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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, others
  • International offices The firm also has offices in Boston, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington DC

Firm Overview: Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s most highly respected law firms, with offices in key business and financial centers 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 the prides itself on seamlessly representing clients where ever their needs are located. The firm offers an impressive track record that includes work on many hallmark merger and acquisition, fund formation, debt financing, life sciences, intellectual property, capital markets and real estate transactions, and on representation of regional and global clients with regard to FCPA, internal investigations, and securities enforcement and litigation.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Finance: This team is one of the most active sponsorside leveraged finance practices in the Asia Pacific region. The firm advises a variety of clients in a full range of banking, acquisition finance and special situations mandates.
Contact: Michael Nicklin

Capital Markets: The group’s strength is assisting clients in navigating the complex issues, and differences between, the US and the Asian capital markets. The team consists of US and HK qualified, multi-lingual lawyers. The firm regularly counsel US and HK-listed companies, including entities based in China, on a variety of matters including IPOs, private placements and take private transactions, among others.
Contact: Paul Boltz

Corporate/M&A: 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: Jaewoo Lee

Disputes & Anti-Corruption: The team has deep experience guiding clients through all manner of investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance issues. The experience of the Asia team is a trusted partner both before and after the commencement of enforcement activity, and also look to us to conduct sensitive internal investigations and to provide counseling on risk assessment, prevention and compliance.
Contact: Kim B Nemirow

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

Intellectual Property Transactions: The firm as a whole has historically been seen as a go-to adviser in intellectual property – the Asia practice is no exception. With particular strength in life sciences, this group’s capability of drawing on its cross-US connection is a key factor in its effective client representation.
Contact: Geoffrey Lin

Intellectual Property Litigation: With robust teams in Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai that each include both technical and linguistic expertise, the firm offers clients throughout the region top-tier representation, serving both the life sciences and technology sectors. Drawing on the vast resources of the firm’s global IP practice, which has nearly 200 IP professionals worldwide– the Asia team has established itself as one of the leading IP practices in the region.
Contact: Hiroyuki Hagiwara
Contact: 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.
Contact: Arthur Mok

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 marketleading deals, year-round, across the Asia Pacific region.
Contact: Scott A Jalowayski
Contact: Brian Schwarzwalder

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

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
  • 36F, Park Place,
  • 1601 Nanjing Road West,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200040
  • Tel +86 21 6157 5200
  • Fax +86 21 6157 5299
  • JP Tower 30F,
  • 2-7-2, Marunouchi,
  • Chiyoda-ku,
  • Tokyo,
  • Tokyo-to
  • Japan
  • 100-7030
  • 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