Firm Profile > Ropes & Gray > London, England

Ropes & Gray
60 LUDGATE HILL
LONDON
EC4M 7AW
England

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP works closely with its US counterparts to provide a joined up approach to dealing with proceedings brought by US and international enforcement agencies, such as the DoJ, SEC, FBI and the US Attorneys’ Offices. Head of practice Judith Seddon has 'a rare combination of detailed black letter legal knowledge, sound tactical judgement and excellent interpersonal and client-handling skills'. Seddon handles a broad range of white-collar matters, including fraud, corruption, and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Amanda Raad, who splits her time between London and New York, also co-heads the team and is dual-qualified in the US, and in England and Wales.

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Testimonials

‘I find the Ropes team to be quite careful and thoughtful when giving advice and to take guidance and input from co-counsel and clients’.

‘Judith Seddon and Amanda Raad are quiet and confident, but at the same time, strong advocates’.

‘They counsel and advise with intelligence and caution and have tremendous credibility with regulators’.

‘They have particular expertise and experience of advising individuals who find themselves the subject of investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, US Department of Justice and similar investigatory agencies’.

‘Judith Seddon enjoys an unparalleled reputation in white-collar fraud and is a stand out partner in this area of practice’.

‘Matthew Burn is intelligent, quick and is an extremely dedicated senior associate with strong legal and client-handling skills’.

‘Judith Seddon give Ropes one of the best-known lawyers in this space in London and her reputation for hard work, intellectual rigour and strategic thinking is well-deserved.’

‘Judith Seddon is an excellent team leader and inspires the complete confidence of all her individual clients’.

Key clients

Detelina Subeva (Former Credit Suisse Banker)

High yield Tier 2

'The firm always adds value add through its commercial judgment and technical expertise’, says a client of Ropes & Gray LLP. Another remarks upon 'a great team with lawyers who are smart, always on top of their game, client-focused and actively looking for solutions when roadblocks arise’. In 2019, the team focused on big-ticket, and highly complex, high-yield financing for corporate entities, including its work for BidFair on the $3.7bn acquisition of Sotheby’s. The firm continued to expand its client base among both underwriters and lenders, while acting on repeat mandates for major players such as Goldman Sachs. Michael Kazakevich leads the finance practice in London and is a key adviser to repeat issuer Altice. The 'thoughtful and creative’ Jane Rogers plays a key role in the firm's work for repeat issuer Liberty Global and is among the most experienced high-yield lawyers in the City. Partners Robert Haak  and Aditya Khanna are also recommended.

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‘The firm always adds value add through its commercial judgment and technical expertise.’

‘The firm has a great team with lawyers who are smart, always on top of their game, client-focused and actively looking for solutions when roadblocks arise. They go above and beyond to get the work done. Above all, it is a great team to work with. They form a true partnership with their client.’

‘Jane Rogers is a brilliant lawyer, very thoughtful and creative, who listens carefully and comes up with solutions for complex problems. She has done a great job building up and leading the London finance team.’

‘Rob Haak is an outstanding partner, valued for the contribution he provides to us as a client and his ability to turn things around quickly at short notice.’

Key clients

Bidfair

Goldman Sachs

Liberty Latin America Ltd.

VodafoneZiggo Group

Altice Europe

Cable & Wireless Communications Limited

Altice USA

Liberty Global and Virgin Media

Altice France

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Ropes & Gray LLP has 'extensive first-hand experience of advising high-profile corporate clients caught up in regulatory and criminal prosecutions'. It handles prosecutions and enforcement actions across the UK and around the globe. With a strong US presence, the firm is well placed to advise on parallel investigations and proceedings overseas, and often handles matters brought by the FBI, DoJ and SEC, as well as the UK regulators. It also advises on compliance matters, reporting obligations and risk management; leveraging firm-wide relationships with global multinationals, private equity firms, and sovereign investors. The 'exceptionally talentedJudith Seddon co-heads the practice and is noted for her expertise in national and international white-collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Amanda Raad also co-heads the team and is dual US- and UK-qualified. Raad is experienced in cross-border cases and negotiating with regulators.

