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Ropes & Gray LLP - Boston
  • Prudential Tower
  • 800 Boylston Street
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-3600
  • Tel:+1 617 951 7000
  • Fax:+1 617 951 7050
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • www. ropesgray.com
  • Chairman: R Bradford Malt
  • Managing Partner: David C Chapin
  • Number of partners: 300 Number of lawyers: 1,000 (includes associates, partners, counsel, career associates and hourly associates)

Firm Overview:
Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s most highly respected law firms, with offices in key business and financial capitals in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. The firm’s network of over 1,000 lawyers and professionals provides the highest quality legal advice for the world’s leading businesses on their most critical legal and business issues.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Private Equity:
• TPG Capital: $3 billion acquisition of J.Crew; $1.97 billion acquisition of Immucor; $1.9 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Companies; $1.6 billion acquisition of Ontex 
• TPG Growth: acquisition of iMDsoft 
• Bain Capital: acquisition of MYOB; $3 billion acquisition of Skylark; $1 billion acquisition of Genpact; acquisition of 50 percent of Jupiter Shop Channel 
• Berkshire Partners: $1.1 billion acquisition of SkillSoft 
• Blackstone Group: $3 billion acquisition of Emdeon
• BlackRock: acquisition of Swiss Re Private Equity
Contact: Al Rose Tel: 617 951 7372
Email: alfred.rose@ropesgray.com

M&A
• Alexion Pharmaceuticals: $1.08 billion acquisition of Enobia Pharma
• NStar: $7 billion sale to Northeast Utilities 
• Becton Dickinson: $730 million sale of Discovery Labware 
• Timberland: VF Corp’s $2 billion acquisition of Timberland 
• State Street: $550 million acquisition of Goldman Sachs Administration Services 
• Party City: $2.64 billion sale to Thomas H. Lee Partners 
• URL Pharma: $800 million sale to Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan
Contact: Jane Goldstein Tel: 617 951 7431
Email: jane.goldstein@ropesgray.com
Contact: Jim Lidbury Tel: 312 845 1223
Email: james.lidbury@ropesgray.com 

Finance
• Liberty Global: financing for €3.16 billion acquisition of Germany’s third-largest cable TV operator Kabel BW Erste Beteiligungs GmbH, from private equity group EQT Partners AB and others
• Dunkin’ Brands Inc: in structuring, and obtaining $1.975 billion of aggregate financing, including senior credit facilities and high yield notes, to refinance ‘whole business securitisation’ and fund shareholder dividend 
• TPG Capital: $200 million global IPO of its portfolio company China NT Pharma Group in Hong Kong 
• Zynga, LinkedIn, China Zenix Auto International, Dunkin’ Brands and TRIA Beauty in IPOs 
• Pachinko operator DYNAM: IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the first for a Japanese company 
• China GrenTech Corp.: privatisation of leading provider of radio and wireless products and services
Contact: Jay Kim Tel: 212 497 3626
Email: jay.kim@ropesgray.com
Contact: Byung Choi Tel: 617 951 7277
Email: byung.choi@ropesgray.com
Contact: Mike Goetz Tel: 44 20 3122 1103
Email: mike.goetz@ropesgray.com 

Bankruptcy/Restructuring
• Committee of mezzanine lenders to the KCA Deutag Group, including funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, EIG and GoldenTree, in connection with KCA’s financial restructuring
Contact:Mark Bane Tel: 212 841 8808
Email: mark.bane@ropesgray.com
Contact: Stephen Moeller-Sally Tel: 617 951 7012
Email: ssally@ropesgray.com

Investment Management:
• Significant industry participants, including Allianz, Ameriprise, BlackRock, DWS, MFS, Natixis, PIMCO, Putnam 
• Start-ups, including DoubleLine Funds, one of the fastest-growing mutual fund complexes 
• ETFs and their sponsors, including ProShares 
• BlackRock (acquisition of Swiss Re’s fund of fund business), SteelPath Fund Advisors (sale to Oppenheimer Funds), H.I.G.Capital (acquisition of Arctic Glacier Income Fund), DST Systems (acquisition of ALPS Fund Services)
Contact: Bryan Chegwidden Tel: 212 497 3636
Email: bryan.chegwidden@ropesgray.com
Contact: John Loder Tel: 617 951 7405
Email: john.loder@ropesgray.com

Hedge Funds:
• PIMCO: formation of numerous hedge funds, including various tail risk funds and several overlay strategy programs and related separate account products 
• Blackstone: formation of a hybrid private equity/hedge fund vehicle that seeds third-party hedge fund managers 
• UBS Global Asset Management: structure open-end real estate funds of funds and investments by those funds
Contact: Laurel FitzPatrick Tel: 212 497 3610
Email: laurel.fitzpatrick@ropesgray.com
Contact: Leigh Fraser Tel: 617 951 7485
Email: leigh.fraser@ropesgray.com

Private Investment Funds
• Represent fund sponsors in fundraising, general sponsor and regulatory matters: ArcLight Capital Partners, Bain Capital, CITIC Private Equity, Greenpark Capital, Neuberger Berman, Nordic Capital, PIMCO, RRJ Capital, TPG Capital and others 
• Represent institutional investors in fund investmentcom projects: AlpInvest, Temasek, Harvard and Stanford Universities, Makena Capital Management and others
In last 6 years acted as counsel: 
• to organise 530 separate funds, with aggregate capital commitments of approximately $450 billion 
• for 100+ investors in connection with investments in approximately 2,250 private funds
Contact: John Ayer Tel: 617 951 7937
Email: john.ayer@ropesgray.com
Contact: Raj Marphatia Tel: 617 951 7538
Email: raj.marphatia@ropesgray.com

Life Sciences
• MedImmune LLC: establishment of its landmark biologics joint venture with a Chinese life sciences company that is publicly traded in the US 
• Biogen Idec: $300 million j.v. to develop and market biosimilars with Korea-based Samsung Biologics 
• Janssen Pharmaceutical NV: sale of all US patents and other US and Canadian intellectual property for Bystolic® (nebivolol) to Forest Laboratories Holdings
Contact:Greg Levine Tel: 202 508 4831
Email: gregory.levine@ropesgray.com
Contact: Marc Rubenstein Tel: 617 951 7826
Email: marc.rubenstein@ropesgray.com

