Press Release

Ropes & Gray Names Eight New Partners and One Counsel


Time to Read: 2 minutes Practices: Finance, Private Equity, Health Care, Business Restructuring, Hedge Funds, Corporate & Securities Litigation, Government Enforcement / White Collar Criminal Defense, Private Client

Ropes & Gray announced today that eight lawyers at the global law firm have been promoted to the partnership and one to counsel. The new partners and counsel represent a range of practices, including finance, private equity, health care, business restructuring, hedge funds, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, government enforcement, and the securities & public companies and private client groups.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome such an accomplished and talented group of attorneys as partners and counsel,” said Brad Malt, chairman of Ropes & Gray. “Their experience and dedication to providing best-in-class service will continue to benefit our clients.”

The new partners are:

  • Cameron Casey, private client group (Boston), provides comprehensive estate planning advice to high-net-worth individuals and families and plays an active role in the private client group’s trust and estate administration practice. She also advises nonprofit organizations and their donors with respect to charitable planning matters.
     
  • Michael Kazakevich, finance (London), focuses on leveraged finance transactions. He has advised investment banks as well as private equity firms and their portfolio companies in connection with high yield debt issues, credit facilities, bridge loans, tender offers and acquisition financing commitments.
     
  • Michael Lampert, health care (Boston), provides regulatory, transactional, governance and strategic advice to clients, including hospitals, universities, schools of medicine, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, investors, physician practices and emerging providers. He has extensive familiarity with fraud and abuse laws, in both an advisory and enforcement context, and other health care regulation such as the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, HIPAA and Medicare reimbursement rules.
          
  • Jessica Taylor O’Mary, hedge funds (New York), advises investment managers on all aspects of their business, from formation of management company structures and fund formation, to a wide range of compliance matters, operational and trading issues facing registered investment advisers, to business acquisitions, sales and wind-downs. Her clients include both investment advisers to hedge funds as well as private equity funds and funds of funds.
     
  • Leslie Spencer, intellectual property litigation (New York), represents clients in patent litigation involving diverse technologies, including software, electronic devices, secure communications, financial services and consumer goods. She also has advised clients on intellectual property matters related to business transactions, freedom-to-operate opinions and proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
     
  • Rocky Tsai, business and securities litigation (San Francisco), represents a broad range of financial, technology, and pharmaceutical clients in securities and commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on the resolution of complex class action litigation. His experience includes counseling and defense in securities class actions, consumer class actions, M&A litigation, SEC investigations, and false advertising and unfair competition litigation. He has defended and prosecuted cases in multidistrict litigation, in arbitrations, and in federal and state court trials and appeals.
     
  • Alex Zeltser, finance (New York), focuses on leveraged finance, including acquisition and cross-border financings and other private equity transactions. He has extensive experience representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies, investment banks, public companies and debt investors in a wide range of financing transactions, including cash-flow and asset-based credit facilities, second lien and mezzanine financings, bridge financings and high yield debt offerings, as well as restructurings and workouts.

The new counsel is: 

  • Christopher Parsons, private equity (New York), focuses on representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, equity investments, joint ventures and other transactions. He regularly advises both private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a variety of matters including acquisition and disposition transactions, preferred equity investments, governance arrangements among investors, management equity investments and other general corporate matters.
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