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‘Relatively small team that can step up to cover most matters, incredibly geographically flexible to get work done effectively’.

‘Amanda Raad is very approachable, listens, understands business and produces incredibly commercial solutions’.

‘Their advice is pragmatic and direct, and they are quick to grasp the commercial fundamentals as well as the regulatory elements of a challenge’.

‘Judith Seddon is one of the very best lawyers in this sector, she has fantastic judgement, abundant common sense and complete professional integrity’.

‘I have found both the London and the DC teams very plugged into the DOJ/SEC/SFO/FCA standards, and they are able to convey this in a down to earth and approachable manner’.

‘The team is very global, well-coordinated and very commercially orientated’.

‘Amanda Raad stands out as a great partner and advisor, she can reach out and become a trusted advisor to both the legal and the business teams’.

‘Judith Seddon is exceptional, completely focused and highly effective’.

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

The ‘dynamic and commercial’ team at Ropes & Gray LLP handles both the corporate and real estate components of investment matters, directing a strong degree of emphasis towards private equity work. David Seymour serves as department head, leveraging specialist expertise in joint ventures, co-investments, direct and indirect transactions, sale and leasebacks, developments, outsourcing and real estate finance. Counsel Will Bryant is an integral member of the practice; both he and Seymour are praised for their ‘excellent attention to detail and commercial acumen’. Found among the client roster are private equity, debt and sovereign wealth funds in addition to operating partners and family offices.

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‘This practice is unique in that it is truly ‘corporate real estate’. All of the individuals have a solid grounding in commercial property law and practice and over several years have amassed experience in the many different ways commercial property is now traded – from corporate wrapper sales and acquisitions to complex joint ventures. This practice is also one of few in London that have in depth experience in buying, selling, financing, developing and leasing data centres.’

‘David Seymour, Will Bryant and David Broome are excellent – their attention to detail, responsiveness, commercial acumen and ability to find sensible compromises in negotiations are first rate.’

‘I found the team at Ropes & Gray to be very dynamic and commercial when it came to problem solving on our transaction. They feel more like part of the partnership than and external advisory law firm. The deal we successfully completed was complex, multijurisdictional and executed under real time pressure. The Ropes & Gray team were able to cope with that complexity and deliver the required result with ease.’

‘The hands-on approach from both partners and associates is notable, they work efficiently as individuals and indeed in their deal teams whilst at all times focusing on the needs and best interests of the client. I would have no hesitation in reinstructing this team or indeed recommending them to the peers in my industry.’

 

Key clients

APG

QuadReal

Cathexis

Said Holdings

King Street

Arrow Capital

Arax Properties

Siguler Guff

PIMCO

Bain Capital Real Estate

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Well-versed across both UK and US-law governed debt products, including high-yield bonds and Term Loan B,  Ropes & Gray LLP's three-partner team has a strong reputation advising large multinational corporates on event-driven financings, general corporate lending activity and refinancings. The telecoms sector remains a particular area of focus, as a result of the firm's regular flow of big-ticket financings for Altice and Liberty Global. Michael Kazakevich heads the three-partner team.

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Baring Private Equity Asia

Epiris

Silverfleet Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Duke Street

Exponent

3i

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Goldman Sachs

Intermediate Capital Group Plc

Medtronic

Fortress Investment Corporation

Therium Capital Management

Bidfair

Liberty Global

Liberty Latin America

Northgate Plc

Altice

VodafoneZiggo

Virgin Media

Nordic Capital

Telenet

Oaktree Capital

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP acts on the full gamut of data protection work including the compliance, advisory, enforcement and litigation aspects of data collection, storage and processing. The team is led by Rohan Massey, who advises on cybersecurity issues, the international transfer of data and global compliance programs; his clients are in the retail, life sciences and sports sectors. Clare Sellars stands out for her work on outsourcing and technology service agreements.

