Morri Weinberg > Ropes & Gray LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Morri Weinberg is a partner in the asset management group and co-head of the firm’s private funds practice. He works with private fund sponsors in connection with fundraising, organizational/governance, regulatory and compliance related matters. He also represents institutional investors in connection with their private fund-related investments on a primary, secondary and co-investment basis. Morri’s experience also includes transactions involving investment management firms, including joint ventures, spin-offs and acquisitions.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds

Ropes & Gray LLP is extremely well placed to assist a growing base of sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional clients seeking to grow their product lines and strategies in both the US and the EU; the firm is able to utilise its global capabilities to advise hedge funds expanding into adjacencies, and institutional asset managers entering different areas in the funds space. Recently, the team’s position at the vanguard of the market has seen it advising on complex matters including cryptocurrency, insider trading, arrangements with insurance companies, and novel trading and operational issues. Derivatives and commodities work remains an area of particular strength, with seasoned practitioner Leigh Fraser taking the lead in this area. Fraser splits her time between the New York and Boston offices – of these two key locations, the former also fields recognized expert Laurel Fitzpatrick, fund formation and operation specialist Sarah Davidoff  and core senior practitioner Morri Weinberg, while Peter Laybourn is a recommended name at the latter. Over on the west coast, San Francisco-based Melissa Bender is the ‘stand-out partner‘.

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

At Ropes & Gray LLP, the ‘fantastic‘ offering ‘lives and breathes asset management‘ – the firm’s immersion in the latest trends and developments ensures that it is constantly operating at the high value, maximum complexity end of the fund formation market. The attorneys’ ‘deep and broad experience throughout the industry‘ encompasses both sponsor and investor-side work equally, enabling practitioners to fluently negotiate mutually beneficial agreements. In terms of venture capital work, the firm advises on the entire growth cycle of a company, from organization and incorporation, through venture, mezzanine and late-stage funding to sophisticated financing and acquisition transactions for large, multi-national companies. The practice has a highly specialized approach to leadership, with dedicated practitioners taking charge of particular areas: Boston-based Peter Laybourn shares management of the overall private funds department with Leigh Fraser and Morri Weinberg in New York; ‘outstanding, accessible, authoritative and efficientJohn Ayer – also in Boston – leads the private equity group; and ‘walking encyclopaediaMarc Biamonte and Debra Lussier jointly oversee the institutional investors and buyout funds work from New York and Boston, respectively. In April 2021, the New York office was strengthened even further by the arrival of Bryan Hunkele from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.