and Polar Air Cargo. The firm’s broad-ranging expertise in class actions complements its antitrust practice, as demonstrated by the fact that the team, which is led by Washington DC-based Mark Popofsky, is involved in high-profile cases such as Re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation, where Popofsky and Boston-based Jane Willis are defending Hitachi-LG Data Services. Healthcare is a real sector strength and a cross-office team of Washington DC and San Francisco lawyers represented Questcor Pharmaceuticals (now part of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals) in a challenge brought by Retrophin to Questcor’s acquisition of the rights to Novartis’ Synacthen drug. Jerome Katz is a key contact in New York.

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Merger control
Merger control - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

With 16 partners in Washington DC, New York and Boston, Ropes & Gray LLP’s antitrust group obtains merger clearance for clients in various industries, with a focus on health services, pharmaceuticals and the chemical industry. As an example, the firm advised Synageva BioPharma in its sale to Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Counsel Deidre Johnson in Boston serves as the head of the firm’s premerger notification practice. Jonathan Klarfeld and Michael McFalls are two other key partners.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate
Appellate: courts of appeals - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP saw an uptick in work in the IP space in 2015 and is handling several ongoing patent appeals. James Batchelder, Steven Baughman and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier defended SAP America in five patent infringement claims brought by Versata, which marked an end to long-running litigation in what was a landmark win for the client. The group has considerable success in shareholder disputes across a range of sectors, but most notably in the life sciences space. On behalf of Columbia Laboratories, it recently secured a ruling from the Third Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action filed in 2012 in the wake of the FDA’s denial of approval of an application by the client to market a drug for the prevention of pre term birth; the unanimous decision marks a growing trend towards the disclosure of FDA interactions.

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has a strong private equity client base, and also represents companies in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Other clients include Target, which a cross-office team including Douglas Meal and Richard Batchelder in Boston and Michelle Visser in San Francisco represented in an MDL in the District of Minnesota. Robert Jones and Christopher Green in Boston and San Francisco-based Rocky Tsai were part of a team that secured the dismissal of a case arising out of bankruptcy litigation for key client Bain Capital.

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has ‘a prominent M&A litigation practice’ and is particularly active in industries with a high volume of transactions, such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences. The firm has handled high-profile cases in the new wave of matters filed against financial advisers, and John Donovan in Boston represented Goldman Sachs in connection with Allergan’s $69bn tender offer for Valeant Pharmaceuticals. He is also acting for Pfizer in an investor lawsuit attempting to prevent its $17bn acquisition of Hospira. The firm also has a leading private equity practice and frequently represents some of the sector’s biggest names in deal-related litigation. Robert Jones in Boston is recommended and David Hennes - who recently joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - is active in post-closing disputes.

Leading lawyers

John Donovan - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Securities litigation - defense
Securities litigation - defense - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Climbing the ranking is Ropes & Gray LLP, which has expanded its securities litigation and regulatory enforcement capability with key hires such as ‘first-rate litigator’ David Hennes, who joined in New York from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. The practice is led from Boston by Jane Willis and Robert Jones, and from New York by Zachary Brez. Boston-based John Donovan won a big victory for Goldman Sachs at trial in a case alleging that it misled shareholders of Dragon Systems, and Randy Bodner acted in a class action for Apricus Biosciences. Richard Gallagher in San Francisco led settlement negotiations in re Biolase, Inc. Securities Litigation, in which plaintiffs made allegations of false and misleading financial statements. The firm has a strong buy-side focus and is a key player in matters involving big pharmaceutical companies and private equity funds.

