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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
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  • 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 Asia, Europe and North America. The firm’s network of over 1,100 lawyers and professionals provides the highest-quality legal advice for clients most critical legal and business issues.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Private Equity:
• AlpInvest: $819m go-private acquisition of AsiaInfo-Linkage
• Bain Capital: $507m acquisition of Macromill; investment in TOMS Shoes
• Berkshire Partners: acquisition of Catalina Marketing Company
• Centerbridge: $1.4b sale of Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V.
• Madison Dearborn: Multi Packaging Solutions/ Chesapeake Ltd merger
• TPG Capital: $450m investment in Chobani; $394m go-private acquisition of Arden Group
Contact: Al Rose
Tel: 617 951 7372
Email: alfred.rose@ropesgray.com

• Pfizer Inc.: $17b acquisition of Hospira Inc.
• The adidas Group: $280m sale of Rockport shoe business
• Wright Medical: $3.3b merger of equals with Tornier N.V.
• Cubist Pharmaceuticals: $9.1b sale to Merck
• Belden Inc.: $710m acquisition of Tripwire, Inc.
• Entegris, Inc.: $1.1bn acquisition of ATMI Inc.
Contact: Jane Goldstein
Tel: 617 951 7431
Email: jane.goldstein@ropesgray.com
Contact: Jim Lidbury
Tel: 852 3664 6521
Email: james.lidbury@ropesgray.com

• Altice: €7.4 billion acquisition of PT Portugal SGPS, S.A. and other entities that make up the Portugal Telecom Group
• Dunkin’ Brands: $2.6 billion whole-business securitization of Dunkin’ Brands
• Bain Capital: $360 million acquisition of TOMs Shoes
• Altice: Financing for Numericable Group’s $21.9b acquisition of SFR
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:
• Acting for Delaware Trust Company, as indenture trustee and the Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Noteholders in the chapter 11 case of Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC
• Acting for the Ad Hoc Group of Senior Noteholders in the chapter 11 case of Edison Mission Energy
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: Allianz, Ameriprise, Columbia Funds, BlackRock, Deutsche Funds, MFS, Natixis, PIMCO, Putnam
• New entrants: DoubleLine Funds and Stone Harbor Funds, two of the fastest-growing mutual fund complexes and StoneRidge
• ETFs and their sponsors or independent trustees, incl. ProShares, Market Vectors, and JPMorgan
• PaxWorld (first ever ETF conversion into a traditional mutual fund GMO (fund-mergers)
• Launch of “alternative” mutual funds, Deutsche Funds, Naxtis/Alpha Simplex and Loomis Sayles, Sterling Funds
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:
• Significant industry participants: Baupost, Carlyle, Fortress, GMO, and Providence
• Innovative and hybrid products including seeding and accelerator vehicles for clients: Blackstone, PIMCO, and UBS
• Startup hedge fund managers: Archview, Dragoneer, Foxhaven, and Talisman
• Fund of fund managers: Ardian, Commonfund, and Grosvenor
• Diverse regulatory experience including navigating registration and compliance requirements under the Investment Advisers Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, Dodd-Frank derivatives regulation and EU/UK rulemakings such as AIFMD, EMIR and MiFID II
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:
• Pfizer: $17b acquisition of Hospira
• AbbVie: Global collaboration agreement with Infinity Pharmaceuticals for $275m in cash upfront plus milestone payments
• IMS Health: $1.3b IPO
Contact: Greg Levine
Tel: 202 508 4831
Email: gregory.levine@ropesgray.com
Contact: Marc Rubenstein
Tel: 617 951 7826
Email: marc.rubenstein@ropesgray.com

