Vanessa Bateau is an associate in Ropes & Gray's corporate department. Vanessa practices primarily in the firm's private equity group and represents private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with a broad range of transactions, including general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and equity investments matters.
Vanessa previously served as a judicial extern for the Honorable David J. Novak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
While in law school, Vanessa was a senior staff member of the William & Mary Business Law Review, served as career chair and a mentor within the Black Law Students Association, and was a student fellow for the Center for the Study of Law and Markets.
During the seven years prior to law school, Vanessa worked for a top media network in brand creative promotion as the network’s operations and media manager, and witnessed firsthand how the legal and business departments collaborated to ensure compliance with copyright law and content guidelines for on-air, print, and digital platforms.
- Representing FB Debt Financing Guarantor, LLC and certain of its subsidiaries (“Forma Brands”), a builder of top beauty brands including Morphe®, Morphe 2®, Jaclyn Cosmetics®, and Born Dreamer®, in their Chapter 11 cases to address approximately $870 million of funded indebtedness, facilitate a going-concern 363 sale transaction for substantially all assets, and resolve numerous complex licensing and potential litigation issues.
- JD, William & Mary Law School, 2020; Senior Staff Member, Business Law Review
- BA (Film Production), cum laude, Brooklyn College, 2010
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2021