Ropes & Gray LLP

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Ropes & Gray LLP

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Chairman: Julie Jones
Managing Partner: David Djaha
Number of partners: 300
Number of lawyers: 1,400

Firm Overview:
For the world’s leaders in business and finance, Ropes & Gray’s global team has the industry savvy and legal experience to identify critical issues, solve problems and pave the way for clients’ success. A collaborative approach means that clients have access to leading corporate, litigation, transactions and regulatory lawyers whose knowledge spans industries and geographies.

Market Perception:
The American Lawyer: #1 on the A-List 2019; recognised since 2011
The American Lawyer:
Dealmakers of the Year 2019
The Financial Times: North American Innovative Lawyers: 2019
The Financial Times:
Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers: 2019
Legal Business-UK: -
Finance Team of the Year,’ 2017
Benchmark Litigation - ‘Bankruptcy Firm of the Year,’ 2017
US News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms:
- ‘Leveraged Buyouts & Private Equity’ 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020
- ‘Patent Law,’ 2017, 2019
- ‘Private Funds/Hedge Funds,’ 2013-15, 2017, 2019, 2020
Law360 ‘Practice of the Year’:
- Private Equity: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Fund Formation: 2019
- Healthcare: 2019
- Securitization: 2019
- Whitecollar: 2019
- Asset Management: 2017
- Privacy & Cybersecurity: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
- Appellate: 2015
Chambers USA:
- ‘Investment Funds Client Service Award’ 2017
- ‘Corporate Crime & Government Investigations Client Service Award’ 2016
- ‘Health Care Firm of the Year’ 2015
LMG Life Sciences Awards:
- ‘Licensing & Collaboration Firm of the Year,’ 2018
- ‘Financial & Transactional Impact Deal of the Year,’ 2018
The American Lawyer Pro Bono Scorecard:
- Top 10, 2018, 2019
Asian Legal Business Japan Law:
- ‘M&A Deal of the Year,’
‘TMT Deal of the Year,’
‘Japan Deal of the Year’, 2018
Transatlantic Legal Awards: Transatlantic Finance Team of the Year 2019

Main Areas of Practice:

The team offers top-flight, sophisticated insight in addressing the wide-ranging needs of clients, with a proud record of success in the courtroom and representing clients clearing transactions before US antitrust enforcement agencies.
“They have really highly intelligent people ahead of the turn of the legal current and they think about where the world will be in the coming weeks, months and years.” — Chambers USA

Asset Management:
With leading practices in hedge funds, private investment funds and registered funds, Ropes & Gray is uniquely positioned to offer asset management advice in a constantly shifting investment and regulatory environment.
‘Their advice, knowledge and expertise have been phenomenal. In this fast-changing and very complicated arena, they have an excellent ability to provide practical, sensible and logical advice.’— Client

Business Restructuring:
In bankruptcy cases, insolvencies and distressed situations, attorneys provide superior legal advice and deliver innovative business solutions that uphold clients’ values.
‘Coupled with their flawless professionalism is their deep devotion to our case and to us as their client.’— Client

The firm’s understanding of market dynamics and deep relationships in the financing community allows clients to focus on the up-side case of their business plans.
‘The team can think creatively about what risk we’re taking and where we want to be protected. They’re willing to work over a hundred hours a week when it comes to crunch time and do it like they’re enjoying it, too.’— Client

Health Care:
Clients benefit from Ropes & Gray’s deep experience and intimate knowledge of its clients’ industries in the face of tremendous change driven by growing demand, new technologies, shifting business models and intense government scrutiny.
‘[An] outstanding reputation for handling sophisticated healthcare work, including an array of major transactions, government investigations and enforcement actions.’— Client

Intellectual Property:
Combining a sophisticated understanding of the latest legal developments with cutting-edge technical and scientific matters, the firm’s attorneys offer cohesive and comprehensive guidance on all types of IP matters.
‘The work product from this group is the best I have encountered—innovative and rational in approach, and balanced (understanding our needs and budget).’— Client

Litigation & Enforcement:
Global business leaders across industries turn to the firm’s experienced litigators for creative and successful solutions to sensitive matters and critical disputes. On enforcement matters, Ropes & Gray’s attorneys understand business and regulation and help clients preempt, resolve or mitigate the impact of government investigations and enforcement actions.
‘Ropes & Gray’s performance is excellent. The firm is very client service-oriented, always meets deadlines and is cost-conscious. Plus, they give good advice! They are always a step ahead of us in suggesting things we should do. We really cannot imagine using anybody else.’ - Client

Life Sciences:
The attorneys who make up the global life sciences group understand the unique needs of a wide range of clients in the dynamic life sciences industry.
‘A rock star in above-the-fold deals and a go-to for global multinationals. I have a great respect for the practice.’— Client

The firm’s 260 M&A attorneys have guided more than $400 billion in M&A transactions over seven years— many deals involving complex cross-border and multijurisdictional issues.
‘They are good, they know how to get deals done and are complete business lawyers.’— Client

Privacy & Cybersecurity:
Ropes & Gray helps clients navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding litigation and regulatory investigations stemming from data security breaches and alleged data privacy violations.
‘They know every in and out of their areas of the law and provide solid practical advice as well.’— Client

Private Equity Transactions:
Clients get unsurpassed counsel throughout the transaction life cycle from one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated private equity practices.
‘They’re wonderful at running deal processes. We get good legal advice but they are also people that have a business outlook.’— Client

Real Estate:
Drawing on its attorneys’ vast knowledge and experience, Ropes & Gray offers clients the comprehensive range of legal services required to identify opportunities, manage risks and succeed in today’s volatile global real estate market.
‘Ropes & Gray are complete professionals. I trust them with all of my corporate and personal real estate needs. I have been using them for 12 years and have had nothing but positive experiences.’— Client

Tax & Benefits:
Its long-standing representation of clients with dominant market positions has enabled Ropes & Gray to build a comprehensive knowledge base.
‘The reason I go to Ropes is for the depth of their experience. I don’t think I’ve ever asked a question that they haven’t already tackled in the past, and I always know the answers I get are substantiated by lots of experience and analysis from other clients.’— Client


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John O Chesley
Band 1

Intellectual Property: Patent

James R Batchelder
Band 4
District of Columbia


Jonathan Klarfeld
Band 5
Michael McFalls
Band 3

Antitrust: Litigation Specialists

Mark Popofsky
Band 2


Stephanie Webster
Band 2

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Jane E WillisAntitrust
Byung ChoiBanking & Finance
Jim WiltonBankruptcy/Restructuring
John O ChesleyHealthcare
John M LoderHedge & Mutual Funds
Daniel C. KolbInvestment Funds: Investor Representation
John M LoderInvestment Funds: Registered Funds
Deborah MonsonInvestment Funds: Regulatory & Compliance
Brien T O'ConnorLitigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Joshua S LevyLitigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Keith F HigginsSecurities: Regulation: Advisory

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