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White-collar criminal defense
White-collar criminal defense - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Highlights for Ropes & Gray LLP included defending Kurt Mix, a former BP drilling engineer accused of obstruction of justice in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Boston-based Joan McPhee and the New York-based Michael McGovern were part of the team that ensured Mix was acquitted of the criminal charges against him. The firm conducted an independent investigation for GlaxoSmithKline concerning allegations of corruption in its Chinese operations. The New York-based Christopher Conniff is defending Adam Skelos, the son of a former New York State majority leader, in a high-profile public corruption case in the Southern District of New York. The practice is co-led by Washington DC’s Colleen Conry and Boston’s Joshua Levy. Boston’s Brien O’Connor and New York’s Eva Carman are also recommended.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: equity offerings
Capital markets: equity offerings - advice to issuers - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP represents corporate issuers, major investment banks and private equity firms in all aspects of capital markets transactions, particularly when it comes to handling follow-on offerings and private placements. David Fine assists with various equity and investment deals; he recently advised Planet Fitness on its $216m IPO, backed by private equity sponsor TSG Partners. Julie Jones and San Francisco-based Thomas Holden are also key figures; they recently acted for supply retailer Party City in its $372m IPO. Other notable clients include The Habit Restaurants, IMS Health and Petco Holdings. Patrick O’Brien and Paul Kinsella head the practice from Boston, where the team is based.

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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 provides a ‘very high level of service’ in relation to high-yield debt offerings. Much of its work in this space stems from its numerous private equity relationships, and in particular from leveraged buyouts and recapitalization and refinancing transactions. A notable highlight from 2015 included New York-based Jay Kim assisting Party City with the complete refinancing of its capital structure, which included a $350m offering of senior unsecured high-yield notes. The firm also acted for TPG, Bain Capital, Blackstone and American Industrial Partners in acquisition-related high-yield offerings by respective portfolio companies. Boston-based Byung Choi and Jason Serlenga and New York-based Stefanie Birkmann are other names to note.

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Commercial lending: advice to lenders - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

The ‘exceptional’ team at Ropes & Gray LLP, which has ‘top-notch’ capabilities acting for both sponsors and borrowers, stands out not just for its ‘huge deal flow’, but also its ability to ‘make things happen’ and ‘drive a great outcome with the banks’. The team is split across the firm’s Boston and New York offices and has a ‘deep bench’, which includes Jay Kim, Byung Choi and Michael Lee; the trio stand out for their ‘fantastic level of creativity’ and ability to ‘persuade opposing counsel’. Recent deals include assisting Surgery Center, an H.I.G. Capital portfolio company, with structuring and obtaining $1.36bn of first and second lien financing to fund the acquisition of Symbion, which was handled by Stefanie Birkmann, and advising GT Advanced Technologies on a debtor-in-possession term loan facility, where Alexander Zeltser took the lead. The group’s work on the lender side, where Alyson Gal Allen is a key name, has evolved from its funds practice, and its reputation in the direct lending space was strengthened further in 2015 by the arrival of Joanne De Silva from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Highlights included its advice to MAST Capital Management and other financial institutions, as the majority lenders, on an out-of-court restructuring of SONIFI Solutions’ $350m term loan facilities. Steven Rutkovsky, Sunil Savkar and recently promoted partner Jason Serlenga are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

Byung Choi - 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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP acts for many of the US’ largest universities, research institutes, foundations, hospitals and academic medical centers. In Boston, Lorry Spitzer focuses on the taxation of nonprofit organizations, especially colleges, universities and healthcare organizations; and Kendi Ozmon’s experience includes leading the advice to a nonprofit organization during its two-year IRS audit, further to which neither taxes nor penalties were imposed. Carolyn Ward in Washington DC is a key counsel.

