Firm Profile > Ropes & Gray LLP > New York, United States

Ropes & Gray LLP
1211 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

Boston's 'super smart, hard working and experienced' Shannon Capone Kirk takes the lead at Ropes & Gray LLP, which contains e-discovery attorneys and global litigation technology professionals that regularly interface with clients. The group is often instructed in international investigations, where the team is able to draw on fluency in Mandarin and Spanish, data breaches and class actions. While the group supports the firm's litigation department, it is also brought in to act as external e-discovery counsel, and has experience leading multi-firm teams in litigation and investigations. Other important areas of expertise are cybersecurity and privacy that clients appreciate in cross-border cases.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Capone Kirk

Testimonials

Beyond being very good discovery lawyers, the team has an expertise in cyber security and privacy that enables them to handle complex technology and cross-border matters.’

Shannon Capone Kirk is not only exceptionally intelligent and knowledgeable, she is a pragmatic tactician who seamlessly integrates discovery tactics and plans into an overall litigation strategy.’

Shannon has built a unique practice at Ropes.’

Shannon Capone Kirk is super smart, hard working and experienced. Well regarded in the e-discovery community.’

Investment funds > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 1

The team at Ropes & Gray LLP is active in the formation and management of exchange-traded funds, and is among the firms leading the way on potential conversions of open-ended funds to non-transparent, actively-managed exchange-traded funds. Key figures include Gregory Sheehan, who advises investment companies and their boards of directors on fund formations, rights offerings, mergers and enforcement procedures, and John Loder, a name to note for asset management industry clients including investment advisers, mutual funds and their independent trustees. Jeremy Smith in New York and Sarah Clinton handle regulatory matters, and have a proven record in handling SEC examinations and obtaining exemptive relief on behalf of their clients. Notable mandates include petitioning the SEC to allow Invesco to form a non-transparent, actively managed ETF. Thomas Hiller and Elizabeth Reza head up the practice group. Named attorneys are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Hiller; Elizabeth Reza

Testimonials

‘The team we work with from Ropes is excellent: professional, pro-active, detailed, thoughtful, and highly experienced.’

‘They provide expert counsel without taking over, giving us options and angles to consider. Their proactive education sessions on current hot-button issues is so helpful. We (both the board and the adviser) feel we are in really good hands with Ropes.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors and AllianzGI Funds

Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) and its registered investment companies

Brighthouse Funds (formerly MetLife Funds)

Calamos Funds and their independent trustees

DoubleLine Funds and their independent investors

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. (GMO) and the GMO Funds

Impact Shares Funds

Independent Directors of the Prudential Mutual Funds (Insurance and Retail Cluster)

Independent Trustees of DWS Funds

MassMutual Life Insurance Company and the MassMutual Mutual Funds

MFS Funds and their Independent Trustees

Natixis and Loomis Sayles Fund Groups

Natixis Global Asset Management

Loomis Sayles & Company

Alpha Simplex Group

Harris Associates

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

Pax World Funds

The Putnam Funds and their Independent Trustees

Sequoia Fund Independent Directors

State Street Corporation and State Street Global Advisers

Thornburg Investment Management

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

At Ropes & Gray LLP, lawyers stand out for anti-corruption compliance work and FCPA issues, representing a diverse range of corporate clients and individuals. The group also has considerable expertise in matters pertaining to securities fraud and spoofing, as well as FCA and anti-kickback cases in the healthcare space. The team is jointly led by Michael McGovern in New York, whom clients note is 'a savvy and experienced criminal law practitioner', and Boston's James Dowden, who became co-head after Chicago's Laura Hoey stepped down from the role. Hoey is noted for her trial and investigations experience, which she predominantly applies to cases in the healthcare sector, although she is also knowledgeable in privacy and cybersecurity issues. As a veteran of the white-collar space, New York's Joan McPhee is another key member of the team, having developed an active practice representing institutions in cases involving workplace misconduct and sexual harassment.

Practice head(s):

James Dowden; Michael McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Laura Hoey; Joan McPhee; Josh Levy; Brien O’Connor

Testimonials

I have worked over the past few years on a variety of matters with Michael McGovern. He is a savvy and experienced criminal law practitioner. He brings to every matter considered good judgment, honed over decades as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer

Michael McGovern is a stand-out star in this space. His decades of experience as a prosecutor and defense lawyer and his good judgment lead to tremendous results for his clients.’

Key clients

U.S. Olympic Committee

Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees of New York University

Embraer (as DOJ-appointed monitor)

Former International Law Firm Co-Chair Gordon Caplan

Former Precious Metals Trader at Deutsche Bank AG: Cedric Chanu

Former Credit Suisse Banker: Detelina Subeva

Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team at an NCAA Division-I University: Will Wade

Trey Loughran (Equifax)

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

The litigators at Ropes & Gray LLP have long been involved in high-profile and heavily publicized shareholder and corporate disputes and continue to represent a large roster of private equity, venture capital and financial institution clients in deal-related litigation. They work closely with the transactional M&A team to help mitigate or avoid the risk of litigation, though its record in defending lawsuits is also impressive. The firm frequently acts for buyers, sellers, companies, officers, directors and special committees cases arising from friendly and hostile takeovers, alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and responsibilities, and complex going-private transactions. David Hennes in New York and Peter Welsh in Boston lead the corporate and securities litigation group within the firm's litigation and enforcement practice. Boston-based senior counsel John Donovan is among the firm's other experienced practitioners.

Practice head(s):

David Hennes; Peter Welsh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

William Koch

Oxbow Carbon & Minerals Holdings, Inc.

Ingraham Investments LLC

Oxbow Carbon Investment Company

TPG Capital

Holiday Acquisition Holdings LLC

LPL Financial Holdings, Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

JLT Group

Elliott Management Corporation

Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.

Geoffrey Cox, Robert Forrester, and Bob Oliver (Former Independent

Directors of Immunomedics, Inc.)

Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Ropes & Gray LLP continues to impress on the underwriter front, with the firm ranking among the top two firms by value for manager-side US IPOs during 2019. Life sciences are a particular sweet spot and the team also has a strong footprint in the technology and financial services spheres. On the company side, the firm’s premier private equity client base translates into a significant volume of work for selling shareholders, while its robust life sciences practice also supplies a steady stream of issuer-side deals. Patrick O’Brien co-heads the capital markets practice from Boston and has an emphasis on the life sciences, healthcare and technology areas. In New York, group co-lead Paul Tropp has a focus on specialty finance enterprises, including SPACs, business development companies and REITs. Boston-based Craig Marcus also co-leads the team and regularly represents issuers, private equity portfolio companies and underwriters on debt and equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Patrick O’Brien; Paul Tropp; Craig Marcus

Key clients

SC Health Corporation

Vapotherm Inc.

Skyline Champion Corporation

TransMedics Inc.

Bain Capital LP

LogicBio Therapeutics

Sarepta Therapeutics

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield Tier 2

Private equity powerhouse Ropes & Gray LLP significantly increased its share of high-yield deals during 2019, despite the challenging market. The issuer-side group climbed to within the top ten firms for US high-yield debt offerings, by both value and deal count, following strong activity in both standalone offerings and LBO-related transactions. A popular choice for major global private equity players, the team counts Bain Capital, Madison Dearborn Partners and TPG Capital among its clients — it also represents public companies. In addition, the US team routinely acts alongside its offices in Europe and Asia to advise on multi-jurisdictional offerings. In New York, global finance co-head Stefanie Birkmann is recommended for her strong experience in leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations, as well as cross-border transactions. Alexander Zeltser is another key contact in New York and represents private equity firms, investment banks, public companies and debt investors on a range of financing transactions. In Boston, global finance co-head Byung Choi is a key contact for high-yield bond offerings.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Birkmann; Byung Choi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Bain Capital

Genstar Capital

CCMP Capital

IQVIA (f/k/a/ QuintilesIMS Holdings)

Madison Dearborn Partners

NFP Corp.

Samsonite International S.A.

TPG Capital

Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe

Finance > Commercial lending

Ropes & Gray LLP has been a leading player in the leveraged finance market for many years. The team, which is spread between the firm's New York and Boston offices, sees a regular deal flow from major clients such as Bain Capital and Silver Lake Partners. In recent years, the firm hasn't been afraid to look beyond its traditional strengths. The recent recruitment of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's finance chair Leonard Klingbaum as well as Andrea Hwang not only added to the firm's New York office (especially following the departure of Sunil Savkar to Debevoise & Plimpton LLP), it also strengthened the firm's offering in the alternate lender space, where Alyson Gal in Boston and Joanne De Silva have also made good headway. On the borrower side, Boston's Byung Choi and Kevin Jarboe are very well regarded, as are practice head Stefanie Birkmann and Alexander Zeltser in New York.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is making an increasingly strong impression on the market, particularly on the borrower side where it has developed a very solid reputation for representing private equity sponsors and corporates. The firm's ability to handle high-end corporate acquisitions was demonstrated by its advice to FIS on its $42bn merger with Worldpay. The team also acts for a loyal cohort of private equity funds and is especially active in the mid-market space. The firm is also doing an increasing amount of work for banks and direct lenders. While the team will miss former practice head Leonard Klingbaum who joined Ropes & Gray LLP's New York team, the firm has a deep bench of talent to make up for the loss. New York partners such as co-chairs Viktor Okasmaa and David Tarr, and vice-chair Jeffrey Goldfarb, have developed extremely good expertise in this area. Other key lawyers include Joshua Deason, William Dye and, in Houston, Michael Niebruegge.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Birkmann; Byung Choi

Key clients

Bain Capital

Avista Capital Partners

Genstar Capital

Golden Gate Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Harvest Partners

Kohlberg & Co

TPG Capital

Partners Group

Advent International

The Blackstone Group

Silver Lake Partners

Berkshire Partners

CCMP Capital

American Industrial Partners

Baupost Group

Benefit Street Partners

Siguler Guff

Cortland Capital Market Services

Constitution Capital Partners

Hancock Capital Management

KKR Credit Advisors US

TPG Sixth Street Partners

Pacific Investment Management Company

Altamont Capital Management

Practice head(s):

Viktor Okasmaa; David Tarr

Key clients

Brookfield Business Partners

Interpublic Group

Hudson’s Bay Company

Court Square Capital Partners

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS)

Insight Partners and its portfolio companies

Citibank, NA

New Mountain Capital and its portfolio companies

Genstar Capital and its portfolio companies

FFL Partners

Investcorp

Pattonair

Aquiline Capital Partners and its portfolio companies

The Sterling Group

HealthEquity

ITE Rail Fund LP (ITE)

JP Morgan Ventures Energy

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Industry focus > Healthcare: advice to service providers Tier 2

The ‘exceptionally client focused’ team at Ropes & Gray LLP advises healthcare clients on transactions, compliance, managed care, reimbursement, government investigations, and enforcement actions. On the transactional side, Boston-based practice co-chair Timothy McCrystal represented a consortium of financial sponsors in their acquisition of US Renal Care, the third-largest dialysis provider in the United States, for $2.7bn. Chicago-based Deborah Gersh, who has extensive experience in value-based care initiatives, privacy, and digital health, also co-chairs the practice. Other areas where the team has a strong record are tax exemptions and healthcare data privacy and security. Stephen Warnke in New York concentrates on representing clients in investigation and enforcement actions. Washington DC-based Thomas Bulleit is an expert in regulatory compliance. Jennifer Romig in Chicago was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Gersh; Timothy McCrystal

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Warnke; Thomas Bulleit; Jennifer Romig; Mark Barnes; Christine Moundas

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally client focused’

