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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
  • Chairman: R Bradford Malt
  • Managing Partner: David C Chapin
  • Number of partners: 300
  • Number of lawyers: 1,100 (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 1,100 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: $1.9b acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Companies, acquisition of Eze Castle Software
•Bain Capital: $3b acquisition of Skylark; $1b acquisition of a minority interest in Genpact; acquisition of 50 percent of Jupiter Shop Channel
•Berkshire Partners: $2b acquisition of Lightower & Sidera Networks
•Blackstone Group: $3b acquisition of Emdeon; $680m acquisition of Pactera Technology
•Madison Dearborn: $1.3b acquisition of National Financial Partners
•H.I.G.: $519m acquisition of Caraustar Industries
Contact: Al Rose
Tel: 617 951 7372
Email: alfred.rose@ropesgray.com

M&A:
•Alexion Pharmaceuticals: $1.08b acquisition of Enobia Pharma
•Special Committee of Cole Credit Property Trust: $7.1b acquisition of Spirit Realty Capital, Inc.
•Cubist Pharmaceuticals: $1.4b simultaneous acquisitions of Optimer Pharma and Trius Therapeutics
•State Street: $550m acquisition of Goldman Sachs Administration Services
•Party City: $2.64b sale to THL
•Liberty Global: $24b acquisition of Virgin Media
•Wright Medical: $290m sale of OrthoRecon Business
•China Everbright: $3.7b acquisition of Focus Media
Contact: Jane Goldstein
Tel: 617 951 7431
Email: jane.goldstein@ropesgray.com
Contact: Jim Lidbury
Tel: 852 3664 6521
Email: james.lidbury@ropesgray.com

Finance:
•Liberty Global: Financing for $23.3b acquisition of Virgin Media; €3.16b acquisition of Kabel BW Erste Beteiligungs GmbH
•TPG Capital: Financing for $175m take-private acquisition of ShangPharma Corporation; $1.695b acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical
•Bain Capital: Financing for $3.3b acquisition of Skylark; $1.25b acquisition of MYOB; $ 1.445b acquisition of The Gymboree Corporation
•Highbridge Capital (among others): Financing for €1.8b acquisition of BSN Medical
•Dunkin’ Brands: Financing for $1.975b ‘whole business securitisation’ and funding of shareholder dividend
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

Business Restructuring:
•Committee of mezzanine lenders to KCA Deutag Oil Services Group (KCA), including funds 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 C Moeller-Sally
Tel: 617 951 7012
Email: ssally@ropesgray.com

Investment Management:
•Significant industry participants, incl. Allianz, Ameriprise, BlackRock, DWS, MFS, Natixis, PIMCO, Putnam
•Start-ups, including DoubleLine Funds and Stone Harbor Funds, two of the fastest-growing mutual fund complexes
•ETFs and their sponsors, including ProShares
•BlackRock (acquisition of Swiss Re’s fund of funds business), Natixis (acquisition of McDonnell Investment Management), HighMark Funds (sale of assets to Reich & Tang and Nationwide Funds), 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 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: structuring of open-end real estate funds of funds and investments by those funds
•GMO: offering and operation of various onshore and offshore hedge funds, including equity, fixed income, currency and asset allocation funds
•Schroders: organisation of onshore and offshore hedge funds and advice regarding offering global investment products in the United States
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: Bain Capital, TPG Capital, PIMCO, Nordic Capital, RRJ Capital, CITIC Private Equity and others
•Represent institutional investors in fund investment projects: Alplnvest, Temasek, Harvard and Stanford Universities, Makena Capital Management, sovereign wealth funds and others
In last 6 years acted as counsel:
•to organise 500+ separate funds, including buyouts, real estate, energy, credit, macro, quantitative strategies, fund of funds and venture capital
•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: 650 617 4044
Email: raj.marphatia@ropesgray.com

Life Sciences:
•Represented Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in an agreement with Natrogen Therapeutics to acquire an exclusive license to develop Natrogen’s Natura-alpha compound for worldwide development as well as an option to acquire Natrogen (2013)
•Biogen: $3.25b in acquisition of Elan’s interest in TYSABRI
•Johnson & Johnson: $650m acquisition of Aragon Pharmaceuticals
Contact: Greg Levine
Tel: 202 508 4831
Email: gregory.levine@ropesgray.com
Contact: Marc Rubenstein
Tel: 617 951 7826
Email: marc.rubenstein@ropesgray.com

Healthcare:
•BIDMC Investigation: represented in the resolution of a federal investigation into Medicare claims for short inpatient hospital stays. BIDMC achieved a very favorable settlement through which the medical center resolved potential claims under the False Claims Act, the Program Fraud and Civil Remedies Act, the Civil Monetary Penalties law and other potential theories
•IASIS Healthcare, Inc.: served as counsel to IASIS Healthcare and its affiliated hospitals, provider networks, and health plans across regulatory and transactional settings. Recently, the firm assisted IASIS Healthcare in the sale of its Florida operations– including three hospitals, a home health agency, and a physician group–to HCA
•North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System: represents as litigation counsel in a putative classaction lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court that asserts a number of common law and statutory causes of action arising from an alleged link between identity thefts claimed to have been experienced by former patients and personal information maintained in System files
Contact: Deborah Gersh
Tel: 312 845 1307
Email: deborah.gersh@ropesgray.com
Contact: Tim McCrystal
Tel: 617 951 7278
Email: timothy.mccrystal@ropesgray.com

Intellectual Property:
•SAP: Achieved victory in first-ever covered business method review trial before PTAB
•Purdue: Secured successful decision marking end of 14 years of litigation relating to OxyContin* product
•AstraZeneca PLC: Routinely provides IP due diligence support on international licensing and acquisition opportunities, as well support on complex patent matters
•Zynga: Negotiation of strategic relationship with Hasbro to extend Zynga’s virtual game success to traditional board games and toys
Contact: Edward Black (IP transactions)
Tel: 617 951 7984
Email: ed.black@ropesgray.com
Contact: Joseph 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 helped secure 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 industry-wide FCPA investigation and secured a deferred prosecution agreement with the SEC, settling the governments 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: global coordinating counsel for litigation, including 65 putative class actions and government investigations related to criminal cyber-attacks
•Carter’s Inc.: secured first non-prosecution agreement with SEC; won dismissal without prejudice of two securities fraud class-action claims with aggregate exposure of nearly $500m
•Goldman Sachs: secured jury verdict in favour of Goldman following a five-week trial in which the plaintiff claimed $lb in damages. The founders and majority shareholders of the speech recognition company Dragon Systems brought the case against Goldman for its role as financial advisor to Dragon in its all-stock sale to Lernout & Hauspie in 2000.
Contact: Jane Willis
Tel: 617 951 7603
Email: jane.willis@ropesgray.com
Contact: Robert Jones
Tel: 617 951 7564
Email: robert.jones@ropesgray.com

Privacy & Data Security:
•Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI): negotiation and settlement of federal enforcement action relating to the loss of a laptop containing unencrypted protected health information by a researcher
•Genesco: in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit challenging non-compliance penalties imposed by a leading payment card brand in the wake of a data security breach
•Sony: 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
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
•Madison Dearborn Partners: advised on executive compensation, employee benefits and ERISA fiduciary matters in connection with its acquisition of National Financial Partners (NFP)
Contact: Christopher Leich (Tax)
Tel: 617 951 7279
Email: christopher.leich@ropesgray.com
Contact: Loretta 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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  • Fax +1 415 315 6350
  • One Metro Center 700 12th Street NW,
  • Suite 900,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
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  • 20005-3948
  • Tel +1 202 508 4600
  • Fax +1 202 508 4650
  • 191 North Wacker Drive,
  • 32nd Floor,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606
  • Tel +1 312 845 1200
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  • 1211 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8704
  • Tel +1 212 596 9000
  • Fax +1 212 596 9090

Healthcare - California

What the team is known for Admired for its expertise across a range of key areas such as regulatory and compliance work, transactional matters and HIPAA. Clients include nonprofit hospitals and academic medical centers as well as medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Work highlights Acted for Pacific Cancer Care in its arrangement of a joint venture with local community hospitals in relation to the development of a cancer care center.