Health Care
• West Penn Allegheny Health System: representation as lead transaction counsel in West Penn’s affiliation with the largest Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer in PA, WV, MD and DE. The affiliation resulted in the creation of an insurer/provider healthcare delivery and financing system described by the Wall Street Journal as a “game changer” 
• Liberty Dialysis: representation of Liberty Dialysis and its principal private equity sponsors, KRG Capital & Bain Capital, in the $1.7 billion sale of Liberty Dialysis to Fresenius Medical Care 
• NYU Langone Medical Center: representation in connection with NYU’s proposed affiliation with Continuum Health Partners, Inc. This affiliation would unite two of the most prominent health care systems in New York
Contact: Anne Ogilby Tel: 617 951 7472
Email: anne.ogilby@ropesgray.com
Contact: Timothy McCrystal Tel: 617 951 7278
Email: timothy.mccrystal@ropesgray.com

Intellectual Property:
��� Microsoft v.Motorola: Represent Motorola in ITC and multijurisdictional District Court disputes with Microsoft over patents related to video game operating systems and software
• Abbott Laboratories and Therasense v. Becton, Dickinson and Company and Nova Biomedical Corp: Achieved a decisive victory for BD and Nova in one of 2011’s most significant patent infringement decisions before the Northern District of California and the Federal Circuit 
• AstraZeneca PLC: Represent internationally on complex IP due diligence matters, patent opinions; due diligence support in connection with numerous transactions 
• Zynga: Negotiation of strategic relationship with Hasbro to extend Zynga’s virtual game success into traditional board games and toys
Contact: Edward Black (IP transactions) Tel: 617 951 7984
Email: ed.black@ropesgray.com
Contact: Joe Guiliano (IP rights management) Tel: 212 596 9081
Email: joseph.guiliano@ropesgray.com
Contact: Anita Varma (IP rights management) Tel: 617 951 7796
Email: anita.varma@ropesgray.com
Contact: Richard McCaulley (IP litigation) Tel: 312 845 1313
Email: richard.mccaulley@ropesgray.com

Government Enforcement/FCPA:
• Secured dismissal of all 13 felony charges against Stryker Biotech following opening statements in exchange for a fine and a plea to a single misdemeanor, and secured dismissal of all charges against the former company president and three sales directors in a trial involving alleged off-label marketing 
• Represented a global medical device company in connection with a DOJ and SEC industrywide FCPA investigation and secured a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ and a consent agreement with the SEC, settling the government’s charges
Contact: Joshua Levy Tel: 617 951 7281
Email: joshua.levy@ropesgray.com
Contact: Colleen Conry Tel: 202 508 4834
Email: colleen.conry@ropesgray.com

Litigation
• Sony Computer Entertainment America: global coordinating counsel with respect to litigation, including 65 putative class actions, and government investigations related to criminal cyberattacks 
• Carter’s Inc. (global clothing retailer): secured first non-prosecution agreement with SEC; won dismissal without prejudice of two securities fraud class actions claims with aggregate exposure of nearly half a billion dollars 
• Jones v. Harris: representation of Harris Associates (manager of Oakmark mutual funds), and Ameriprise (manager of Columbia and RiverSource mutual funds) in a related case, after prevailing for client and mutual funds industry in 9-0 victory at US Supreme Court using innovative argument and setting desired standard of how so-called ‘excessive fees’ are litigated
Contact: Robert Skinner Tel: 617 951 7560
Email: robert.skinner@ropesgray.com
Contact: Jane Willis Tel: 617 951 7603
Email: jane.willis@ropesgray.com

Privacy & Data Security
• Heartland Payment Systems:won a motion to dismiss for payment card processor Heartland in the pending class action litigation facing the company relating to its computer system intrusion 
• Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC: representation as global coordinating counsel with respect to the multiple litigations and government investigations that have arisen from the recent criminal cyber-attacks on certain of Sony’s computer networks 
• Massachusetts General Hospital: representation in connection with the negotiation and settlement of the first significant federal enforcement action relating to the loss of protected health information by an employee
Contact: Douglas Meal Tel: 617 951 7517
Email: douglas.meal@ropesgray.com
Contact:Tim McCrystal Tel: 617 951 7278
Email: timothy.mccrystal@ropesgray.com

Tax & Benefits:
• Genzyme: advised on tax matters related to its sale pursuant to an exchange offer and merger with Sanofi-Aventis 
• Dunkin’ Brands Group: advised on executive and equity compensation issues relating to its IPO 
• PIMCO: advise on their hedge funds’ ongoing operations and administration relating to ERISA compliance
Contact: Christopher M Leich (Tax) Tel: 617 951 7279
Email: christopher.leich@ropesgray.com
Contact: Loretta R Richard (Benefits) Tel: 617 951 7271
Email: loretta.richard@ropesgray.com

Areas of Practice

  • Private Equity
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Finance
  • Hedge Funds
  • Investment Management
  • Life Sciences
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business & Securities Litigation
  • Tax & Benefits
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Government Enforcement/FCPA
  • Securities Litigation
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Securities & Public Companies
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Private Client
  • Sports Law

Branches

  • 1900 University Avenue,
  • 6th Floor,
  • East Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94303-2284
  • Tel +1 650 617 4000
  • Fax +1 650 617 4090
  • Three Embarcadero Center,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
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  • CA 94111-4006
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  • Fax +1 415 315 6350
  • One Metro Center 700 12th Street NW,
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  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
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  • 191 North Wacker Drive,
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  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
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  • 1211 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
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  • NY 10036-8704
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Corporate/M&A - California

THE FIRM The firm has taken advantage of its longstanding East Coast private equity practice by transplanting two of its Boston private equity partners to San Francisco, and market sources have already begun to note its activity in this market. Recent highlights include advising Genstar Capital on a series of acquisitions of insurance software solutions businesses. Other clients include Silver Lake Partners, Huntsman Gay Global Capital and Altamont Capital Partners. 

Sources say: "They have a personal, relationship-driven approach, which is refreshing."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Key contacts in San Francisco include Howard Glazer and Todd Boes.

Healthcare - California

THE FIRM The healthcare group at Ropes & Gray has a particularly strong reputation in San Francisco. The firm continued its longstanding representation of Daughters of Charity Health System, a five-hospital system, in the establishment of a medical foundation, in affiliation negotiations with Ascension Health, and in the design and implementation of electronic health records across the system, among other matters.

Sources say: "The practice is solid and well known in the San Francisco area."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Chesley leads the group, and is representing West Penn Allegheny Health System in its affiliation with Highmark, for the purpose of establishing an insurer/provider healthcare delivery and financing system. 

