Firm Profile > Ropes & Gray LLP > Boston, United States

Ropes & Gray LLP
800 BOYLSTON STREET
BOSTON, MA 02199
United States

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP remains one of the strongest firms for hedge fund work in the US, with a sponsor-side practice that handles the full range of fund formation and management matters. New York-based Laurel FitzPatrick heads the team, and handles several of the firms largest and most interesting fund mandates. She recently advised Pimco on its $3bn DISCO III fund, which was designed to capitalize on the turmoil in public credit markets caused by Covid-19. The firm is also prominent on the West Coast, with San Francisco-based Melissa Bender having been particularly active in the cryptocurrency fund space over the last year, in addition to handling a plethora of more traditional fund work for California-based clients. November 2020 saw the promotion of two new partners within the firm, Justin Kliger and Adam Dobson, both of whom practice from the Boston office. Jessica O’Mary is also recommended on the more junior end of the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Laurel FitzPatrick; Leigh Fraser; Morri Weinberg

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Bender; Justin Kliger; Adam Dobson

Testimonials

‘The team understands how to educate us in the technical answers but can also give real-world practical advice that is commercially sound.’

‘Incredible industry/practice knowledge. The advice provided is supported by the team’s incredible depth of experience. The advice is practical and actionable and the work product is very well done. The team is always happy to discuss an issue or question, and be a real thought partner in trying to find the best path forward. It is so reassuring to have such trusted advisers to rely on.’

‘Laurel Fitzpatrick, Leigh Fraser, Joel Wattenbarger, and Katie Waite are all trusted advisors who provide us with consistent, timely, and practical advice. The advice is clearly the result of significant and well-reasoned thought, as well as benefitting from the whole firm’s collaborative atmosphere.’

‘My Ropes & Gray team are true advocates of our firm. When negotiating project agreements, fund of ones, etc., the team understands the nuances of the documents and where the risks lie for the investment advisor and the investors. The team lays out their thoughts in layman terms, as well, which I truly appreciate.’

‘Melissa Bender has been a phenomenal partner. She is organized, efficient, and very good at negotiating on our behalf.’

‘Brendon Caione is very good at keeping projects moving forward. His work is excellent, as it is accurate and efficient.’

‘Naveed Ghasem is excellent at following up with the many regulatory bodies he works with for our filings. He is also very good at coordinating the work and following the accountability of other parties for moving our projects forward.’

Key clients

Abdiel Capital

ACORE Capital

Angelo Gordon

Arrowstreet Capital

Bain Capital

Benefit Street Partners

Dragoneer Investment Group

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.

Greenoaks Capital

Invesco

Monroe Capital

Partner Fund Management

PIMCO

Pluribus Labs

Sands Capital Ventures

Schroders

ValueAct

E-discovery Tier 1

Headed by Boston-based counsel Shannon Capone Kirk, Ropes & Gray LLP is at the forefront major e-discovery investigations, data breaches and class actions. It is well-placed to handle international mandates, thanks in part to its strong international network and multi-lingual attorneys. Particular areas of expertise include data intrusion issues, securities, litigation, antitrust, and FCPA matters. The group is adept at using TAR, but has also internally developed its own bifurcated time-based technology assisted investigative reviews (BAT) model, which assists companies in navigating e-discovery issues in a cost-effective manner. The team is often involved in large-scale litigation and investigations, and strategizes on litigation readiness programs. Capone Kirk was again named co-chair of Georgetown Law’s 2020 Advanced eDiscovery Institute and often acts as external e-discovery counsel to high-profile organizations.

Practice head(s):

Shannon Capone Kirk

Healthcare: service providers Tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP maintains its leading healthcare practice with a breadth of expertise across transactions, regulatory compliance, reimbursement, antitrust, government investigations and enforcement actions. Of recent note, New York attorney Stephen Warnke assisted with the establishment of Covid-19 legal protections for the Greater New York Hospitals Association, leading to the creation of a state immunity shield law. A highlight in the transactions space included Boston-based co-head Timothy McCrystal advising on a combination agreement between Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization. Other key figures in the team include DC-based attorney Thomas Bulleit, an expert in regulatory compliance, and Chicago-based practice co-head Debbie Gersh, whose experience in value-based care and digital health was integral to the creation of the firm's pandemic resource center. The firm has significantly expanded, with multiple partner-level promotions and arrivals. Of particular note, Stephanie Webster, who focuses on litigation and reimbursement regulation matters, joined the Washington DC office from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Gersh; Tim McCrystal

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Warnke; Thomas Bulleit; Stephanie Webster

Key clients

Stanford University

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

1Life Healthcare

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Advocate Aurora Health, Inc.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Greater New York Hospital Association

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Flatiron Health Inc.

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 1

Ropes & Gray LLP continues to counsel some of the market's leading players in registered and mutual funds, including Natixis and several of its subsidiaries, PIMCO, Invesco, and Prudential mutual funds, across all areas of their funds businesses including regulation and compliance, registration with the SEC, and fund launches. The regulation and offering of ETFs is another key part of the firm's business, with notable recent instructions including the offering of three new active non-transparent ETFs using a proxy portfolio structure, as well as advising clients on the potential conversion of open-end funds to non-transparent, actively managed ETFs. Leadership duties within the team are split between New York-based Bryan Chegwidden, who is particularly recommended for non-US sponsors looking to offer products in the US; Thomas Hiller, who is highly experienced in fund organization and director duties; and Elizabeth Reza, an SEC and compliance specialist. Other key figures in the team include the highly experienced John Loder, as well as Timothy Diggins, who is most notable for his work with sovereign wealth funds and other investor side clients.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Chegwidden; Thomas Hiller; Elizabeth Reza

Other key lawyers:

John Loder; Timothy Diggins; Michael Doherty

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths revolve around their intellectual prowess in solving issues and their ability to identify related issues.’

