Ropes & Gray has hired Matthew Posthuma as a partner for its private investment funds practice in Chicago. Previously, Posthuma worked at Mayer Brown.
CHICAGO, January 9, 2015 –Ropes & Gray LLP announced today that Matthew Posthuma has joined its private investment funds practice in Chicago as a partner.
Mr. Posthuma brings extensive knowledge of the private investment fund landscape in the United States and Latin America, with a particularly strong focus on real estate funds. His arrival further enhances the firm’s highly regarded and sophisticated asset management practice, which serves many of the largest and best-known investment management sponsors and investors in the world. Ropes & Gray consistently ranks at the top of Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst for private equity fund activity and in 2014 was named “Law Firm of the Year” for private funds / hedge funds by U.S. News & World Report.
The addition of Mr. Posthuma also brings the firm’s partner count to 12 in the Chicago office, which has grown from just three lawyers in 2008 to more than 60 in 2015.
Mr. Posthuma joins Ropes & Gray from Mayer Brown LLP. He focuses his practice on the formation of private investment funds and other transactions involving real estate companies, asset managers and financial institutions worldwide. He handles open- and closed-end funds with varying investment strategies, including real estate, private equity, infrastructure, debt, hedge, global and foreign country funds. He has a particular specialty in representing Latin American sponsors.
Mr. Posthuma also has significant experience in a wide range of corporate and securities transactions, such as joint ventures, separate accounts, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital investments. He has been recognized as a recommended attorney by Legal 500 USA and Legal 500 Latin America.
“Matt’s familiarity with the critical real estate sector both in the United States and internationally, particularly in Brazil and other Latin American countries, will play a key role in the ongoing expansion of our global asset management team,” said Silicon Valley-based partner Raj Marphatia, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s private investment funds practice. “Matt’s arrival bolsters our ability to assist our sponsor and investor clients around the world with their most complex issues in the face of constant changes in the investment and regulatory environment.”
“We are excited to have Matt join us. His arrival is a significant step towards executing on our strategic vision for the coming years,” said Chicago office managing partner Asheesh Goel. “His work with fund sponsors enhances our capabilities in Chicago.”
Mr. Posthuma received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and holds an A.B. with highest distinction in mathematics and economics from the University of Michigan.
“I am delighted to join Ropes & Gray’s private investment funds practice in Chicago as part of a truly global team,” said Mr. Posthuma. “I look forward to contributing my insight and experience in this area to help clients through their most critical business and financial decisions.”