Neill P. Jakobe

Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Neill P. Jakobe

Neill P. Jakobe

Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Biography

Neill is the office managing partner for the Chicago office and an Industry Group Leader for Private Equity. Focusing on private equity buyouts and strategic M&A, Neill has helped steer clients through complex deals ranging in size from tens of millions to more than a billion dollars. Neill’s global client base includes private equity sponsors and public and private companies across various industries, such as health care, life sciences, financial services and manufacturing.

Neill offers clients rare insight into the dealmaking process. In addition to his legal experience structuring, negotiating and closing complex deals, Neill has firsthand transactional experience from his work as an investment banker with the Financial Sponsors Group at Morgan Stanley. He has evaluated acquisitions from a financial perspective, developed financial models, arranged equity and debt financing, and worked on a number of transactions (including IPOs, LBOs and other M&A) on the finance side. Neill’s understanding of the business side of a deal allows him to anticipate his clients’ needs throughout the life cycle of a transaction and take a pragmatic approach in complex negotiations.

Neill’s earlier experience as a securities litigator also benefits clients with corporate governance issues, as he can help identify and analyze the types of securities issues that often lead to litigation in this era of shareholder activism and an activist plaintiffs’ bar. Early in his career, Neill was a member of litigation teams handling high-profile securities fraud matters, including a number of actions arising from the bankruptcy of Enron.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan Law School, Neill has lived and worked in the Midwest for the last 15 years, and he possesses an in-depth knowledge of the region’s private equity and venture capital communities.

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Neill P. Jakobe
Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 2002
BA in Finance & Business Economics, cum laude
Class of 1998
Career History
Managing Partner
2008 - 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

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Jacobs Holding AG purchases North American Dental Management LLC from ABRY Partners LLC, The Riverside Company

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Arsenal Capital Management LP, Arsenal Capital Group LLC purchase Caprion Biosciences, Inc. from Oakwood Medical Investors, GHO Capital Partners LLP

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Maranon Capital LP, Knox Capital Holdings LLC, HaystackID LLC purchase eTERA Consulting LLC

Awards & Honors
2015
M&A Advisor - 40 Under 40, Legal Advisor
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