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The Week at Ropes & Gray: A Win for Google in India; Four Deals; New York Office Growth; A Proposal for Exchange-Traded Funds; Blockchain Law Discussed Before European Parliament; A Leading Woman in Investigations

Weekly highlights of what’s happening at Ropes & Gray:

  • Following a four-year investigation, the Competition Commission of India announced that Google did not infringe applicable competition laws in terminating certain remote technology companies. Ropes & Gray acted as international counsel to Google.
  • Dealmaking continues at a busy pace. Our clients announced a number of newsworthy transactions in the past two weeks, including:
    • Atlantic Media will sell global business news outlet Quartz to Uzabase, a Japanese business intelligence and media company, for a price between $75 million and $110 million, subject to certain performance conditions. Ropes & Gray represented Atlantic Media in the transaction.
    • Duke Street Capital, a UK-based mid-market private equity firm, will acquire Great Rail Journeys, the world’s leading provider of rail vacations, from ECI. Ropes & Gray advised Duke Street Capital on the acquisition.
    • Aretex Capital Partners, a global private equity firm, has acquired Alerian, the leading provider of energy infrastructure indices and market intelligence. Ropes & Gray advised Aretex Capital Partners on the transaction.
    • Golden Gate Capital has acquired The Learning Experience, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing academies for children six weeks to six years old. Ropes & Gray advised Golden Gate Capital on the transaction.
  • Ropes & Gray welcomed prominent capital markets partner Paul Tropp, who joins our expanding New York office. Clients, including issuers and investment banks, will benefit from Mr. Tropp’s diverse experience in complex public and private debt and equity securities offerings.
  • A proposed rule from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeks to expand the exchange-traded funds (ETF) market and streamline the requirements for launching and operating ETFs. Ropes & Gray has authored an article that analyzes the proposal, which if adopted, can significantly alter the regulatory landscape for ETFs and level the playing field for existing sponsors and new entrants. 
  • Intellectual property litigation associate Marta Belcher recently spoke in the European Parliament in Brussels on a panel titled “Blockchain: Backbone of the New Digital Age.” Ms. Belcher discussed international blockchain regulation and answered members’ questions about blockchain’s implications for copyright law in light of the European Union’s consideration of the Copyright Directive.
  • Partner and co-head of Ropes & Gray’s Global Anti-Corruption & International Risk practice Amanda Raad has been named as one of Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations” for 2018, a list that highlights the leading women in the field. 
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