Ropes & Gray Names 20 New Partners

In The News
October 23, 2023

Global law firm Ropes & Gray is pleased to share that 20 attorneys have been named partners of the firm, effective November 1.

These partners advise the world’s top companies, investment funds and institutions on their most complex legal and business matters. They act for global clients across industries, including asset management, private equity, finance, real estate, life sciences, health care and technology and retail.

“Our new partners represent the best of Ropes & Gray. They have deep industry knowledge, are business savvy and excel at finding new ways to help clients succeed,” said Julie Jones, chair.

“We are proud to welcome such talented lawyers into our partnership. From diverse backgrounds, practices and geographies, and with a demonstrated commitment to our clients and firm, they are already trusted stewards of our firm’s culture,” said David Djaha, managing partner. 

Meet Ropes & Gray’s newest partners:

Ranee Adipat (Los Angeles) leads transformative health care deals for academic medical centers and large health systems across the U.S. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and other precedent-setting transactions.

Rajarshi Banerjee (Boston) is a life sciences lawyer who advises some of the world’s leading venture capital firms, emerging biotechs, and large pharmaceutical companies on venture and growth equity investments and complex licensing and collaboration deals.

Matt Byron (Boston) advises strategic companies in mergers and acquisitions across industries, including life sciences, technology, industrials and consumer brands. His practice spans billion-dollar acquisitions to smaller research and development investments.

Katy Caldwell (Boston) is a civil litigator who handles high-stakes shareholder and commercial matters across industries. She has significant trial experience in federal and state courts, as well as experience representing clients in arbitrations, investigations and enforcement matters.

Alex Chauvin (London) leads secondaries deals in Europe and the U.S and was recognized as a “Next Gen Leader of Secondaries” by Secondaries Investor in 2020. She advises asset managers and institutional investors, including fund of funds, secondary buyers and sovereign wealth funds.

Chelsea Childs (San Francisco) advises registered fund sponsors on all aspects of their businesses, with additional experience in private funds and retail alternatives. Her broad practice is helpful to asset managers exploring opportunities outside their usual areas of focus.

Jessica Cooney (Boston) guides global private equity firms in a range of transactions, from leveraged buyouts and consortium deals to mergers and acquisitions and dispositions. She also brings experience advising public companies in strategic M&A.

Greg Demers (Boston) supports clients in the full range of labor and employment issues that arise in deals and disputes involving employees. He advises on contentious executive separations, restrictive covenant disputes, sensitive personnel investigations and other complex employment matters.

Sam Duncan (New York) is a tax lawyer who advises asset management clients on all tax aspects of fund formation and complex sponsor transactions. He also has deep experience counseling private equity clients on tax matters in investment transactions.

Brandon Dunn (Boston) provides commercial tax advice to private equity firms and strategic clients on mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings. In addition, Brandon guides global asset managers on all aspects of their fundraisings and fund structuring.

Tristan Evans-Wilent (New York) helps private equity firms navigate tax issues in acquisitive transactions and recapitalizations. Tristan’s experience spans both the large-cap and middle-market private equity spaces.

Doug Giannantonio (New York) is a versatile deal lawyer who advises leading private equity firms and portfolio companies on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, dispositions and general corporate matters across industries, including manufacturing & industrials, software/technology and health care.

Franziska Hertel (Boston) provides tax advice to clients in the asset management and nonprofit sectors. With diverse experience across registered funds, private funds and tax-exempt organizations, Franziska works with sponsors, investors, universities and healthcare systems on a variety of matters. 

Lisa Kaltenbrunner (London) is an antitrust lawyer who advises on high-profile strategic conduct and investigatory matters, as well as on complex transactions. She counsels global health care and life sciences companies, tech companies and private equity funds.

Sam Levitt (New York) guides private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in complex transactions, including leveraged buyouts, carve-outs and cross border M&A. Sam works with clients across a number of industries, including health care, technology, consumer and industrials.

Mike McGrath (Boston) structures complex transactions for health systems, institutions of higher education, academic medical centers and health plans, advising on corporate and regulatory issues. He also has deep experience with public finance, acting as borrower’s, underwriter’s and bond counsel.

Sharon Remmer (New York) advises clients across the asset management industry on the full range of ERISA matters that arise throughout a fund’s life cycle. Her practice also includes finding practical solutions to ERISA issues in transactions and advising plan sponsors on ERISA fiduciary governance.

Catherine Skulan (San Francisco) is a private funds lawyer who guides sponsors in fund formation and other key aspects of their businesses. She works primarily with West Coast-based managers pursuing a range of strategies, including growth, venture, hedge and fund of funds investments.

Patricia Teixeira (New York) represents private investment funds on fund-level financings, from traditional subscription facilities to NAV facilities and more. She works with borrowers and lenders, among them private equity, credit and real estate funds.

Chris Townsend (London) acts for private fund sponsors and investors throughout Europe, the U.S. and globally. He has deep experience with closed-end fund formations, separately managed accounts, co-investments, secondary liquidity solutions and carried interest schemes across asset classes.