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Violetta Kokolus, Leading IP Transactions Partner, Joins Ropes & Gray in New York
Kokolus has Guided Countless IP Transactions and M&A Matters for Established and Emerging Companies

Practices: Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Finance, Asset Management M&A, Life Sciences, Health Care, Health Care Transactions, Digital Health, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced that Violetta Kokolus has joined the firm’s 350-lawyer New York office as partner in its intellectual property transactions practice.

With 15 years transactional experience representing the world’s leading companies, Ms. Kokolus is a trusted advisor to firms that are navigating complex legal challenges.

She has counseled an extensive number of clients on IP, data privacy and cybersecurity aspects of M&A transactions, including many cross-border deals. Ms. Kokolus also serves as lead counsel on strategic transactions, including acquisitions, licensing matters and collaborations for technology companies in a wide range of industries. These industries include consumer and retail, banking, financial services, asset management, health care, life sciences and education.

In addition, Ms. Kokolus has guided clients on legal issues related to data strategies and monetization, along with the integration of artificial intelligence.

“Her track record is impressive,” said David McIntosh, head of Ropes & Gray’s global IP transactions practice. “Violetta joins Ropes & Gray having handled a diverse array of IP legal issues for global clients. In today’s economy, IP is critical to our clients in almost every industry and is typically a key component of all manner of transactions. Our clients will greatly benefit from Violetta’s experience and pragmatic approach.”

“Ropes & Gray’s IP practice has a global reputation for bringing sophisticated yet practical guidance to clients who are navigating the most complex IP matters,” Ms. Kokolus said. “It’s an honor to join the firm.”

Ms. Kokolus received her J.D. from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Commerce with honors from the University of British Columbia. She joins Ropes & Gray from Dechert LLP, where she was partner in the technology and IP transactions practice. She also has previous in-house experience. She was seconded as legal counsel to Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California and Panasonic Corporation in Osaka, Japan.

Ropes & Gray is one of the 20 largest law firms in New York. In January 2019, the firm added partner Carolyn Vardi to its New York private equity practice. In 2018, the firm added business restructuring partner Matthew Roose, capital markets partner Paul Tropp and life sciences IP litigation partners Filko Prugo and Charlotte Jacobsen.

“Ropes & Gray continues to experience tremendous momentum in New York,” said Eva Carman, co-managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s New York office. “Violetta is one more outstanding addition to our expanding team.”

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