Ropes names first-ever female chair as London partner takes new role as global finance co-head

Firm appoints corporate partner as next firmwide leader following string of recent exits

Ropes & Gray has selected corporate partner Julie Jones to become the firm’s first-ever female chair after the retirement of long-serving leader Bradford Malt at the end of 2019.

The change will not take effect until 2020, but when it does, Jones, 48, will join a select number of women at the top levels of leadership at major international law firms. She will also become the first woman to hold the chair position in Ropes’ 150-year history.

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