Ropes & Gray is opening an office in Los Angeles and has hired Brandon Howald, the former vice chair of Paul Hastings’ global private equity practice.
Ropes & Gray plans to build out its Los Angeles office through internal relocations and strategic lateral hires, the firm said in a statement Monday. The firm has more than 200 lawyers representing private equity clients.
Boston-founded Ropes & Gray already has two offices in California and a handful of lawyers located in Los Angles. They include private equity partner Howard Glazer, health care partner Torrey McClary and health care counsels Ranee Adipat and Leslie Thornton.
Los Angeles has been a hot market this year, with a handful of major firms, including Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Husch Blackwell, moving to the city. The San Francisco area has also been attractive, as Big Law firms have sought inroads with technology companies.
Howald worked at Paul Hastings for more than 17 years after starting his career as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, according to his LinkedIn.
He has represented private equity funds and public and private companies in transactions and other corporate and securities law matters. Howald has advised San Francisco-based private equity firm GI Partners on numerous transactions, according to his law firm bio.
Ropes & Gray opened an office in San Francisco in 2001 and in Silicon Valley in 1992. The firm said it represents California-based clients including PIMCO, the University of Southern California, TPG Capital, Oaktree Capital Management, DoubleLine Capital, Genstar Capital, HP Inc., ICU Medical, Silver Lake Partners and Stanford University.
“Opening an office in Los Angeles is a really exciting move,” firm chair Julie Jones said in the statement. “We already have a robust and growing roster of clients in a region with a vibrant private equity and asset management business, as well as strong California health care, life sciences, M&A, and technology practices.”