Judd, who joins Ropes’ full-equity partnership, advises on a range of funds, including private equity, infrastructure, real estate, funds of funds and venture funds.
The Boston-headquartered firm has a leading funds practice in the US, but this is the first time it has acquired UK capacity in the area.
It is still unclear whether Ropes is set to hire any associates from White & Case as part of the funds launch.
Boston partner and co-head of Ropes’ private investment funds group John Ayer said in a statement: “One of our main objectives is to help clients to make intelligent investments on intelligent terms, and Matt’s experience and expertise will ensure we continue to deliver on that promise to our clients in London and across Europe.”
Ropes boosted its London real estate private equity practice last month with the hire of former Clifford Chance partner Iain Morpeth from corporate finance adviser Oppenheimer Investments (4 January 2012).
Ropes has long been rumoured to be launching a London funds practice and has been linked with a number of leading partners in the sector. Judd himself has been tipped as a likely mover and a potential figure to fill the gap left at Clifford Chance following the exit of three funds partners and a tax partner to Weil Gotshal & Manges last year (20 June 2011).
The Weil raid (13 June 2011) was one of the first in a string of US funds launches in the City amid a push from firms to mirror their fund formation clients’ businesses by adding global capability.