Financial Times Names Ropes & Gray a Top Ten Firm for Innovation in Asia

Practices: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity Tags: Pro Bono

The Financial Times ranked Ropes & Gray among the top 10 firms in the “Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2017” report released on June 2. The firm ranked ninth among internationally headquartered firms on the “FT 25,” moving up three slots from 2016.  The firm also was cited in the legal expertise and social responsibility categories.

Among the novel transactions and efforts highlighted by the Financial Times were: 

  • In the legal expertise category, our work advising a consortium of seven Chinese investors in its US$300 million investment in e-Shang Redwood Limited, a specialized pan-Asian logistics real estate investment firm. The consortium includes GF Investments, Huarong International, Huarong Rongde, SPDB International, China Everbright, Everbright Securities and CMBC International. Hong Kong private equity transactions partner Peng Yu led the firm’s work on the deal.
  • Also in the legal expertise category, our work representing China Oceanwide in connection with its acquisition of International Data Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, International Data Corporation, IDG Communications and IDG Ventures. Hong Kong M&A partner Jim Lidbury led the firm’s work for this matter.
  • In the social responsibility category, our work with anti-human trafficking organization Liberty Asia to use the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to tackle the complex issue of human trafficking in Asia.

Ropes & Gray was also honored among North America’s leading innovative law firms in The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers 2016 report released December 2016.