Secondary Transactions

Ropes & Gray is ranked #1 on Secondaries Investor’s 2023 law firm survey. Our leading secondaries team advises buyers and sellers in the secondary market—including 10 of the top 15 buyers globally—on the full range of secondary transactions.   


Ropes & Gray is the go-to firm for the secondary industry’s most prominent players, earning us the top ranking in Secondaries Investor’s 2023 Law Firm Survey.

In 2022, we represented clients on more than 450 secondary transactions representing more than $146 billion of transaction value.

Our firm regularly advises on all types of secondary transactions, including fund recapitalizations and other structured secondary transactions, preferred equity deals, tender offers, and portfolio sales (including transactions involving 200+ interests and multiple $1 billion+ portfolios) for secondary buyers, fund investors and fund sponsors. To meet this need, we have lawyers with secondaries capabilities around the world, including in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Our team regularly represents 10 of the top 15 secondaries buyers globally, and have represented both sponsors in connection with fund recapitalization transactions and sellers. Some of our major clients include AlpInvest Partners, Hamilton Lane, HarbourVest Partners, Montana Capital Partners, New Second Capital, Partners Group and numerous sovereign wealth funds spanning the globe.

Our secondary transactions work spans all asset classes, including private equity, credit, real estate, venture capital and infrastructure, and includes deals around the globe. Highlights include:  

  • Representing AlpInvest in the capitalization of Thompson Street Capital Partners’ approximately $1.2 billion first Continuation Fund.
  • Representing Coller Capital and another leading secondary buyer as lead buyers in the $1.5 billion single asset recapitalization of Ssangyong, an industry-leading Korean cement manufacturer, the largest GP-led transaction in Asia to date and the first single-asset recapitalization in the Korean market.
  • Represented AlpInvest as lead buyer in a GP-led fund recapitalization of two assets held by One Equity Partners.
  • Representing a consortium of two leading secondary buyers on the $1.5 billion fund recapitalization of seven different private equity vintages managed by a global growth equity manager.
  • Advising an Asia-Pacific sovereign wealth fund on a series of secondary sales and preferred equity financings totalling more than $6 billion.