‘The partner(s) we primarily work with are exceedingly calm and thoughtful in providing timely responses to our issues. Michael Doherty is a stand-out partner based on my more than 30 years in the investment management industry.’

‘Bryan Chegwidden is the finest outside counsel with whom I’ve worked in over twenty years. He has relevant knowledge — both broad and deep — of the industry, of industry practices, of regulatory agendas and activities. He is a superb, efficient communicator. Able to disagree without being disagreeable, his advice is always constructive. He informs and educates effectively, whether working with inside counsel, other outside counsel, or our board.’

Key clients

Affiliated Managers Group (AMG)

Brighthouse Funds

Calamos Funds and their Independent Trustees

DoubleLine Funds and their Independent Trustees

Independent Trustees of the DWS Funds

Impact Shares ETFs

Invesco

Jackson National Funds and their Independent Trustees

Lord Abbett Funds and their Independent Trustees

MFS Funds and their Independent Trustees

Natixis and Loomis Sayles Fund Groups and Natixis Global Asset Management, (NGAM), Loomis Sayles & Company, Alpha Simplex Group and Harris Associates

Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO)

Pax World Funds

Primark Capital Funds and their Independent Trustees

Prudential Funds and their Independent Trustees

Putnam Funds and their Independent Trustees

State Street Bank and Trust Company and State Street Global Advisors, and the State Street mutual funds

VanEck Vectors ETFs (Independent Trustees)

Vanguard

Voya Funds

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP continues to impress in equity deals, particularly on the underwriter side, though it maintains a healthy market share of issuer-side engagements as well. Much of its work in this space centers on its leading presence in the areas of life sciences, healthcare and financial services. The firm's Boston and New York offices are the principal drivers of the practice with New York partners Paul Tropp and Christopher Capuzzi gaining a prominent position in the SPAC IPO market; the two advised the underwriters on Pershing Square Tontine Holdings' $4bn IPO—the largest SPAC IPO to date at the time of publication. Along with Tropp, Craig Marcus and Patrick O’Brien jointly lead the capital markets practice from Boston, where they have a healthy record in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Craig Marcus; Patrick O’Brien; Paul Tropp

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Capuzzi

Key clients

Dragoneer Growth Opportunities Corp.

Beam Therapeutics

Eversource Energy

Acceleron Pharma, Inc.

Vapotherm Inc.

Osmotica Pharmaceuticals

Altimeter Growth Corp.

Longview Acquisition Corp

Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp

Sandbridge Acquisition Corp

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP's high-yield debt practice is driven, in part, by the firm's outstanding private equity client base, which includes anchor clients Bain Capital and TPG Capital. The firm is also a growing force in underwriter representation with a series of major engagements in 2020. Among its recent highlights, a team led by Paul Tropp represented the underwriters in several debt offerings worth some $900m for Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, a mortgage REIT. Healthcare, life sciences and financial services are also key sectors for the practice with the firm's New York and Boston offices having extensive experience in domestic and international offerings, including deals originating from Asia. New York's Stefanie Birkmann and Boston-based Byung Choi jointly head the global finance group.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Birkmann; Byung Choi; Michael Kazakevich

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Zeltser; Jay Kim; Paul Tropp

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Bain Capital

Genstar Capital

CCMP Capital

IQVIA

Madison Dearborn Partners

NFP Corp.

Samsonite International S.A.

TPG Capital

Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP is a go-to name for licensing and collaboration agreements, strategic partnerships, M&A and financings in the life sciences sector. It also handles FDA compliance, contentious regulatory proceedings and patent disputes. July 2020 saw the launch of the firm's life sciences consulting service, R&G Insights Lab, which assists with corporate and investment strategy, internal policies procedures and governance, and risk management. Key contacts in the Boston office include Michael Beauvais and Marc Rubenstein, one of the leading figures for commercialization strategies. Other recommended attorneys include Washington DC-based regulatory experts Gregory Levine and Kellie Combes; and Megan Baca in Silicon Valley, who is particularly active in digital health.

Practice head(s):

Michael Beauvais; Gregory Levine

Other key lawyers:

Zach Coseglia; Marc Rubenstein; Kellie Combes; Megan Baca

Testimonials

‘Ropes & Gray’s life sciences practice is my go to for complex, sophisticated deals and issues that no one has seen before in the market. The team has a deep bench of transactional, IP and regulatory attorneys to pull from in all of the key jurisdictions and is able to handle adeptly and efficiently transactions that are multi-faceted.’

‘The life sciences team, including Michael Beauvais, Abigail Gregor, Melissa Rones, Marc Rubenstein, Mark Bellomy, Al Cacozza and others brings vast experience in the life sciences industry. They have helped guide multi-billion transactions for us that involve M&A, licensing, and regulatory issues with ease. I am always impressed by their professionalism and their ability to work together as a team to tackle these difficult and unique transactions.’

Key clients

Gilead Sciences

Blackstone Life Sciences

Sarepta Therapeutics

Beam Therapeutics

Bain Capital

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

Novavax, Inc.