Advised Stanford Hospital and Clinics in relation to a range of regulatory matters such as assisting with licensure issues and privacy laws. 

Notable practitioners  

John Chesley is an experienced regulatory and transactional attorney. He recently advised Daughters of Charity Health System on a range of issues related to its potential joint venture with Ascension/UCLA.

Significant clients CareFusion Corporation, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Group Health Cooperative, Cottage Health System.  

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Well-developed practice in all areas of IP, and particularly sought after for its adept handling of both patent prosecution and litigation. Also noted for its licensing work. Continues to excel in life sciences and technology matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A team of very smart lawyers, who always have an eye on the cutting edge of the law."

Work highlights Successfully prosecuted a CBM review of a patent held by Versata, during which the five patent claims at issue were unanimously canceled by the three-judge panel as too abstract to cover patentable subject matter.

The team maintains its strategic relationship with the Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing, crafting complex license agreements for bundles of intellectual property and technology rights, and advising on negotiations.

Notable practitioners

Robert Goldman is an experienced patent litigator, who is particularly active in Hatch-Waxman litigation. His grateful clients describe him as "someone who rolls his sleeves up and gets to the bottom of a problem."

Significant clients Altera Corporation, Fujitsu Semiconductor, Purdue Pharma, Rovi, Pfizer.

Life Sciences - California

What the team is known for Working on corporate matters on behalf of a broad spectrum of clients. Strong presence also in litigation involving manufacturers of generic drugs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have tremendous experience in complex licensing and partnering work."

"A firm with a really great reputation, particularly on the transactional side."

Work highlights Represented Pfizer in a global deal with California-based CytomX Therapeutics to develop and commercialize CytomX's Probody drug conjugates. The deal is worth a potential $635 million to CytomX in preclinical and regulatory milestone payments.

Assisted Pharmstandard in a $42 million Series E financing of Argos Therapeutics. Argos develops treatments for cancer, autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection. Pharmstandard is a Russian pharmaceutical company making its first US investment.

Notable practitioners  

San Francisco managing partner Ryan Murr is a key contact.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, TPG Capital, Tria Beauty, Ultragenyx.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Busy practice acting in a number of antitrust matters, including merger clearance and class action litigation. Advises clients across a range of sectors, including high-profile technology and pharmaceuticals companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Consistent high-quality work and customer service - they're fantastic."

"Extremely thorough researchers - highly effective in presenting complex material." 

Work highlights Acted for Berkshire Partners in connection with its deal to acquire Lightower Fiber Networks for $2 billion.

Represented Cablevision Systems as defendant in a class action concerning the alleged tying of cable television packages.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Popofsky is an "incredibly knowledgeable and thorough" antitrust lawyer, noted by a peer as being an "incredible resource" and by one client as "the fastest and most persuasive writer I've ever worked with." He litigates in a range of cases across antitrust and intellectual property.

Michael McFalls is a "great communicator and great strategist" say sources. He is also noted as a "very proactive and practical lawyer" whose "client service is excellent." He acted in a number of transactions of late, including Cubist Pharmaceuticals' $801 million merger with Optimer Pharmaceuticals.

Significant clients Google, Pfizer, Hitachi-LG Data Services, Bain Capital, TPG Capital.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Identified as a key player in regulatory and legislative work involving healthcare entities, regularly advising clients on all aspects of policy implementation. Highly regarded for its deep understanding of the life sciences market, providing expert advice on Hatch-Waxman Act work, drug and device law and FDA enforcement counseling.

Work highlights Acted for The Johns Hopkins Health System in the reordering of its financial arrangements with Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Acted for Wright Medical Technology in the $290 million disposition of its OrthoRecon Business to Microport Medical B.V.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Bulleit recently joined the team from Hogan Lovells and is described by commentators as "thoughtful, levelheaded and smart." He is praised for his work in regulatory compliance and Medicare reimbursement and represents diverse clients such as medical device manufacturers and physicians.

The "deeply experienced" Alan Bennett is an expert FDA attorney whose focus includes pharmaceutical promotion and marketing. His practice includes notable strength in Hatch-Waxman-related matters.

Gregory Levine heads the firm's FDA regulatory practice and is noted for his extensive enforcement expertise. His experience extends to advising medical device and pharmaceutical clients on fraud and abuse compliance.

Significant clients Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Alere, Parkland Health & Hospital System. 

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

What the team is known for A corporate team with strong capabilities in middle-market M&A. Benefits from firm-wide expertise in advising private equity and hedge fund clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"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!"

"An exceptional firm. Everyone on the Ropes team knows how to get deals done well and on schedule. They work well as a team and do not let anything get in the way of providing the best advice." 

Work highlights Advised Madison Dearborn on its $1.3 billion purchase of National Financial Partners.

Advised TPG Capital and blood technology company Fenwal on the sale of the latter to Germany medical equipment specialists Fresenius Kabi.  

Notable practitioners  

Neill Jakobe is a key contact.

Significant clients Welsh Carson, Berkshire Partners, Kohlberg & Co, Audax Group, H.I.G. Capital.

Antitrust - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A well-balanced group able to undertake the full panoply of antitrust matters. Features a particular strength in healthcare matters, including hospital mergers, as well as some hi-tech litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're incredibly well versed and willing to leave no stone unturned." 

Work highlights Represented Hitachi-LG Data Services in its part-settlement and ongoing litigation in the optical disk drive products antitrust case.

Acted for Berkshire Partners in relation to antitrust issues surrounding a $2 billion deal to acquire Lightower Fiber Networks.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Deidre Johnson is particularly noted for her work in Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filings, for which she is described by one source as "among the leading HSR lawyers in the country."

Jane Willis is a "very skillful lawyer" who is "incredibly easy to work with and incredibly supportive." She was recently co-lead for Hitachi-LG Data Services in its direct and indirect purchaser claims of price-fixing.

Significant clients Hitachi-LG Data Services, TravelCenters of America, Illinois Tool Works, Teradyne, Google.

Banking & Finance - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Represents top-tier private equity firms nationwide and offers clients the ability to handle large volumes of high-end deals. Particularly active in the syndicated market space and proficient handling alternative pools of capital. Additional prowess in public finance work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great - very, very focused on client service and very easy to work with. They know how we work and what's important to us, and they do a good job tailoring to that."

"They are readily available, give very concise responses and the advice is clear."

