The Week at Ropes & Gray: $8 Billion in Financings for Liberty Global; What's Ahead for Value-Based Health Care; Stronger Trade With India, Developments At the ITC; Litigation Accolades

In The News
February 24, 2017

Weekly highlights of what’s happening at Ropes & Gray:

  • Liberty Global, the world's largest international TV and broadband company, tapped both the leveraged loan and high yield bond markets in Europe and the United States on financings totaling approximately $8 billion, taking advantage of favorable market conditions to refinance existing loans and bonds across their subsidiary groups. The Ropes & Gray teams working on the transactions were led by finance partners Jane Rogers and Robert Haak, together with counsel Alex Robb, all based in London.
  • Prior to the presidential election in November, experts believed that the trend toward value-based health care – the concept of rewarding providers based on the quality of care delivered – would continue to grow. The new administration raises questions about what changes to expect in value-based payments going forward. This article considers how the new leadership at Health and Human Services, and any repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, could reshape value-based payment testing models and value-based payment across the health care industry.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security has published a final rule making two significant changes to U.S. export control policy with respect to India. These changes are likely to have a significant impact, and should continue to expand the volume of trade and strengthen relations between the United States and India. A new article by our international risk attorneys covers the new export controls in detail.
  • The 9th Annual Expert Forum on ITC Litigation and Enforcement in Washington, D.C. featured ITC Administrative Law Judges, senior ITC personnel, in-house counsel and private practitioners across a variety of industries affected by ITC proceedings. IP litigation partner Kevin Post discussed how the recent ITC rule changes may be used to efficiently resolve ITC proceedings, and counsel Matt Rizzolo covered the interplay between Section 337 investigations and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board.
  • Benchmark Litigation, a ranking focused exclusively on  U.S. litigation and disputes, has honored Ropes & Gray with two awards: Massachusetts Firm of the Year and Bankruptcy Firm of the Year. The firm was also shortlisted for White Collar Crime/Enforcement/Investigations Firm of the Year, and business restructuring partner Gregg Galardi was shortlisted for Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year.