Key clients

Stanford University

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

LabMD

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Advocate Aurora Health

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

American Kidney Fund

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Flatiron Health

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP is a powerhouse for M&A and capital markets transactions, representing pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions investing in the industry. Recent transactional instructions saw the team advising Wright Medical Group on in its pending $4.7bn sale to Stryker Corporation; assisting Vertex Pharmaceuticals with its $175m expanded collaboration with CRISPR Therapeutics and $245m acquisition of Exonics Therapeutics; and acting for the lead underwriters in the $3.3bn IPO for Avantor. Standalone advisory work, licensing transactions and commercial litigation also feature in the firm's recent caseload. Michael Beauvais and Gregory Levine jointly lead the practice from Boston and Washington DC, respectively. Other notable practitioners include Marc Rubenstein, who focuses on corporate and licensing transactions; Silicon-Valley based Megan Baca, a contact for IP transactions; Amanda Austin, who was promoted to the partnership in 2019; and Thomas Danielski, who acts for publicly traded companies and private equity funds and their portfolio companies in public offerings and other strategic transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michael Beauvais; Gregory Levine

Key clients

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer

Cambrex Corporation

Juno Therapeutics

Vapotherm

TESARO

Allergan

Sarepta Therapeutics

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Goldfinch Bio

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP impresses with its excellence in biotech and other life sciences licensing matters. Strategic research collaboration agreements are an area of particular strength, often involving cross-border elements, but the group also offers in-depth expertise of the licensing aspects of financings, of due diligences and of commercialization license agreements. The team covers a wide range of sectors for start-ups and major international players alike, including clients from the technology, software, and consumer products sectors. Practice head David McIntosh directs the team from the Boston office, the firm's key patent licensing hub. Silicon Valley's Megan Baca is also noted. The arrival of technology transactions and privacy and cybersecurity specialist Violetta Kokolus in the New York office from Dechert LLP in May 2019 and the promotion of Bostonian life sciences expert Amanda Austin to partner in November 2019 increased the practice's weight in the market.

Practice head(s):

David McIntosh

Other key lawyers:

Edward Black; Megan Baca; Marc Rubenstein; Mark Bellomy; Hannah Freeman

Key clients

Bain Capital, LP

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.

Shire Plc

Sana Biotechnology, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza, Inc.

Blueprint Medicines Corporation

Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences

The Independent Transactions Committee of the Board of Directors of Akcea Therapeutics

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

CANbridgepharma Limited

Juno Therapeutics, Inc.

TPG Capital, L.P.

TSG Consumer Partners LLC

Selecta Biosciences, Inc.

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed)

Lyell Immunopharma, Inc.

Investment funds > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP provides fund sponsors with a full range of legal support on fund formation and operational matters, including advice on related issues such as commodities, derivatives, activist investing, and investment transactions. The firm also advises commodity pool operators and trading advisers on product design, fund marketing, CFTC initiatives and CFTC enforcement. Practice head Laurel FitzPatrick focuses on creating internal governance and compensation structures, and has considerable expertise on the regulatory side, while Leigh Fraser in Boston chiefly assists clients with the formation of onshore and offshore private funds. Jessica O’Mary and Sarah Davidoff, are experience in structuring credit and hybrid funds, respectively. The ‘efficient and responsiveMelissa Bender is also recommended; she is well-versed in managing investor relations and structuring placement agent arrangements and side letters. Morri Weinberg is another contact in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Laurel FitzPatrick; Morri Weinberg; Leigh Fraser

Testimonials

‘The team is tireless, thinks contextually about second and third-order effects, and practical.’

‘The team is very efficient and very responsive.’

Key clients

PIMCO

Abdiel Capital

Angelo Gordon

ValueAct

Partner Fund Management

Pluribus Labs

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.

Windham Capital

Thornburg Investment Management

Monroe Capital

Arrowstreet Capital

Dragoneer Investment Group

Convexity Capital

Invesco

Sands Capital Ventures

Investment funds > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP works prolifically with sponsors and investors across the US and internationally on fund formation, including private equity and venture capital funds, and a variety of targeted industry funds. The firm provides strategic investment advice to private and institutional investors, and advises sponsors on formation, fund raising, and regulatory issues. Notable client relationships include THL Partners, which the firm has advised continuously on fund formation and management issues, most notably on the raising of the $3.5bn Thomas H. Lee Equity Fund VIII; and Paine & Schwarz, which Amanda Persaud advised on the formation of its $1.43bn Food Chain Fund V. The practice is led by the New York-based Morri Weinberg, who advises sponsors and institutional investors on fund raising, regulatory and governance concerns, and a variety of investment matters; and Leigh Fraser in the Boston office, who advises onshore and offshore private funds and their sponsors on regulatory issues and structuring. The practice has expanded in the past year, with five internal promotions and the lateral hire of Eve Ellis from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in early 2019. Partners are in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Morri Weinberg; Leigh Fraser

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

THL Partners

Index Ventures

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Accolade Capital Management

CCMP Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Harvard University

Manulife

John Hancock

Hamilton Lane Advisors

Paine Schwartz & Partners

The Carlyle Group

The Vistria Group

Equality Asset Management

M&A/corporate and commercial > Commercial deals and contracts Tier 2

Primarily based in Boston, Ropes & Gray LLP's practice is perhaps best known for its solid capabilities advising an established client base of private equity firms, pharmaceutical and biotech companies on M&A-related IP transactions, and has also been handling instructions from the fintech space. Practice head David McIntosh has a key focus assisting clients from the life sciences industry. Edward Black's expertise includes advising on licensing, M&A and joint ventures. Regina Sam Penti is also recommended. Megan Baca is a name to note in the Silicon Valley office.