• NSLIJ Health System: Negotiating a long-term, multicenter joint venture with DaVita, one of the largest dialysis companies in the nation
• Madison Dearborn Partners: Acquisition of a majority interest in Walgreen Infusion Services from Walgreen Co.
• Daughters of Charity Health System: Highly strategic and complex sale process of its entire hospital system in collaboration with a global investment bank
• Rady Hospital: Formation of a new genomics research institute that will focus on treatments and cures for childhood diseases
• Governor Juan F Luis Hospital & Medical Center, US Virgin Islands: Avoiding imminent Medicare decertification. In a week, the firm was able to obtain a nine-month extension of termination
• Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center: Pro bono project in which the firm assisted the India Ministry of Health with rewriting national clinical trials regulations
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:
• Cohesive and comprehensive guidance over a full range of IP services, from rights protection and litigation to licensing and transactions.
• Delivers award-winning results across a wide range of industries, including life sciences, technology, retail/consumer, private equity and financial services, and health care and education
• Over 200 lawyers and 40 patent agents/technical advisors with 150+ degrees in science and engineering
• Work in approximately 70 countries and in key US courts, including the ITC, Federal Circuit and the PTAB
• Representative clients: Spansion, Purdue, Motorola Mobility, AstraZeneca PLC, Rovi, TPG
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:
• Pfizer: Successfully negotiated the resolutions of two separate multiyear DOJ criminal and civil investigations into legacy conduct of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which Pfizer acquired in 2009, regarding Wyeth’s preacquisition promotion of the drugs Protonix and Rapamune. The firm also separately negotiated a 42-state AG consumer protection investigation regarding the Rapamune conduct
• Global anti-corruption counsel to a large multinational medical device company in connection with ongoing investigations being conducted by the DOJ, SEC, and other foreign governments into potential violations of anti-corruption and related laws as well as a DOJ- and SEC-appointed corporate compliance monitorship
Contact: Joshua Levy
Tel: 617 951 7281
Email: joshua.levy@ropesgray.com
Contact: Colleen Conry
Tel: 202 508 4834
Email: colleen.conry@ropesgray.com

• Goldman, Sachs & Co: Secured a unanimous jury verdict following a five-week trial in federal court in negligence and fraud allegations claiming $1 billion in damages; affirmed on appeal.
• OTK Associates: Successfully represented investor OTK Associates in its three-month battle for control of Morgans Hotel Group, which pitted OTK’s board nominees against a slate of incumbents led by billionaire Ronald Burkle.
• Keurig Green Mountain: Secured dismissals of three securities class actions alleging accounting improprieties; received SEC notification that it closed a four-year inquiry into related accounting and disclosure matters.
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:
• Target: Representing this retail giant in responding to card brand inquiries stemming from the data security breach announced in December 2013
• Genesco: First-of-its-kind lawsuit challenging noncompliance penalties imposed by a leading payment card brand in the wake of a breach
• Boston Children’s Hospital: Led negotiations with the Attorney General’s Office regarding the scope and terms of a Final Judgment by Consent with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including determination of the settlement amount and corrective action obligations, relating to the loss of an unencrypted laptop containing protected health information
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: Tax matters related to its sale pursuant to an exchange offer and merger with Sanofi-Aventis
• Madison Dearborn Partners: 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

Real Estate:
• Representative clients: Abrams Capital, APG, Baupost, Blackstone, Harvard Management Company, MSREF, Select Income REIT, TPG
• Overview: Real estate investments (direct, JVs, coinvestments, funds including distressed) financings, acquisitions, leasing, environmental
Contact: David Djaha
Email: david.djaha@ropesgray.com
Tel: 212 841 0489

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust
  • Asset Management
  • Business Restructuring
  • Business & Securities Litigation
  • Capital Markets
  • Finance
  • Government Enforcement/FCPA
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Sports
  • Tax & Benefits
  • Wealth Management


  • 1211 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
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  • NY 10036-8704
  • Tel +1 212 596 9000
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  • Website : www.ropesgray.com
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  • Prudential Tower ,
  • 800 Boylston Street,
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  • Fax +1 617 951 7050
  • Email : contactus@ropesgray.com
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