Pfizer, Inc.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

Acting for buyers, sellers, companies, officers, directors and special committees, the litigators at Ropes & Gray LLP work closely with the firm's transactional M&A lawyers to minimize the risk of disputes. When litigation does arise, the practice led by David Hennes in New York ('a good lawyer to have on your side') and Peter Welsh in Boston, is experienced in every stage from preliminary injunctions through to trial, whether in the Delaware Court of Chancery or in federal courts across the US. Welsh successfully represented Advent International in one of the first cases to test how material adverse effect clauses in merger agreements can be applied to the events of the in the Covid-19 pandemic. Hennes has been involved in many cases in the life sciences sector; acting for Shire Pharmaceuticals and Novartis, he secured the dismissal of a $425m claim for milestone payments under a merger agreement.

Practice head(s):

David Hennes; Peter Welsh

Key clients

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.

Advent International Corp.

Former Independent Directors of Immunomedics, Inc.

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Gridiron Capital

Houlihan Lokey Capital Inc.

Independent Directors and CEO of AGNC Investment Corp.

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Surgery Partners, Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

TPG Global, LLC

Wright Medical Group N.V.

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

At Ropes & Gray LLP, the tax-exempt organizations practice is largely based out of Boston and holds a number of leading higher educational and medical institutions as key clients. Overseen by tax partner Kendi Ozmon, the group has considerable experience advising on corporate governance matters, transactional mandates, and employee benefits. It also has an integrated healthcare interface which can service academic medical centres and hospitals across privacy and licensing issues. Associate Franziska Hertel advises on tax controversy matters, and maintains a busy pro-bono practice. In Washington, DC, Counsel Carolyn Ward is the name for endowments, advising non-profits on lobbying and political activity, and corporate transactions, whilst Gil Ghatan handles the corporate aspects of mergers and dissolutions for private foundations.

Practice head(s):

Kendi Ozmon

Other key lawyers:

Franziska Hertel; Carolyn Ward; Gil Ghatan

Key clients

University of Southern California

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

U.S. Fund for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis

Catalyst Institute

Stanford University

Patents: licensing Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP primarily acts for life sciences and technology clients. The team of Boston-based practice head David McIntosh is a popular choice for US and international clients due to its strong track record of advising market-leading pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on high-stakes strategic transactions, as well as its extensive experience of assisting start-ups and growth companies with developing and commercializing their patent portfolios. Complex collaboration agreements, including large-cap ones, and major commercialization agreements are areas of particular strength. The firm's in-house technical advisor programme provides clients with a roster of experienced scientists and engineers. Life sciences specialists Hannah Freeman and Abigail Gregor, both in Boston, made partner in November 2020. Megan Baca in Silicon Valley is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

David McIntosh

Other key lawyers:

Megan Baca; Melissa Rhones; Violetta Kokolus; Ed Black; Hannah Freeman

Testimonials

‘Adept at providing counsel on global IP issues and strategy for managing an evolving portfolio.’

‘Emilia Cannella provides both practical and strategic advice. She excels as a lawyer’s-lawyer, providing counsel on deeply technical issues. Even more, she provides accessible strategic advice to the the IP-lay person navigating global IP issues.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc.

Waters Technologies Corporation

Sana Biotechnology, Inc.

Coherus Biosciences, Inc.

CStone Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

CANbridgepharma Limited

Juno Therapeutics, Inc.

Pacific Investment Management Company LLC

Adaptimmune Ltd.

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed)

Novavax, Inc.

uniQure Biopharma B.V.

Blackstone Life Sciences

Private equity buyouts Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP has a standout private equity practice, which acts for a variety of major funds in bulge-bracket buyouts, exits, minority investments, and portfolio company M&A. It also maintains a prolific record in mid-market deals. Standout clients include Advent International, Bain Capital, and Silver Lake, which the firm advised on its $1bn investment into Twitter, a notable transaction from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Another major deal was Advent International's purchase of Forescout, a complex transaction and a major win for Boston-based Amanda Morrison. The team is led by New York's David Blittner, who has a diverse PE practice extending across LBOs, minority investments, and restructurings; and Chicago's Neill Jakobe, who combines transactional expertise with notable corporate governance capabilities, allowing him to handle business-critical investments for the likes of BV Partners and Baring. Boston's Alfred Rose is a highly respected senior figure, while New York-based Carolyn Vardi has been active in large-scale domestic and international transactions for major clients such as Roark Capital, including several multi-billion dollar transactions. Global board member Will Shields is another key figure in Boston, regularly representing top clients Bain, Golden Gate, and Kohlberg & Co.

Practice head(s):

David Blittner; Neill Jakobe

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Rose; Carolyn Vardi; Will Shields; Amanda Morrison

Key clients

Advent International Corporation

Altamont Capital Partners

Apax Partners

Audax Group

Avista Capital Partners

Bain Capital

Baring Private Equity Asia

Berkshire Partners

Charlesbank Capital Partners

Genstar Capital

HarbourVest Partners

Harvest Partners

H.I.G. Capital

Kohlberg & Company

Partners Group

Providence Equity Partners

New Mountain Capital

Silver Lake Partners

Summit Partners

The Blackstone Group

Thomas H. Lee Partners

TPG Capital

TSG Consumer Products

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Wynnchurch Capital

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP is active on both sides of the private funds market, handling the full spectrum of funds work including formation, governance, and regulation for sponsors, in addition to maintaining a sizeable investor practice. New York-based practice co-head Morri Weinberg handles a wide range of sponsor side matters including governance, succession planning, regulatory work, and deals in the secondaries market, alongside fundraising and formation. Of note, Weinberg recently advised Welsh, Carson, Anderson, & Stowe on the formation of WCAS XIII, which exceeded its target and closed with $4.3bn. Leigh Fraser, who operates from the Boston office, leads the practice alongside Weinberg, and handles both offshore and onshore fund formation. Marc Biamonte  is another key figure within the team, as is Amanda Persaud, a key contact for clients wishing to form special situation, distressed debt, or hybrid funds. Boston based Peter Laybourn and Debra Lussier are both highly recommended for buyout and growth equity fund formations. In one highlight matter, Lussier represented Parthenon Capital in connection with Parthenon Investors VI, a buyout fund which closed at $2bn in commitments. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Fraser; Morri Weinberg

Other key lawyers:

Marc Biamonte; Peter Laybourn; Deb Lussier; Amanda Persaud; John Ayer

Testimonials

‘The Ropes & Gray team is outstanding. They have tremendous experience and expertise, are highly responsive and have a great sense of market practice/how other firms address relevant issues. They also have valuable insights into the thinking of the SEC and other regulators.’

