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Ropes & Gray appoints new co-managing partner for London

Global law firm Ropes & Gray has appointed Will Rosen as co-managing partner of its London office, to work alongside current office managing partner Mike Goetz. The appointment starts with immediate effect.

Rosen, who is also co-head of the firm’s international practice group, has been a partner at Ropes & Gray in London since 2011.  He has over 20 years of experience advising private equity funds and corporate clients on M&A and private equity transactions.
 
Goetz has been managing partner of the firm’s London office since it launched in 2010. A US-qualified partner in the firm’s finance practice, he is well known in the market for his high level of commerciality and experience with US structures, allied to a deep understanding of European markets.
 
Separately, London private equity partner Phil Sanderson has been appointed global co-head of the firm’s private equity group.  His appointment, which is also of immediate effect, follows the appointments, announced in November 2017, of London-based partners Jane Rogers – to the firm’s Policy Committee – and Mike Kazakevich – as global co-head of finance.
 
David Chapin, Managing Partner of Ropes & Gray, says: “Ropes & Gray enjoyed its strongest ever year in 2017.  Building off this, we are pleased to name Will and Mike as co-managing partners for London.  Will’s many years of experience, coupled with his proven leadership skills, will be an ideal fit with Mike’s strategic vision for the office. I’m confident his appointment will further build upon the progress that Mike, together with the rest of the team in London, has achieved in establishing the firm’s strong presence in the UK.
 
“I’m also delighted that Phil has joined David Blittner and Will Shields in heading our market-leading global private equity team – his leadership and knowledge of the UK market will be greatly valued as we build on what has been an extraordinarily successful year for the group. Throughout 2017, the team advised on many of the biggest and most complex deals seen in the market, such as Bain Capital’s USD18 billion acquisition of Toshiba’s chip business – the largest private equity and leveraged finance deal ever seen in Asia – or advising Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) on the USD5.3 billion consortium buyout of Visma, Europe’s largest ever software buyout.”
 
Goetz says: “The firm has been on a fantastic journey over the past eight years and I am thrilled to work with Will as we execute a strategy designed to move the firm’s UK practice into its next phase of growth and success.”
 
Rosen says: “A feature of Ropes & Gray is its ability to drive genuine collaboration across its offices to deliver leading insight and service for our clients. I look forward to continuing this tradition with Mike and working with the rest of the team in London to extend the firm’s strong track record in the UK and Europe more widely.”
 
Sanderson says: “Ropes & Gray enjoys an outstanding reputation for working on high profile, complex, cross-border deals.  I look forward to working with David and Will and others in the team to further improve our offering for clients, wherever they are operating in the world.” 

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