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Private Funds Lawyer Jennifer Graff Joins Ropes & Gray as a Partner in New York

Practices: Private Funds

Jennifer Graff

Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced that Jennifer Graff, a highly regarded private funds lawyer, has joined the firm’s 500-lawyer New York office as a partner in the firm’s global asset management practice. Jennifer’s experience advising fund sponsors and investors, focusing on the formation, management and operation of private equity funds, credit funds, hedge funds, hybrid funds, co-investment funds and GP staking funds, augments Ropes & Gray’s market-leading funds practice.

Jennifer is one of five partners to join Ropes & Gray in the past month. In December, the firm added private equity partner Brandon Howald in Los Angeles. In January, the firm welcomed IP transactions partner Ed Sadtler and M&A partner Suni Sreepada, both in New York, and capital solutions and private credit partner Jennifer Harris in Los Angeles. Ropes & Gray has also hired more than 200 lateral associates and counsel, a record number, during the past 24 months.

“Jennifer is an accomplished and versatile attorney who has established strong relationships with well-known fund sponsors and their investors,” said managing partner David Djaha. “She is uniquely qualified to offer our clients leading-edge and seasoned advice.”

With a broad practice focusing on the formation, management and operation of both closed-end and open-end private investment funds, Jennifer has advised fund managers on private fund offerings including private equity, credit, hedge, hybrid, co-investment and GP staking funds. She has also represented institutional investors on their investments in funds and separately managed accounts, successfully navigated clients through seed capital transactions and investment management M&A issues, designed strategic partnership and joint venture agreements with complex economics, established and advised on carry and incentive allocation plans and led SEC exam preparations.

“Jennifer strengthens our private funds practice, particularly in New York, where we have been experiencing tremendous growth,” said Bryan Chegwidden, head of the firm’s asset management group. 

“Ropes & Gray has one of the most highly regarded funds practices, with remarkable depth and breadth of coverage in the private funds space,” Jennifer said. “I am excited to be joining the leading lawyers in asset management.”

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