Brad Malt served as Chair and CEO of Ropes & Gray for 16 years, from 2004–2019, and is currently engaged in business consulting for several private equity firms. Prior to that, he was a corporate lawyer, specializing in financial and technology transactions, and founder of the firm’s private equity practice.
Under Brad’s leadership, Ropes & Gray grew from a relatively small domestic law firm to an international firm with 11 offices in Asia, Europe, and North America. During Brad’s tenure, Ropes & Gray was repeatedly recognized as a leader in workplace satisfaction and diversity and was a regular in the Vault’s top 10 diversity rankings. In Brad’s final year as CEO, Ropes & Gray was ranked as the #2 law firm in the country in American Lawyer magazine’s list of the top 20 firms, and the magazine honored Brad with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Law Firm Leadership.
Throughout his career in corporate law, clients turned to Brad for his rare combination of experience, insight, and results. Brad has been described by clients in the Chambers Global “Guide to the World’s Leading Business Lawyers” as “a pivotal industry figure” who is “highly respected for his huge depth of knowledge and experience.” Brad was repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading private equity practitioners, who brings the broad perspective of a Chambers-ranked “Senior Statesman” to bear on his clients’ most sensitive and critical business issues.
Clients have sought Brad’s results-oriented analysis and advice for complex acquisitions and dispositions, alternative investment activities, financings, and portfolio company issues. Brad has represented clients that include buyout funds, hedge funds, CBO funds, funds-of-funds, mezzanine funds, pension funds, and other alternative investment funds and investors. Brad has also advised fund sponsors on relationships among partners, organizational structure, effective policies and procedures, and other matters that are critical to leadership teams.
Clients have told the Chambers Guide that Brad is “one of the brightest minds in the legal profession” and said simply that he is “the guy that you call when there’s a problem.” Brad has felt privileged to support his clients in helping companies grow, innovate, create jobs, and improve communities.