Ropes & Gray LLP

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity

Band 5Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Excellent private equity team working collaboratively across China, Korea and Japan. Maintains longstanding relationships with key private equity clients making investments across the region and in diverse industry sectors including life sciences and energy technology. Acts as a strategic adviser to major clients on significant matters, including joint ventures and investment restructuring. Frequently advises Asia-based private equity houses on their outbound investments into the USA. Active on large corporate transactions in the technology sector, assisting major multinational conglomerates.


An impressed client praises the team's "rich experience in M&A and the TMT industry," as well as its "good business sense."

A client applauds the team for its "excellent quality," adding that they "have never been disappointed."

Another source commends the team, noting that it is "very professional in terms of knowledge level, service quality and speed, and negotiation capability with rich experience."

Additional interviewees describe the department as a "technically strong" team which "can provide advice from commercial perspective" and is "able to assist in meaningful ways by giving practical advice."

Work highlights

Assisted Alibaba with its investments in logistics solutions provider BEST and China-based mobile content aggregator Qutoutiao.

Advised Siguler Guff & Company on its purchase of Series B preferred shares in e-commerce platform Plum and its Series B co-investment in technology service provider AgotoZ.

Acted for Bain Capital Credit on its USD320 million co-investment with CJ Cheiljedang in the USD1.84 billion acquisition of Schwan’s Company.

Acted for Bain Capital on its JPY94.5 billion acquisition of the HR business of Works Applications.

Notable practitioners

Hong Kong-based James Lidbury heads the firm's Asia M&A practice. Yu Peng leads the private equity team from Hong Kong, and Tsuyoshi Imai and Jaewoo Lee are key contacts in Japan and South Korea respectively.

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Recognized as a leader in the field, our M&A practice group possesses both extensive transaction experience and deep industry knowledge. For clients, that means unrivaled counsel on a full range of strategic transactions. Since 2013, Ropes & Gray has represented companies in M&A transactions with an aggregate value over $300 billion. Many deals involved cross-border and multijurisdictional issues.

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Our clients get unsurpassed counsel throughout the lifecycle of their private equity transactions from one of the largest and most sophisticated private equity practices in the world. Ropes & Gray has been at the forefront of private equity deals practically since the invention of the leveraged buyout. Our commitment to both middle market and multibillion-dollar deals provides us with unique perspective in the private equity industry.

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Corporate/M&A & Private Equity Department

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44/F, One Exchange Square

8 Connaught Place


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