Intellectual Property - California

THE FIRM The Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices of this national firm offer patent prosecution, licensing and IP litigation services. The team represents clients in the life sciences and technology industries, including Google, Pfizer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Motorola Mobility.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Goldman focuses on litigation across patent, copyright and trade secrets. His practice covers both hi-tech electronics and life sciences, including pharmaceutical products and medical devices. He has acted for Purdue Pharma for a number of years in relation to patent exclusivity of its OxyContin product, recently representing the company in nine actions against proposed generic versions.

Andrew Thomases recently joined the team from Skadden. Thomases focuses on patent and trade secret cases in a variety of technologies, including medical device, wireless and semiconductor. While at his prior firm he acted for Hewlett-Packard on the settlement of a patent infringement action brought by WiAV Networks relating to WiFi technology.

Life Sciences - California

THE FIRM The California practice of this national firm operates out of its Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, representing financiers and investors, as well as medical device, biotech and biopharmaceutical clients. The corporate and transactional team focuses on capital raising, M&A, licensing and collaboration agreements. Notable clients include Sadra Medical, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ryan Murr is a key contact in the San Francisco office.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The Ropes & Gray team splits its practice between litigation and transactional work, with particular expertise in the healthcare sector. Its recent matters include representing Hitachi-LG Data Services in the optical disk drive antitrust litigation, and acting for Becton Dickinson on two large transactions in the healthcare sector.

Sources say: "I have nothing but praise for them." "They have some young, bright and dynamic lawyers there."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "super-smart" Mark Popofsky garners praise from peers and clients alike, with one interviewee noting that he balances his intellect with "practical real-world touches." Popofsky fronts up the litigation work for the firm, and is highlighted for his proficiency in the technology sector, as evidenced by his recent representation of Hitachi-LG Data Services, as mentioned above.

Michael McFalls concentrates his practice on M&A, acting for clients such as medical device supplier Biomet, which he represented in its acquisition of Depuy’s ortho trauma business, which the FTC required to be divested in the J&J/Synthes combination. One source calls him "very diligent and easy to work with."

Healthcare - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Ropes & Gray covers the full spectrum of regulatory law, litigation and transactional work in the healthcare sphere. Much of the firm's work is slanted toward policy, legislative and regulatory matters, and it has been particularly active for trade associations such as the National Association of Public Hospitals in a range of issues stemming from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The firm also has a highly reputed FDA regulatory and enforcement practice, with clients including Medtronic and Pfizer.

Sources say: "They are delightful to work with. We are thrilled with their performance." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Bennett focuses on FDA matters, including pharmaceutical approval, marketing and promotion, and is a recognized expert on the Hatch-Waxman Act and life-cycle management. Sources refer to his "unparalleled knowledge" and report that he is "an encyclopedia in this area."

Gregory Levine also focuses on FDA regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Representative clients include Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker and Human Genome Sciences, among others.

Thomas Bulleit recently joined the team from Hogan Lovells. The "intellectual and practical" Bulleit receives glowing praise from the market for his regulatory and reimbursement-focused healthcare practice. Sources refer to his "deep understanding of regulatory healthcare structure."

Antitrust - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This group still remains a robust antitrust outfit, despite the retirement of leading light and former co-head Cary Armistead. The team undertakes the full spectrum of antitrust work, with a strong focus on M&A and related counseling. Recent cases in that area include representing NSTAR in its $21.5 billion merger with Northeast Utilities and acting for Timberland in its sale to VF Corporation.

Sources say: "They are very much an efficient and effective organization."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jane Willis wins plaudits from sources for being "very smart, practical and effective." She is the key player on the litigation side of the practice group, recently acting for Hitachi-LG Data Services in the defense of a price-fixing class action.

Deidre Johnson has represented clients in a plethora of M&A matters, including Blackstone Capital Partners in its $2.2 billion purchase of Emdeon. She is particularly skilled in counseling clients and preparing filings in Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act cases.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

THE FIRM A well-established leader in the Massachusetts legal market, Ropes fields an impressive team in the banking and finance space. The group handles the full range of work for private equity sponsors and other investment funds at state, national and international level, and is building a robust practice in mezzanine lending. The team is also known in the public finance space. Regular clients include Audax, Bain Capital and TPG Capital. 

Sources say: "They have a good understanding of market trends and of financing more broadly, so they have a very current take on what's happening. Other firms have capability and market awareness, but Ropes is up there as a firm that really gets it."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Transactional lawyer Thomas Draper remains active in the market and is known for his skills in mezzanine lending work. Highly respected by peers and popular with clients, he brings his practical approach to the table in a broad range of financings. Interviewees say: "He knows the market, has the ability to be reasonable and to see the forest for the trees. He does not comment on theoretical points but gets deals done and protects us from risk."

Eminent practitioner Anne Phillips Ogilby has a wealth of experience of financings in the healthcare, nonprofit and educational sectors, and her acumen in this space is attested to by market commentators.

Co-head of the finance group, Byung Choi focuses his practice on leveraged transactions for an impressive list of private equity clients, including Silver Lake Partners, Bain Capital and TPG, which he recently advised in relation to its high-value financing for the acquisition of Immucor.

Michael Lee makes his debut in the rankings this year in recognition of his standing in the market and his impressive caseload. He served as counsel to Audax in a complex refinancing to support its portfolio company, Phoenix Children's Academy. Clients say: "He's good at conceptualizing what these agreements mean and what the salient points are in layman's terms."

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts

THE FIRM The Boston headquarters of this international firm continues to impress the market with its strong foothold on insolvency matters both at home and abroad. The firm's strength in private equity work permeates the bankruptcy practice, and the team is able to offer a truly comprehensive service package to investment funds and advisers on both the creditor and debtor side. The team is at the forefront of healthcare-related restructurings and insolvencies within the energy sector. The group maintains an impressive client base including Bain Capital as well as Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo. 

Sources say: "Ropes is very much a top-tier New England firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Steven Hoort is a commanding figure in the market and focuses his practice on bankruptcies in the healthcare industry. In the last year he has undertaken significant work concerning tax-exempt bond restructuring for Northern Berkshire Healthcare, and has handled a Chapter 11 proceeding in Delaware for Pyxis Capital.

Ross Martin provides robust insolvency advice to private equity sponsors and institutional investors. Notable work highlights of the last twelve months include the defense of a group of big-ticket higher education institutions in a claim for recovery of funds. He remains a key player in the ongoing Lehman Brothers creditor disputes.

Jim Wilton remains a popular choice with clients for bankruptcy and restructuring work. He has been involved in the Lehman Brothers creditor cases and has successfully negotiated a high-value out-of-court settlement on behalf of a prominent pharmaceutical client.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

THE FIRM Massachusetts stalwart Ropes remains a prominent name in this field and has ample experience representing buyers, sellers and advisers on a number of sophisticated transactions. The team provides comprehensive services to clients on a national and global level, and it counts Covidien, Dunkin' Brands and NSTAR among its impressive client network. Among its recent highlights is its handling of a series of acquisitions for Zynga Game Network.