Work highlights Acted for Madison Dearborn Partners on financing its acquisition of National Finance Partners, involving in excess of $1 billion in high-yield senior notes and senior secured credit facilities.

Represented Lahey Clinic Medical Center as borrower's counsel relating to a direct bank placement of $130 million issued through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. 

Advised TPG Capital and IMS Health, its portfolio company, in a repricing of $1.77 billion and EUR755 million senior secured term loans.

Notable practitioners  

The "top-notch" Anne Phillips Ogilby enjoys a premier reputation as a leading transactional attorney, noted for her representation of hospitals, colleges and universities in conduit financings. Peers note that she "works extremely hard for her clients" and is "very good at solving problems."

Thomas Draper is lauded for his "practical and commercial" approach, with clients noting that he "understands that we need to get things done." He has a broad base of corporate finance expertise, and is considered a leading figure in the marketplace.

Head of department Byung Choi represents a number of top-tier private equity firms and investment banks in leveraged finance transactions. Commentators observe that he "really knows his stuff" and consider him "preeminent on the borrower side." 

The "very knowledgeable, courteous and responsive" Michael Lee continues to build his practice acting for private equity sponsors in a multitude of large-scale financings. Clients praise him for "his ability to boil down some of the complexities into chunks of information that are easy to understand."

Significant clients Bain Capital, Audax Group, Thomas H. Lee Partners, Sankaty Advisors, The Blackstone Group.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Impressive Boston practice noted for its robust depth both locally and internationally. Stellar reputation handling complex creditor and debtor side matters. Involved in the representation of private equity clients and financial institutions in a range of matters including distressed M&A transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"They were professionally terrific and personally very supportive, which I really appreciated."

"The people we deal with there are very professional, quite sharp and experts on the law."

Work highlights Acted for the debtor in Monitor Company Group's Chapter 11 cases which culminated in its sale.

Represented an ad hoc group of holders of mortgage-backed securities issued by Residential Capital ahead of its bankruptcy filing.  

Notable practitioners  

Steven Hoort is held in high esteem, and impresses as "an excellent lawyer, who really does his homework and is a really good litigator." His nationwide bankruptcy practice includes a focus on healthcare insolvencies.

Ross Martin is lauded by clients as "very effective in the courtroom" and "in complete command of the facts of the case and the law." He has recently been involved in a series of significant cases including Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Jim Wilton is acclaimed as "a technician's technician who knows the bankruptcy code intimately." He offers expertise in Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings. According to commentators, he is "known as someone with a great skill set and also with great deal sense." 

Significant clients Bain Capital, York Capital Management, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Wilmington Trust, Wells Fargo.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Major player in the Massachusetts market boasting expertise in a range of complex transactions across a range of industries including life sciences, financial services and private equity. Also noted for the strength of its national presence, allowing the team to draw on an impressive depth of resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the things we thought was particularly thoughtful on their part was that they used junior people whenever they could to keep the cost down."

"If I have a question related to shareholders that may touch an employment issue, they think ahead to include the appropriate team members before coming to me with an answer."

Work highlights Acting for the Special Committee of Cole Credit Property Trust in its acquisition of Spirit Realty Capital for the value of $7.1 billion. This deal will create the second largest publicly traded triple-net-lease REIT.

Represented Party City Holdings in its sale for $2.69 billion to Thomas H Lee Partners.

Notable practitioners  

The highly regarded Julie Jones focuses on the representation of public companies and private equity funds in M&A matters, as well as advising on general corporate governance issues.

Paul Kinsella is picked out by clients for the quality of his practical advice and for being "very responsive and very knowledgeable." His practice is noted for a particular strength in the life sciences arena.

Securities and public companies group co-head Patrick O'Brien maintains a strong practice in both areas, with a particular emphasis on the life sciences, healthcare and technology spaces.

Jane Goldstein has a broad range of expertise in the retail and consumer products arenas, and is counted on to advise both public and private companies on corporate governance and securities regulation issues. Her clients include Party City Holdings.

Bradford Malt is a longstanding figure in the Massachusetts market and enjoys an accordingly high reputation, in particular in the private equity space where his expertise is revered. He has a very broad range of experience, but clients particularly note his prowess in fund-raising and the implementation of growth strategies.

David Chapin has decades of experience in the private equity space, as well as in advising public companies on corporate governance and the full range of transactional work. He has particular experience in the life sciences and technology arenas.

The "wonderful" David Fine shows a depth of experience across a wide span of corporate issues, including corporate governance, securities, venture financing and M&A work. Clients report that he can "advise on any aspect of corporate, securities or acquisitions law." He counts EMCOR Group and Planet Fitness among his clients.

The up-and-coming Amanda Morrison concentrates on private equity, M&A work and strategic transactional work for private investment funds. She has recently represented the special committee of Cole Credit Property Trust.

Significant clients Biogen Idec, Pfizer, Beckton, Dickinson and Company, Wright Medical Group, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Celebrated expertise covering the full spectrum of traditional benefits and Title I concerns, supported by the firm's prominent national and international investment management practice. Demonstrates experience spanning from issues for large tax-exempt organizations to multinational private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely responsive to my needs and concerns, and I know I can rely on them for professional and quality legal advice."

"I go to them when I have very complex issues - when you want the best of the best."

Work highlights Represented Madison Dearborn Partners concerning the employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA fiduciary duties issues arising from its $1.3 billion acquisition of National Financial Partners.

Handled the employee benefits and executive compensation issues relating to clients TPG and Immucor's acquisition of Hologic's business LIFECODES for $85 million.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Rosenberg is highly regarded as a "technical expert" in the field of ERISA, with noted experience in Title I fiduciary work. Clients appreciate his ability to make complicated material "digestible for the non-lawyer."

The "very knowledgeable and very cerebral" Jonathan Zorn is an integral player in the firm's ERISA practice. Recent work includes providing counsel to The TJX Companies on a multitude of executive compensation and group benefits issues.

Executive compensation expert Renata Ferrari is known by clients to be "very personable, friendly and accommodating, but also professional and with high integrity." Recent work includes advising Berkshire Partners on benefits and compensation issues relating to its $2 billion acquisition of Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks.

Loretta Richard focuses on tax issues and Title I ERISA, as well as offering experience in litigation. Clients praise her ability to "understand that the legal answer is important but that we also need a business perspective on the implications of that."

Significant clients Bain Capital, Thomas H Lee Partners, The Blackstone Group, Green Mountain Coffee, Genzyme.  

Healthcare - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Nationally established firm, with a Boston-based practice well versed in the full range of matters in the healthcare space. Represents nonprofit hospitals, academic research centers, private equity and pharmaceutical companies in transactional work, privacy and data security matters, and on issues relating to healthcare reform.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have extensive knowledge in all aspects of healthcare and provide expertise and guidance regarding any legal issue which we may confront on a daily basis."

What's new? Mark Barnes and Alison Fethke have joined as partners from Harvard University and AbbVie respectively, bringing expertise in research compliance, and healthcare and FDA regulatory matters. 

Work highlights Advised the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in matters related to its establishment of a global consortium aimed at the secure sharing of genomic clinical data.

Continued an ongoing representation of Partners HealthCare System in its negotiation and implementation of one of the largest electronic health record system licensing transactions on record.