Practice head(s):

David McIntosh

Key clients

Bain Capital

TPG Capital

Juno Therapeutics

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings

Sarepta Therapeutics

Arbor Biotechnologies

Advent International Corporation

Altamont Capital Partners

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Qorvo

Waters Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP represents major funds such as Bain Capital, TPG, Blackstone, and Silver Lake, but also tallies a consistently high deal count in the upper middle market. In addition, the practice group regularly handles strategic investments and buyouts on behalf of smaller industry-specific funds, particularly in the healthcare sector. The firm's highly regarded healthcare and life sciences practice is a boon to the private equity team, with notable transactions in this sector including Bain's acquisition of US Renal Care, and Genstar Capital's acquisition of Advarra. The practice group is led across the London, Chicago, and New York offices, with the two stateside contacts being Neill Jakobe and David BlittnerWill Shields is a name to note in Boston, credited with maintaining the firm's long-term relationship with Bain. Of particular note over the past year, the New York office has expanded, challenging the firm's Boston HQ in terms of manpower, giving the firm a foothold in key Wall Street transactions. The firm's wider expansion strategy has seen eight internal partner promotions within the private equity team and the lateral hires of Carolyn Vardi from White & Case LLP and Scott Abramowitz from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLPAlfred Rose remains active in the partnership after stepping down as practice co-chair, though David Chapin retired from the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Neill Jakobe; David Blittner

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bain Capital

TPG Capital

TSG Consumer Products

The Blackstone Group

Silver Lake Partners

Apax Partners

Altamont Capital Partners

Advent International Corporation

Partners Group

New Mountain Capital

Audax Group

Kohlberg & Company

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Genstar Capital

HarbourVest Partners

Providence Equity Partners

Thomas H. Lee Partners

Avista Capital Parters

Harvest Partners

H.I.G. Capital

Berkshire Partners

Summit Partners

Charlesbank Capital Partners

Baring Private Equity Asia

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Ropes & Gray LLP handles regulatory investigations, litigation, transactional support and compliance matters. In 2019 the firm significantly strengthened its data, privacy and cybersecurity practice following the departure of several partners to Orrick in 2018; recent additions include Washington-based co-head Edward McNicholas from Sidley Austin LLP, who has experience advising clients in investigations and class action litigation related to cybersecurity incidents and regulatory enforcement; and IP and technology sector specialist Violetta Kokolus, who joined in New York from Dechert LLPJennifer Romig in Chicago and Christine Moundas in New York were recently promoted to the partnership; both lawyers have particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Boston-based Edward Black jointly leads the team alongside McNicholas and focuses on transactional matters for clients in the technology, media and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Edward McNicholas; Edward Black

Other key lawyers:

Christine Moundas; Jennifer Romig; Richard Batchelder; Rohan Massey; Mark Szpak; Deborah Gersh

Key clients

SIFMA Asset Management Group

Bombas

CareCentrix

Exelixis

Bain Capital

eClinicalWorks

The Carlyle Group

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP's tax-exempt practice has a strong reputation for advising not-for-profits in the healthcare and higher education sectors, and counts national academic medical centers, colleges and universities, hospitals, foundations and research institutions among its client list. Boston-based Kendi Ozmon heads the practice, and has a breadth of experience advising tax-exempt organizations on issues including governance, transactional matters, and IRS audits and rulings. Counsel Carolyn Ward in Washington DC advises not-for-profits on matters such as tax planning, governance, unrelated business income tax issues, endowments, charitable giving, and tax audits. Beyond healthcare and higher education, the group also handles charitable planning matters for private clients and cultural institutions, including museums and libraries.

Practice head(s):

Kendi Ozmon

Other key lawyers:

Carolyn Ward; Gil Ghatan

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

'They know the issues in the mutual fund space and both their business lawyers and litigators are very good listeners', says a client of Ropes & Gray LLP. The firm has defended cases on behalf of a wide variety of clients in state and federal courts nationwide, including the Supreme Court, though its key area of expertise is in the alternative asset management space. It has one of the leading practices for private equity funds, hedge funds and credit funds, and it has scored a string of successes in excessive fees cases. The practice also has a strong client base in the life sciences sector, which gives it a role in high-stakes and complex securities matters for multinational pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies. David Hennes in New York and Peter Welsh in Boston are heads of the practice. Anne Johnson Palmer in San Francisco is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Hennes; Peter Welsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Younger partner Amy Roy in Boston is terrific.

Ropes and Gray co-represented us in a mutual fund shareholder suit. Their strength is their outstanding expertise in the mutual fund space which helped their litigators approach the case properly.

First, they know the issues in the mutual fund space. Second, both their business lawyers and litigators are very good listeners. Third, they do an excellent job in helping prepare a witness for testimony.

Our board was represented by Ropes in a potentially serious litigation. The result was a home run – complete dismissal. They had superb knowledge of the relevant case law. They knew which risks to worry about and which aspects of the litigation were probably noise. They had enough faith in their assessment to reassure us, along the way. I wouldn’t hire anyone else.

Robert Skinner and Amy Roy represented us. They are each complete professionals in every sense of the word. Not only did they make the right decisions, pick the right strategies, and execute superbly, they gave us the necessary counsel and education so that we could make the right choices at the many points where we, the client, had to make a decision. Litigation can be extremely stressful, and their knowing manner eased many a moment and allowed me to sleep soundly throughout. I recommend each of them, whole heartedly and unreservedly.

Key clients

Metropolitan West Asset Management, LLC

William Koch, Oxbow Carbon & Minerals Holdings, Inc., Ingraham Investments LLC, Oxbow Carbon Investment Company LLC

Elliott Management Corporation

Morgan Stanley, Citi, the Royal Bank of Canada, UBS, and Keefe Bruyette & Woods

TriNet Group, Inc.

Sequoia Fund

LPL Financial Holdings, Inc.

Genocea Biosciences Inc.

The Baupost Group

TPG Capital

Apax Partners, LP and affiliates

Holiday Acquisition Holdings LLC

TMI Trust Company

REV Group, Inc.

