Press Release

Leading M&A Partner Matthew Jacobson Joins Ropes & Gray
Mr. Jacobson Brings Diverse Experience Handling Big Deals for Innovative Technology and Life Sciences Companies
Further Expansion of Ropes & Gray in San Francisco and Silicon Valley


Time to Read: 2 minutes Practices: Mergers & Acquisitions

Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced today that Matthew Jacobson, an accomplished attorney with experience handling a full spectrum of buy- and sell-side M&A transactions, has joined as a partner in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice.

Mr. Jacobson, who will practice in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, has advised on transactions and legal issues of national and international significance for more than two decades. He has guided an array of deals—including acquisitions, carve-outs, spin-outs, joint ventures, alliances and corporate divestitures—for Fortune 100 technology and life sciences companies, private equity firms, and other clients in a wide range of industries.

Mr. Jacobson, who has considerable cross-border experience, has served as a partner at other international law firms. He has also previously served as corporate counsel at Hewlett-Packard, where he advised on Hewlett-Packard’s merger with Compaq and the related proxy contest. 

“Clients across industries have a strategic adviser in Matt, who can counsel on big-picture deal strategy and also navigate the crucial details on which successful transactions depend,” said David Chapin, managing partner, Ropes & Gray. “Our M&A practice already includes top practitioners around the globe. Clients will appreciate having one more high-caliber counselor in Matt.”

“Matt’s experience spans a number of key sectors that are important to our clients including technology and life sciences,” said partner Paul Scrivano, global head of M&A. “His precision when guiding industry-leading companies through complex negotiations will prove to be an asset.” 

Ropes & Gray’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices have over 110 lawyers combined, and continue to grow, expanding their client offerings. For more than a decade, Ropes & Gray’s corporate and litigation practices have been at the forefront of technological, business and financial innovation in this area. Private equity firms, entrepreneurs, health care systems, and global technology companies turn to the firm for proven strategy and an innovative approach.

Mr. Jacobson holds a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of the California, New York and District of Columbia bars. He joins Ropes & Gray from King & Spalding, where he served in a leadership position for the firm’s corporate group.

With nearly 200 attorneys focused on mergers, acquisitions and strategic transactions, Ropes & Gray’s global M&A team is recognized as a leader in the field. The firm possesses extensive transaction experience and deep industry knowledge, with a proven track record of enabling clients to succeed in their most challenging deals. This year, Ropes & Gray has navigated more than 160 deals and $98 billion in acquisitions spanning 14 countries across 30 industries. Many deals involved cross-border and multijurisdictional issues. The firm is regularly recognized by high-profile publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Financial Times, IFLR1000, and U.S. News & World Report, among others.

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