Notable practitioners  

Michele Garvin advises on matters such as compliance, corporate governance and clinical joint ventures, and brings a great deal of experience, acting for a broad range of clients, including academic medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and physician group practices. Sources describe her as "a very skillful transactional lawyer, with terrific judgment."

Anne Phillips Ogilby is extremely well regarded in the healthcare space, and comes particularly recommended for her expertise in bond financing and counseling on fiduciary duties. Clients single her out as "extremely effective" and "an invaluable resource."

William Knowlton concentrates on joint ventures, corporate restructuring and acquisitions within the healthcare and life sciences arenas. Sources praise him as "great to work with" and "very knowledgeable in captive insurance companies." 

The "very practical and very responsive" Eve Brunts is particularly well regarded for her work on regulatory issues, compliance and reimbursement related to Medicare and Medicaid.

Nancy Forbes's strong reputation is founded in particular on her expert representation of academic health centers, which she advises on governance, restructuring, acquisitions and joint ventures. "She is an extremely experienced strategic thinker," reports one impressed source. 

Timothy McCrystal enjoys a robust reputation for his work in corporate transactional work, governance and compliance matters. Sources describe him as "a cool negotiator and very accomplished." He has recently represented Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in a data security matter. 

The "extremely knowledgeable and well-regarded" Michael Sexton focuses on representing medical technology and pharmaceutical companies and life sciences venture capital firms in licensing, governance and financing issues.

Significant clients Pfizer, Children's Hospital of Boston, Lifespan, Yale University.

Investment Funds - Massachusetts

What the team is known for A broad industry footprint, representing startup funds as well as major, established entities, with a sizable market share in representing academic spin-offs. The team has significant expertise in working with hybrid funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very smart, very well trained and very diligent." 

"Because of their breadth of practice in this field they're very knowledgeable about what's going on."

Work highlights Advised preeminent investment firm GMO relating to the management and operation of its numerous mutual and hedge funds, including the offering of its European funds in the USA.  

Acted for State Street in its $550 million acquisition of leading hedge fund administrator Goldman Sachs Administration Services.

Notable practitioners  

John Gerstmayr remains at the forefront of the investment management space, with peers marking him out as "a leading individual." Recent work has included acting for Putnam Funds and their independent trustees relating to the introduction of innovative new suites of funds.

John Loder is a highly regarded practitioner and the national co-head of the firm's investment management practice. Clients remark of Loder: "He's very thoughtful and considered. His advice comes through in an accurate but very mild-mannered and balanced fashion."

Gregory Sheehan is a key figure in the investment management group and is described by sources as "a very calm, thoughtful individual who is hugely knowledgeable with great experience and excellent judgment." He is particularly highly praised for his work with mutual funds, and represents the independent trustees of the MFS funds and serves as counsel to the MFS fund mutual fund complex.

Timothy Diggins is an established figure in the market, working extensively with registered funds and sovereign wealth funds. He led the team advising State Street in their $550 million acquisition of Goldman Sachs Administrative Services. He is described by his peers as "a very good lawyer, and a pleasure to work with."

Thomas Hiller is an active figure in the representation of investment advisers and mutual funds. He heads up the team's efforts in providing comprehensive advice and counsel to both GMO and Bracebridge Capital.

Significant clients Putnam Funds, State Street, MFS Funds, Columbia Funds, Natixis Global Asset Management.

Intellectual Property - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Home-grown team with a global reach. Home to a technically skilled patent practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"You get great service, and depth of experience and knowledge from the team."

"The firm has very competent people, and can put together very competent teams."

Work highlights Obtained a summary judgment of noninfringement following a Markman hearing for client PerkinElmer and its subsidiary NTD Labs, leading firms in the development of Down's syndrome screening technology, against competitor Intema.

Represented Genzyme in a $2.9 billion deal with Bayer, covering the acquisition and licensing of the cancer drugs Campath, Fludara and Leukine.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Kelly is a strong strategic patent practitioner. He works extensively with companies protecting intellectual property related to drug delivery devices, and has a technical background in hardware and software design. Sources describe him as "wonderful - charismatic and super-smart."

David McIntosh is highly rated for his superlative work in transactional intellectual property matters. One client describes him as a "smart guy, a pleasure to work with, really patient and very solution-oriented." His active clients include Genzyme, Synageva BioPharma and Skillsoft.

Edward Black is head of intellectual property transactions at the firm, and is highly rated in the field. One client states: "He has a remarkable commercial sensibility. I recommend him wholeheartedly, I wish I could use him for everything!" He represented Nexant in a number of technology acquisitions.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Genzyme, Rovi, Skillsoft, Synageva.

Labor & Employment - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Acclaimed full-service labor and employment group with a strong track record of representing large institutional clients. A prestigious choice for collective bargaining, the group's deep bench also enjoys a distinguished reputation for class action defense, including in relation to sophisticated and complex ERISA and wage and hour claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What I value most is that their lawyers are very knowledgeable. They're smart but also have real-world experience to bring to the table."

"They work very well as a team. They keep each other informed - they're in sync with each other."

What's new? Jeffrey Webb joined the firm in 2013, from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where he held the position of chief of the Fair Labor Division.

Work highlights Represented Fenway Partners in a nationwide wage and hour class action regarding alleged unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work. 

Notable practitioners  

Diane Patrick has an illustrious practice, representing hospitals and colleges at the bargaining table with unions, as well as guiding clients through affirmative action audits. Clients place particular value on her ability to "put forward an argument that's compelling, always with respect for the other side" and note she is "very diplomatic and always has a great response to any issue."

Head of department Peter Ebb "does an excellent job of balancing legal requirements with practical situations," say clients. He continues to be held in high esteem for his wide-ranging labor and employment expertise, which includes an emphasis on collective bargaining.

David Mandel is exalted as "an exceptionally talented and knowledgeable negotiator" who is "strategically one of the best." Mandel's expertise ranges from collective bargaining to business immigration and defense of wage and hour claims, and he is also seen as a go-to choice for arbitration.

Significant clients Partners Healthcare Systems, Jordan Hospital, TPG Capital, Planet Fitness Holdings, Westfield Capital Management.

Litigation - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Esteemed for handling sophisticated and high-profile litigation, with an emphasis on securities, shareholder, corporate governance and data privacy matters. Admired for its broad market expertise pertaining to the financial services industry, as well as notable proficiency acting for pharmaceuticals and life sciences clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their lawyers are a very reliable bunch. It's easy to call them and I find them all to be fantastic."

"I'm very pleased. I feel I get a very high level of service and responsiveness. They pay attention to what I'm looking for." 

Work highlights Obtained a complete defense verdict for Goldman Sachs in a jury trial concerning allegations of professional negligence relating to the sale of speech recognition technology company Dragon Systems to Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products.

Acted for Patricia Cornwell in securing a $50.9 million jury verdict against business management firm Anchin in a case concerning breach of fiduciary duties.

Notable practitioners  

John Donovan continues to be an indomitable presence in securities and commercial litigation, handling high-profile bet-the-company matters, including SEC and shareholder class actions. Peers summarize Donovan’s unparalleled market standing by calling him "one of the preeminent corporate lawyers in the country."

Securities expert Randall Bodner is highlighted by market sources as "really one of the top people" handling complex commercial matters. He represented Keith Cowan in a high-profile dispute between shareholders of Demoulas Super Markets.

