Greg Metz Joins Ropes & Gray’s PE Practice

Greg Metz has joined Ropes & Gray as a Chicago-based partner in the firm’s private equity practice. He previously was with Kirkland & Ellis.

Ropes & Gray is pleased to announce that Gregory R. Metz has joined the firm as a partner in its globally renowned Private Equity practice group. Metz will base his practice in the firm’s rapidly growing Chicago office.

Metz comes to Ropes & Gray from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a partner. Metz has a broad background in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity restructurings, private equity investments, divestitures, and leveraged buyouts. He also has experience in executive compensation and incentive arrangements. He has counseled clients across a range of industries, including health care, fashion, food and beverage, manufacturing, and music publishing.

“With his extensive experience in complex business transactions, some in excess of $1 billion, Metz will make an immediate contribution to our private equity clients,” said Alfred O. Rose, the head of Ropes & Gray’s Private Equity practice group. “We are delighted that he has decided to join Ropes & Gray.”

Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office opened with three partners in 2008. With Metz’s arrival, the office now has 17 attorneys, with ambitious plans for continued expansion.

“Greg knows the private equity market and has deep roots in Chicago,” said Jim Lidbury, the lead partner of Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. “Our clients in Chicago and beyond will benefit from his experience in advising clients in a variety of debt, equity, compensation, and commercial arrangements.”
Metz earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and his law degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois.

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