Sources say: "High-quality, excellent lawyers who know what they are doing with national practices and profiles."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The much-admired David Chapin has solid experience in joint venture, acquisition and buyout matters, and is well regarded in the market. He represented the special committee of Ness Technologies in its sale to Citi Venture Capital.

The "terrific" Keith Higgins commands a high degree of respect from peers and clients in the capital markets field. Recent work has seen him act for Zynga Game Network in a series of purchases, as mentioned above.

Julie Jones has vast experience in the representation of public companies, and is well versed in governance and compliance issues, as well as transactional M&A work.

Paul Kinsella focuses his securities and public company practice on the pharmaceutical and biotech arenas. He has recently represented Cubist Pharmaceuticals in its acquisition of Adolor Corporation and Covidien in its acquisition of Maya Medical.

Patrick O'Brien has a significant securities and public companies practice. He is well-honed in sales, acquisitions and offerings, and has represented clients including Alexion Pharmaceuticals in these matters.  

Jane Goldstein is head of the retail and consumer brand practice, and is especially adept on transactional and compliance matters. Regular clients include Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Party City Holdings and Timberland.

Seasoned practitioner Bradford Malt is much admired in the market, and is particularly revered as a leader in the private equity space. He specializes in fundraising and investment matters for a diverse client base.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This team has a deservedly strong reputation in the field of benefits and compensation. It is also particularly noted for its broad geographical reach, having represented private equity clients in the UK, Switzerland and Asia. It is a recognized expert in hedge funds, ERISA matters and traditional benefits plans, and is expanding in the healthcare space. Its clients include TPG Capital, Bain Capital Venture Partners and Genzyme.

Sources say: "The leadership team at the firm is very good at translating legal issues into business terms for us, so when I speak to them they can answer the questions that we're trying to solve from a business perspective."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peter Rosenberg is a renowned ERISA expert, and is well versed in the design, compliance and administration of a wide variety of plans. He works with many of the firm's leading clients and has recently advised Bain Capital on issues pertaining to the creation of a $600 million investment fund.

Renata Ferrari is highly regarded by market commentators for her expertise in executive compensation. She has recently handled matters for Becton Dickinson, TPG and Satélites Mexicanos, and is described as "highly competent, very qualified and extremely responsive."

Loretta Richard is a go-to tax and benefits counsel for TPG and other private equity clients. She is sought out for her experience and strength in transactional work in this area.

Jonathan Zorn leads the firm's ERISA group, and brings his comprehensive tax expertise to bear across a broad range of benefits and compensation matters. His clients include Genzyme, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Advent International.

Healthcare - Massachusetts

THE FIRM The highly regarded Boston-based healthcare offering of Ropes & Gray draws on the widespread strength of the firm to provide a comprehensive package for its diverse client base. The team's expertise is broad in scope, and includes the full spread of regulatory, transactional and litigation-related matters. Its recent work includes working with Partners Healthcare System in settling an enforcement action brought against Massachusetts General Hospital by the Office of Civil Rights.

Sources say: "They managed and created an efficient process in an area that is extremely detailed, navigating the regulatory landscape with common sense and a practical approach." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Anne Phillips Ogilby has a particular focus on public finance matters within the healthcare space, and is considered "the best healthcare bond lawyer in Boston." She has recently been involved in a number of corporate affiliations for clients such as the Western Connecticut Health Network and the Lahey Clinic.

The widely acclaimed Michele Garvin offers extensive expertise in a wide range of areas, including healthcare regulation, compliance and governance matters. She is considered a leading attorney in this market, with one source noting: "She is a fantastic, standout lawyer."

Eve Brunts is praised by clients for her diligence and dedication, with one commenting: "She's an excellent partner and really has my interests at heart." She recently worked with Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital in creating a research program in collaboration with a for-profit research institute.

Nancy Forbes is highly regarded for her expertise in representing clients including children's hospitals and academic medical centers in a range of matters. Her recent work includes acting for Lifespan Corporation in its internal restructuring, and she is praised for her "smart, experienced and practical" approach. 

William Knowlton handles issues pertaining to corporate transactions and regulation for a number of clients within the healthcare space. He serves as a key partner for Stamford Health System and the Controlled Risk Insurance Company.

Investment Funds - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This linchpin of the Massachusetts legal market boasts a strong regulated funds practice at state, national and international level. The team consists of 35 Boston-based lawyers who can draw on a deep bench nationwide to deliver superlative client service and innovative legal advice across the spectrum of fund work. Regular clients include Blackstone, Allianz Global and Putnam Funds among a host of significant US and international financial institutions.

Sources say: "Ropes responds immediately to our needs and provides top-shelf service and advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Loder continues to be an authority on complex fund matters, and is particularly singled out for his knowledge and expertise in Investment Adviser Act matters. He provides ongoing representation to the Schwab and Laudus funds and is admired by clients for his practical nature: "He can extrapolate from prior experience and provide business-oriented advice."

The "helpful and attentive" Gregory Sheehan is highly rated for the strength of his regulatory work. He regularly undertakes work for MFS and its independent trustees. "He is possessed of an unusual combination of brilliance and humility - he informs and advises us but does not direct us," reports one happy client.

The much-respected Thomas Hiller continues to represent Bracebridge Capital in connection with fund restructurings, contemplated offerings and regulatory matters.

John Gerstmayr remains busy advising and representing Putnam Funds and its trustees. "He has an extraordinary ability to look at legal and business issues. It is not simply a conversation that puts up legal walls around a problem - he is able to look at the broader ramifications," asserts one interviewee.

The highly regarded Timothy Diggins has recently represented State Street in its acquisition of a Goldman Sachs hedge fund administrator, and covers all aspects of RS Investments' product and regulatory work.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This Boston-based global giant is noted for the strength of its transactional practice, and also maintains a fine track record for patent work in both prosecution and litigation. Recent standout work includes handling patent prosecution and portfolio strategy matters for Google. Other key clients include Genzyme and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Edward Kelly is a well-regarded attorney whose practice focuses on strategic advice as well as trademark, copyright and patent prosecution. He is particularly noted for his work in the hi-tech, semiconductor and medical device technologies, and recently played a central role in the aforementioned matters for Google.

