David C. Chapin

Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

David C. Chapin

David C. Chapin

Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

Biography

David Chapin has more than 30 years of experience advising some of the world’s leading private equity funds on mergers & acquisitions involving public companies. Clients rely on David to represent them in a wide range of financial and strategic transactions. He also works with special committees and boards of directors on public company transactions. Longtime clients include Berkshire Partners, TH Lee Partners, Madison Dearborn Partners and Weston Presidio.

Clients have told Chambers Global that David “is a star” and that they benefit from his “intelligence, experience and business acumen.” David has been described by clients in Chambers USA as “first rate” and “really excellent,” winning accolades for his work on behalf of private equity funds.

David has been repeatedly cited among the leading lawyers for business by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, and was recently listed by both The International Who’s Who of Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers. Most recently, Best Lawyers honored David as “Lawyer of the Year” for Boston leveraged buyouts and private equity law.

David serves as managing partner of the firm and is a member of the firm’s policy committee.

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Ropes & Gray LLP

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1072

Number of Boards

1

Number of Awards

33

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Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Chair at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Future Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP (Effective 01/2020)

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Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Future Chair at Ropes & Gray LLP (Effective 01/2020)

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Co-Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Co-Chair, Government Enforcement Practice Group at Ropes & Gray LLP

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Co-Chair, Women's Forum at Ropes & Gray LLP

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David C. Chapin
Managing Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP
Education
JD, cum laude
Class of 1980

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1976

Lafayette College is a private liberal arts college based in Easton, Pennsylvania, with a campus in New York City, NY. The school, founded in 1826 by James Madison Porter, son of General Andrew Porter of Norristown, and the citizens of Easton, first began holding classes in 1832. Located on College Hill in Easton, the campus is in the Lehigh Valley, about 70 mi (110 km) west of New York City and 60 mi (97 km) north of Philadelphia.

Memberships
Member
Current

Founded in 1910, the Massachusetts Bar Association is a non-profit organization that serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education, professional excellence and respect for the law. The MBA represents a diverse group of attorneys, judges and legal professionals across the commonwealth.

Career History
Managing Partner
Current - 2019

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

Boards & Committees
Member, Policy Committee
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

Political Donations
$2,500
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$1,000
2009

Representative from Massachusetts's 7th Congressional District

$2,100
2007

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

Transactions
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Madison Dearborn Partners LLC purchases Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc. from Irving Place Capital Management LP

Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
2013
IFLR1000 - Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
2012
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
Other Affiliations

David C. Chapin is affiliated with Ropes & Gray LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP

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