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Ropes & Gray’s Julie Jones named The American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Week”


Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Life Sciences Mergers & Acquisitions

Julie Jones, co-leader of Ropes & Gray’s securities & public companies practice, was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer for representing TPG Capital in its proposed $3 billion acquisition, with Leonard Green & Partners, of clothing retailer J.Crew. The deal was announced on Nov. 23, the same day that Bain Capital, also represented by Ropes & Gray, completed its $1.8 billion acquisition of Gymboree.

“There are issues like leases and wage and hour claims that you have to jump on in a retail transaction,” Jones told The American Lawyer. “We pride ourselves on our ability to get our arms around the legal diligence issues that impact retailers.”

For Jones, the J.Crew acquisition is the latest in a series of high-profile deals she has worked on in 2010, including representing:

  • LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer network that was owned by TPG and Hellman & Friedman, in its IPO;
  • Thomas H. Lee Partners in its $1.1 billion acquisition of inVentiv Health, Inc., a pharmaceutical services provider;
  • Thomas H. Lee in its proposed acquisition of CKE Restaurants, owner of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, a bid ultimately topped by Apollo Management; and
  • TPG in its bid for the Extended Stay hotel chain.

Ropes & Gray partner Jane Goldstein was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer in September.

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