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Ropes & Gray LLP

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Will Shields

Ropes & Gray LLP


Will Shields is a partner in the Boston office and focuses on representing private equity firms and public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other direct investments. Will also represents investment management firms in connection with strategic transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. Will regularly works with private equity sponsor clients such as Bain Capital, Gauge Capital, Kohlberg & Co. and TPG Capital and with their portfolio companies.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

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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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

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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