Chairman: R Bradford Malt
Managing Partner: David C Chapin
Number of partners: 300
Number of lawyers: 1400
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Others
Asia Pacific Offices: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul
International Offices: Boston, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington DC
Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s most highly respected law firms, with offices in key business and financial centres throughout Asia, the US and Europe. The firm’s Asia-based attorneys counsel global and Asian corporate clients, investment banks, and many of the world’s largest private equity funds on a wide range of complex legal matters that span industries and geographies. The team simultaneously offers clients in-depth local market knowledge and global perspective from a fully integrated global team that prides itself on seamlessly representing clients wherever their needs are located.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A
Restructuring & Insolvency
The Asia finance team has established itself as the pre-eminent and most active sponsor-side leveraged finance practice. Through the firm’s seamless integration with its teams globally Ropes & Gray has an unrivalled, on-the-ground understanding of Asian, European and US deal structures across the entire capital structure.
Contacts: Daniel Anderson, Jackie Kahng
The group’s strength is assisting clients in navigating the complex issues, and differences between, the US and the Asian capital markets. The firm regularly counsels US and HK-listed companies on a variety of matters including IPOs, private placements and take private transactions, among others.
Contact: Victoria Lloyd
The Asia-based M&A team focuses on advising public and private companies, private equity funds and financial institutions in inbound and outbound and complex cross-border transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, securities offerings and other capital-raising activities.
Contacts: Jaewoo Lee, James T Lidbury
Disputes & Anti-Corruption:
The team has deep experience guiding clients through all manner of investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance issues. The Asia team is a trusted partner both before and after the commencement of enforcement activity. Clients look to the team to conduct sensitive internal investigations and to provide counselling on risk assessment, prevention and compliance.
Contacts: Andrew J Dale, Mimi Yang
The investment funds team has earned a place as lead adviser on many of the largest fund mandates in the Asian markets in recent years, and earning a position of trust among domestic venture capital funds. The team has become one of the largest and most experienced groups with a cross-US connection operating in Asia at the current time.
Contact: Vincent Ip
The firm as a whole has historically been seen as a go-to adviser in intellectual property, in both transaction and litigation, and the Asia practice is no exception. With particular strength in life sciences and technology, this group’s capability of drawing on its cross-US connection is a key factor in its effective client representation.
Contacts: Geoffrey Lin, David Chun
Life Sciences: With the life sciences sector across Asia undergoing a massive surge in investor interest, this team has based its services on the premise that the ability to access top tier M&A, private equity, regulatory and IP legal advice is critical to successful expansion for clients. The team works seamlessly across practices and jurisdictions to serve its life sciences clients.
Contacts: Arthur Mok , Katherine Wang
As one of the leading advisers to the private equity industry in the US, glboally the firm has hired leading private equity advisers in each of the key Asian jurisdictions. The firm offers experienced counsel in every area of private equity sector activity and is active in market-leading deals across the Asia Pacific region.
Contacts: Daniel Yeh, Peng Yu
The group takes a multidisciplinary approach to representing clients in a broad range of complex, high-profile real estate transactions. The team has an intricate knowledge of the Asia real estate market and provides advice on matters across Asia with a focus on China and Japan.
Contact: Ed Sheremeta
Restructuring & Insolvency:
Ropes & Gray advises some of Asia’s leading investors in a broad range of restructuring and insolvency transactions. Its clients include the special situations groups at top-tier financial institutions, the private debt arms of global private equity funds, and global and regional hedge funds. The firm’s coordinated capabilities in finance, private equity, restructuring and capital markets enables it to structure and execute transactions across a group’s capital structure.
Contact: Daniel Anderson
The firm’s clients include a wide range of corporate entities, investment banks and private equity sponsors.