Edward Black is head of the IP transactions practice and specializes in IP asset creation and management. Clients praise him as "responsive and smart," appreciate his "clear advice" and comment that he is "an expert in his field." He recently worked with TPG Capital on the IP elements of its investment transactions, as well as on brand protection matters.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This highly regarded group undertakes an impressive range of labor and employment work for its clients, including compliance counseling, high-stakes negotiations and discrimination litigation. The team has extensive experience of collective bargaining, and has recently represented both Wellesley College and Jordan Hospital in significant union negotiations.

Sources say: "When I know they're on the case I'm relieved - I know I'll get the right answers. They are so incredibly responsive, and their client service is a cut above."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Diane Patrick is highly a regarded labor and employment practitioner whose extensive expertise in representing nonprofit clients is particularly highlighted. She is described as "practical and solution oriented" by one client, and is praised for her ability to "put complex issues in understandable terms."

Peter Ebb heads the firm's labor and employment practice, and has established a broad practice with a particular emphasis on working with education and healthcare clients. He is characterized as "knowledgeable, responsive and problem solving."

"Outstanding litigator" David Mandel handles a wide range of matters related to unions, and offers significant experience in acting for healthcare clients.

Litigation - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This highly respected firm is recommended for its representation of both public and private companies in complex, high-stakes matters, including securities, shareholder and insurance litigation, data breach matters and class actions. Its impressive client roster includes Bain Capital, Genzyme and the Timberland Company, among many other high-profile organizations.

Sources say: "They are outstanding - one of the best in Boston. They're successful, responsive and good at rightsizing jobs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The experienced John Donovan is "as good as it gets" in securities litigation. He represents clients in the mutual fund and financial services industry, and has significant experience in shareholder litigation. Recent highlights include work for Blackstone Capital and NSTAR.

Joan Lukey adds depth to the firm's complex business litigation practice. She has notably represented the novelist Patricia Cornwell and her company, Cornwell Entertainment, in a variety of business disputes and civil litigation matters.

Securities litigation practice group leader Randall Bodner represents clients in a broad range of industries. Peers say: "You don't want to have him as an adversary, but you respect him as a lawyer, an intellect and an advocate." 

Joshua Levy is recognized for his expertise in cases relating to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. His practice focuses on white-collar defense and investigations, and interviewees highlight his ability to achieve "absolutely stunning results."

Joan McPhee is a key member of the white-collar group and recently represented a client who had been implicated in the high-profile Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. She is also co-lead counsel for Medical Information Working Group, an association of leading pharmaceutical companies.

"World-class white-collar lawyer" Brien O'Connor is a hugely experienced and well-respected litigator who delivers both quality service and quality results.

Michael Fee has a strong reputation in the healthcare sector. He has represented Medtronic, IASIS Healthcare and UMass Memorial Healthcare in a wide range of matters over the past year.

IP expert John Kenneth Felter maintains his reputation in this area and has significant experience at the state, federal and appellate court level.

Robert Jones is a strong securities and general business litigator and has a wealth of experience in matters relating to SEC investigations for public company and private equity clients. "He can speak the business language while also being an extraordinary litigator; he has such integrity and is very persuasive."

Harvey Wolkoff is an accomplished business litigator at both the state and federal level. He is developing expertise in data breach litigation, and represents such high-profile clients as State Street Bank and Ameriprise Financial Services.

John Montgomery is a leading figure in the firm and has represented numerous pharmaceutical clients in several significant court victories.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This private equity powerhouse dominates the local and national buyouts markets. Typically representing high-profile private equity funds and sponsors, the team is best known for its excellence in large transactions across the capital structure. The team continues to represent Bain Capital and TPG on a variety of private equity matters, and it recently advised Blackstone on its $3 billion acquisition of Emdeon.

Sources say: "They work tirelessly and will do whatever it takes to get the job done."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing partner David Chapin's reputation as an accomplished buyouts attorney precedes him. He is applauded for his representation of public companies, and has handled a range of transactional matters for Berkshire Partners and Blackstone in the last year.

Newcomb Stillwell enjoys a strong national reputation for his buyouts practice. Bain Capital and TPG are major clients, and he has managed a variety of matters for them in recent times. 

The highly regarded Alfred Rose is head of the firm's private equity transactions group, and has particular expertise in go-private transactions and structured financial products. He notably represented 3i in a transaction with Fraser Sullivan. 

Craig Marcus has hit the ground running and established a thriving buyouts practice both locally and nationally. He handles M&A, securities offerings and LBOs and is noted for his robust regulatory counsel. Clients include Thomas H Lee Partners and Bain Capital.

Bradford Malt is the undisputed godfather of the buyouts space. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the private equity arena, and counsels clients on virtually every aspect of their transactional and regulatory needs.

Up-and-comer William Shields manages a sophisticated portfolio of clients, including private equity sponsors and other corporate clients. His recent work saw him taking a leading role in Bain Capital's high-value acquisition of GenPac, as well as TPG's acquisition of Par Pharmaceuticals.

Julie Jones enters the rankings this year in recognition of her dual strengths in the corporate M&A and private equity fields. She is particularly known for her adroit handling of public company and securities work, and her clients have the utmost confidence in her: "People here love her. She brings a unique perspective to transactions and is very hands-on, so we feel like we're getting the top-level advice."

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This group is the cornerstone of the New England private equity scene, and it enjoys a stellar reputation in fund formation work. The team typically represents high-profile funds, investors and sponsors, who sing the praises of the group's breadth and depth of expertise. The Boston office is supported by a well-established global network of resources which puts it in a good position to handle multinational fund work. Summit Rock Advisors, the Rockefeller Foundation and Columbia University are fixtures on the team's impressive client roster.

Sources say: "They have been a real go-to firm for us. They answer questions any time we have them, and they also have really good judgment on the market."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ann Milner is an experienced practitioner with a firm handle on the fund market. She inspires loyalty and admiration from clients, who say: "She is an unbelievable lawyer: she has great style, great presence and is very easy to work with."

Larry Rowe represents Harvard University on a variety of matters relating to its fund activity, and he continues to serve as counsel to Goldman Sachs Asset Management on a variety of funds.

Brett Robbins commands respect in the market for his robust fund formation practice. He regularly advises MIT on its alternative investments, and serves as counsel to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Real Estate - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This widely acclaimed national and international practice occupies a firm position in the Boston market. The group has a reputation for providing strong real estate financing support to its corporate and private equity clients, which include APG Asset Management, TPG Capital and the TJX Companies.

Sources say: "They're extremely responsive, and their work is very high quality."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Eminent real estate practitioner Walter McCabe is a go-to lawyer for sophisticated structuring and finance work. "He's the kind of guy you want on a complex transaction," say observers; "great at thinking outside the box and coming up with solutions."

