Matthew R. Jones, Leading Executive Compensation Lawyer, Joins Ropes & Gray in Chicago

In The News
June 1, 2020

Matthew R. Jones, a leading executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer, has joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Matt is a skilled and sought-after advisor who focuses his practice on all executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other business transactions, as well as on ongoing compensation and benefits matters. Matt prides himself in taking a practical and efficient approach to helping clients solve complex problems.

Matt has advised many of the world’s leading private equity firms and largest public companies on all compensation and benefits aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, take-privates, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-outs, and other similar transactions.

Matt has also advised numerous Fortune 500 and other public company clients on SEC reporting obligations relating to executive compensation arrangements, as well as on design and compliance issues related to equity and cash incentive programs; employment, severance, and change in control agreements and plans; deferred compensation plans; and retention programs.

“Ropes & Gray’s executive compensation and benefits lawyers are best in the world, and the experience and knowledge that Matt Jones brings to our team enhances the outstanding service provided to clients on their most challenging issues,” said David Djaha, managing partner of Ropes & Gray.

“Matt joins an exceptional team of transactional lawyers in Chicago who counsel prominent companies and investors throughout the Midwest and globally,” said Loretta Richard, head of the firm’s employment, executive compensation and employee benefits practice group. “Clients across industries and practices are calling on Ropes & Gray to guide them through the complex issues arising out of the pandemic.”

“I recently saw a client describe Ropes & Gray’s team in Chicago as ‘continually hitting and exceeding expectations,’” Matt said. “I am very impressed by the stature of the firm’s lawyers in Chicago and nationwide. It is no surprise that clients bring their most challenging and complex issues to Ropes & Gray. I am excited to join the team and to help continue Ropes & Gray’s tradition of exceptional client service.”

Matt joins a benefits practice described by Chambers as “distinguished” and which lauds the firm’s “ expert counsel to public and private organizations.” Consistently ranked in Chambers and The Legal 500, Ropes & Gray’s executive compensation and benefits team provides best-in- class guidance on all employee benefits matters, strategic tax planning for executive benefits, and counseling on ERISA and ERISA-related litigation. Our attorneys, benefits consultants and

actuaries work closely together to provide clients with comprehensive executive compensation and employee benefits services.