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Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP seven-partner group, divided between Boston and New York, leverages the firm’s well-known private equity capabilities to advise funds on distressed assets. In 2015, it also showcased an ability to secure significant mandates in headline cases: D. Ross Martin, Mark Somerstein and Keith Wofford are representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the $2.6bn Chapter 11 of Sabine Oil & Gas; and the same team is acting for Delaware Trust as indenture trustee for $3.6bn of first lien notes of Energy Future Holdings in its $40bn filing. Further demonstrating its skill in big-ticket indenture trustee mandates, it is acting for Wilmington Trust in the bankruptcies of RadioShack, Momentive Performance Materials and Walter Energy. Mark Bane and Stephen Moeller-Sally chair the practice.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has a high standing in the market, attracting praise for its ‘profound understanding of not just the substantive areas of law but also the industry and enforcement trends’. It also stands out for its ‘responsiveness and general client service’, which is ‘second to none’. The practice has a strong presence in the M&A space, acting for household pharmaceutical companies such as Shire, Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Allergan in complex cross-border deals; it also has capability in FDA enforcement matters. The Boston-based Marko Zatylny and Paul Kinsella advised Pfizer on its $17bn acquisition of Hospira, the leading provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies and a worldwide leader in biosimilars. Mark Bellomy advised Pfizer on a collaborative agreement with Merck to develop and market an anti-PD-L1 antibody designed to treat various types of tumor. Steven Wilcox assisted Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, with its definitive agreement to divest its US license rights to the Nucynta franchise of products (and certain related assets) to Depomed. Marc Rubenstein and FDA regulatory specialist Gregory Levine head the practice from the firm’s Boston and Washington DC offices respectively. Within the team, Paul Kinsella and Joy Liu are also highly recommended.

Leading lawyers

Gregory Levine - Ropes & Gray LLP

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is immersed in the healthcare sector and provides ‘absolutely outstanding legal services’. It is frequently highlighted for its representation of private equity houses in their investments and interests in the healthcare space. It recently expanded its team with the hires of San Francisco counsel Ira Parghi from Northwell Health, and data privacy and security expert Heather Sussman from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Boston. Transactional and regulatory expert Michael Lampert is ‘highly intelligent’, has ‘superb interpersonal skills’, ‘tremendous attention to detail’, and is an ‘incredibly effective negotiator’. New York fraud and abuse specialist Stephen Warnke is frequently identified as a leading practitioner, as are Deborah Gersh, who advised Madison Dearborn Partners on its $1.4bn acquisition of a majority interest in Walgreens Infusion Services; Thomas Bulleit, John Chesley, Timothy McCrystal, Nancy Forbes and Deborah Gardner.

Leading lawyers

Nancy Forbes - Ropes & Gray LLP

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’s experience spans a wide range of industries, with the group having handled matters in electrical engineering, pharmacology, biochemistry and aerospace engineering, among others, and it provides strong expertise in cross-border patent matters. The firm successfully represented Spansion in a series of suits against Taiwanese company Macronix, obtaining several sanctions against the defendant and preventing the importation of the infringing flash memory chips. On the life sciences side, New York-based Bradford Badke is representing medical technology company Bio Telemetry (formerly CardioNet) in a series of patent infringement suits across various venues, and the firm is also acting for Purdue Pharma in its claims against several companies, asserting infringement of patents covering its OxyContin product. James Batchelder is the key contact in Silicon Valley; Washington DC-based Steven Baughman has notable cross-border experience; and New York-based Brian Biddinger is also recommended.

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Patents: portfolio management and licensing
Patents: portfolio management and licensing - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s IP practice fields a number of transactional attorneys who regularly handle M&A and restructuring transactions involving crucial IP considerations. It has been particularly active in the healthcare space, advising a number of key players in the sector. As an example, Mark Bellomy assisted Pfizer with its headline immuno-oncology collaboration with Merck. Anita Varma is acting for longstanding client Bayer HealthCare in a wide variety of IP matters, including portfolio management, licensing and due diligence relating to IP asset targets. Boston-based Edward Black co-heads the IP transactions and technology, media and telecoms practice; his clients include Dunkin’ Brands and the National Football League.

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Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) - ranked: tier 6

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP acts for cutting-edge companies in electronics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, finance and branded product, including the likes of Bayer HealthCare, Altera and Rovi Corporation. The team is led by Anita Varma and Joseph Guiliano, based in Boston and New York respectively. James Haley is another name to note and has notable experience in US and worldwide patent prosecution in all areas of biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. Washington DC-based Steven Baughman chairs the firm’s post-grant patent office invalidity challenge practice, and has handled more than 100 CBM and IPR proceedings, including in more than 20 proceedings that have been argued through to final oral hearing before the PTAB.