‘John Ayer is a leader in the field and a tremendous business lawyer. He is clear, practical and knowledgeable.’

Lindsey Goldstein is a rising star. Very smart and responsive. A very client focused lawyer.

Key clients

Accolade Capital Management

Antares Capital

Asia Alternatives Management

Bain Capital

BV Investment Partners

The Carlyle Group

CCMP Capital

Cove Hill Partners

Gridiron Capital

Hamilton Lane

Index Ventures

KKR

Kohlberg & Co

Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management

Neuberger Berman

Parthenon Capital

Sands Capital

THL Partners

The Vistria Group

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Wynnchurch Capital Partners

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP has a very strong asset manager and private funds client base, though the team also provides high-level tax advice to corporates in the life sciences and real estate sectors, as well as to university endowments and other tax-exempt entities. The tax department is especially well regarded for its tax-exempt organization practice, where Boston-based Kendi Ozmon is a key contact. The tax group is led from the Boston office by Elaine Murphy, who is noted for her broad transactional and structuring expertise. David Saltzman advises on the tax aspects of financial products and capital markets transactions, while New York-based Jim Brown focuses on investment fund structuring. Amanda Holt is noted for her experience in private equity fund structuring and corporate and partnership taxation.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Murphy

Other key lawyers:

Kendi Ozmon; David Saltzman; Jim Brown; Amanda Holt

Key clients

Ares Management

Audax Group

Bain Capital

CBRE

Dunkin’ Brands Inc.

Harvard University

Novavax

The TJX Companies

TPG Capital

University of Southern California

Cartel Tier 3

The antitrust team at Ropes & Gray LLP primarily represents top-level executives and board members in criminal antitrust investigations, occasionally acting for companies and conducting internal investigations for clients suspected of anti-competitive activity. Primarily a first-chair trial lawyer, Mark Popofsky (Washington DC) leads the group alongside New York-based Michael McGovern, whose white-collar practice dovetails neatly with his cartel investigations capabilities. Also in New York is Christopher Conniff, who frequently represents individuals in investigations into the banking and financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky; Michael McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Conniff

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

The team at Ropes & Gray LLP has extensive experience in helping clients develop cybersecurity compliance programs, and also handles enforcement and litigation as they relate to the collection, storage and processing of company and personal information. Headed up by Edward McNicholas, Rohan Massey and Edward Black, the group also assists with data commercialization and the use of both AI and synthetic data. Moreover, it has a strong track record responding to federal and state investigations into data breaches. David Peloquin was promoted to the partnership in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Edward McNicholas; Rohan Massey; Edward Black

Other key lawyers:

David Peloquin

Key clients

Bombas LLC

P33

Advent International

Invesco Ltd

Sumitovant Biopharma Inc.

Civis Analytic Inc.

Ai4gi

SIFMA Asset Management Group

CareCentrix Inc.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Aurora Health Care Inc.

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

Recent highlights for Ropes & Gray LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensations team involve advising private equity funds on big-ticket M&A transactions and fund formations. New York-based Joshua Lichtenstein is the key name for ERISA Title 1 matters, and has a strong focus on advising global asset managers. Also in New York, Alexandra Alperovich has established expertise in acting for private equity clients, most recently in the TMT sector. Boston-based Loretta Richard and Renata Ferrari co-head the practice. In June 2020 Adam Stella moved to boutique firm Moulton | Moore | Stella.

Practice head(s):

Loretta Richard; Renata Ferrari

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Alperovich; Joshua Lichtenstein; Jennifer Rikoski

Key clients

Bain Capital

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc.

Advent International

The TJX Companies

New Mountain Capital

Invesco

Pacific Investment Management Company

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP advises a diverse range of corporate clients on big-ticket M&A, strategic and balance-sheet transactions, and investments, supported by strong private equity, capital markets, tax, and acquisition finance teams. The corporate group has a number of sector strengths, and is particularly active in the life sciences, tech, and pharma spaces, with notable clients including Gilead and Novavax. Also of note are the firm's cross-border capabilities—the US team works in close collaboration with the firm's global offices to handle complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, a recent example of which was its role advising PJT partners as financial advisor to Caesar's in its $17.3bn acquisition of Eldorado Resorts. The team is jointly led by Boston's Christopher Comeau, who advises public companies and financial investors on public and private M&A and minority investments, mainly in the life sciences and medtech sectors; Jane Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston and has a strong record in the retail and consumer products industries; and global M&A head Paul Scrivano, who handles a broad range of US and cross-border transactions in the tech, life sciences, and healthcare sectors from the San Francisco office.

Practice head(s):

Jane Goldstein; Christopher Comeau; Paul Scrivano

Testimonials

‘The M&A practice at Ropes & Gray is sophisticated, staffed with diverse and brilliant attorneys, and agile. The team is able to handle wholly novel and multi-faceted deals with efficiently and shows great teamwork in pulling in various subject matter experts.’

