Ropes & Gray's private equity, intellectual property and capital markets practices and lawyers were highly ranked by Chambers Asia 2010: Asia's Leading Lawyers for Business, one of the region's most prestigious directories of premier law firms. In the rankings published on April 28, Ropes & Gray was cited in both Hong Kong and Japan.
The firm was ranked among the leading firms in Japan for IP and in Hong Kong for Private Equity (Buyouts). Lawyers who were recognized include Hiroyuki Hagiwara in Japan for IP. In addition, Arthur Mok, who recently joined the firm, was ranked in Private Equity (China): Venture Capital Investment.
About the IP practice, Chambers wrote: "The firm has a strong presence in the USA and continues to make inroads into the Japanese market. Sources agree that the group 'already commands a decent slice of the outbound market' and clients are particularly impressed by the team's 'appropriately aggressive representation.'"
Chambers reported that private equity clients in Hong Kong "appreciate this 'technically strong, responsive and easy to work with team,' and go on to say: 'The whole firm is cooperative, much more so than some other firms.'"
Ropes & Gray has had a strong impact in the region since opening offices in Tokyo in 2007 and Hong Kong in 2008:
- In April, Asian Legal Business honored the firm's Hong Kong-based lawyers for their role in China's "M&A Deal of the Year," GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd.'s $3.4 billion acquisition of Jiangsu Zhongneng.
- The firm received the Asian Legal Business "Japan Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year Award" in 2009 for its work on Bain Capital’s $690 million tender offer acquisition of D&M Holdings, a Japanese consumer and commercial audio-visual electronics company.
- In 2009, the firm represented long-term client Bain Capital in its acquisition of Bellsystem24 in the largest buyout by a foreign private equity firm in Japan in nearly two years.
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