Ropes & Gray moves global M&A co-head to HK

The relocation of Jim Lidbury highlights the growing importance of Asia for the US-based law firm, as it expects deals involving Chinese groups to make up the bulk of its business.
Lidbury joined the firm as a partner in February 2008, launching its Chicago office.
Lidbury joined the firm as a partner in February 2008, launching its Chicago office.

Ropes Gray has moved one of its global co-heads of MA to Hong Kong, highlighting the region's growing importance to the US-based law firm.

Established in 1865, the firm opened its first Asia office in Tokyo in 2007 and has since added Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul to its roster.

But the decision to relocate Jim Lidbury, one of its most senior global executives, from the US is a clear sign of where the law firm thinks future growth is likely to come from, and how it can better serve private equity clients in the region.

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