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Ropes & Gray Promotes 16 Attorneys to Partner in Six Offices Worldwide

Practices: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Investment Management, Private Client, Tax, Finance, Securities & Futures Enforcement, Business & Commercial Litigation, Special Situations, Business & Commercial Litigation, Government Enforcement / White Collar Criminal Defense, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, Anti-Corruption / International Risk, Private Investment Funds, Tax Controversy, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

Preeminent global law firm Ropes & Gray proudly announces that 16 attorneys have been named partners of the firm, effective November 1. In addition, the firm named one attorney as principal in its benefits consulting group and four attorneys as counsel.

Based in six of the firm’s offices in key markets worldwide, including London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the new partners represent many of Ropes & Gray’s leading practices, including litigation, tax, finance, labor & employment, investment management, special situations, executive compensation & employee benefits, government enforcement, and the private client group. 

More than half of the new partners — nine in total — are women.

“We are pleased to welcome these outstanding attorneys to our partnership,” said Brad Malt, chair of the firm. “They exemplify the common commitment to excellence and dedication to a premier global client base that are hallmarks of Ropes & Gray.”

Meet Ropes & Gray’s new partners:

Megan Bisk represents clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions involving both U.S.-based and international entities and provides advice on the many labor and employment concerns related to these transactions. In addition, she provides guidance on a variety of executive compensation matters and counsels clients on the full range of day-to-day issues facing employers, including employee discipline and discharge, sexual harassment and employment discrimination, wage and hour law compliance, and employer obligations under various state and federal leave laws.

C. Thomas Brown focuses his practice on transactional and corporate governance litigation, actions under the federal securities laws, and related complex civil litigation. In transactional cases, he has represented officers and directors of both acquirers and targets, helping clients successfully move deals from negotiation to closing through effective management of deal-related litigation and post-closing disputes. He also has experience representing boards and directors in fiduciary duty claims, including derivative cases.

Sarah Clinton focuses her practice on representing clients in the investment management industry, including registered funds, their independent directors, and investment advisers. She regularly counsels clients on regulatory and transactional matters relating to the creation and operation of retail and institutional open-end and closed-end funds, providing advice on investment activities, compliance programs, board materials, advisory and other service provider arrangements, and fund reorganizations. She has significant experience structuring and representing registered funds with alternative investment strategies, including multi-manager funds and registered funds of hedge funds.

Jennifer Ewing handles a wide variety of trusts and estates matters, including estate planning, trust administration and estate settlement. She advises high net worth clients, including corporate executives, entrepreneurs and families with generational wealth, on developing tax-efficient estate plans that also meet their personal, non-tax goals. Additionally, she advises colleges, universities and other non-profit institutions regarding the implementation of planned giving arrangements.

Pamela Glazier has a dual focus on transactional work and regulated investment company advisement. In her transactional work, she provides advice on a broad range of tax issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions, debt issuances and restructurings. In her work with regulated investment companies, she provides counsel on tax matters such as the establishment of new funds, fund mergers and general tax compliance. She also advises institutional investors on tax considerations relating to investments in derivative instruments.

Adam Greenwood concentrates his practice on transactional tax matters and tax matters relating to the formation of private equity funds and hedge funds. Adam regularly represents private equity fund sponsors in connection with mergers and acquisitions as well as initial public offerings. He also represents institutional investors in connection with inbound and outbound investments.

Kathleen (Kat) Saunders Gregor focuses on tax controversy matters as well as partnership and international tax issues. She regularly represents clients before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the IRS, as well as non-U.S. tax authorities. Ms. Gregor has worked extensively on fund investment and secondary transactions, and she advises private equity and hedge funds clients on a variety of tax issues relating to formation and investment activities.

Robert Haak focuses his practice on corporate and financing transactions, specializing in high yield debt offerings. He regularly acts for companies, private capital providers, investment banks and underwriters in a range of public and private securities and financing transactions. His practice also includes the representation of companies in connection with complex cross-border corporate and securities matters.

Matt McGinnis focuses his practice on complex business litigation, including antitrust disputes; securities and investment management matters; disputes in connection with mergers and acquisitions; and other complex civil cases. He has extensive experience defending class actions in both the securities and antitrust context, and he also regularly advises private equity, hedge fund and other clients on a variety of securities and antitrust issues.

Anne Johnson Palmer represents clients in securities and complex commercial disputes, with a particular focus on the resolution of class action litigation. Her experience includes counseling and defense of securities fraud, antitrust and consumer protection class actions, as well as M&A and shareholder derivative litigation and litigation matters arising from data security breaches. She has appeared before state and federal courts throughout the country, including in multi-district litigations.

Sarah Schaffer Raux practices in the firm’s special situations practice group. She advises a range of hedge fund, private equity, venture capital and other clients on both traditional and unconventional transactions. She routinely assists clients with domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, co-investments, equity and debt financings, and privatizations.

Jennifer Rikoski advises clients across a range of sectors on executive compensation and employee benefits. Her practice includes representing public company and private equity clients in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; structuring management equity arrangements; negotiating employment and severance agreements; and advising on deferred compensation and other incentive programs. She also advises her clients’ portfolio companies on equity, employment, compensation and ERISA matters.

Kaede Toh represents clients in white-collar criminal defense and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and non-U.S. regulators. She has extensive experience advising multinational corporations and individuals in a wide variety of criminal investigations, internal investigations and civil litigation, as well as in implementing compliance and anti-corruption programs. She is also bilingual (Japanese/English).

Dan Ward has a wide range of experience in complex commercial disputes and securities litigation, including trials and appeals, SEC investigations, and international arbitration. His clients include investment advisers (including private equity sponsors, hedge funds and REITs), public companies, and individual officers and directors.

Peng Yu focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions for private equity and corporate clients. He regularly advises clients in growth capital investments, buyouts, take-private transactions, dispositions and joint ventures. His work includes advising many leading global private equity firms in their investments in Asia, with a particular focus on China, as well as advising Asia-based private equity sponsors and corporate clients in their domestic and outbound investments. His practice spans multiple industries, including consumer, telecom, media, technology, life science, funds/financial institutions, manufacturing, infrastructure and real estate.

Meet our new principal in the benefits consulting group:

Abigail Baird has a wide range of experience advising employers on employee benefits and executive compensation matters, both on an ongoing basis and in connection with corporate transactions. She regularly advises on the employment, ERISA, tax and securities law implications of an employer’s compensatory arrangements and benefits programs. Her practice focuses on strategic acquisitions and advising tax-exempt employers regarding their employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements.

Meet our new counsel:

Alyssa Clough Horton has a wide range of experience in private funds matters, including advising clients with respect to regulatory, compliance and governance issues that face the private funds industry. Her clients include both U.S. and non-U.S. institutional investors and private funds. She also advises sponsors and investors with respect to general fundraising and other transactional matters, including restructurings and acquisitions.

Kevin Jarboe advises debt investment funds, other institutional investors and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies with a range of finance and business matters. He focuses his practice on syndicated credit facilities, ABL facilities, mezzanine financings, high yield debt offerings, second lien financings, distressed lending transactions, and domestic and international debt workouts and restructurings.

Sabrina Glaser focuses her practice on ERISA and employee benefits. She advises clients on a range of issues relating to the investment of plan assets, including fiduciary conduct and prohibited transactions and exemptions. Sabrina regularly advises fund sponsors on the structure, formation and maintenance of investment funds and other pooled investment vehicles, including private equity funds, real estate funds and hedge funds. She also provides guidance to a wide range of clients on their qualified and nonqualified benefit plans and other employee benefit matters.

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