Ropes & Gray Celebrates Five Years in Chicago with Move to Larger Office to Better Meet Client Needs

March 25, 2013

Ropes & Gray is pleased to announce that it has moved to larger, more modern Chicago offices to help the firm serve its clients better and provide room for continued growth. The move to 191 North Wacker Drive coincides with the fifth anniversary of the firm’s entry into the Chicago market.

The firm has grown steadily in Chicago since its opening with three partners in 2008. Ropes & Gray now has 13 partners and 30 associates based in Chicago, providing services to clients in key practice areas, including:

  • Capital markets
  • Government investigations
  • Health care
  • Hedge funds
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Private equity transactions
  • Securities enforcement
  • Tax
“Our new space will allow us to better accommodate our growing number of Chicago attorneys and continue to provide the highest level of service to our clients,” said Jim Lidbury, managing partner for the Chicago office and co-head of the firm’s global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. “We have made great strides in succeeding for our clients, expanding our service capabilities, and attracting top talent in Chicago since entering the market in 2008. The new office space will help us to keep building on that track record.” 

Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office has been at the forefront of high-profile private equity and M&A transactions—such as representing private equity investment firm Madison Dearborn Partners in a deal to acquire National Financial Partners, announced on April 15. 

The firm’s Chicago attorneys also have been recognized as leaders in the area of securities and government investigations, advising Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, academic medical centers and other organizations, as well as officers, directors and other individuals, in domestic and global government investigations and other government enforcement and regulatory matters, including matters involving alleged securities fraud; alleged violations of the FCPA, OFAC, U.K. Bribery Act and other anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws; health care fraud; and alleged violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the False Claims Act and other related claims. 

Lawyers in Chicago also focus on high-stakes litigation, including alleged securities violations, commercial disputes and intellectual property matters. 

The firm’s new Chicago office at 191 North Wacker Drive (on the southeast corner of North Wacker Drive and Lake Street) is a 37-story office tower built in 2002. The building has the historical distinction of being located on the site where Abraham Lincoln was nominated to run for President of the United States in 1860.