Joshua Levy continues to impress as an "exceptionally smart and talented courtroom lawyer" handling white-collar defense work and sophisticated civil litigation. He acted for Stryker in relation to a whistle-blower False Claims Act suit.

The “fantastic” Joan Lukey maintains her spectacular reputation, and led on the firm’s headline-grabbing representation of Patricia Cornwell. Contemporaries describe Lukey as "wonderful in court and great at client management."

The "absolutely fearless" Joan McPhee is a white-collar and civil litigation expert lauded as “a brilliant legal mind and a tactical strategist.” She acted on behalf of Kurt Mix, the first individual to be indicted in relation to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Brien O'Connor handles complex white-collar matters, and represented Pfizer in the negotiation of resolutions of criminal and civil investigations. O’Connor is lauded by peers as “the very best in town.”

Robert Jones is renowned for his securities litigation work. One client who has enjoyed working with him affirmed: "He did a superlative job - absolutely fabulous work." Jones represented State Street Bank in defense of claims of securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty brought by German bank BayernLB.

Harvey Wolkoff continues to handle a range of cases including consumer class actions, data privacy, business fraud and litigation arising out of M&A. Clients have deemed Wolkoff “fantastic from the very first meeting.”  

The "wonderful" John Montgomery is a veteran commercial litigator, with unrivaled trial and appeal experience. Montgomery remains active in public interest matters.

Significant clients State Street Bank, Pfizer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, OTK Associates, LoJack.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Giants of the Boston buyouts space, with a growing focus on life sciences and technology and supported by an expanding international footprint. Formidable pool of transactional talent known for handling high-value, complex matters for some of the largest global equity funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're great at helping us negotiate terms in a business-savvy way."

"They're very thorough and very pragmatic." 

Work highlights Acted for Bain Capital in its investment in Genpact. The $1 billion deal secured Bain a 30% stake in the Indian outsourcing technology manager.

Advised TPG Capital in the sale of blood collection equipment specialist Fenwal to Fresenius Kabi in a transaction worth $1.1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Newcomb Stillwell acts as co-managing partner of the Boston office and has a wealth of experience in the private equity field. Recent work includes representing Bain in its purchase of a 30% stake in Genpact.

Head of department Alfred Rose is praised as "an extremely strategic thinker" and peers note that he is "always the smartest guy in the room." His broad private equity practice incorporates a particular strength in leveraged buyouts.

The highly regarded William Shields continues to augment an impressive practice, leading a number of large deals this year, including representing TPG Capital in the acquisition of Par Pharmaceutical Companies in a $1.9 billion leveraged buyout. Shields's private equity expertise complements his wider corporate work.

The "phenomenal" Julie Jones's reputation continues to grow. She is extremely well regarded by her peers in the Boston private equity market, combining deep securities knowledge with M&A strategy and transactional skills.

Managing partner David Chapin maintains a strong presence in the buyouts market. Clients remark that he "cuts to the chase in a thoughtful and meaningful manner."

Bradford Malt remains a highly regarded name in the private equity field whose deep experience is widely acclaimed by peers.

Significant clients Bain Capital, TPG Capital, Welsh Carson, Berkshire Partners, Kohlberg & Co.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Distinguished Boston bedrock with a long-established reputation as a market leader in investment funds. Experience with the full range of fund categories and asset classes, and is particularly well equipped to tackle the proliferation of industry regulations thanks to a solid regulatory practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"Ropes has the ability to think in a business and strategic way that makes them very sophisticated."

"They're very practical and have good judgment in areas of prioritization." 

What's new? New clients include private equity fund sponsors CSL Capital Management, FdG Associates, Union Park Capital and Webster Capital Management. 

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs Asset Management in a range of private equity and venture fund matters, notably organizing template funds for their fund of funds and secondary funds business in connection with Goldman Sachs becoming a bank holding company.

Advised Castanea Partners in connection with ongoing investment fund matters including fundraising and organizational structure. Recent matters also include fundraising for the client's fourth fund, seeking capital commitments of more than $500 million.  

Notable practitioners  

Ann Milner is well regarded for her "even-keeled nature," which clients value during negotiations with investors. Milner has recently acted for Thomas H Lee Partners in relation to fund-raising for its seventh fund.

"Trusted adviser" Larry Jordan Rowe is described as "cool, calm and collected," and is praised for being "deeply knowledgeable, careful and creative." Rowe's clients this year have included Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Harvard University.

Brett Robbins has recently advised Makena Capital and Harvard University, and is highly rated by clients. His practice emphasises stucturing and anaylsis of business transactions and investment arrangements.

Co-head of the firm's private investment funds group John Ayer has recently acted as counsel to Castanea Partners, HGGC and Thomas H Lee Partners. Clients remark that Ayer "puts the client first, is timely in interactions and provides the highest-quality advice."

Significant clients Bain Capital, TPG Capital, PIMCO, Nordic Capital, RRJ Capital.

Real Estate - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Continues to engage in sophisticated real estate transactional and investment work, with a strong corporate element. Distinguished international platform of private equity expertise, attracting high-end investment management clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extremely effective - one of the best groups I've worked with."

"They're excellent. These folks always work very hard, and they have assembled a good team to handle the matters that come in, often with very short timeframes."

Work highlights Advised Kohlberg & Company in connection to real estate elements of its proposed acquisition of Steinway Musical Instruments.

Acted for AstraZeneca's subsidiary, Stauffer Management, defending natural resource damage claims connected with its Woburn-located Superfund site.

Notable practitioners  

The "incredibly competent" Walter McCabe offers comprehensive real estate investment and financing guidance. Clients single him out for his effective negotiating skills, and extol him as an "incredibly deep thinker and incredibly detail-focused, particularly in difficult transactions, which is a huge asset."

Richard Gordet is revered by sources for being "very hard-working, incredibly bright and a strategic thinker." He has represented numerous higher education institutions in real estate transactions. Clients appreciate his concern for their needs, with one noting that he "cares deeply about the organization, and is always looking out for our best interests."

The "incredibly quick and thoughtful" Marc Lazar is making waves in the marketplace and impressing peers with his real estate financing and investment expertise. He has handled work for Kohlberg & Company and is praised by clients for being "incredibly commercial - he gets to the point quickly and is good at looking two steps ahead."

Significant clients Bain Capital, Davis Street Properties, Novavax, PIMCO, Strategic Value Partners.

Tax - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Commands great respect for its work in taxation issues at federal, state and international levels. Maintains a fine track record in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, tax planning and tax controversies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service they provide is excellent - they are extremely knowledgeable of the securities industry."

"They get back to you so quickly." 

Work highlights Advised Bain Capital in its acquisition of a 30% stake in Genpact for the value of $1 billion.

Advised Biogen Idec on the tax elements of its $3.25 billion acquisition of a stake held by Elan in TYSABRI, a treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Notable practitioners  

Kimberly Cohen maintains her reputation for excellence in the field of estate planning, acting for a raft of high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and private equity partners. 

The "incisive and practical" Eric Elfman offers an impressive depth of representation on corporate tax issues, with a focus on acquisitions, restructurings, financings and mergers. His recent clients include Madison Dearborn Partners and Becton Dickinson.

The highly regarded Susan Johnston enjoys an outstanding reputation for handling taxation issues faced by regulated investment companies. She elicits particular praise for her responsiveness and for her handling of the most technical aspects of tax law.

