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Ropes & Gray Named “Practice of the Year” for Private Equity, Government Enforcement and Privacy and Data Security

Practices: Private Equity, Government Enforcement / White Collar Crime, Privacy & Cybersecurity

Law360, the influential online resource for legal news and analysis, has selected Ropes & Gray as one of the top five law firms in the country in 2012 for three areas:

  • private equity
  • white collar crime (government enforcement)
  • privacy and data security

The firm’s private equity practice has advised its global clients on over 80 transactions completed in 2012 worth a total of more than $25 billion. In 2012, Ropes & Gray attorneys advised clients on some of the most significant private equity buyouts of the year, including Bain Capital’s acquisition of Genpact, TPG Capital’s acquisition of Par Pharmaceuticals and Berkshire Partners’ acquisition of Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks.

The firm’s government enforcement practice has handled some of the most complicated and high stakes white collar matters facing its clients. In a much anticipated federal trial of a corporation that began in January 2012, Ropes & Gray served as lead counsel for Stryker Biotech LLC on a criminal indictment charging Biotech and four former employees with wire fraud, conspiracy, making false statements, and felony off-label promotion of its orthopedic product OP-1. Following opening statements and during the government’s direct examination of its first witness, in what had been estimated to be a six-to-eight week trial, our team secured the government’s agreement to dismiss all 13 felony charges against Biotech. The company agreed to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor count and pay an associated fine, and all charges against the individual defendants were dismissed outright. Ropes & Gray also achieved successful outcomes for Medtronic, Inc. in two separate investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Both investigations spanned several years and involved the alleged off-label promotion of two medical devices. The Department of Justice closed both investigations in 2012 without taking any adverse actions against Medtronic, or any individuals associated with Medtronic.

The privacy and data security practice at Ropes & Gray has become the national leader in defending companies that suffer significant data security breaches involving consumer information against the ensuing claims and regulatory investigations. The firm has been the lead outside counsel handling claims stemming from the data security breaches suffered by Heartland Payment Systems, The TJX Companies, Hannaford Brothers, Aldo, Genesco, and Wyndham Hotels—some of the most highly publicized data security breaches in recent years.

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