‘The individuals I work with, including Mike Beauvais, are leaders in their field. They are always available and ready to roll up their sleeves, come up with innovative solutions and are team players.’

Key clients

Advent Technologies Inc.

Akcea Therapeutics Inc., Independent Committee of the Board

Allergan plc

Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc.

Dunkin’ Brands Group

Evercore Group LLC

Eversource Energy

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Medtronic, Inc.

Novavax Inc.

PJT Partners

Qorvo Inc.

The TJX Companies, Inc.

Town Fair Tire Centers, Inc.

Veeam Software Holding Limited

Verastem Inc.

Waters Corporation

Wright Medical Group NV

Real estate Tier 3

On the transaction front, Ropes & Gray LLP operates across a variety of deal types including direct, fund and co-investments, joint ventures, tradable credits and loan acquisitions. It also enjoys continued involvement in significant nationwide projects, distinctly acting on numerous life science and laboratory-based schemes, in addition to those made up of more mainstream, mixed-use and data center assets. In New York, Daniel Stanco is highly regarded by his notably broad client roster of equity and hedge funds, developers and public and private REITs and frequently acts for overseas investors on inbound investment into the US as well as matters across the UK, Europe, Canada and elsewhere. Boston-based Jack Creedon has a very strong reputation in debt restructurings, sale-leasebacks and ground-up development projects and is vastly experienced in the representation of university endowments and pension plans.

Practice head(s):

Jack Creedon; Daniel Stanco

Other key lawyers:

Rich Gordt; Walter McCabe; Alison Rundlett

Testimonials

‘Very talented negotiators, a trusted advisor on big ticket matters, producing top quality work.’

‘Daniel Stanco is a standout performer, a really superb all around lawyer with great judgment.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Brookfield Asset Management

Novavax

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Colony Capital

Oaktree Capital Management

ACORE

PIMCO

Siguler Guff

HIG Capital

TPG

Angelo Gordon

Melody Capital

PGGM

Apollo Management

CIM

Related Fund Management

First Atlantic Capital

MSD Partners

Annaly Capital

Nan Fung Group

Walton Street Capital

Amherst Capital

Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP has a large and experienced civil litigation team, which has deep experience in securities litigation. It is known for providing 'very practical and actionable advice' to private equity funds, hedge funds, credit funds and other alternative asset management firms. Although mutual funds remain its key area of focus for securities litigation, the firm also acts for both public and private companies in the life sciences sector in shareholder, transaction and derivative litigation. David Hennes in New York is handling a major fiduciary case for Deutsche Bank alleging that it failed to properly supervise the bank and its employees over the last decade. Peter Welsh in Boston, who leads the corporate and securities litigation practice with Hennes, is 'responsive, smart, practical and will go the extra step'. Anne Johnson Palmer in San Francisco is an emerging talent in complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

David Hennes; Peter Welsh

Other key lawyers:

Anne Johnson Palmer

Testimonials

‘Very practical and actionable advice. Team members work collaboratively to provide holistic views and issue spot with great peripheral vision. ’

‘Peter Welsh is responsive, smart, practical and will go the extra step to think through additional items and try to find other colleagues who may be able to add value to the client.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors

Bain Capital Investors LLC

Deutsche Bank AG, DB USA Corp., and 44 current and former directors and officers of Deutsche Bank AG

Metropolitan West Asset Management

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Nine West Joint Defense Group

ProShares

REV Group, Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

TPG Global, LLC

Stemline Therapeutics

Shareholder activism Tier 3

Ropes & Gray LLP handles shareholder engagement and activism mandates for a truly varied client portfolio consisting of large public companies such as Dunkin’ Brands and Domino’s Pizza, as well as investors the likes of Elliott Management. Recent areas of focus have included financial services, life sciences, and energy. The group adopts a holistic approach, drawing on the firm’s wider resources in litigation, M&A transactions, corporate governance, and capital markets; for more demanding tasks, it also relies on the expertise of the legal project management team, which brings together specialists in law, finance, and consulting. The team is primarily based in Boston, where Jeffrey Katz is the key contact.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Katz

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kinsella; Jane Goldstein; Bryan Lowrance; Tara Fisher

Key clients

Special Committee of Akcea Therapeutics

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals

CIRCOR International, Inc.

Trinseo S.A.

Eversource Energy

Dunkin’ Brands

Planet Fitness

Voya Funds

Elliott Management Corporation

HG Vora Capital

Domino’s Pizza

Sarepta Therapeutics

Fintech Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP has a strong focus on cryptocurrency, robo-advisors, and payments technology, and is especially experienced advising the asset management industry on its fintech products. This includes advice to financial institutions, investors, and technology companies on the full sweep of IP, regulatory, transactional privacy, litigation and cybersecurity issues. In Boston, the cross-practice team includes Edward Black, global-head of the firm's TMT and data privacy and cyber security practice groups, and Elizabeth Reza, a partner in the asset management group who also advises on regulatory issues. New York private equity partner Scott Abramowitz and San Francisco-based asset management specialist Gregory Davis are also active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Edward Black

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Reza; Scott Abramowitz; Gregory Davis

Key clients

iCapital Networks

Protocol Labs

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Decentralized Code Network (Deconet)

Silver Lake Partners, L.P.

PayStand

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP runs a large and experienced team, including former SEC lawyers and federal prosecutors from the DOJ and numerous US Attorney's offices. Its range of expertise covers breach of contract disputes, class actions and various white-collar crime matters, with a particular focus on the healthcare and financial services sectors. In a recent highlight, David Hennes, based in New York, successfully defended Shire Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals in a $425m claim brought by Fortis Advisors under a merger agreement. Jeffrey Bushofsky, based in Chicago, is noted for his diverse trial practice, which includes consumer fraud cases and MDL in the healthcare industry. Boston-based John Bueker also has a strong reputation in healthcare litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Bueker; Jeffrey Bushofsky

Other key lawyers:

David Hennes

Key clients

Apax Partners, LLP

Behrman Brothers Management Company

H.I.G. Capital, LLC

Invesco, Ltd.

