James T. Lidbury




  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law, 1990
  • BA, Northwestern University, 1987


  • Hong Kong, Solicitor, 2015
  • New York, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • Illinois, 1990
  • Member, The Economic Club of Chicago 
  • Member, Illinois Venture Capital Association
  • Staff Attorney in the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance in Washington, D.C. (1992-1994)
  • Legal 500 (2013-2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers & Acquisitions (2008-2018)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2012-2013)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • BTI Consulting Inc., 2008 Super All-Star Team
  • Global Counsel 3000, Chicago’s 25 leading corporate transactional attorneys

James T. Lidbury


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Jim Lidbury is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office and Head of Asian mergers & acquisitions. Prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 2013, Jim was the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. Jim works with clients in all aspects of complex M&A, LBO and corporate governance situations with a particular focus on cross-border transactions involving Greater China and the United States.


  • Represented China Oceanwide in connection with its acquisition of International Data Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, International Data Corporation, IDG Communications and IDG Ventures.
  • Represented Qunar in connection with Ctrip’s acquisition of Baidu’s controlling stake in Qunar. Finalist for “M&A Deal of the Year” for 2016 by ALM China Law and Practice.
  • Representing the special committee of the board of directors of Taomee Holdings Limited in connection with a management-led going private proposal.
  • Representing the independent financial adviser to the special committee of independent directors of NYSE-listed E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc. in connection with its US$380 million management-sponsored take private merger.
  • Represented independent financial adviser to Sears Holdings in connection with the US$2.8 billion transaction to establish Seritage Growth Properties and effect the sale and leaseback of 235 Sears and Kmart stores.
  • Represented Symmetry Medical Inc. in the spin-off of its Symmetry Surgical business and US$450 million sale of its OEM Solutions business to Tecomet Inc., a portfolio company of Genstar Capital. Subsequently represented Symmetry Surgical in its US$140 million leveraged buyout by RoundTable Healthcare Partners.
  • Represented The Blackstone Group in the US$625 million take-private of China-based, NASDAQ-listed Pactera Technology International Ltd.
  • Represented The Blackstone Group in the acquisition of China-based Suzhou Xinrong-Best Medical Instrument Co., Ltd.
  • Advised the Special Committee of Independent Directors of China-based, NASDAQ-listed ChinaEdu Corp. in connection with its privatization by members of the company’s management and McGraw-Hill Education.
  • Advised TPG Growth in connection with the sale of Schiff Nutritional International Inc. to Reckitt Benckiser Group for US$1.4 billion.
  • Represented Gentex Corporation in the US$700 million acquisition of the HomeLink® business from Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Represented Berkshire Partners and Greenbriar Equity Group in the sale of Electro-Motive Diesel to Caterpillar, Inc. for US$820 million.