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The Carlyle Group L.P.

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

The derivatives and structured finance team at Ropes & Gray LLP has an established reputation among asset managers, alternative credit providers, hedge fund managers and private equity firms. Among its anchor clients are Bain Capital, Altice and Western Asset Management, though in 2019, it attracted new clients including Bidfair. The practice does not handle commoditised flow work but specialises in more bespoke and complex products, predominantly for buy-side clients. This work encompasses hedging, regulatory advice, structured repo real estate finance transactions and the establishment of CLO equity funds, as well as European warehousing and CLO transactions. Lead partner Anna Lawry has broad experience in derivatives and structured products, as well as niche expertise in the use of derivatives by UCITS and pension funds.

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Key clients

Bidfair

Bain Capital Credit

Blackstone Group

SIFMA Asset Management Group

Altice

Western Asset Management

Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., LLC

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc.

Arrowstreet Capital

Benefit Street Partners

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 4

Ropes & Gray LLP counts a number of high profile partners in its ranks.  London managing partner Will Rosen ,  Helen Croke are all well-known in the market, while Kiran Sharma works on major deals for PE and sovereign wealth clients. The team counts Blackrock, KKR, and Nordic Capital among its client list and advises on international work including  high-value buyouts, exits, take-privates, and overseas investments, collaborating with the firm's global offices on key mandates.  Philip Sanderson has retired.

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‘Ropes & Gray delivers an exceptional quality of client service across the full spectrum of disciplines which are relevant to us as a specialist financial services private equity firm’

‘Ropes’ team did an excellent job at all stages of the approach and negotiation. In particular I was impressed by the way in which the M&A, financing, and capital markets teams worked well together’

‘Kiran Sharma is outstanding on many fronts. She is highly responsive, commercially minded, and also technically strong across public and private M&A’

Key clients

Silverfleet Capital Partners

Epiris

Duke Street Capital

Axcel Management

Baring Private Equity Asia

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

TPG Capital

Nordic Capital

Bridgepoint

Avista Capital Partners

Quotient Sciences

Partners Group

Johnson & Johnson

Smedvig Capital

Centrebridge

TPG Growth

Acquisition finance Tier 5

'Aware of the balance between getting good terms for their clients and achieving progress', Ropes & Gray LLP's team is appreciated by borrowers, in particular, for its ability to advise on complex big-ticket deals involving UK and US debt products, including New York-governed high yield bonds. As well as advising on pure sponsor-led mandates, the team also continues to represent global multinational behemoths, Liberty Global and Altice, on their acquisition financing requirements. New York-qualified partner Michael Kazakevich heads a team that also includes the 'knowledgeableCarol Van der Vorst, who has effectively raised the firm's profile on the underwriter side since her arrival from Goldman Sachs in 2018. Mike Goetz recently retired.

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The firm is aware of the balance between getting good terms for their clients and achieving progress in projects.

The team have a great understanding of their client’s needs and to apply this to formulate solutions, where there is no established way of doing things.

 Carol Van der Vorst is knowledgeable, to the point and easy to work with.

 

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia

Epiris

Silverfleet Capital

TSG Consumer Partners

Duke Street

Exponent

3i

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB

Goldman Sachs

Intermediate Capital Group plc

Medtronic

Fortress Investment Corporation

Therium Capital Management

Bidfair

Liberty Global

Liberty Latin America

Northgate Plc

Altice

VodafoneZiggo

Virgin Media

Nordic Capital

Telenet

Oaktree Capital

Corporate tax Tier 5

Ropes & Gray LLP's team has core strengths in tax issues related to private equity, fund formation, real estate, banking and finance. It has experience of handling large cross-border transactions, drawing on the firm's presence globally. Brenda Coleman, who leads the European tax practice, has a specialism in international tax planning. Andrew Howard focuses on financing transactions and private equity deals.