Merck & Co.

Nine West Joint Defense Group

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (f/k/a Hilton Worldwide, Inc., f/k/a Hilton Hotels Corporation)

Schroders plc

Shire Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Tribune Shareholder Defense Group

Walgreen Co.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP stands out through its strong PTAB practice that continues to secure an exceptionally high success rate for petitioners in addition to successfully representing patent owners. PTAB practice head Scott McKeown and his team have one of the country's busiest PTAB caseloads. Well versed in district court and Federal Circuit appeals as well as in ITC proceedings, including in the commission's early deposition pilot programme, the team has well-rounded expertise in the US' main forums. The group's biopharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice continues to grow in volume, taking on high-profile Hatch-Waxman cases and joining forces with the firm's Boston-based transactional life sciences experts. Other core sectors are the electronics, semiconductor, telecoms and manufacturing sectors. Additional in-depth technical expertise comes from the firm's technical advisors program which includes a number of practitioners with advanced science and engineering degrees who frequently have in-house experience. Andrew Thomases in San Francisco is the head of the practice. Other offices are in New York, Silicon Valley, Washington DC. In March 2020 Leslie Spencer joined Desmarais LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomases

Other key lawyers:

Scott McKeown; Filko Prugo; Charlotte Jacobsen; James Batchelder; Matthew Rizzolo; Steven Pepe; Mark Rowland; David Chun; James Davis; Kevin Post

Testimonials

‘Lots of industry experience in the semiconductor industry; really top notch senior associate and counsel backed up by great partners; the team has great experience coordinating cases across ITC, PTAB, and district courts.’

‘Jim Batchelder partners closely with client companies and seeks to understand the client, the client’s business, and how the litigation fits into the bigger picture; it would be hard to find a better appellate lawyer than Douglas Hallward-Driemeier. Alex Middleton and Sam Brenner are dedicated and responsive counsel.’

Key clients

Emerson Electric Co.

Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (IP Bridge)

Roku Inc.

TiVo Corporation (Rovi Corporation)

Dolby Laboratories

ArcherDX

Teradyne

LG Electronics

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP impresses with its particularly successful track record at the ITC and its expertise in the intricacies of parallel-running ITC and PTAB proceedings. Practice head Matthew Rizzolo in Washington DC is the firm's key ITC practitioner. The firm fields a set of technical advisers whose science and engineering expertise is a clear asset. Andrew Thomases in Silicon Valley directs the wider IP practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomases; Matthew Rizzolo

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Post; Steven Pepe; James Batchelder

Testimonials

They have a strong experience in both IPR and ITC disputes. They are located in many different places enabling them to leverage many areas of expertise.’

The Ropes & Gray patent litigation team delivers exceptional results in difficult cases at very reasonable rates.’

The Ropes & Gray patent litigation team has been flexible and innovative in billing practices. They have also been smart about assigning team members to tasks that match their talents, experience, and billing rates.

Kevin Post is a hardworking, calm and resourceful lawyer who gains the trust of decision makers. Matt Rizzolo is very creative and hardworking.

I value their expertise and availability.

Key clients

Emerson Electric Co.

TiVo Corporation

Roku Inc.

CJ CheilJedang Corporation

GN Hearing

Prospect Hill Growth Partners

Walker Edison Furniture Company

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

The business restructuring group at Ropes & Gray LLP has historically been recognized for its representation of ad hoc and official committees of creditors, and its company-side practice focusing on private equity sponsors and their distressed portfolio companies and boards of directors. Of late, the workload has expanded significantly to include numerous lead representations of distressed companies in out-of-court as well as in-court restructurings. As part of this pattern of growth, the firm welcomed new arrivals Mathew Czyzyk (previously with Kirkland & Ellis LLP) and Ryan Dahl (previously with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP) in June and November 2020, respectively. They join a number of well-established practitioners and core team members, including Mark Bane and Gregg Galardi in the New York office. Stephen Moeller-Sally moved to White & Case LLP in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gregg Galardi

Other key lawyers:

Mark Bane; Mathew Czyzyk; Ryan Dahl

Key clients

Centric Brands Inc.

Rubio’s Restaurant Inc.

VIP Cinema Holdings, Inc.

TOMS Shoes

Alliance Healthcare Services Inc.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Sanchez Energy

Elliott Investment Management Company

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Ad Hoc Group of Noteholders in In re Garrett Motion Inc.

Ad Hoc Group of Canadian Securitization Lenders

Ad Hoc Committee of Healogics Second Lien Term Lenders

Checkers Ad Hoc Committee

Black Diamond Commercial Finance, as agent

Advent International Corporation

Vatera Capital Management

Defense group including Fidelity, Vanguard, Blackrock and other institutional investors and managers – In re Nine West LBO Securities Litigation

Regis Corporation

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 4

A go-to firm for asset managers, Ropes & Gray LLP's derivatives and commodities group combines expertise in transactions and regulatory matters to handle transactions involving commodities and futures, as well as product structuring. In addition to advising across a range of derivatives contracts, the team also has experience of repurchase agreements and highly structured notes. Based in Chicago, Deborah Monson heads up the practice group and has significant experience in commodities deals. Leigh Fraser in Boston and Isabel Dische in New York are also contacts for buy-side clients. Also of note, in January 2020, counsel Egan Cammack joined the Boston office from an in-house position with Convexity.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Monson

Other key lawyers:

Leigh Fraser; Isabel Dische; Molly Moore; Egan Cammack

Testimonials

‘They’re an excellent combination of thorough in their research and preparation and practical in the guidance they provide.’