Rom Watson works with a broad range of corporate entities and investment funds, specializing in international tax issues. He counts Bain Capital among his key clients. 

Christopher Leich heads Ropes's tax and benefits department and advises clients both on the taxation of private investment funds, and on federal tax implications of the acquisition of public and private companies. He has recently counseled TPG and Immucor, among others.

Lorry Spitzer's practice is focused on the taxation of nonprofit organizations, with a specialty in universities, colleges and healthcare organizations. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in special tax provisions and the tax implications of joint ventures with for-profit organizations.  

Brett Robbins concentrates his practice on tax-exempt organizations, hedge and private equity funds, and international tax issues. Sources praise him as "knowledgeable and easy to work with." His recent clients include CV Starr and Starr International.

Significant clients TPG Capital, Thomas H Lee Partners, Berkshire Partners, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston. 

What the team is known for Noted for its proficiency advising on an array of high-value leveraged finance transactions for a mix of borrower clients, and leading private equity firms in particular. Leveraged buyouts continue to be a key area of expertise, and it has recently developed strength in mezzanine debt and direct lending, as alternative debt capital sources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find them to be very user-friendly, very clear and very thoughtful. They understand the business implications of the legal decisions, and they're also very creative."

"They're incredibly responsive, very current on what is state of the art in the market and very good to work with."

Work highlights Acted for Bain Capital in connection with a $300 million margin loan, used to purchase approximately 30% of Genpact's shares.

Represented Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, and its portfolio company, Transfirst Holdings, on the repricing of Transfirst's existing credit facilities. 

Notable practitioners  

Commentators describe Jay Kim as "very unassuming and disarming," with "a very good understanding of how legal issues impact the business decisions." He specializes in domestic and cross-border leveraged finance transactions. 

Thomas Draper represents both lenders and borrowers in a broad range of financings, including asset-based loans. He receives praise from interviewees for being "practical and commercial in his approach."

Significant clients Berkshire Partners, H.I.G. Capital, Altamont Capital, Blackstone Group, Thomas H Lee Partners.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Noted for its distressed acquisitions work, representing purchasers of assets out of bankruptcy including private equity funds. Often represents official or ad hoc committees of key creditors, particularly in the energy and healthcare sectors. A growing debtor-side practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are smart people, creative and extremely thorough." 

"They are great on complex issues, among only a handful of creditor firms that are particularly adept at doing high-quality work."

Work highlights Acted for an ad hoc group of investors holding residential mortgage-backed securities issued by subsidiaries of bankrupt mortgage lender ResCap in an $8.7 billion pre-petition settlement. The firm also negotiated a plan of bankruptcy to see through the terms of the RMBS settlement.

Represented the Executive Benefits Insurance Agency before the US Supreme Court in a precedent-setting case on the power of bankruptcy courts under Article III of the Constitution to exercise judicial power by consent of the litigants.

Notable practitioners  

Clients regard Mark Bane as a "very good lawyer who brings good business acumen to the issues he is working on." He represents debtor companies and creditors' committees in bankruptcy and restructuring matters, with a focus on acting for private equity funds.

Significant clients Bain Capital, York Capital Management, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, Wilmington Trust, Wells Fargo.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise representing issuers, private equity firms and underwriters on an array of transactions. Strong profile for its work in the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find the quality across the board is really good."

Work highlights Advised The TJX Companies on a senior unsecured notes offering with a value of $500 million.

Represented Taylor Morrison Home on its $628 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

The practice is headed by key contacts Paul Kinsella and Patrick O'Brien.

Significant clients Dunkin’ Brands, Bright Horizons, Avaya, Liberty Global, Michael's Stores.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston and New York.

What the team is known for Recognized name in the national M&A market, with particular expertise in private equity, healthcare and financial services matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A law firm for private equity folks. They've got it all: great IP, financing, tax, great deal experience and international offices." 

"Extremely experienced team and a very commercial outlook." 

What's new? Madison Dearborn Partners is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for the special committee of Cole Credit Property Trust II in connection with the REIT's $7.4 billion merger with Spirit Realty Capital.

Advised Johnson & Johnson on its $1 billion acquisition of small molecule drug delivery company Aragon Pharmaceuticals.

Notable practitioners

Jane Goldstein is co-head of the M&A group and a key contact.

Significant clients Biogen Idec, Pfizer, China Everbright, Becton Dickinson and Company, EMCOR Group.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Highly skilled in negotiating employment and severance agreements, as well as designing and implementing deferred compensation and other benefits plans. Also has expertise in counseling in connection with ERISA-related issues as well as retirement incentive plans.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive and fantastic. They've done a fantastic job and I would highly recommend them."

"They have provided excellent advice and guidance." 

Work highlights Advised private equity investment firm Madison Dearborn Partners in compensation, benefits, and ERISA fiduciary matters relating to its acquisition of National Financial Partners. 

Continued to represent The TJX Companies in a range of benefits and compensation matters, including its $200 million acquisition of Sierra Trading Post.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Zorn has acted for Bain Capital, advising on executive compensation and employee benefits matters connected to acquisitions. One very impressed client affirmed that Zorn is "tremendous! Jonathan is thoughtful and brilliant, and has provided very practical advice."

Peter Rosenberg is an expert in ERISA and employee benefits, and is well recognized for the depth of his Title I fiduciary practice. His client base includes Allianz Asset Management of America, Babson Capital and PIMCO, and one impressed interviewee said that "he provides very realistic advice and we're very happy working with him."

Significant clients TPG Capital, Bain Capital, State Street, Green Mountain Coffee, Biogen Idec.

Healthcare - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Demonstrates strength across a diverse spread of litigation, transactional and regulatory matters in the healthcare arena, while housing particular skill in data security and privacy work. Represents an expanding client base which includes nonprofit hospitals, academic medical centers and private equity companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great team of attorneys who provide excellent service to our organization and help us develop strategies to achieve our goals."

Work highlights Acted for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in relation to a class action lawsuit alleging patient identity theft.

Represented the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in a government investigation related to Medicare claims.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Stephen Warnke concentrates his practice on enforcement and regulatory issues. He advises his clients on the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as the Stark and Anti-Kickback statutes. One commentator noted: "I was impressed with his knowledge and expertise."

The "brilliant" Thomas Bulleit is noted for being "an expert in Stark Law" and advises a number of healthcare entities on reimbursement matters, regulatory coverage and compliance. He operates from the firm's Washington, DC office.

Michele Garvin is well known for her work representing clients such as physician groups and academic medical centers. She possesses deep expertise in regulatory and compliance matters and healthcare transactions such as joint ventures and acquisitions. Sources state that she is "very helpful in assisting with regulatory issues."

Significant clients Partners HealthCare System, Pfizer, CareFusion Corporation, Heartland Dental, Johns Hopkins Health Systems.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, East Palo Alto, New York, Illinois, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Patent litigation strength on the East and West Coasts, as well as an extensive and sophisticated prosecution practice. Also offers experience in handling the treatment of IP assets in major transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We are very pleased with their service and professionalism, and they have established a relationship with us that makes us feel as if we are a very valued client."

"A high level of performance throughout the litigation. They provide practical advice which is in our best interests as a client."