Richard Gordet has a strong reputation in counseling private equity investors, and is particularly commended for his expertise in joint ventures. One client said: "He is extremely interested in making sure that everyone understands all the options - he is an extremely strong lawyer and adds a lot of value for us."

Tax - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This well-established and highly respected practice is notable for its expertise in issues relating to M&A transactions and joint ventures. The group is also regarded as a leader in planning, controversies and the representation of tax-exempt organizations. The team has advised NSTAR on its high-profile merger with Northeast Utilities, and served as counsel to State Street in its acquisition of Goldman Sachs Administrative Services. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Elfman is an established practitioner in both the Massachusetts and New York tax markets. He has ample experience in tax issues relating to complex M&A transactions, and a strong reputation in the field of tax controversy. He notably advised Cubist Pharmaceutical in connection with its Adolor merger.

Susan Johnston has particular expertise in the taxation of regulated investors, and is described by interviewees as "the ultimate professional." Sources particularly single out her timely advice and practical approach to matters.

Tax department head Christopher Leich maintains his position as one of the leading figures in tax matters pertaining to private equity funds, with private equity sponsors forming the bulk of his client base. He continues to represent Bain Capital, having recently advised on the company's stake purchase in Genpact.

Rom Watson is a revered international tax specialist who focuses his impressive practice on supporting multinational corporations. He regularly advises prominent financial institutions on aspects of cross-border securities lending. "He is very helpful, very technical and very practical," notes one impressed source.

Brett Robbins focuses on tax-exempt organizations and hedge funds, and is particularly adept at tax matters related to the natural resources and real estate arenas.

Kimberly Cohen excels in the estates planning field and serves a variety of private clients, including high net worth individuals, private equity partners and venture capitalists.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

THE FIRM This banking and finance practice is sought out by some of the leading private equity firms for its substantial talent in leveraged buyouts. Key clients include TPG Capital, who it represented in a $1.695 billion financing to acquire Par Pharmaceuticals Companies, and Bain Capital, who it advised as part of a consortium in the $1.3 billion financing to acquire SkillSoft.  

Sources say: "They keep us updated on necessary issues and always translate legal language into business terms, which is useful. They are a very proactive firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jay Kim is "efficient, direct and always thinks five steps ahead of the deal," sources note. He excels at handling leveraged transactions for private equity firms and counts TPG Capital and The Blackstone Group among his regular clients.

Thomas Draper "understands business issues, how to document them and how to get a deal done. He has great insight and that is incredibly valuable," a satisfied client reports.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

THE FIRM The Ropes & Gray bankruptcy and business restructuring teams in New York and Boston work in tandem to tackle difficult bankruptcy cases, predominantly on behalf of bondholders and lenders. The practice has experienced a busy year, with a number of engagements relating to the energy sector, an area where it boasts particular expertise. Other highlights have included representing an ad hoc group of security holders in ResCap's large-scale Chapter 11 case.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Bane is the head of Ropes & Gray's business restructuring group and is based in the firm's New York office. Distressed debt and equity investors, hedge funds and bondholder group representations make up the majority of his engagements.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

THE FIRM The team at Ropes & Gray enters the rankings this year due to the plaudits it has received for its work representing corporates, underwriters and other market participants in a range of transactions. It represented the lead underwriters in Zynga's $1 billion IPO. Other clients include Bain Capital, GoldenTree Asset Management and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

Sources say: "They are excellent lawyers and have a very deep bench."

KEY INDIVIDUALS A key contact at the firm is Patrick O'Brien.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

THE FIRM This Boston institution also has solid bases in New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, as well as a growing West Coast presence. The team exhibits strength in representations of private equity firms, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and financial institutions, such as acting for Alexion Pharmaceuticals on its $1.08 billion acquisition of Enobia Pharma. The team's experience is well balanced between buy and sell work, making it a strong choice for companies considering transactions of any nature.     

Sources say: "It's a big firm with a lot of firepower on the big deals and public company mergers. They can do really sophisticated, high-end, resource-intensive work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jane Goldstein and Jim Lidbury are co-heads of the M&A practice group and Paul Kinsella and Patrick O'Brien, both Boston partners, co-head the securities and public companies group at Ropes.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

THE FIRM This well-established team is recognized for its all-encompassing benefits practice, with broad expertise covering ESOP and 401(k) plans as well as executive compensation. The firm regularly advises tax-exempt employers such as Harvard University and Children's Hospital Boston, as well as private equity firms including Bain Capital and Thomas H Lee Partners. It recently represented TPG Capital in relation to the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of its $1.9 billion acquisition of Par Pharmaceuticals.

Sources say: "They are wonderful partners. Very qualified, and capable of providing support."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Zorn heads the firm's ERISA practice, and is praised by peers for his work in this area. He continues to advise the employee benefits committee and master trust of the Tribune Company relating to ongoing ERISA concerns arising from its 2007 bankruptcy filing.

Peter Rosenberg handles the full spectrum of ERISA work, including compliance and prohibited transactions. He has significant expertise counseling private equity groups on fund structure relating to ERISA compliance, and recently advised Bain Capital on the formation of a seed investment fund.

Healthcare - Nationwide

THE FIRM This group is adept in all areas of regulatory, transactional and disputes-related healthcare matters, acting for major healthcare providers, community hospitals and academic medical centers, and managed care organizations. The team is also noted for its work in pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech arenas. In a recent highlight, it assisted Partners Healthcare System in settling an enforcement action brought against Massachusetts General Hospital by the Office of Civil Rights. It is also advising North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in several matters, including in connection with DOJ investigations and transactional issues.

Sources say: "They master a broad scope of knowledge and are completely accessible."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Warnke is "terrific, very precise and exact and clear - he leaves no stone unturned." Regulatory compliance and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement represent particular areas of strength.

"Very fine lawyer" Michele Garvin is noted for her adroit handling of matters relating to healthcare regulation and compliance. She is also well regarded for her work concerning academic medical center and medical school relationships.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

THE FIRM Ropes & Gray's IP group covers the spectrum of litigation, prosecution, and technology and IP-related transactional work. Some of the biggest technology-driven and brand-reliant names in the world rely on the firm for work in all these areas, and the group's trial lawyers are seasoned veterans of major litigations in the nation's most competitive jurisdictions. The group's prestigious client roster includes Bayer HealthCare, Hyundai Motor America, Pfizer and Ricoh Americas.

Commercial Awareness "The firm is particularly well situated to add value to complex, high-value matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Gene Lee is an IP litigation practice leader based in New York.  