‘Molly Moore and Egan Cammack are incredibly well-versed in this area and are a real crutch for us as in house counsel.’

Technology transactions Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP's experienced team is especially active on the M&A and private equity front, providing comprehensive support on IP, data and licensing issues relating to major acquisitions in the emerging technologies and life sciences space. The team has developed a strong reputation in several key sub-sectors, including fintech, healthtech, software, Internet and semiconductors. Key individuals include TMT co-head Edward Black in Boston, who has a strong track record in the management of, and transactions related to, strategic intangible assets; and Matthew Jacobson in the Silicon Valley office, who is highly active in tech-sector M&A. Taylor Hart in Boston is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Edward Black; Matt Jacobson

Other key lawyers:

Taylor Hart

Key clients

Mercury Systems, Inc.

Advent International

eClinicalWorks

Silver Lake Partners

Audax Group

TPG Capital

Cove Hill Partners

Bain Capital

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

Experienced in Defend Trade Secrets Act cases, Ropes & Gray LLP is active in trade secrets litigation in state and federal courts across the US, in matters related to corporate espionage and misappropriation. The department draws on the firm's strengths in IP work, government enforcement issues, commercial litigation and labor and employment law to provide a full-service approach to clients in the area. Silicon Valley-based Andrew Thomases focuses on trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement and copyright infringement cases. He co-leads the team with Peter Brody in Washington DC, who is head of the firm’s trade secret, trademark, copyright and false advertising practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomases; Peter Brody

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Brayley; Megan Baca; Samuel Brenner

Key clients

IQE plc

SAP SE

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals

Orthofix Medical

Beam Therapeutics

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP has experience on the defense and plaintiff sides, and litigates matters arising from both private disputes and government investigations, with a notable focus on the life sciences, healthcare, telecoms and technology sectors. Located in Washington DC, Mark Popofsky has a deep understanding of the interaction of IP and antitrust laws. Popofsky heads up the group, which frequently assists clients in cases pertaining to monopolization, exclusive dealing and tying, unfair competition, group boycotts, and price-fixing conspiracies. Another name to note is Chong Park, who divides time between San Francisco and the firm's main antitrust hub in the Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky

Other key lawyers:

Chong Park; Anne Johnson Palmer

Key clients

Google

Eversource Energy

Charter Communications

Merger control Tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP’s antitrust team has experience in merger control proceedings in the US and EU, including regulatory filings, negotiations with competition authorities, and post-merger support. Boston-based counsel and practice co-head Deirdre Johnson is recognized for her expertise in Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, and is noted as a frequent filer by the FTC. Mark Popofsky also leads the team from the DC office. In line with the firm’s wider sector strengths, the team acts prolifically for healthcare, life sciences, and private equity clients in merger control proceedings. Also recommended in Washington DC is Mark McFall, who represented standout companies such as Pfzier, AbbVie, and Bayer in a number of leading transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Popofsky; Deidre Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Mark McFall

Key clients

Englewood Healthcare System

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Bain Capital LP

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Eversource Energy

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Inc.

Advent International Corporation

Marucci Sports

General Catalyst Group LLC

US taxes: contentious Tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP’s Boston-based tax controversy practice has recently secured state-level wins for corporate taxpayers in the private equity, retail, life sciences and asset management sectors in appeals against tax abatement denials and transferee liabilities. Showcasing a notable breadth of expertise, the team also handles partnership disputes and multi-jurisdictional criminal tax matters, including whistleblowing proceedings and tax fraud trials for high-net-worth individuals. The practice group is jointly led by Kat Saunders Gregor and Loretta Richard.

Practice head(s):

Kat Saunders Gregor; Loretta Richard

Key clients

Bain Capital

Veolia Energy Boston, Inc.

Monomoy Capital Management

Republic of Ireland

National Amusements

TJX Companies

Tribune Company Master Retirement Savings Trust

The Carlyle Group

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

The ‘brilliant, driven, and result-oriented’ appellate department at Ropes & Gray LLP sits within the wider litigation and enforcement practice group; it brings together experts in appellate law and substantive law disciplines such as criminal law, bankruptcy, IP, antitrust, and securities, to name a few. Practice chair Douglas Hallward-Driemeier is highly recommended for ‘his strategic thinking’ and for being ‘an extraordinary writer’; his track record at the US Supreme Court spans 17 arguments. The group also has experience at every federal circuit court of appeal; its recent caseload reveals its strength in matters at the Federal Circuit.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Hallward-Driemeier

Other key lawyers:

James Batchelder; Mark Rowland; Jonathan Ference-Burke

Testimonials

‘Ropes & Gray LLP’s team is brilliant, driven, and result-oriented. I’ve never worked with a more thoughtful, creative, collaborative, and strategic group of people. The team drafts extraordinarily well-written briefs, often in extremely short timeframes when emergency motion practice requires. Their briefs tell compelling stories in concise but engaging prose, often condensing a difficult and lengthy record into a few short and easily understandable paragraphs. They manage every aspect of a case with the same calm professionalism, no matter the pressure.’

‘Ropes & Gray partner Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, a renowned SCOTUS oral advocate, has argued multiple cases, including Obergefell v Hodges, a landmark SCOTUS victory for the LGBT community, vindicating the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. He is not only a superb oral advocate, but also simply a warm, wonderful human being who has worked many long weekends, including holiday weekends, on our cases without complaint.’