Work highlights Represented SAP America and SAP AG in a combination of court and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings against Versata Software in a multiple-patent dispute.

Representing Purdue Pharma in a series of actions to enforce patent exclusivity for its pain medication, OxyContin, against generic versions.

Notable practitioners  

New York-based Bradford Badke is a leading IP litigator. 

Significant clients Bayer HealthCare, Fujitsu, LG Electronics, Pfizer, SAS Institute.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston.

What the team is known for Buttressed by its strength in the registered fund area, the hedge fund team is particularly adept advising on the complex and rapidly changing regulatory world. Strong transactional practice, representing clients in matters such as proxy contests and special situations transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They represent general partners, limited partners, as well as large institution clients, which means they have a good sense of the market for fund terms."

"The strength of the bench is good, they have some real experts they can pull in when needed."

Work highlights Advised Blackstone on the formation of its Strategic Alliance funds and the subsequent seed investments in a number of hedge funds.

Continues to advise PIMCO on hedge fund formation, including funds focused on distressed debt and distressed senior credit.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Davidoff is "a very practical lawyer who understands the business side of the industry," say sources. Sarah is admired by peers and clients alike, with one source noting her "diverse experience in a range of projects."

Laurel FitzPatrick is praised for being "very knowledgeable and practical" as well as "a good adviser who we can go to when we need to know what is going on in the industry."

Leigh Fraser "has a broad depth of experience with derivatives, which complements her ability to give thoughtful and helpful analysis and advice," say sources.

Significant clients Neuberger Berman, Bracebridge Capital, Commonfund Asset Management, UBS Wealth Management Americas, Schroders.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, New York and Silicon Valley.

What the team is known for Advising investors, including asset managers and sovereign wealth funds. Standout strength on the regulatory side.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Fine investor-side counsel."

Work highlights Representing Thomas H. Lee Partners in the formation of its seventh buyout fund.

Advised Goldman Sachs Asset Management on setting up a template fund for its secondaries and fund of funds work.

Notable practitioners  

Ann Milner is recommended for her "even-keeled approach when negotiating with investors." Sources note that she is a lawyer of the "highest quality."

Sources praise Larry Jordan Rowe as "cool, calm and collected" as well as "deeply knowledgeable, careful and creative." He regularly advises investors, both institutional and independent, on their private equity investments.

Raj Marphatia is praised for his knowledge of the private equity sphere, with sources describing him as "extremely good" and "very visible" in the market.

Significant clients Bain Capital, TPG Capital, PIMCO, Nordic Capital, RRJ Capital.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Represents the most prominent funds in the industry as well as their independent directors. Its coverage in the area is comprehensive and includes traditional registered funds as well as more recent products.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Ropes has the most substantial practice, with a huge number of lawyers and clients."

"They are always a step ahead of us in suggesting things we should do. We really cannot imagine using anybody else." 

Work highlights Advised on the IPO of the DoubleLine Income Solutions Fund, with the closed-end bond fund raising $2.3 billion.

Representation of asset management firm, Schroders. Recently advised on equity and alternative mutual funds.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" John Loder is a "highly skilled and talented lawyer." He is praised by clients for bringing a wealth of experience to bear and for his good judgment on complex issues.

Bryan Chegwidden is a "really talented lawyer" and a "real expert on the laws and regulations." Clients single out his expertise in auditing and compliance.

Gregory Sheehan is highly praised by sources, with a number singling him out to be an "excellent lawyer." His clients include NexPoint, for whom he recently obtained a shelf registration statement.

John Gerstmayr "has phenomenal business judgment" and is considered a very talented representative of independent trustees.

Significant clients Cohen & Steers, Pyxis Capital, Allianz Global Investors, Blackstone, Stone Harbor Investment Partners.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A highly sophisticated corporate team, handling an array of major M&A and transactions. Noted for its impressively holistic understanding of the life sciences industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a tremendous level of expertise in M&A, as well as very complex licensing and partnering deals."

"They know the industry, they know the players, and they understand the interaction between manufacturing, IP and regulatory issues."

Work highlights Advised Johnson & Johnson on its acquisition of Aragon Pharmaceuticals, which has secured the rights to Aragon's second generation prostate cancer drug, ARN-509.

Represented Cubist Pharmaceuticals in its merger agreement with Optimer Pharmaceuticals, valued at around $801 million. In addition to this, the team was involved in Cubist's signing of a definitive agreement to purchase Trius Therapeutics for around $818 million.

Notable practitioners  

Marc Rubenstein is a well-known figure in the corporate team, and recently represented Acceleron Pharmaceuticals in its $96.7 million IPO.

Geoffrey Davis operates out of the firm's Boston office, and specializes in corporate partnering and licensing work for major pharmaceutical companies. Peers praise the "terrific level of sophistication" that he brings to his work.

Steven Wilcox is an established corporate practitioner who works on M&A, licensing and corporate financing transactions for his clients. He is based in the firm's Boston office.

Significant clients Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Biogen Idec, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Acceleron Pharmaceuticals.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Substantial experience dealing with major security breach incidents and a leader in the field since representing TJX in one of the most highly publicized data breaches in US history. Strong litigation team with particular expertise defending high-profile corporations in large-scale consumer class actions and regulatory investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"What we value most is the accuracy, feasibility and timeliness of the service rendered."

"They have been extremely responsive and have shown sensitivity toward fees."

Work highlights Represented Genesco in a first-of-its-kind claim against Visa that sought to recover $13 million in fines wrongfully collected by Visa from banks Genesco used to process Visa transactions.

Represented Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in the settlement of an enforcement action by the Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. The action related to the loss of a laptop containing unencrypted health information.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Meal is a "best in class litigator" who is well known among peers for representing TJX in a series of cases arising from a substantial data breach in 2006. Sources universally praise his advocacy skills and say that "he has a terrific way of distilling extremely difficult issues into smaller pieces without being preachy."

Significant clients Wyndham Hotels, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Pfizer, Stanford University, Heartland Dental Care.

Private Equity - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston and New York.

What the team is known for Diverse practice supporting a mix of blue-chip and midmarket private equity clients. Particularly active in healthcare and life science-related deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"With Ropes you get attention from their senior partners, who provide good-quality legal counsel." 

"It is a spectacular practice with really good lawyers. They have real depth and the team is very collaborative." 

Work highlights Advised Madison Dearborn in relation to its go-private purchase of National Financial Partners in a deal worth $1.3 billion.

Worked buy-side on the $2 billion acquisition of Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks by Berkshire Partners

Notable practitioners  

Alfred Rose is, according to sources, an "extremely strategic thinker" and "always the smartest guy in the room." Clients appreciate his experience, with one saying: "There is nothing that happens in a private equity deal that Al has not seen."

Clients note that David Chapin has "commercial pragmatism in spades." He is praised further because "he does not get bogged down with silly points and raises key and critical issues."

Newcomb Stillwell is recommended as someone who provides sage advice. One source hails him as "fantastic and at the top of the market."

Julie Jones brings a "genuine, constructive and non-arrogant approach" to deals. Sources note her "extreme commercial-mindedness" and "unique combination of deep securities knowledge and transactional strategy."

Othon Prounis focuses on advice relating to leveraged buyouts and other private equity transactions. He recently advised Centerbridge Partners on its $1.4 billion sale of Satélites Mexicanos to Eutelsat.