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Highly qualified team combining technical skills with commercial and transactional awareness. Nice group to work with.’

Very knowledgeable and experienced in fund taxation.’

Brenda Coleman is a leading figure, highly technical yet very pragmatic.’

Brenda Coleman is very pleasant to work with, smart, lots of experience and hands on practical advice. Andrew Howard is technically strong and easy to work with.’

Key clients

TPG Capital

Bidfair

Silverfleet Capital Partners

Bain Capital

Duke Street

Partners Group

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

Altamont Capital

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Morgan Stanley

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Asset management specialist Ropes & Gray LLP has expertise in fund formation, Brexit work and transactional advice, as well as derivatives and structured products. The ‘excellentEve Ellis joined from O'Melveny in 2019 and is strong in financial services regulation, providing ‘commercially sensible and legally robust solutions’. She co-leads the team with Anna Lawry, who focuses on derivatives and regulation.

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‘Eve Ellis is a solid safe pair of hands, very conscientious and very user friendly’

‘I have worked frequently with Eve Ellis on a wide range of financial services related matters. I am impressed by her knowledge of the sector and of financial services law and regulation. She is a pleasure to work with’

‘Ropes are strong in the private funds space in general, in particular within Real Estate’

‘Eve Ellis is always quick to respond and clear on her view in interactions’

Property finance Tier 6

Private equity real estate transactions are the core area of expertise for Ropes & Gray LLP, which handles both domestic and European mandates. Practice head David Seymour is heavily focused on this area and also advises debt funds, endowments and sovereign wealth funds on their property portfolios.

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EU and competition Tier 7

Ropes & Gray LLP's London competition offering focuses on merger control issues, global cartel matters and contentious work. The department is also able to draw upon the expertise of the firm's lawyers in the US. Practice head Ruchit Patel has extensive experience handling Asia-related antitrust mandates. Associate Ian Hastings joined from Simmons & Simmons in January 2020.

Ropes & Gray is a preeminent global law firm with approximately 1,300 lawyers and legal professionals serving clients in major centers of business, finance, technology and government. The firm has offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, and has consistently been recognized for its leading practices in many areas, including private equity, M&A, finance, investment management, hedge funds, real estate, tax, antitrust, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation & enforcement, privacy & cybersecurity, and business restructuring.

The firm’s London office – an integral part of Ropes & Gray’s global offering – has been developed to meet the needs of the firm’s sophisticated fund and investor client base, alongside corporate clients across a range of industries including life sciences, healthcare, financial services, asset management and TMT. The office features an international team of lawyers – from 15 countries and speaking around 30 languages – that provides clients with a full service of transatlantic law capabilities coupled with an in-depth understanding of the market in the UK, Europe and Asia.  The team additionally has strong and long-standing relationships with leading local firms across the EMEA region.

Private equity: Ropes & Gray has one of the leading private equity practices in the world. The global team provides its large and mid-cap sponsor clients with unsurpassed support through all stages of the transaction life cycle. The 200-strong practice is seamlessly integrated with the firm’s finance, tax, funds and government enforcement teams – making Ropes & Gray one of only a few premier one-stop private equity law firms in the world.

Finance and high-yield: Ropes & Gray’s finance practice is recognised for its innovative approach to complex financings. Ropes & Gray is one of the few firms with the capability to complete high yield bonds and term loans under both English and New York law from our London office. Coupled with international capabilities the team is able to advise on all forms of leveraged finance transactions across the capital structure and jurisdictions.

Business restructuring: Our European business restructuring team assists clients in navigating the challenges of financial distress and insolvency.  The team has deep experience in complex domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency situations, acting for debtors, investment and commercial banks, private credit funds and other alternative capital providers.