‘Partner Kirsten Mayer has worked tirelessly, including over multiple holiday weekends, to provide briefing and strategic guidance to us at the highest level.’

‘Whether their work consists of an amicus brief on behalf of public health experts that requires mastery of complex scientific principles, or a brief articulating a visionary and precedent-setting constitutional argument seeking to correct an injustice for an individual plaintiff, their advocacy is consistently excellent. Ropes & Gray LLP is at the top of our list, second to none.’

‘We turn to Ropes & Gray when we wish to make high-stakes constitutional arguments for the first time. Although they are masters of doctrine, they can argue any case in a way that is human, moving, and compelling. Similarly, we have turned to Ropes & Gray when we have needed to file a complex case in short order. They are nimble and work extremely quickly to master a factual record, develop a narrative and strategy, and draft an excellent complaint. Although we have worked with different teams of partners and associates, each experience has been top-notch, and together we have won even the most challenging impact litigation cases.’

‘Douglas Hallward-Driemeier is a nationally renowned SCOTUS oral advocate, and extraordinary writer. Even though he has every reason to claim a big ego, he interacts with everyone in a manner that is completely ego-free. He is uniformly kind and respectful to attorneys, clients, and paralegals alike. His strategic thinking — whether about procedural or substantive matters — is visionary.’

‘Kirsten Mayer is a brilliant strategic thinker and writer, co-author of excellent briefing. We can count on Kirsten to deliver great advice. She also works tirelessly over weekends on our pro bono matters to develop the most comprehensive presentation possible in our cases.’

‘Jessica Soto is unflappable, even in four-alarm fires, and a consummate professional. She delivers excellent briefing, always on time. She gets to the heart of the issue immediately, and is skilled at interviewing clients and witnesses.’

‘Ethan Weinberg is a prodigious drafter, delivering briefing in extremely short time frames. Masters every detail of rules and makes the case run smoothly.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank National Trust Company

Nine West

The American Bar Association

Lambda Legal

Tribune Company

Elliot Management

Protect Democracy

Metropolitan West Asset Management

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Eversource Energy

Commercial lending

Ropes & Gray LLP is one of the busier firms in the market, and is noted for its ability to collaborate with its overseas offices (particularly London) to assist private equity clients with cross-border financing deals. Though the group is more than capable of advising lenders, it is the borrower side of the market where the firm really shines. Stefanie Birkmann is one of the firm's key lawyers in this regard, and has been busy throughout 2020 helping consumer-focused businesses such as Samsonite navigate through the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Byung Choi is the name to note in Boston; he advises corporate borrowers from a wide variety of industries and co-leads the team alongside Birkmann. Contacts on the more junior end of the partnership include Kevin Jarboe and Alexander Zeltser, working from Boston and New York, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Birkmann; Byung Choi

Other key lawyers:

Leonard Klingbaum; Andrea Hwang; Alyson Gal; Joanne De Silva; Kevin Jarboe; Alexander Zeltser

Testimonials

Highly efficient and customer centric focus. Deep bench of partner and non partner expertise. Breadth of expertise across traditional sponsor finance to distress and special situations. Ropes is the top firm I interact with across lending and finance, including bankruptcy finance.

Leonard Klingbaum, Max Silverstein, and Gregg Galardi are my go to counsel for every possible transaction. Each possesses deep expertise, creativity, and judgement as compared to most of their peers. They are extremely commercial with a great ability to provide advice in the context of legal contracts. Too many finance lawyers I work with operate in the black and white ends of legal contracts. Leonard, Max and Greg are exceptional at operating in the shades of grey where commercial decisions must take place.’

Key clients

Bain Capital

Charlesbank Capital Partners

TPG Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Advent International

The Blackstone Group

Silver Lake Partners

New Mountain Capital

Berkshire Partners

CCMP Capital

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The lawyers at Ropes & Gray LLP draw experience from a broad range of business, legal, and law enforcement backgrounds, with many members having previously served as federal prosecutors and enforcement officers at the SEC. This expertise, coupled with its international network of offices throughout the US, Europe and Asia, places the firms in a strong position to handle sprawling multi-jurisdictional investigations. New York-based practice co-head Michael McGovern is an accomplished trial lawyer, who specializes in high-profile criminal matters, while joint practice head James Dowden in Boston has over 20 years’ experience representing companies and individuals in a range of investigations and enforcement proceedings. Also in New York, Joan McPhee is active in criminal and civil litigation, where she represents executives, board members, physicians, and engineers. William Roberts was promoted to partner in Boston in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Dowden; Michael McGovern

Other key lawyers:

Laura Hoey; Joan McPhee; Josh Levy; Brien O’Connor; Christopher Conniff; William Roberts

Testimonials

‘It’s hard to find an issue in which they do not have at least one attorney with expertise’.

‘They have several former government attorneys who can rely on expertise that they gained at various regulatory agencies’.

‘Christopher Conniff relies on his experience as a former federal prosecutor to provide strong counsel if you are ever contacted by a prosecutor’s office’.

‘Very close to the client every step of the way’.

‘They go further and beyond the client expectations’.

‘Everything is professional and just perfect’.

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital

Former PIMCO CEO Douglas Hodge

Former International Law Firm Co-Chair Gordon Caplan

Elizabeth Henriquez

Former Deutsche Bank trader Cedric Chanu

Former Credit Suisse banker Detelina Subeva

Louisiana State University’s Head Basketball Coach Will Wade

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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Finance
Healthcare
Intellectual property
Labor and employment
Life sciences
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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.