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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 has a deep bench of more than 200 lawyers worldwide, which collectively acts for one third of the 50 largest hedge funds in the US, and 18 of the 50 largest hedge funds worldwide. Jointly led by Laurel FitzPatrick and Leigh Fraser, the team handles the full range of fund formation, operational, regulatory and enforcement matters for managers such as DE Shaw and PIMCO. The firm also advises a healthy stable of start-up managers such as Hunter Peak Investments, which Sarah Davidoff is assisting with forming its global long/short equity hedge fund, in addition to providing advice on structuring the management company. It is also seen as a particular go-to for issues spanning derivatives trading, commodities and special situations transactions. Other areas of strength include litigation, tax, ERISA, and compensation and profit-sharing arrangements. Key names in the team include special situations expert Jeffrey Katz and Deborah Monson, who is at the forefront of CFTC initiatives. New York-based Brynn Rail joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Leading lawyers

Laurel FitzPatrick - Ropes & Gray LLP

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

Ropes & Gray LLP

Spread across its US and European offices, Ropes & Gray LLP’s team comprises 130 lawyers and acts for more than 2000 registered funds and their independent directors or trustees, which collectively hold more than $2 trillion in assets under management. The group’s expertise spans a wide range of vehicles, including open and closed-end funds, variable annuity and variable life insurance products, business development companies and ETFs, and registered funds investing in hedge funds. Joint group head Bryan Chegwidden has acted for the Putnam Funds and their independent trustees for more than 20 years, advising it on the distribution of US funds in Europe and Asia. Chegwidden also assists non-US sponsors with their entry into US markets. Fellow group head John Loder is a leading name in the registered funds space and has a wealth of experience in the organisation of investment managers and registered investment companies. The team recently advised Calamos on the launch of a $600m closed-end fund, and advised PNC Funds on its money market fund offerings in the light of the SEC’s new rules. Key figures in the heavyweight team include Timothy Diggins, Thomas Hiller, Gregory Sheehan and Adam Schlichtmann. Sarah Clinton, whose experience includes structuring registered funds and advising on alternative strategies such as registered funds of hedge funds and multi-manager funds, was promoted to partner. Paul Dykstra and Paulita Pike joined from K&L Gates, while Brynn Rail arrived from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In 2015, Richard Marshall moved to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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

Over the last five years, Ropes & Gray LLP has handled the formation of more than 500 funds for some of the most prominent investment managers in the private equity industry. Over the same period, the practice has advised investor clients such as endowments and fund-of-funds, on their investments, including assisting Harvard University with structuring vehicles for co-investment and direct investment opportunities. On the sponsor side, the team is particularly active in regulatory issues involving the requirement to register under the Investment Advisers Act, as well as on day-to-day compliance issues and counselling clients on preparing for SEC examinations. Boston-based John Ayer and London-based Matthew Judd jointly lead the team, which includes Raj Marphatia, Debra Lussier, Larry Rowe and Matthew Posthuma.

Leading lawyers

John Ayer - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Labor and employment

Employee benefits and executive compensation
Employee benefits and executive compensation - ranked: tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP

Alongside a strong ERISA practice, Ropes & Gray LLP has a notable transactional workload. William Jewett advised Cubist Pharmaceuticals on its sale to Merck, while Loretta Richard assisted Par Pharmaceutical Holdings with its sale to Endo International. In the private equity space, Richard advised Bain Capital and Blackstone Group on the sale of some of The Weather Company’s assets to IBM, and Renata Ferrari assisted Berkshire Partners with its purchase of Fibertech Networks. Peter Rosenberg acts for a number of well-known businesses on ERISA Title I compliance matters. Jennifer Rikoski, whose expertise includes sports industry executive compensation, was made partner in November 2015. All named lawyers are based in Boston.

