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Julie Jones

Ropes & Gray LLP


Julie is a member of Ropes & Gray's Policy Committee, and served as head of the firm’s Securities & Public Companies practice from 2006 to 2011. Julie focuses her practice on representing private equity funds and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and 144A financings. She also counsels clients on a wide range of securities law compliance and governance issues. Her clients include Affiliated Managers Group, Avaya, Goldman Sachs & Co., The Hanover Insurance Group, J. Crew, LPL Financial, Silver Lake Partners, Thomas H. Lee Partners and TPG Capital. Julie is a member of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a frequent speaker on securities law matters for the Practising Law Institute, Massachusetts Continuing Law Education and various other professional organizations

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

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

Within: Private equity buyouts

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.

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