John B. Ayer

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

John B. Ayer

John B. Ayer

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Biography

John serves as co-head of the firm’s private investment funds group.

For private fund sponsors, John acts in a range of matters related to fundraising, governance, organizational structure and internal operations. In addition, John assists clients with the negotiation, structuring and execution of transactions and with portfolio company matters.

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John B. Ayer
Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1987

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

BA, summa cum laude
Class of 1984

Colby College is a private liberal arts college located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine, USA. Founded in 1813, it is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the United States. Colby was the first all-male college in New England to accept female students in 1875.

Career History
Partner
1987 - Current

Ropes & Gray LLP is a global law firm with 11 offices located in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The firm has over 1,100 lawyers, and professionals worldwide, and its clients include corporations and financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and health care organizations. It was founded in 1865 in Boston, Massachusetts by John Codman Ropes and John Chipman Gray

Principal
1998 - 1999

Fenway Partners focuses on direct investments in profitable, US-based middle-market niche businesses in the consumer and transportation/logistics sectors. The firm targets companies with enterprise values of $100 million to $600 million and EBITDA of $15 million to $75 million. They look for companies with fundamental strengths that provide both stability and significant upside opportunity, but are performing at levels below their full potential. Fenway seeks to invest in companies: (1) that participate in niche markets with favorable growth trends, low cyclicality and rational competitor behavior (2) have strong franchises and differentiated products, levels of service or competitive advantages and (3) that generate predictable free cash flow which is supported by healthy margins, manageable working capital and reasonable capital expenditure requirements. Investments typically range from $50 million to $75 million. Fenway's expected investment horizon is 4 to 6 years.

Political Donations
$1,000
2012

Senator from Massachusetts

$1,000
2009

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$1,000
2009

Senator from Massachusetts

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Nortek, Inc. purchases Ergotron, Inc. from Krass Monroe, P.A.

Awards & Honors
2009
BTI Consulting Group - Client Service All-Stars
1987
Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar
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John B. Ayer is affiliated with Ropes & Gray LLP, Fenway Partners LLC

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