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group PLC

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Independent Directors and CEO of AGNC Investment Corp.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Boston-based Loretta Richard and Renata Ferrari head up Ropes & Gray LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensations practice, routinely advising multinational companies or private equity funds on benefits negotiations for fund formations, portfolio acquisitions and spin-offs. A full-service asset management offering covers the breadth of issues pertaining to ERISA Title 1 compliance. New York-based Alexandra Alperovich has a strong focus on advising private equity clients, with recent deal highlights involving strategic acquisitions in the highly-regulated healthcare sector. Washington DC-based Adam Stella is also noted for leading on the benefits issues of a large-cap public M&A deal in the biopharmaceuticals sector. Firm clients further benefit from a robust in-house team of actuaries and benefits consultants.

Practice head(s):

Loretta Richard; Renata Ferrari

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Alperovich; Adam Stella; Jennifer Rikoski

Key clients

TPG Capital

Bain Capital

Kohlberg & Co.

Tribune Media Company

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

H.I.G. Capital

New Mountain Capital

CCMP Capital Advisors

Partners Group

TJX Companies

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP has had an active year in strategic M&A, concentrating on complex, often multi-jurisdictional transactions, and utilizing the firm's global platform. The practice is active in a number of key regulated industries, generating work in the healthcare, life sciences, aerospace and defense, technology, and media sectors. The 'highly skilled' team is headed up by Jane Goldstein in Boston and Paul Scrivano, who divides his time between California and New York. Goldstein was involved in the headline $17.3bn merger of Caesars and Eldorado Resorts, where she acted for PJT Partners as financial advisor to Caesars. Also of note, a cross-US team advised Veeam on its $5bn acquisition of Insight, a complex transaction in the growing cloud data sector and a strong demonstration of the firm's focus on tech and innovation transactions. The firm's expansion strategy has seen ten internal promotions and two lateral hires. Carolyn Vardi and Scott Abramowitz joined the New York office from White & Case LLP and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jane Goldstein; Paul Scrivano

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

R&G’s attention to the client and their needs is unsurpassed.

Paul Scrivano and team are highly skilled in the art and legalities of deal making. They approach the deal with the client’s needs and desires in mind but work hard to find solutions to issues. David Blittner served in the role as corporate legal advisor. Our confidence in him and his advice is extremely high.

Key clients

Aceto Holdings

Cambrex Corporation

Chloe Ox Holdings

CIOX Health

CIRCOR International

Convey Health Parent

Eversource Energy

Evolution Media Management

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

Mercury Systems

Milacron Holdings Corp

Natus Medical

NxStage Medical

OGSystems

PJT Partners

Qorvo

TESARO

Veeam Software Holding

Vince Holding Corp

Wieland-Werke

Wright Medical Technology

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

Ropes & Gray LLP provides ongoing strategic advice both to public companies and to activist investors, and has a track record in high-stakes shareholder engagements. Headed by Jeffrey Katz in the Boston office, the team was involved in a number of significant campaigns in 2019. In one highlight, the group acted for MFS California Municipal Fund's board for all MFS closed-funds in relation to Saba Capital's threatened proposal to de-stagger the fund's board. Other names to note in Boston include M&A practice co-head Jane Goldstein, and Paul Kinsella, who is particularly active in advising companies in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Katz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Outstanding firm with global resources. Best in class in the asset management space.’

‘All the staff are exceptional. Lead partner Greg Sheehan is a great attorney. Exceptional relationship with his clients and highly regarded in the industry. David Sullivan is another outstanding partner, and Yana Guss is also excellent in the associate role.’

‘This group is creative and thoughtful. They attempt to provide high level, strategic thought which I don’t always receive from other firms.’

Key clients

Eversource Energy

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

NoDunkin’ Brands

HG Vora Capital

Real estate > Real estate Tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP works in close collaboration with the firm’s private equity, finance, tax, ERISA and environmental law departments to provide comprehensive service in relation to direct and co-investments, joint ventures, and real estate finance and loan acquisitions. New York-based Daniel Stanco is a market-leading figure in the real estate investment space; he jointly heads the practice alongside Jack Creedon in Boston, who advises private investment funds, pension plans and other institutional investors on their real estate investment activity.

Practice head(s):

Jack Creedon; Daniel Stanco

Other key lawyers:

Rich Gordet; Peter Alpert; Walter McCabe

Key clients

Prospect Medical Holdings

Blackstone Mortgage Trust

TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

Related Fund Management

Oaktree Capital Management

Colony Capital

Related Beal

TPG Sixth Street Partners

ACORE

PIMCO

H.I.G. Capital

TPG Capital

PGGM

CIM Group

First Atlantic Capital

The Blackstone Group

Angelo Gordon

Cain International

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP advises a broad client base, including tax-exempt entities, hedge funds and private equity funds, and financial institutions on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings, M&A and private equity buyouts. Key figures in the practice group include group head Elaine Murphy, who has experience of joint venture taxation and corporate restructurings, David Saltzman, a name to note for cross-border private equity transactions, and New York-based Adam Greenwood, who focuses on the tex elements of real estate and hedge funds. Amanda Holt is noted for her work on corporate and partnership taxation. Named attorneys are based in Boston unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TPG Capital

Bain Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Altamont Capital Partners

BV Investment Partners

Berkshire Partners

New Mountain Capital

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

MACOM Technology Solutions

State Street Corporation

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP key strength is in representing individuals in cartel investigations in the US and abroad. The department is also equipped to coordinate cross-border cartel matters and follow-on treble damages actions for companies. Mark Popofsky in Washington DC and Michael McGovern are in joint charge of the cartel practice. Based in New York, McGovern co-chairs the government enforcement and white collar practice with a focus on fraud and cartel investigations around the world. Christopher Conniff, also in New York, is particularly involved in representing individuals in investigations into the banking and financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky; Michael McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

The backbone of Ropes & Gray LLP’s practice is appellate work in the state supreme courts and the Circuits. At the US Supreme Court level, the team is noted for its expertise in filing amicus curiae briefs. In addition, group chair Douglas Hallward-Driemeier recently represented the respondent in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v Tempnology, LLC, a case reviewing issues at the junction of IP and bankruptcy law. The team is in fact consistently engaged in appeals on the IP front; Silicon Valley-based James Batchelder is a key contact for IP issues at the Federal Circuit. Moreover, the practice group is noted for its skillful cross-practice cooperation, often acting alongside the trial and business restructuring departments, among others. A recent cross-disciplinary highlight was corporate and securities litigation group co-chair David Hennes (New York) successfully representing the majority shareholders of Oxbow Carbon, in convincing the Delaware Supreme Court to prevent a forced sale of the company by its minority shareholders.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier

Other key lawyers:

David Hennes; James Batchelder; Jonathan Ference-Burke

Testimonials

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier came in several years ago to lead the appellate group, and he has really added to the quality of the group’s legal briefing. Doug is very talented.