Private equity real estate: Ropes & Gray has a leading international private equity real estate practice advising investors and lenders on structuring and executing complex domestic and international transactions. Its real estate lawyers have a particular focus on investment in equity and debt positions at any point in the capital structure, uniquely combined with conventional bottom up asset level expertise. They advise sophisticated investors, lenders and sponsors on a broad range of direct and indirect transactions across the risk spectrum from core to opportunistic. The team advises across all types of real estate assets, businesses and debt instruments, across multiple geographies and at each stage of the transaction lifecycle.

Funds: A pioneer at the inception of the private investment funds industry, Ropes & Gray today has one of the largest and most sophisticated practices in the world, advising on the full range of private fund strategies. The size, scope and integration of the firm’s sponsor and investor practices provide the team with unequalled insight into market terms and developments globally.

Financial regulation: Our European financial regulation team works in a collaborative and integrated way which ensures our contentious and non contentious teams regularly share knowledge of best practice and innovation in the market. We have experience in advising across a number of areas within the financial services sector including private funds, pension funds, governments, banks, UCITS, asset managers, brokers and clearing houses. We are adept in understanding the issues and viewpoints of others allowing us to provide a complete and rounded approach when advising clients.

Financial crime, global investigations and risk: Ropes & Gray has a leading global financial crime team which advises corporate and individual clients on the full range of cross-border and international risk issues, including anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering, sanctions, export controls and other financial risks. The team focuses on both reactive investigations and resolutions with authorities, as well as working with clients across industries and geographies to identify and mitigate risks and ensure compliance.

Competition/antitrust: Ropes & Gray’s antitrust team in London advises sophisticated clients on a wide range of issues, ranging from merger control matters to complex multi-jurisdictional cartel or abuse of dominance investigations and follow-on damages actions.

Privacy, data protection and cybersecurity: Ropes & Gray helps its multinational clients navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding compliance, litigation and regulatory investigations stemming from global data protection and privacy legislation, security breaches and alleged data privacy violations.

Tax: The London tax practice works closely with colleagues across the firm to provide strategic tax advice to sophisticated clients. The focus of the practice is on private equity, fund formation, finance, real estate, special situations and tax disputes. In an environment where tax rules — both in the UK and globally — are changing at a fast pace, the team’s extensive experience, involvement in industry groups and focus on clients’ objectives allows it to maximise opportunities and reduce risk for its clients.

Contacts
Private equity:
Will Rosen

Finance and high yield: Michael Kazakevich

Business restructuring: Matthew Czyzyk

Private equity real estate: David Seymour

Funds: Tom Alabaster

Financial regulation: Eve Ellis

Financial crime, global investigations and risk: Amanda Raad, Judith Seddon

Competition/antitrust: Ruchit Patel

Privacy, data protection and cybersecurity: Rohan Massey

Tax: Brenda Coleman

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Will Rosen will.rosen@ropesgray.com
Private Equity Will Rosen will.rosen@ropesgray.com
Finance and High-Yield Michael Kazakevich michael.kazakevich@ropesgray.com
Business Restructuring Matthew Czyzyk matthew.czyzyk@ropesgray.com
Private Equity Real Estate David Seymour david.seymour@ropesgray.com
Funds Tom Alabaster tom.alabaster@ropesgray.com
Financial Regulation Eve Ellis eve.ellis@ropesgray.com
Financial Crime, Global Investigations & Risk Amanda Raad amanda.raad@ropesgray.com
Financial Crime, Global Investigations & Risk Judith Seddon judith.seddon@ropesgray.com
Competition/antitrust Ruchit Patel ruchit.patel@ropesgray.com
Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Rohan Massey rohan.massey@ropesgray.com
Tax Brenda Coleman brenda.coleman@ropesgray.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr John Newton photo Mr John Newton Partner
Mr Ruchit Patel photo Mr Ruchit Patel Partner
Number of UK partners : 23
Number of other UK fee-earners : 110