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM The full-service approach offered by the hedge funds team at Ropes & Gray has cemented its position as a favored destination for clients seeking advice on everything from new product launches to spinouts and compliance questions. Major client PIMCO regularly calls upon this team for ongoing operational advice as well as guidance on the formation of new hedge fund products. The firm also houses a specialist team handling hedge fund transactional matters.    

Sources say: "They think outside of the box. They never grasp for the obvious without clear and patient consideration of all variables."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sarah Davidoff focuses on the representation of institutional and independent sponsors of private funds. She has recently acted for a key client on designing and launching aggregation vehicles to target high net worth US clients. She and her colleague Laurel FitzPatrick are highlighted by one satisfied client as "two of the best hedge fund lawyers I have had the chance to work with." FitzPatrick has had a busy year working on matters for Commonfund Asset Management, PIMCO and The Blackstone Group.  

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM This agile team located across several of Ropes & Gray's national offices advises virtually every type of stakeholder in the market on fund formation, investments, secondary transactions and regulatory issues. The group regularly advises PIMCO on the operation of its funds, and recently assisted it with the launch of a series of funds across various credit sectors. Boston Ventures, Landmark Capital and Brown University are also established clients of the team. Sources highlight the firm's excellent market understanding as a key attraction.  

Sources say: "Depth and breadth of experience, in particular the fact that they can really bring inter-disciplinary teams to the table when we need them to. They are very accessible, responsive, everything you would want."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ann Milner is highly praised for her expertise in handling fund formation issues. She recently formed part of the team acting for Thomas H Lee Partners on the fundraising for its seventh fund.  

Larry Jordan Rowe is known for his strength on both the investor and sponsor sides, regularly taking on work from large institutions such as Goldman Sachs and Harvard University. Clients appreciate that he is "very accessible and responsive."  

Raj Marphatia recently relocated to the firm's Silicon Valley office, boosting its West Coast presence. His broad-based experience sees him cover a wide range of matters for clients, including advising sponsors on formation, operation and investment matters. He also advises institutional investors on a range of investment activity.

William McCormack's private funds experience covers the gamut of sponsor representations on both a domestic and an international basis, and is experienced across a variety of asset classes.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM Ropes and Gray's registered funds team maintains its stellar reputation as one of the best in the country. As well as serving the broad-ranging requirements of its sophisticated client base, the team has a deep understanding of the overarching trends and developments affecting the wider market. Derivatives and commodities reform and the increasing prominence of ETFs have been two such issues occupying the registered funds team of late. Its lawyers provide advice to some of the most prominent names in the industry, including Stone Harbor, the DoubleLine Funds and Schroders. The team has recently overseen closed-end fund launches for Cohen & Steers Capital Management and the DoubleLine Funds, raising approximately $690 million and $326 million respectively.

Sources say: "One of the ways they deliver value is being very to the point and focused." "I really like their approach to issues, as well as their professional and calm attitude."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Loder continues in his role as head of the firm's extensive investment management group, and is highly thought of in the market. His recent work has seen him advise key clients such as Artisan Funds, Natixis Global Asset Management and ProFund Advisors. He is identified by market observers as "a leader of the pack."

Gregory Sheehan also maintains a strong reputation in the registered funds area. He continues to play a key role in working with clients such as Pyxis Capital on a broad spread of regulatory and operational matters.

Experienced practitioner John Gerstmayr has a strong track record in representing investment companies and advisers. He is also highly skilled in trustee representation, as demonstrated by his recent and ongoing guidance to the independent trustees of the DWS Funds.  

Bryan Chegwidden continues to make a positive impression on the market, with one interviewee declaring him to be "deeply knowledgeable, practically minded and easy to work with."

Talented partner Thomas Hiller is a valuable member of the team representing the independent trustees of the DWS Funds, and is recognized by interviewees as "a very strong lawyer."

David Sullivan was engaged by major client Allianz Global Investors to act as fund counsel to a series of open-ended funds. He also advised on more than 20 closed-ended funds managed by Allianz and sub-advised by PIMCO. 

Life Sciences - Nationwide

THE FIRM This multiservice firm has a strong reputation and a broad practice in life sciences, with sources particularly noting its government investigations, IP and transactional work. The firm also has regulatory and litigation expertise. Recent work includes acting as governance and disclosure counsel for Pfizer, as well as assisting the company in relation to its collaborative Centers for Therapeutic Innovation program. Other key clients include Johnson & Johnson, Genzyme and Biogen Idec. The life sciences team operates out of Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and DC.

Commercial Awareness "When it comes to a unique life sciences issue, they are as good as it gets." "They can answer any question on any subject around the periphery of the deal."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients are full of praise for Marc Rubenstein, whom they commend as "a true expert in this area," "very bright, hard-working and responsive" and "one of the best lawyers I've ever dealt with." His focus is on licensing, collaboration agreements, M&A and securities offerings, as well as a variety of other commercial agreements. He recently acted for Biogen Idec on two collaboration agreements with Isis Pharmaceuticals.

Geoffrey Davis focuses on corporate partnership, licensing and financing for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomedical and medical device companies. Recent work includes handling licensing and collaboration matters for Pfizer in relation to its Centers for Therapeutic Innovation program. Clients are "enormously pleased with his team and his work."

Steven Wilcox's practice covers licensing, collaborations, M&A and financing, including public offerings and venture capital investments. He recently acted for Salient Surgical Technologies on its $525 million acquisition by Medtronic. He is based in the Boston office.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm is best known for its handling of large-scale data security breaches, advising clients across a wide range of industries. The team also guides clients through regulatory compliance issues, offering both transactional and litigation expertise. Clients include Sony Computer Entertainment America and The Blackstone Group.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Douglas Meal is "not only an excellent lawyer, he is also a very smart businessperson," say sources, while he is also noted for his "reputation for getting results." He specializes in payment card breaches.

Private Equity - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm has expanded its private equity practice with added international capabilities in London and Hong Kong. The group represents a large number of megafunds such as Silver Lake Partners, and also has a substantial midmarket presence. Recent highlights include advising Bain Capital on its $1 billion acquisition of Genpact, as well as numerous transactions for TPG.

Client Service "They are extremely responsive. They work tirelessly. They will do whatever it takes to get the job done. They have excellent business judgment."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alfred Rose is widely respected by peers and clients alike. He regularly represents major private equity sponsors, and recently handled a variety of matters for TPG, including a $200 million PIPE investment in REIT Parkway Properties.

Recognized for his strong and diverse private equity practice, David Chapin recently represented Skillsoft, a portfolio company of Berkshire Partners, in connection with its acquisition of Element K.

