Jennifer A. Rikoski

Partner

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  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2006; Editor, The Tax Lawyer
  • MPA, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 2006
  • BA (Government), magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 2000; Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Sigma Nu; Pi Sigma Alpha

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 2006
  • Legal 500 (2016-2017)
  • PAIR Project Outstanding Achievement Award, 2010
  • Deborah Levi Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2009

Jennifer A. Rikoski

Partner

Jennifer Rikoski joined Ropes & Gray in 2006 practicing in the tax & benefits and sports law departments. Jenny focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits. Her practice includes representing public company and private equity clients in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, structuring management equity arrangements, negotiating employment and severance agreements, and advising on deferred compensation and other incentive programs. Jenny has also successfully represented more than two dozen refugees and asylum-seekers on a pro-bono basis and regularly lectures and leads trainings on immigration law and policy.

Experience

  • Represented Pfizer in its acquisition of Hospira for approximately $17 billion.
  • Represented Bain Capital in its investment in TOMS Shoes and its acquisitions of TI Automotive and Blue Coat Systems.
  • Represented The Michaels Companies, Inc. in its initial public offering.
  • Regularly represents Becton Dickinson in acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Represented Charlesbank Capital in its acquisition of HDT Finance.
  • Represented Madison Dearborn Partners in its going-private acquisition of National Financial Partners for approximately $1.3 billion.
  • Represented TPG Capital in the $3 billion acquisition of J. Crew.
  • Represented Altamont Capital in its investment HUF Worldwide.
  • Represented Thomas H. Lee Partners in its $1.1 billion acquisition of inVentiv Health, Inc. and several add-on acquisitions.
  • Represented Timberland Company in its $2.23 billion sale to V.F. Corporation.
  • Regularly represents Kohlberg & Co. in private equity transactions, including the acquisition of Centerplate, Centerplate’s acquisitions of John Harvard’s Brew House Inc. and Boston Culinary Group, the sale of Centerplate, the merger of Central Parking with Standard Parking, the sale of Phillips Medisize, and the sale of Packaging Dynamics.
  • Regularly advises Kohlberg & Co. and its portfolio companies on equity, employment, and ERISA matters.
  • Regularly represents college basketball coaches and athletic directors in negotiating employment agreements and deferred compensation arrangements.
  • Regularly represents refugees, asylum-seekers and others seeking pro-bono immigration assistance from countries around the world, including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Colombia, and El Salvador.

Publications

  • Jennifer Rikoski and Jonathan Finer, “Out of Iraq: The U.S. Legal Regime Governing Iraqi Refugee Resettlement,”Rutgers L. Rec., Vol. 34, Spring 2009
  • Jonathan Finer and Jennifer Rikoski, “Stuck in Syria With No Way Home,”The Washington Post, op-ed, June 1, 2008
  • “Reform but Preserve the Federal Tax Deduction for Charitable Contributions of Historic Façade Easements,” The Tax Lawyer, Vol. 59, No. 2, Winter 2006