Philip J. Smith

Retired Partner

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  • JD, University of Virginia School of Law, 1966; Order of the Coif
  • BA, cum laude, Williams College, 1963

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1967
  • Spanish
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member of ABA Committees on: Developments in Business Financing, Banking Law, Uniform Commercial Code
  • Founder, President, and Director, The Keewaydin Foundation, a charitable corporation which operates summer camps and related wilderness and environmental programs
  • Past Director and President, Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc., which sponsors two symphony orchestras and related programs
  • Past Director and Treasurer, Project STEP, Inc., which sponsors programs for highly talented minority string musicians
  • Past Overseer and Chair of Facilities Committee of New England Conservatory; participating in planning the renovation of Jordan Hall
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2012, 2014-2015)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2004-2009)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2008-2009)
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America

Philip J. Smith

Retired Partner

Phil Smith, a member of the firm's Corporate Department, became a partner in 1976. He retired on December 31, 2007. Phil previously served as co-head of Ropes & Gray's Private Equity Group, and focused his practice in leveraged buy-out and private equity transactions including the debt and equity components of these matters.

In addition to his experience with acquisitions and public and private preferred stock financings, he gained extensive experience in structuring syndicated bank credits, leveraged leases, mezzanine capital transactions, and high-yield debt. Phil's experience includes acquisitions and financings in the manufacturing, distribution, leasing, motion picture and entertainment industries.

An author, panelist, and lecturer, he developed and taught the course in Commercial Lending for the Graduate Program in Banking Law Studies sponsored by the Boston University School of Law.

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