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Ropes & Gray LLP

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International Offices:
Boston, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Washington DC

Contacts:
Private Equity:
Philip Sanderson
Finance & High Yield: Michael Kazakevich
Special Situations: Dan Andrews
Real Estate: David Seymour
Funds: Matthew Judd
Financial Crime, Global Investigations & Risk: Amanda Raad, Judith Seddon
Competition/Antitrust: Ruchit Patel
Intellectual Property & Privacy & Cyber Security: Rohan Massey
Tax: Brenda Coleman

THE FIRM Ropes & Gray is a preeminent global law firm with more than 1,200 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.

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 27 countries and speaking more than 40 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.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK 

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 & 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.

Special Situations:
Ropes & Gray advises sophisticated investors across a broad range of distressed special situations transactions and innovative credit opportunities, applying their expertise to help unlock value. Clients include special situation groups at top-tier financial institutions, the private debt arms of large-cap private equity funds and global credit opportunities and hedge funds.

Real Estate:
Ropes & Gray has a leading international real estate practice advising investors and lenders on structuring and executing complex domestic and international transactions. The practice advises on equity side transactions across the risk spectrum from core to opportunity, in multiple geographies and ranging from asset acquisition to operating businesses. It is also actively involved in post-acquisition repositioning and asset management strategies including redevelopment/refurbishment, lease re-engineering, capex and pre-letting. The practice advises on debt side transactions from senior and junior financings, loan on loan transactions, NPL acquisitions, CMBS and restructurings.

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 Crime, Global Investigations & 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.

Intellectual Property:
Combining a sophisticated understanding of the latest legal developments with cutting edge technical expertise, Ropes & Gray offers cohesive and comprehensive guidance on the ownership enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property assets.

Privacy & Cyber Security:
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.