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier is an excellent practice lead. He is a great oral advocate and fully engages with the facts and the law to ensure great appellate strategy.

Key clients

The Tribune Company

Elliott Management Corporation

Protect Democracy

The American Bar Association

William Koch / Oxbow Carbon & Minerals Holdings / Ingraham Investments / Oxbow Carbon Investment Company

Terry Sears

Tempnology, LLC

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

The wide-ranging litigation practice at Ropes & Gray LLP attracts complex and high-value commercial disputes work, especially from clients in the pharmaceutical and private equity spaces. In addition to standout matters in Massachusetts out of the firm's head office in Boston, the department is also particularly active in business disputes in Delaware. In a recent high-profile victory in Delaware Supreme Court, a team led by David Hennes on behalf of William Koch overturned a Delaware Chancery Court decision to permit minority investors in Oxbow to force a contractual 'exit sale' of the company, a decision worth $1.5bn. Securities class actions and bankruptcy litigation, as well as arbitration, are other strengths of the department. Co-chairs of the commercial litigation practice John Bueker and Jeffrey Bushofsky are standout litigators, both possessing impressive trial track records for private equity and pharmaceutical clients. November 2019 saw two partner promotions: Adam Harris in New York lends expertise in securities class actions and Timothy Farrell in Chicago focuses on M&A and corporate governance litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Bueker; Jeffrey Bushofsky

Other key lawyers:

David Hennes; Peter Welsh, Matthew McGinnis; Gregg Weiner; Daniel McCaughey; Richard Batchelder; Nicholas Berg; Jane Willis

Testimonials

Lisa Bebchick has great judgment and years of experience with resolving disputes and, when necessary, pursuing litigation efficiently and effectively. I value her sage advice, her attention to detail, and the vigorous advocacy she provides in any given matter.

Key clients

William Koch, Oxbow Carbon & Minerals Holdings

Ingraham Investments

Oxbow Carbon Investment Company

Elliott Management

The Baupost Group

Behrman Brothers Management Company

Sterling Partners

Barthelemy Holdings

Masterworks Development Corporation

Morgan Stanley Senior Funding

Boston Children’s Hospital

Eversource Energy

Squibnocket Farm

Park Hotels & Resorts

Coca-Cola Florida Beverage Holdings

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

At Ropes & Gray LLP, Mark Bane and Stephen Moeller-Sally  lead a small but efficient business restructuring practice from New York and Boston. Specialized creditor groups are their forte, but the team also taps into the firm's top-grade private equity practice, whose sponsor clients facilitate the representation of distressed companies. Outstanding ongoing engagements include, for example, Elliott Management Corporation and the official committee of unsecured creditors of Weatherford International. In October 2019, Cristine Pirro Schwarzman joined the department from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bane; Stephen Moeller-Sally

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Elliott Management Corporation

Delaware Trust Company

Wilmington Trust, National Association

Tribune Company pension plans

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Weatherford International

Raphael T. Wallander, FirstEnergy Nuclear Generation

Marathon Asset Management

Sanchez Energy

Tempnology (n/k/a Old Cold)

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

As part of Ropes & Gray LLP's broader asset management practice, Deborah Monson in Chicago, covers the full range of swaps and derivatives advice for leading private equity, mutual fund and hedge fund managers, as well as start-up hedge funds. Isabel Dische handles transactions such as accelerated share repurchases.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Monson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent subject matter knowledge and a practical approach to evaluating risk and negotiating strategy. They show a rare blend of being equally capable of researching complex legal issues and providing practical commercial advice.’

‘They all show a great care for the unique concerns and considerations each client has, understand the pressures they are dealing with, and they deliver excellent advice and support in a timely manner.’

Key clients

KKR

Starwood Capital

MUFG

Valueact Capital

Bannockburn Global Forex

PBF Holding Company

Glenfarne Group

Credit Suisse

Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)

Royal Bank of Canada

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP offers a well-rounded patent practice, with particular litigation strengths before the PTAB, where the group is exceptionally successful for petitioners while also acting for patent owners, an established ITC practice and a successful track record in the major US district courts for patent litigation. The firm's life sciences disputes practice is developing well and complements the group's existing technology, semiconductors and electronics practice nicely. The Silicon Valley office, from which practice head Andrew Thomases directs the team, and the offices in New York and Washington DC are the key locations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomases

Other key lawyers:

James Batchelder; Scott McKeown; Steven Pepe; Matthew Rizzolo; Gabrielle Higgins; David Chun; Kevin Post; Mark Rowland; Filko Prugo; Charlotte Jacobsen; Leslie Spencer; Andrew Radsch

Key clients

Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (IP Bridge)

Emerson Electric Co.

CJ CheilJedang Corp

TiVo Corporation (Rovi Corporation)

Dolby Laboratories

Roku Inc.

