Ropes & Gray’s M&A, private equity, capital markets, investment funds and intellectual property practices and lawyers were highly ranked by Chambers Asia 2012: Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business, one of the region’s most prestigious directories of premier law firms. In the rankings published on Feb. 23, Ropes & Gray was recognized in China and Japan.
The firm was ranked among the leading firms in the Asia-Pacific region for mergers & acquisitions, Japan for intellectual property and in China for private equity (buyouts), mergers & acquisitions (high-end capability), and investment funds (RMB fund formation and private equity). Partners who were recognized include Hiroyuki Hagiwara for intellectual property in Japan; Tsuyoshi Imai for mergers & acquisitions in Japan; Arthur Mok for private equity and mergers & acquisitions in China; and Geoffrey Lin for intellectual property and life sciences in China.
Chambers reported that sources in China say Ropes & Gray offers “very solid legal advice that is also commercial and practical. They provide good partner access and have a very quick turnaround time.”
Describing the firm’s investment funds practice in China, Chambers wrote: “Making its debut in the tables this year, this ever-growing funds practice is equally adept at representing both sponsors and investors from the hedge fund, private equity and real estate industry, handling fund formation and transactional work. It recently acted for CITIC PE on the formation of its first US dollar-denominated China private equity fund, and for Emerald Hill on the formation of its USD300 million private equity fund.”
Since opening offices in Tokyo in 2007, Hong Kong in 2008 and Shanghai in 2011, Ropes & Gray has built a strong presence in the region. In May 2011, Ropes & Gray was named the best international firm to work for in Japan by Asian Legal Business magazine.
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