Areas of Practice

Lucas Adams joined Ropes & Gray’s private equity transactions group in 2021. His practice focuses primarily on advising private equity funds, companies and financial investors in mergers and acquisitions, investments and other general corporate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Lucas practiced at other global law firm offices both in Tokyo and Silicon Valley. Lucas has a wide range of experience advising clients on M&A and capital markets transactions and providing general corporate law advice. Lucas is a native English speaker and fluent in Japanese. 


  • Bain Capital Private Equity in the approximately $3 billion leveraged buyout of Evident Corporation from Olympus Corporation.  
  • Canada Goose in its joint venture in Japan.
  • Bain Capital Private Equity, representation of consortium led by Bain Capital in the proposed $7.5 billion leveraged acquisition of Hitachi Metals.

Selected representations before joining Ropes & Gray:


  • Kyocera Corporation in connection with its $1.03 billion tender offer for the shares of AVX Corporation it did not already own.
  • Tokyo Century Corporation in connection with its $3 billion acquisition of the remaining 75.5% interest it did not own in Aviation Capital Group LLC from Pacific Life Insurance Company.
  • Mizuho Bank on its sale of financial information provider Eurekahedge to Pageant Media.
  • The family office of the founders of a leading Chinese multinational technology company on various investments in U.S. public and private companies, including the acquisition of a professional sports team and an investment in and strategic cooperation with a New York-based leading alternative asset management company.
  • Multiple Japanese companies advising on U.S. securities law aspects of tender offers and other domestic business combination transactions.

Capital Markets

  • The initial purchasers in the global IPO of Appier Group, Inc.
  • The underwriters on IPOs by Levi Strauss & Co. and Anaplan, Inc.
  • Rakuten, Inc. on its debut global offering of common stock and the initial purchasers in global equity offerings by Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Kobe Steel, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
  • Issuers and initial purchasers in multiple global IPOs and follow-on global offerings of investment units of various Japanese REITs.
  • Multiple Japanese companies in connection with their ongoing U.S. disclosure obligations.

Areas of Practice