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Ropes & Gray LLP


Ropes & Gray LLP - Boston
  • Prudential Tower
  • 800 Boylston Street
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-3600
  • Chairman: R Bradford Malt
  • Managing Partner: David C Chapin
  • Number of partners: 286 
  • Number of lawyers: 972 (includes associates, partners, counsel, career associates, hourly associates)
  • Languages: Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese and others

Firm Overview:
Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s most highly respected law firms,with offices in key business and financial centres in Asia, the US and Europe. In Asia, the firm offers a unique combination of domestic, US and UK corporate and finance law advice. The firm’s ability to provide expertise in the key Asian jurisdictions with a US-style service model is a key differentiator. The firm has seen strong growth across Asia in recent years, opening in Seoul in summer 2012.

Main Areas of Practice:
Bank Finance:

This team has established itself as the most active sponsor-side leveraged finance practices in the Asia Pacific region. The team is able to advise on the full range of banking, acquisition finance and special situations mandates. The group has won a number of awards for the quality of its work across Asia in the past 12 months.
Contact: Michael Nicklin
Email: michael.nicklin@ropesgray.com

Capital Markets:
Offering a multi-lingual US- and HKqualified securities team, this group’s ability to bridge the differences in Asian and US capital markets requirements means it has been advising on a growing number of complex transactions involving Asian-based, US and HK-listed companies, particularly entities based in China, this year.
Contact: Paul Boltz
Email: paul.boltz@ropesgray.com

In line with increasing client demand, the firm set out to build a corporate/M&A capability around the needs of its historical US client base across Asia. The corporate/ M&A team provides a full service resource to domestic and overseas players across the region.
Contact: Brian A Schwarzwalder
Email: brian.schwarzwalder@ropesgray.com

Disputes & Anti-Corruption:
This experienced team has seen a substantially increased caseload over the past 12 months in the area of anti-corruption prevention and investigations, as well as regulatory and disputes matters. This is a traditional area of strength for the firm globally, particularly in relation to work with major US and global multinational companies in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Contact: Kim B Nemirow
Email: kim.nemirow@ropesgray.com

Fund Formation:
This 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 has demonstrated a position of trust from 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: Geoffrey Chan
Email: geoffrey.chan@ropesgray.com

Intellectual Property Transactions & Litigation:
The firm has made a significant investment in the build out of its full-service IP capability which has particular strength in life sciences. A key factor in this group’s effective client representation is its cross-US connection. The firm as a whole has historically been seen as a go-to adviser in intellectual property in both litigation and transactional – the Asia practice is no exception.
Contact: Hiroyuki Hagiwara
Email: hiroyuki.hagiwara@ropesgray.com
Contact: Geoffrey Lin
Email: geoffrey.lin@ropesgray.com

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 firm recognised this client need and has worked hard to create a bespoke resource to go above and beyond this need.
Contact: Arthur Mok
Email: arthur.mok@ropesgray.com

Private Equity:
As one of the leading advisers to the private equity industry in the US, and indeed, around the globe, 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, as a result, is active on market-leading deals, year-round, across the Asia Pacific region.
Contact: Scott A Jalowayski
Email: scott.jalowayski@ropesgray.com
Contact: Tsuyoshi Imai
Email: tsuyoshi.imai@ropesgray.com

Clients: The firm’s clients include a wide range of lenders, private equity sponsors and corporate entities.

Areas of Practice

  • Bank Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Disputes/Anti-Corruption
  • Fund Formation
  • Hedge Funds
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
  • Private Equity


  • 41st Floor, One Exchange Square,
  • 8 Connaught Place,
  • Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +11 852 3664 6488
  • Fax +11 852 3664 6588
  • Website : www.ropesgray.com
  • Suite 3207, Park Place,
  • 1601 Nanjing Road West,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200040
  • Tel +86 21 6157 5200
  • Fax +86 21 6157 5299
  • Yusen Building 2F ,
  • 3-2 Marunouchi 2-Chome,
  • Chiyoda-ku,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 100-0005
  • Tel +81 3 6259 3500
  • Fax +81 3 6259 3501
  • POSCO P&S Tower, 21F ,
  • 134 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu ,
  • Seoul,
  • South Korea
  • 135-923
  • Tel T +82 2 2141 5900
  • Fax +82 2 2141 5950