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Firm Profile

Ropes & Gray LLP

Firm Profile

New York

  • Profile
  • 1211 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8704

Firm profile submitted by Ropes & Gray LLP

Chairman: R. Bradford Malt
Managing Partner: David C. Chapin
Number of partners: 300
Number of lawyers: 1,200

Ropes & Gray attorneys focus on the most critical business needs of its clients, across a range of leading legal practices. Its collaborative approach means that its clients have ready access to corporate, litigation, transactional and regulatory attorneys whose knowledge and experience span industries and geographies. The firm is also committed to pro bono service, with 134,000 hours dedicated to underserved communities in 2016.

Market Perception:
The American Lawyer
A-List: 2011–2017

The American Lawyer

Global Legal Awards - M&A (US/ Korea), 2016

Financial Times
North American Innovative Lawyers: 2011–17

Financial Times
-Pacific Innovative Lawyers: 2014, 2016, 2017

Benchmark Litigation
‘Bankruptcy Firm of the Year,’ 2017

The Legal 500 US

- ‘Mutual/Registered Funds Firm of the Year,’ 2015

‘Practice of the Year’
- Privacy: 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
- Appellate: 2015
- Securities: 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
- Private Equity: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017
- White Collar Crime: 2011, 2012
- Asset Management: 2017

Chambers USA
- “Investment Funds Client Service Award” 2017
- “Corporate Crime & Government Investigations Client Service Award” 2016
- “Health Care Firm of the Year” 2015

LMG Life Sciences Awards
- ‘Government Investigations (International) Firm of the Year’ 2014, 2016
- ‘Collaboration Impact Deal of the Year,’ 2016
- ‘M&A Impact Deal of the Year,’ 2015, 2016

Law 360

- ‘Pro Bono Firm of the Year’

National Law Journal

- ‘Pro Bono Hot List, 2017


The team offers top-flight, sophisticated insight in addressing the wide-ranging needs of clients, with a proud record of success in the courtroom and representing clients clearing transactions before US antitrust enforcement agencies.
“They have really highly intelligent people ahead of the turn of the legal current and they think about where the world will be in the coming weeks, months and years.” — Chambers USA

Asset Management:
With leading practices in hedge funds, private investment funds and registered funds, Ropes & Gray is uniquely positioned to offer asset management advice in a constantly shifting investment and regulatory environment.
“Their advice, knowledge and expertise have been phenomenal. In this fast-changing and very complicated arena, they have an excellent ability to provide practical, sensible and logical advice.” — Chambers USA

Business Restructuring:
In bankruptcy cases, insolvencies and distressed situations, attorneys provide superior legal advice and delivers innovative business solutions that uphold clients’ values.
“Coupled with their flawless professionalism is their deep devotion to our case and to us as their client.” — Chambers USA

Business & Securities Litigation:
Global business leaders across industries turn to experienced litigators for creative and successful solutions to sensitive matters and critical disputes.
“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! They are always a step ahead of us in suggesting things we should do. We really cannot imagine using anybody else.” — Chambers USA

The firm’s understanding of market dynamics and deep relationships in the financing community allow clients to focus on the up-side case of their business plans.
‘The ‘exceptional’ team at Ropes & Gray, which has ‘top-notch’ capabilities acting for both borrowers and sponsors, stands out not just for its ‘huge deal flow,’ but also its ability to ‘make things happen’ and ‘drive a great outcome with banks.’— The Legal 500

Government Enforcement:
Attorneys understand business and regulation and help clients preempt, resolve or mitigate the impact of government investigations and enforcement actions.
“Extensive experience in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, fielding a strong team of expert litigators and former prosecutors. Acts on cross-border investigations arising from industries such as healthcare and manufacturing, bolstered by strategic resources in Asia and London.” — Chambers USA

Health Care:
Clients benefit from a deep experience and its intimate knowledge of clients’ industries in the face of tremendous change driven by growing demand, new technologies, shifting business models and intense government scrutiny.
“Outstanding reputation for handling sophisticated healthcare work, including an array of major transactions, government investigations and enforcement actions.” — Chambers USA

Intellectual Property:
Combining a sophisticated understanding of the latest legal developments with cutting-edge technical and scientific matters, the firm’s attorneys offer cohesive and comprehensive guidance on all types of IP matters.
‘The work product from this group is the best I have encountered—innovative and rational in approach, and balanced (understanding our needs and budget).’— US News & World Report – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms

Life Sciences:
The attorneys who make up the global life sciences group understand the unique needs of a wide range of clients in the dynamic life sciences industry.
“A rock star in above-the-fold deals and a go-to for global multinationals. I have a great respect for the practice.” — Chambers USA

Since January 2013, & Gray has represented companies in M&A transactions—many involving cross-border and multijurisdictional issues—with an aggregate value of more than $300 billion.
“They are good, they know how to get deals done and are complete business lawyers.” — Chambers USA

Privacy & Data Security:
Ropes & Gray helps clients navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding litigation and regulatory investigations stemming from data security breaches and alleged data privacy violations.
Continues to be a powerhouse in privacy litigation and breach response work.” — Chambers USA

Private Equity Transactions:
Clients get unsurpassed counsel throughout the transaction life cycle from one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated private equity practices.
“They’re wonderful at running deal processes. We get good legal advice but they are also people that have a business outlook.” — Chambers USA

Real Investments & Transactions:
Drawing on its attorneys’ vast knowledge and experience, Ropes & Gray offers clients the comprehensive range of legal services required to identify opportunities, manage risks and succeed in today’s volatile global real estate market.
‘Ropes & Gray are complete professionals. I trust them with all of my corporate and personal real estate needs. I have been using them for 12 years and have had nothing but positive experiences.’— US News & World Report – Best Lawyers Best Law Firms

Tax & Benefits:
The long-standing representation of clients with dominant market positions has enabled Ropes & Gray to build a comprehensive knowledge base.
“The reason I go to Ropes is for the depth of their experience. I don’t think I’ve ever asked a question that they haven’t already tackled in the past, and I always know the answers I get are substantiated by lots of experience and analysis from other clients.”Chambers USA


  • 1211 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036-8704
  • Tel +1 212 596 9000
  • Fax +1 212 596 9090
  • Website :
  • 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20006-6807
  • Tel +1 202 508 4600
  • Fax +1 202 508 4650
  • Prudential Tower ,
  • 800 Boylston Street,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02199-3600
  • Tel +1 617 951 7000
  • Fax +1 617 951 7050
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 191 North Wacker Drive,
  • 32nd Floor,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606
  • Tel +1 312 845 1200
  • Fax +1 312 845 5500
  • Three Embarcadero Center,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111-4006
  • Tel +1 415 315 6300
  • Fax +1 415 315 6350
  • 1900 University Avenue,
  • 6th Floor,
  • East Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94303-2284
  • Tel +1 650 617 4000
  • Fax +1 650 617 4090