Raj Marphatia

Partner

IN MEMORIAM (1959-2020)

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  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1988
  • AB, Harvard College, 1981

Qualifications

  • California, 2012
  • Massachusetts, 1989
  • Honorable Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Boston Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Silicon Valley Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2016)
  • Legal 500 (2013-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2014, 2016-2020)
  • Who's Who Legal (2016)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2020)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2020)
  • President, Harvard Law Review
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Elijah Watts Sells Certificate for Performance with High Distinction (November 1982 CPA Examination)
  • Bronze Medal, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (November 1982 CPA Examination)

Raj Marphatia

Partner

IN MEMORIAM (1959-2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Raj Marphatia, a partner in Ropes & Gray’s asset management practice and co-office managing partner of the firm’s West Coast offices. Raj passed away on May 8, 2020. 

“Raj was a Ropes & Gray treasure—a shining light as a colleague, friend and counselor for the past 30 years,” said Julie Jones, chair of Ropes & Gray. “How lucky we are to have had him in our lives. We will miss his sage advice and steady hand.”

Raj was a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. Raj joined Ropes & Gray in 1989 and became a partner of the firm in 1997. 

Over the course of his career, Raj practiced in the area of tax before focusing on private investment funds, where he guided both sponsor and investor clients. Raj was also a longtime leader of the firm’s private investment funds practice and helped guide that practice into what it is today, including by helping to build the firm’s presence on the West Coast. 

In addition, Raj was a member of Ropes & Gray’s diversity committee and active in the firm’s pro bono program. “Raj was always a leader in our firm and he set the bar for commitment to the firm in every way,” said Julie. “While he was deservedly well known for his grace and fierce determination as a lawyer, most importantly, Raj was a champion of people. He supported the underdog. He treated everyone with equal respect. He mentored and trained and encouraged. He was always available to help.”

Publications

Presentations

  • Panelist, NYPPEX Webinar on Secondary Private Equity Markets Worldwide: 2019 Midyear Review and Outlook, (July 31, 2019)
  • Speaker, NYPPEX Roundtable Webinar, NYPPEX Private Markets (October 2017)
  • Speaker, “Intricacies of Fund Restructurings,” Secondaries Investor’s 2017 Secondaries Retreat (June 21, 2017) 
  • Speaker, “Fund restructurings,” Secondaries Investor’s 2016 Secondaries Retreat,”  (June, 2016)
  • Panelist, "The JOBS Act: How It Will Change Fundraising For PE Firms," Dow Jones Webcast (November 2012)
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1988
  • AB, Harvard College, 1981
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