Extreme Networks Inc.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

The team at Ropes & Gray LLP is active in trade secrets litigation both at the state and the federal levels, handling cases under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. The service group is well placed to handle trade secrets matters nationwide, leveraging an on-the-ground presence in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington DC. The team also has experience of cross-border matters, working in conjunction with colleagues throughout the firm's international network. Trade secrets matters are handled by the wider IP litigation team, which is jointly led by Andrew Thomases in San Francisco and Peter Brody in Washington.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomases; Peter Brody

Key clients

IQE

SAP.io Fund

Central Maine Healthcare

Beam Therapeutics

JHL Biotech

Oscar de la Renta

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

Clients including national and international companies, private schools and  non-profit organizations approach Ropes & Gray LLP to handle disputes in the class actions, discrimination and pay equity space. Doug Brayley and counsel Jenny Cooper are noted for their broad practice. Both are based in Boston. Former practice head Jeffrey Webb left to join Paul Hastings LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TPG Capital LP

American Industrial Partners

Partner Fund Management LP

The TJX Companies Inc.

Advent International Corporation

SkillSoft Limited

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Bain Capital LP

Partners Group Administration Services AG

Avista Capital Partners LP

Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP's cross-departmental fintech practice combines experts from its financial services, intellectual property and technology teams with the firm's securities regulation, privacy and cybersecurity, capital markets, insurance and related risk management and litigation capabilities. Boston-based Edward Black (described by one client as 'the go-to person for any IP-related matter') jointly heads the TMT practice alongside Matthew Jacobson and Andrew Thomases, who are based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, respectively. San Francisco-based Edward Baer and Sarah Davidoff in New York are highlighted for their experience in investments in cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency fund formation. Cybersecurity expert Heather Sussman moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Practice head(s):

Edward Black; Matt Jacobson; Andrew Thomases

Other key lawyers:

Edwar Baer; Sarah Davidoff

Testimonials

The team at Ropes is comprised of “real” subject matter experts. Not only do they provide accurate and effective advice on the law, but they can also provide market intelligence and help you strategize on the best way to achieve your strategic goals.

Ed Black is the “go to” person for any IP-related matter. I have worked with a number of IP attorneys and Ed delivers superior performance and superior work product consistently.

Key clients

Bain Capital

Pacific Investment Management Company

iCapital Network

The Vanguard Group

Willowbridge Associates

Protocol Labs

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions Tier 4

The team at Ropes & Gray LLP is noted for its strong capabilities in assisting a solid client base of private equity groups, telecoms companies and financial institutions; recent work includes representing advanced technologies provider OGSystems in its $300m acquisition by Parsons, a technology company focused on the defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure markets. Boston-based Edward Black shares leadership of the practice with Silicon Valley-based Andrew Thomases and Matthew Jacobson, who splits his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Jane Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston, is very experienced in M&A matters. In San Francisco, private equity expert Eric Issadore and transactional lawyer Paul Scrivano are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Edward Black; Andrew Thomases; Matthew Jacobson

Key clients

Bain Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Medtronic

Charlesbank Capital Partners

MACOM

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

The antitrust litigation offering at Ropes & Gray LLP ranges from defense in group boycotts, distribution agreements and price-fixing conspiracies to franchisor/franchisee disputes and interlocking directorates. Clients stem from various industry sectors with a specific focus on life sciences, healthcare, telecommunications and technology. Department head Mark Popofsky is in Washington DC, where the 'creative problem solver' operates a combined intellectual property and antitrust litigation practice. Splitting his time between San Francisco and Washington DC, Chong Park provides key litigation and trial support to the department, which is active for both plaintiffs and defendants as well as third parties.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky

Other key lawyers:

Chong Park; Anne Johnson Palmer

Testimonials

‘Ropes and Gray has a very strong antitrust practice led by Mark Popofsky.’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable about the law and always willing to provide creative solutions to difficult issues.’

‘Mark Popofsky is extremely knowledgeable about the anti-trust law who is always willing to dig deeply into black letter law. Mark is exceedingly responsive: he will literally respond 24/7 wherever he is around the globe. Mark is also a creative problem solver who is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.’

‘Mark Popofsky is an extremely deep thinker about antitrust, but combines it with deep industry knowledge (e.g. of the tech sector) and an understanding of how regulators/enforcers think. He is also an extremely able writer and litigator.’

Key clients

Charter Communications, Inc.

Eversource Energy

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

Pre-merger reporting obligations, merger and acquisition clearance and remedy negotiations with competition authorities are among the service portfolio of Ropes & Gray LLP's merger control group. The team has a strong client base of private equity firms and other investors, regularly advising both on antitrust implications of strategic transactions. In addition, the department assists high-net-worth individuals with merger control regulations concerning start-up transactions, follow-on investments and stock-based compensation for executive service. Mark Popofsky in Washington DC leads the overall antitrust practice and counsel Deidre Johnson in Boston takes responsibility for the merger practice, especially for HSR filings. Based in Washington DC, Michael McFalls represents particularly pharmaceutical and medical device companies in transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky; Deidre Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Michael McFalls; Jonathan Klarfeld

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia

Genstar Capital

Bain Capital

Corporate and M&A > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP is a burgeoning presence in Latin America where it has developed an ever-growing market share of strategic M&A and private equity transactions, along with an excellent record in advising on Latin America fund formation and structuring. Moreover, the firm has an outstanding reputation for its work in anti-corruption, investigations and compliance in the region. While much of the firm's attention has centred on Brazil, it has developed an estimable record across Latin America. It 'is a top-notch full-service firm with some of the best attorneys around'. The 'service is extremely precise, very well delivered and the team is a pleasure to work with'.  Chicago based co-head of the Latin America practice, Matthew Posthuma, is noted for funds formation and investments in Brazil, Mexico and other jurisdictions; he is 'a unique funds lawyer with Brazilian knowledge', 'is one of the most talented attorneys',  'dominates his field', 'is as knowledgable about the law as he can get' and 'always delivers on time'. On the investigations side, clients highlight Washington DC partners Colleen Conry and co-chair of the firm’s global anti-corruption and international risk practice Alexandre Rene as 'former prosecutors that have a deep knowledge of the US Department of Justice's expectations when it comes to an internal investigation and a potential settlement'. Chicago partner Nicholas Berg 'is very focused on the details and provides very clear and objective legal advice'. Washington DC's María González Calvet   'is super experienced when it comes to performing internal investigations, speaks perfect Portuguese and understands the Latin culture'. Chicago and Washington DC based Ryan Rohlfsen 'has extensive international legal experience with criminal, civil, and transactional matters, also bringing additional soft skills that are extremely important for a Latin American business'. Boston private equity specialist Sarah Schaffer Raux is also recommended by clients, as is fellow Boston partner James Dowden for anti-corruption and investigations.