Recent highlights for Newcomb Stillwell include representing Blackstone in its high-profile $3 billion acquisition of Emdeon.

The "pragmatic, dynamic and focused" Julie Jones is well respected in the private equity space. She recently represented Bain Capital in relation to its $3.3 billion sale of Warner Music Group. One client notes: "She brings a unique perspective to transactions. Because she's so hands-on we feel like we get top-level advice."

Othon Prounis is favorably described as "smart, with a good demeanor." He represents Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in a wide range of matters, including a number of high-value acquisitions and dispositions.

Craig Marcus heads the firm's executive compensation practice, and has significant experience representing private equity sponsors and portfolio companies. He recently assisted Thomas H Lee Partners with the sale of its interest in a quick-service food chain.

Bradford Malt founded the firm's private equity practice group, and has a strong reputation in the marketplace. His broad experience ranges from financings and portfolio company matters to fundraising issues and strategic initiatives.

Securities - Nationwide

THE FIRM The Boston-headquartered securities practice at this reputable firm maintains a solid profile as a leading national player in mutual funds and public company litigation. It recently represented fund managers Harris Associates and Ameriprise Financial Services in excessive fee litigation, and State Street in multiple class actions relating to the RMBS crisis. On the shareholder litigation side, the team won a dismissal of multiple class actions filed in the US District Court of Massachusetts for biotech client Genzyme. The team has seen an increase in the number of M&A cases and represented TPG Capital in litigation concerning its $3 billion purchase of J.Crew Group. 

Sources say: "Very smart and responsive people at all levels. They are excellent in terms of efficiency and service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "First-rate" Randall Bodner is a highly respected advocate and cochairs the firm's business and securities litigation team. He is lead counsel to the officers of Freddie Mac in ongoing securities fraud class actions.

John Donovan is a seasoned securities litigator whose experience, expertise and courtroom acumen are held in high regard. He was lead lawyer in the Genzyme litigation

Tax - Nationwide

THE FIRM Ropes & Gray's national tax practice has highly respected attorneys in both its Boston and New York offices. The firm maintains superb expertise in M&A, private and public fund formation, as well as in work with sovereign wealth funds. The group also has an excellent reputation for tax counseling in relation to major construction projects and various types of investment. Work highlights include advising Bain Capital on its $1 billion acquisition of a 30% stake in India-based outsourcing company Genpact. It also acted for TPG in its $3 billion acquisition of J Crew Group.

Sources say: "Very good lawyers who have a lot of experience, know and understand the market, and are business savvy."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Boston-based Christopher Leich heads up the firm's tax department.

Wealth Management - Nationwide

THE FIRM This wealth management group is widely recognized for representing private equity clients, and continues to be highly active in that area. The team represents some of the largest private equity firms, such as The Carlyle Group, Bain Capital and TPG Capital. It also represents multigenerational families and family offices, and is currently advising Harvard University on charitable trust and planned giving matters.

Client Service "The whole team is just terrific – delightful to work with, smart and personable. The turnaround is also excellent and they are very collaborative."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly regarded lawyer Marc Bloostein is best known for representing private equity and hedge fund principals, as well as their firms. "He is really remarkable in his judgment, experience and ability to add value," note clients.

Martin Hall leads the firm's private client department and joins the rankings having received tremendous praise for his contribution to the field. He is the driving force behind the firm's charitable planning practice.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

THE FIRM This dynamic five-partner bankruptcy and business restructuring team works on large-scale bankruptcies, often in tandem with the firm's highly regarded Boston and London offices. The team primarily represents creditor and lender clients, with particular expertise within the energy sector. Recent highlights include advising an ad hoc group of security holders in the high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy of ResCap.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Bane leads the team and is highly respected for his bankruptcy expertise. He predominantly advises distressed debt and equity investors, hedge funds and bondholder groups.

Mark Somerstein is a "well-respected and high-quality practitioner" recommended for his business-oriented approach. His recent highlights include representing indenture trustee Wilmington Trust in relation to $3.5 billion in the Dynegy Holdings bankruptcy.

Keith Wofford recently acted as lead counsel to an ad hoc group of security holders in the ResCap Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He is praised by commentators for his dedication to his clients, with one source noting that he is a "key player in our market, and a very talented lawyer."

Corporate/M&A - New York

THE FIRM This East Coast favorite's New York corporate team has healthy expertise in securities, M&A and private equity deals. Over the past year it has remained active on both buy and sell-side transactions for WCAS, and advised State Street on its $550 million acquisition of Goldman Sachs' hedge fund administration business. Other key clients include Bain Capital, Dunkin' Brands and Health Enterprise Partners.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Othon Prounis's work of late has included advising WCAS on a number of transactions. His practice emphasizes LBOs and work in the healthcare and technology sectors.

Healthcare - New York

THE FIRM This firm's exceptional New York team is highlighted for its deep bench and versatility in the healthcare arena. The group has a strong and longstanding line in representing major healthcare providers, community hospitals and academic medical centers, as well as pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies. Its recent highlights include assisting North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in numerous healthcare concerns, including in relation to DOJ investigations and transactional issues.

Sources say: "They master a broad scope of knowledge and are completely accessible."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources are immensely impressed by the leading Stephen Warnke: "He is absolutely the best! He's terrific, very precise and exact, and clear - he leaves no stone unturned." His wide-ranging practice is particularly commended in the areas of regulatory compliance, healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Intellectual Property - New York

THE FIRM Ropes & Gray's IP practice is divided into three groups - patent litigation, noncontentious and transactional patent work, and copyrights, trademarks and other nonutility rights. The patent capability is an even spread between mechanical engineering and hi-tech electronics on the one hand, and biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals on the other. Clients include Bayer HealthCare, Google, Pfizer and SAMSUNG.

Sources say: "Excellent work - they always come up with a highly polished product."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jesse Jenner is a venerable first-chair trial lawyer steeped in multipatent, multijurisdictional litigation, and so is someone "you want on your side," according to sources. Much of his time has recently been devoted to leading a team on behalf of Motorola Mobility in a high-profile dispute with Microsoft.

James Haley has a distinguished practice centered around patent preparation, prosecution, portfolio management and enforcement. He has prepared and prosecuted patents amounting to billions of dollars in value for clients in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. 

Bradford Badke is "intelligent, calm, client focused" and "an articulate orator" in trial situations, according to one client. He recently helped engineer resounding victories for clients Becton Dickinson and Nova Biomedical in a hard-fought patent challenge mounted by life sciences giants Abbott Laboratories and Therasense.