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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 gained extensive experience in lawsuits filed by highly compensated senior executives. In a recent example, practice head Jeffrey Webb represented Covidien, with its ex-president and CEO, in a federal lawsuit brought against it by a former senior executive who joined a competitor prior to Medtronic’s acquisition of the company. It was alleged that the plaintiff was misled about the sale and that they would have maintained their position had they known about the deal; Webb, who splits his time between Boston and San Francisco, and Boston counsel Jenny Cooper (a former partner at Bingham McCutchen) are awaiting a decision to dismiss the claim. Wrongful termination cases, putative wage and hour class actions, and whistleblower claims also formed part of the recent workload.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

Commercial deals and contracts
Commercial deals and contracts - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s six-partner team handles Stanford University’s technology work, and recently assisted with revamping its standard technology licensing forms in order to take on more complicated arrangements; it also provided strategic advice in negotiating existing arrangements. San Francisco-based James DeGraw is experienced in technology-focused M&A and is skilled in structuring complex and strategic technology relationships, including cross-border joint ventures, multifaceted business licensing transactions and outsourcing relationships.

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M&A: large deals ($1bn+)
M&A: large deals ($1bn+) - ranked: tier 6

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is best known for its supreme private equity practice, but its record in strategic M&A continues to grow steadily. The arrival of seasoned M&A specialist John Sorkin from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is another step in this direction. The firm’s standing in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors and in intellectual property law has helped it achieve significant roles in a series of big-ticket transactions. Data privacy and restructuring-driven transactions are also key strengths. The firm advised Ireland-based Shire on its proposed $30bn acquisition of Baxalta, the developer of products for the treatment of hematology and immunology; Boston’s Christopher Comeau led the advice. The firm also advised Pfizer on its $17bn acquisition of injectable drugs and infusion technologies company Hospira. Clients recognize the firm as ‘a clear leader in private equity’ with the ‘best sponsor leveraged finance practice in the US’. Boston’s Julie Jones is a ‘go-to public M&A lawyer’ who ‘understands how boards think and how investors can work with companies to build constructive partnerships’. Co-head of the M&A group Jane Goldstein is now principally located in New York and has helped to give the firm additional M&A strength in the city, where Othon Prounis is also a key name. Boston’s Paul Kinsella is prominent in life sciences.

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Private equity buyouts
Private equity buyouts - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP has an excellent reputation in private equity, representing large US and global funds as well as a vast number of mid-market firms. The group includes 45 partners mainly working from the firm’s Boston and New York offices, with additional attorneys in Chicago and San Francisco. Throughout 2015, the firm continued to develop new client relationships, adding the likes of CIVC Partners, McNally Capital, Exponent Private Equity and GHO Capital to its roster. It also remained active on behalf of two of its cornerstone clients, TPG Capital and Bain Capital, both of which were assisted with a large number of transactions. For instance, Will Shields represented Bain in its approximately $2.4bn acquisition of IT security solutions provider Blue Coat Systems from Thomas Bravo. For TPG Capital, the firm assisted in its takeover of Life Time Fitness, and Jason Freedman in San Francisco assisted the same client with its acquisition of a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil. Other longstanding clients include The Carlyle Group and Apax. The firm recently added to its fine reputation in healthcare and life sciences by advising Advent International on its agreement with Nautic Partners to invest in Genoa; Matthew Richards in Chicago and Newcomb Stillwell led the advice. Department head Alfred Rose is a ‘terrific lawyer’; Kendrick Chow as well as New York-based Othon Prounis and Daniel Evans are also noted. David Chapin is the firm’s managing partner. John Sorkin joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and David Blittner from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Alison Bomberg left for a major hedge fund and Merrill Ulmer joined Dickstein Shapiro, which was then acquired by Blank Rome LLP in February 2016; Ulmer has since moved to Holland & Knight LLP. All lawyers are based in Boston, except where otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Alfred Rose - Ropes & Gray LLP

