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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 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

•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

•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

•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

•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


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