Ropes & Gray attorneys focus on the most critical business needs of their clients, across a range of leading legal practices. The firm’s collaborative approach means that its clients have ready access to corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory attorneys whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies. The firm is also committed to pro bono service, with 162,000 hours dedicated to important causes in 2017.

Main areas of practice
Antitrust: Ropes & Gray’s antitrust team offers sophisticated insight in addressing the wide-ranging needs of our clients, with a record of success in the courtroom and before US antitrust enforcement agencies.

Business restructuring: The team has extensive experience representing clients in bankruptcy cases, insolvencies and distressed situations throughout the US and internationally.

Enforcement/FCPA: Recognized as a leader, Ropes & Gray has a successful track record representing clients globally on enforcement actions, internal investigations and compliance issues.

Finance: The lawyers regularly work on domestic and cross-border financings, providing sophisticated borrowers, lenders and investors with seamless advice on financings spanning the capital structure and industries.

Hedge funds: Clients, ranging from start-up ventures to established firms with hundreds of billions of dollars under management, receive advice and innovative solutions from one of the most sophisticated hedge fund practices.

Healthcare: Home to one of the nation’s first practices dedicated to health care law, Ropes & Gray counsels clients on transactions, regulatory matters and government investigations, and provides strategic counseling.

Intellectual property: The firm delivers cohesive and comprehensive guidance over a full range of IP services, from rights protection and litigation to licensing and transactions, across a wide range of industries.

Investment management: Clients receive counsel on all aspects of their businesses, including fund formation and management, compliance, fund distribution arrangements, mergers and restructurings, tax matters, and litigation.

Life sciences: The team understands the unique needs of clients in the dynamic life sciences industry and handles various transactions, from licensing agreements for small companies to large mergers of industry-leading enterprises.

Litigation: As one of the largest and most experienced securities litigation practices in the US, the firm advises leading companies, financial institutions and individuals when their businesses and livelihoods are on the line.

M&A: Comprehensive public and private company transactional experience across industries including financial services, health care, life sciences, retail and consumer brands, and technology, media and communications.

Privacy and cybersecurity: The multi-disciplinary team consists of litigators and transactional, health care and IP attorneys who counsel clients across a broad range of industries.

Private equity: The firm routinely advises leading large and middle-market clients in multiple industries on every aspect of their largest and most complex global transactions.

Private investment funds: A pioneer from the inception of the private funds industry, Ropes & Gray has one of the largest and sophisticated global private investment funds practices, advising both fund sponsors and investors.

Real estate: A multi-disciplinary team advises on domestic and global investments (direct JVs, co- investments and funds, including distressed), financings, acquisitions and leasing in today’s growing real estate market.

Special situations: The firm’s integrated team includes partners from the US, London and Asia and is ideally equipped to assist clients across the entirety of the special situations deal spectrum.

Tax: Attorneys offer tax planning, transactional and tax controversy advice for multinational business entities, including private and registered funds, fund sponsors and advisors, public companies, and tax-exempt organizations.

Market perception: The American Lawyer A-List: 2011–2017; Financial Times North American Innovative Lawyers: 2011–2017; The Legal 500 US – ‘Mutual/Registered Funds Firm of the Year,’ 2015; Chambers USA – “Corporate Crime & Government Investigations Client Service Award,” 2016 – “Health Care Firm of the Year,” 2015 – “Investment Funds Client Service Award, 2017”; Law360 ‘Practice of the Year 2017’ – Asset Management Private Equity, National Law Journal – Pro Bono Hot List 2017

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Asset management
Business restructuring
Capital markets
Finance
Healthcare
Intellectual property
Labor and employment
Life sciences
Litigation and enforcement
Mergers and acquisitions
Privacy and data security
Private equity
Real estate
Sports
Tax and benefits
Wealth management
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Commitment to Diversity

At Ropes & Gray, diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures. We see our individual differences as an asset that enhances the quality of life for each of us and strengthens what we can accomplish as a firm.

The firm works hard to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of diverse backgrounds at all levels. Our diversity committee, led by partners Regina Sam Penti and Joan McPhee, hosts programs and events, addresses policy issues, and works to ensure that diversity remains a key focus across all of our offices. With the help of resources such as the Ropes Multicultural Group, LGBTQ Forum, Women’s Forum, and professional development and attorney support teams, we offer educational programs and seminars to our firm community.

Ropes & Gray has consistently been recognized as being among the nation’s leading law firms in the area of diversity overall, as well as with respect to minorities, gays and lesbians, and women:

· In the 2020 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray was ranked number five among U.S. firms for overall diversity and among the top ten for diversity for “Individuals with Disabilities,” “LGBTQ Individuals,” “Women,” and “Racial Minorities,” marking the 10th consecutive year that the firm has been ranked in the top 10.

· For the past 12 years, the firm received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”

· The Minority Corporate Counsel Association honored the firm with two consecutive Thomas L. Sager Awards. This award recognizes firms that have succeeded in introducing policies that promote diversity and inclusion through retention, client inclusion, pipeline, mentoring and LGBTQ initiatives.

· Ropes & Gray was recognized for “Best Mentoring Program” in the Chambers Women in Law Awards.

· Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Family Friendly Firms survey recognized Ropes & Gray for Gender Equity (2014, 2016 – 2018, 2020).

· The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association honored the firm with the Law Firm Diversity Award (2015).

· Ropes & Gray was named one of the top 10 “Best Law Firms for Women” by Law360 (2017, 2018, 2019), and ranked fifth on the publication’s “Ceiling Smashers” list of large firms with the highest percentage of female equity partners.