David Chapin - Ropes & Gray LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law
Cyber law - ranked: tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP

The Ropes & Gray LLP team advises clients on all aspects of cybersecurity and responses to cyber intrusions, including investigations, remediation and regulatory and contract compliance. San Francisco-based James DeGraw is recommended for his ‘knowledge and experience’, and Seth Harrington in Boston ‘is very knowledgeable and professional’. Douglas Meal and Heather Egan Sussman co-head the privacy and data security practice; Sussman recently joined from McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Clients include Target, Neiman Marcus, Genesco and Home Depot. For Wyndham Hotels, the team has been handling various data security breaches of the computer networks of a number of independently owned Wyndham-branded hotels in which payment card data was collected; the FTC lawsuit settled in December 2015 with an agreement to establish an information security program that will include annual auditing.

Leading lawyers

Douglas Meal - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Technology: data protection and privacy
Technology: data protection and privacy - ranked: tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP

Heather Egan Sussman in Boston leads Ropes & Gray LLP’s practice along with Rohan Massey in the London office. Sussman is a recent arrival from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and brings longstanding expertise in privacy, information security and consumer protection. The team advises Under Armour on the privacy, security and data management aspects of its connected fitness division and related mobile applications. Deborah Gersh is co-chair of the healthcare practice and led work for Heartland Dental, which involved the discovery of an ongoing, multi-year attack on various websites belonging to the client. The team also advises Service Management Group, a market research and consumer insight company, on its global privacy program, cybersecurity, international data transfers, and on the privacy and security aspects of its mobile application.

Leading lawyers

Heather Egan Sussman - Ropes & Gray LLP

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Technology: transactions
Technology: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s technology team comprises transactional, regulatory and IP lawyers, which ensures that most bases are covered for its roster of finance, telecoms, internet and other clients. The group leaders are Edward Black, Jane Goldstein and Andrew Thomases, based in Boston, New York and Silicon Valley respectively. In the New York office, Christopher Rile and Harry Rubin advised Titan Outdoor on a public communications structure franchise agreement to provide free Wi-Fi to areas of New York City. Boston’s William Shields was one of the lead partners advising Lightower Fiber Networks and Berkshire Partners - one of Lightower’s financial backers - on a $1.9bn merger agreement between Lightower and Fibertech Networks. TPG, Belden and Bain Capital are other key clients. James Batchelder in Silicon Valley is another name of note in the practice.

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United States: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP drew on its strong private equity client base to advise on a number of significant mandates in the debt finance and acquisition space. For Blackstone Mortgage Trust, New York-based David Djaha and Daniel Stanco advised on a $4bn credit facility from Wells Fargo to finance its acquisition of a portfolio of commercial mortgage loans from General Electric; and for TPG Capital, Djaha and Jack Creedon handled the acquisition of a majority interest in a high-yield real estate loan portfolio from Deutsche Bank. In other highlights, practice head Marc Lazar advised a joint venture on the $145m sale of two master-planned communities in Texas and Colorado, while Walter McCabe had a key role in the $200m acquisition and financing of a mixed-use office tower and data center in Houston. Richard Gordet is ‘very client friendly’ and has ‘solid technical and market knowledge’. All named partners are based in Boston unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 6

Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP’s team advises on all types of domestic and international tax issues, including planning and structuring cross-border transactions. It also has expertise in tax-exempt matters and represents universities, hospitals and large private foundations. Christopher Leich and Elaine Murphy head the department from the Boston office. Highlights included advising Cubist Pharmaceuticals on tax matters relating to its $9.5bn acquisition by Merck; David Saltzman led the team. Lee Allison led advice to private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners as it bought a minority stake in Pabst Brewing Company; Oasis Beverages was the majority purchaser in a deal totaling $700m. Lucas Rachuba departed the department for Ernst & Young.

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