Bradford Malt is a leading figure in the private equity market and is well known for his transactional expertise.

Significant clients Bain Capital, TPG Capital, Welsh Carson, Altamont Capital, H.I.G. Capital.

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Boston.

What the team is known for A proficient securities litigation team headquartered in Boston made up of a team of skilled litigators. Retains its reputation for strength in matters pertaining to the mutual fund and investment practice space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The attorneys I work with there are real thought leaders. They provide me with legal analysis and have a practical approach to our business and when negotiating transactions.

Work highlights Successfully defended Goldman Sachs against allegations of negligence brought against it by the principal shareholders of Dragon Systems in connection with Dragon's merger with the subsequently bankrupt Lernout & Hauspie.

Successfully won a motion to dismiss a securities fraud class action complaint for Biomimetic Therapeutics, brought following an announcement that FDA process developments may affect the likelihood of approval being granted to its flagship product.  

Notable practitioners  

Boston-based John Donovan is recognized for his "absolutely superlative work" in a wide range of securities litigation matters. Areas of excellence include securities class actions and M&A litigation.

Securities litigator Randall Bodner is considered to be one of Massachusetts's strongest practitioners, and has a solid nationwide presence. He recently handled a significant securities fraud class action on behalf of Biomimetic.

Significant clients Proshare Advisors, Columbia Laboratories, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Genzyme, The Timberland Company.

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Provides tax advice to a wide range of clients, from hedge funds to tax-exempt organizations. Has expertise in relation to joint ventures, workout agreements, spin-offs and reorganizations, among other things. Much of its transactional work includes a cross-border element.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Very helpful and knowledgeable."  

"The service they provide is excellent - and they are extremely knowledgeable of the securities industry."

Work highlights Advised Liberty Global on debt financing tax issues relating to its $23.3 billion purchase of Virgin Media.

Advised State Street on its acquisition of Goldman Sachs Administration Services for $550 million.

Notable practitioners

Boston-based Christopher Leich is head of the tax department.

Significant clients Bain Capital; TPG Capital; Thomas H. Lee Partners; Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe; Berkshire Partners.

Wealth Management - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Boston.

What the team is known for Strong relationships with leading private equity houses, attracting a significant amount of planning and investment work for funds and their principals. Growing focus on international estate planning, representing foreign nationals moving to the USA.

Work highlights Assists Harvard University with its charitable trust and planned giving matters.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Marc Bloostein "is very adept technically and helps us in an area that keeps changing." He often represents investment funds and their principals.

Martin Hall is a leading figure in the private client group. He has more than two decades' experience of representing clients in estate planning and charitable giving matters.

Significant clients Bain Capital, TPG Capital, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, State Street Global Advisors, Harvard University.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

What the team is known for Strong lender and purchaser practice with a particular strength in litigation. Handles representations of clients in distressed M&A transactions. Also assists numerous creditor and bondholder committees, trustees and loan agents in connection with breaches of fiduciary duty, fraudulent conveyance and preference issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are smart people - creative and extremely thorough." 

"A strong practice that's great on complex issues."

Work highlights Acting for an ad hoc group of senior noteholders, with senior unsecured notes worth over $2.8 billion, in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Edison Mission Energy. 

Continues to represent the CSC Trust Company of Delaware, as indenture trustee in the Chapter 11 Cengage Leaning case.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Wofford is described by interviewees as "obviously smart." He has impressed sources, who state: "It's a rarity to find someone like him, who gets the business side of things," and who "gets to the heart of a matter quickly."  He has recently handled work for an ad hoc group of RMBS holders in the Residential Capital case, negotiating a settlement to get recoveries for investors.

Mark Bane is "very bright and a very good strategist," and he receives recognition for his work with hedge funds and investment firms. His practice involves advising funds holding equity in distressed businesses and those seeking to purchase distressed assets and companies. He has particular expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Mark Somerstein is praised for "consistently demonstrating a mastery of all the substantive areas of bankruptcy law" and for being "very practical and strategic in his thinking." He has experience in advising indenture trustees in bankruptcy matters. 

Significant clients Bain Capital, Wells Fargo, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, American Industrial Partners, York Capital Management.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for National firm with a well-regarded New York M&A group advising private and public companies. Particularly known for its strength in private equity and life sciences representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Consistently very good-quality legal work. Very high-quality professionals and, importantly, very responsive."

"In pharmaceuticals and life sciences they have a very, very strong practice." 

What's new New clients include American Industrial Partners and Madison Dearborn.

Work highlights Acted for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and Borealis Infrastructure on the approximately $1.5 billion sale of Express-Platte Pipeline System.

Represented Centerbridge Partners in the $1.4 billion sale of Satélites Mexicanos.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Goldstein is co-head of the M&A group and a key contact.

Significant clients TPG Capital, State Street, H.I.G. Capital, NFL, Green Mountain Energy.

Healthcare - New York

What the team is known for Admired for its deep-rooted dedication to the healthcare space, performing consistently at the top end of the market across a range of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. Provides significant expertise in areas such as False Claims Act investigations, enforcement matters and privacy work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very knowledgeable with healthcare law, and are experienced and tremendously responsive."

Work highlights Acted for North Shore-LIJ Health System in relation to a class action suit brought against it alleging instances of identify theft.

Acted for Amida Care in relation to the extension of its partnership with Beacon Health Strategies and the regulatory matters surrounding this transaction.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Warnke remains an extremely popular choice who is recognized as "an ardent advocate for his clients" and someone whose "guidance has always been excellent." He is regarded as an expert in compliance and regulatory matters, regularly advising on matters related to Medicare and Medicaid and fraud and abuse issues.

Brett Friedman is a highly regarded associate who is identified by commentators as a rising star at the practice. He possesses notable skill in fraud and abuse matters, government audits and Medicare and Medicaid regulations.

Significant clients Pfizer, IASIS Healthcare, Westchester Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, Lutheran HealthCare and Lutheran Medical Center.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Comprehensive and high-powered IP practice which spans patent litigation, transactions and prosecution, and trademarks and copyright law. The group is also experienced in heavyweight ITC Section 337 proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Phenomenal patent litigators." 

"Their expertise and experience are hard to beat." 

Work highlights Representing Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solution in a number of related district court and ITC actions against Microsoft, the latter alleging the client had breached its reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms (RAND) obligations by offering Microsoft a license for two portfolios of standard-essential patents.

Acting for Purdue Pharma against a number of would-be generic manufacturers seeking to market and develop treatments analogous to Oxycontin. Purdue contends this would infringe patents relating to a new formulation of the blockbuster painkiller.

Notable practitioners  

Jesse Jenner is "a legendary figure in the patent litigation space," and has all-but unrivaled experience and expertise in leading complex, high-value patent infringement actions. He is particularly adept at cases involving electronics, semiconductors and mechanical engineering.

Bradford Badke is a seasoned patent litigator with a track record of success in the biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals spheres. He is a go-to for Abbreviated New Drug Application litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

James Haley has more than three decades of experience filing, enforcing and procuring patents for market-leading clients in the life sciences sector. He has recently worked on matters for Genzyme, Pfizer and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Significant clients Alcatel-Lucent, Bayer HealthCare, LG Electronics, SAP.

Litigation - New York

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Tax - New York

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