Julie H. Jones
Julie H. Jones has been appointed chair-elect of Ropes & Gray and will become chair of the firm effective January 1, 2020.
Clients rely on Julie’s business acumen and deep knowledge of transactional strategy. A member of Ropes & Gray’s policy committee, Julie served as head of the firm’s securities and public companies group from 2006 to 2011. She has been consistently ranked at the top of her field. One of The American Lawyer’s prestigious “45 Under 45,” she was named 2017’s “Corporate Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America.
Julie is one of the world’s leading private equity attorneys. Her practice focuses on representing private investment funds and public companies in their most critical business initiatives and transactions, including acquisitions, minority investments, public financings, investment exits and liquidity events. Drawing on her background in securities laws and fiduciary duties requirements, she also counsels clients on a wide range of compliance and governance issues.
Her ability to bring a unique combination of skills to bear on complex, high-profile matters led Chambers to comment, “She can get down into the nitty-gritty and go head to head with the nerdiest, but she can also step back and be a field general for the client, seeing the big picture. She covers both the micro and the macro, and has a wonderful demeanor.” Chambers goes on to recognize her “genuine, constructive and non-arrogant approach,” which has helped solidify close and lasting relationships with private equity clients such as TPG Capital, Silver Lake Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners, and public company clients such as AMG, The Hanover Insurance Group, LPL Financial, J. Crew and Party City.
Over the course of her career, she has led multibillion-dollar deal teams, prompting clients to describe her as a “preternaturally cool-headed negotiator.” She has guided blockbuster deals across multiple industries, including retail (TPG Capital’s acquisition of J. Crew), life sciences (Thomas H. Lee Partners’ acquisition of inVentiv Health) and technology (TPG Capital’s acquisition from Intel of McAfee Security Unit).
Julie is a member of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and a frequent speaker on securities law matters for various other professional organizations.
- Represented IASIS Healthcare in its sale to Steward Health Care, creating the largest private for-profit hospital operator in the United States.
- Represented TPG in its investment in Etsy, Inc.
- Represented TPG in its $4.2 billion acquisition from Intel of McAfee Security Unit.
- Represented TPG in its acquisition of Beaver-Visitec International, a leading provider of specialized surgical devices.
- Represented Petco, a leading pet specialty retailer, in its sale to CVC Capital Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
- Represented TPG in the sale of Par Pharmaceuticals to Endo International.
- Represented Thomas H. Lee Partners in its $750 million acquisition of Curo Health Services, a leading hospice care provider.
- Represented TPG in its acquisition of Arden Group.
- Represented Party City Holdings Inc., a portfolio company of Thomas H. Lee Partners, in its IPO and its acquisition of NYSE listed iParty Corp.
- Represented TPG in its investment in Advent Software, Inc.
- Represented Taylor Morrison, one of the largest public homebuilders in North America, in its IPO.
- Representing Avaya, Inc. in its $1.5 billion bond exchange offer and its proposed IPO.
- Represented LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer network, in its $522 million IPO. The IPO is believed to be the largest U.S. IPO of 2010 for a private equity portfolio company.
- Represented TPG in the $3 billion acquisition of J. Crew Group, Inc., a leading American clothing retailer.
- Represented Thomas H. Lee Partners in its $1.1 billion acquisition of inVentiv Health, Inc., a pharmaceutical services provider.
- Featured, “Julie Jones, First Woman to Chair Ropes & Gray, Talks Empowerment & Collaboration,” Boston Bar Association “Voices of the Bar” (January 26, 2018)
- Julie H. Jones, Peter L. Welsh, and Rodman K. Forter, Jr. “Litigation Risks Remain for Private Equity Sponsors Even After Janus,” Insights
- Julie H. Jones and Cynthia M. McMakin, "Is Your Company Tweeting Towards Trouble? Twitter and Securities Law Compliance," Insights
- Julie H. Jones and Christopher G. Green, “Misappropriation: The Mark Cuban Decision and Its Potential Impact on Insider Trading Law,” Insights