Brad Edmister Joins Ropes & Gray

Brad Edmister has joined Ropes & Gray as a private equity-focused partner in in the law firm’s Tokyo office. He previously was with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Tokyo office.


Ropes & Gray is pleased to announce that Bradley K. Edmister has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Tokyo office.

Recognized by the respected Chambers guide for his “strong Tokyo experience,” Edmister brings Ropes & Gray’s clients an enhanced ability to service their private equity, cross-border M&A and capital markets work in Tokyo.

“Brad’s background in M&A transactions and international capital markets makes him a terrific addition to our firm,” said Al Rose, a partner and head of Ropes & Gray’s Private Equity Group. “Our clients will benefit immediately from his experience in advising clients in complex, cross-border matters.”

Edmister has counseled clients in several high-profile transactions in Japan, including a strategic alliance with a major U.S. private equity firm, the acquisition of a Malaysian fisheries company, and the sale of a major juvenile products company in Japan. In addition, Edmister has considerable experience in capital markets in major Asia markets, including Taiwan, India and Australia, and in handling global equity and J REIT offerings.

Edmister joins Ropes & Gray from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Tokyo office. At Milbank, Edmister concentrated his practice in global capital markets and M&A transactions. Edmister started his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell, working in both their New York and Tokyo offices.

“With the addition of Brad, we’ve put together a strong team in Japan experienced in handling cross-border corporate work,” said Jim DeGraw, a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Tokyo office. “Brad’s practice also complements the practices of Paul Boltz and Michael Guilday, who recently joined us in Hong Kong. Together, they add a significant dimension to our Asia-based practice and put us in a great position to serve our clients in Asia.”

Edmister earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He teaches U.S. securities law at Keio University Law School in Tokyo and is fluent in Japanese.