R. Bradford Malt
Brad Malt is chair emeritus of Ropes & Gray. Prior to that, he was chair of Ropes & Gray from 2004–2019 and a member of the firm’s policy committee from 1993–2019.
Throughout a long and distinguished career in the law, clients have turned to Brad for his rare combination of experience, insight and results. Founder of the firm’s private equity practice, Brad has been described by clients in Chambers Global as “a pivotal industry figure” who is “highly respected for his huge depth of knowledge and experience.” Brad has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading private equity practitioners, and brings the broad perspective of a Chambers-ranked “Senior Statesman” to bear on his clients’ most sensitive and critical business issues.
Clients have sought Brad’s results-oriented analysis and advice for complex acquisitions and dispositions, alternative investment activities, financings and portfolio company issues. Brad has represented clients that include buyout funds, hedge funds, CBO funds, funds-of-funds, mezzanine funds, pension funds, and other alternative investment funds and investors.
Because of Brad’s extensive private equity experience, he has an exceptionally broad knowledge of industry best practices and market terms and conditions. Over the course of Brad’s career, he has worked with fund sponsors to raise funds, improve operations, implement growth strategies and position portfolio companies to compete in a global marketplace.
Brad has also advised fund sponsors on relationships among partners, organizational structure, effective policies and procedures, and other matters that are critical to leadership teams. Brad served as sole trustee of the Romney blind trusts during Mitt Romney’s tenure as governor of Massachusetts and during his two presidential runs, and Brad was a close adviser to Mr. Romney’s political campaigns.
Clients tell Chambers that Brad is “one of the brightest minds in the legal profession” and say simply that he is “the guy that you call when there’s a problem.” Brad has felt privileged to support his clients in helping companies grow, innovate, create jobs and improve communities.
Concentrating in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, Brad has represented a wide variety of private and public equity clients in their fundraising and investment activities. These clients have included leveraged buyout funds, hedge funds, CBO funds, fund-of-funds, mezzanine funds, pension funds, and other alternative investment funds and investors.
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1979
- AB (Applied Mathematics), magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1976
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 1979
- England and Wales, Registered Foreign Lawyer
- The American Lawyer “Distinguished Law Firm Leader” (2019)
- The Best Lawyers in America (1995-2020)
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-2020)
- Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2015)
- Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America (2006)
- The American Lawyer’s “45 Under 45” (1995)
- The American Lawyer "Heavy Hitters"
- Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Private Equity Lawyers