Beibei SunView Biography
Why did you choose to start your legal career at Ropes & Gray?
I came to Ropes & Gray because of the cutting-edge work and the great group of people I met during my interview process. Among all the firms I interviewed with, I was most comfortable with the lawyers I met at Ropes & Gray— everyone was down-to-earth, genuinely kind and super intelligent yet humble. The things I liked about Ropes & Gray when I first joined the firm continue to be true today. I have continued to enjoy the work, the client exposure and early responsibilities on deals, great learning experiences, and most importantly, the great group of people whom I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with on a daily basis.
How has Ropes & Gray helped you build a career as a lawyer?
I started at Ropes & Gray as a summer associate, and rejoined as a corporate general associate. I always knew I wanted to do IP/life sciences-related work, and thus have been mostly working with the life sciences and IP transactions teams. Now as a member of the broader strategic transactions group, I work with clients in the life sciences industry on various types of corporate matters, including M&A, licensing and technology transfer, equity investment, and other strategic transactions. I have also had the pleasure of working with our Shanghai team on many Sino-U.S. life sciences deals, and I now regularly advise my clients on China-related transactions. I am grateful for the opportunity to build up a comprehensive legal expertise with an industry focus while being able to put my language and cultural background to use in my work.
I am also a member of the Multicultural Forum and a co-lead for a Women’s Forum mentoring circle in the Boston office. Both forums have been a major source of positive energy for my growth as a lawyer here at Ropes & Gray. As a diverse female associate, I feel supported and valued as part of the Ropes & Gray community. It is my hope (and I will do my best to make sure) that more junior diverse or female colleagues have the same wonderful experience as I do.
I came to Ropes & Gray because of the cutting-edge work and the great group of people I met during my interview process.”
Tell us about a memorable matter you’ve worked on.
I have always been amazed by our ability to integrate resources across different practice groups and offices to help clients achieve strategic business objectives on sophisticated transactions. During the last quarter of 2019, a Shanghai–Boston team advised Eli Lilly in a series of transactions that resulted in the sale of Lilly’s China rights for two legacy antibiotic drugs to Eddingpharm Pharmaceuticals, a Shanghai-based distributor of pharmaceutical products. The deal was honored by China Business Law Journal as a “2019 Deal of the Year.” Our work was spearheaded by the corporate team in Shanghai, with another corporate team (including myself) providing support from Boston. In addition to the core corporate teams, there was support from our IP, regulatory, litigation, and finance teams through all stages of the transaction on a range of complicated business and legal issues. We were able to provide “around-the-clock” client services, thanks to the seamless collaboration between the two offices, and we obtained great business results for the client.
Tell us about a pro bono matter you’ve worked on.
I have spent several years helping a Guatemalan refugee who came to the United States fleeing gang violence and seeking a safe and stable life. I took on his immigration case when I was a first-year through our partnership with KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) and have been working with the young man until today. During the past three years, we obtained guardianship for our client’s aunt, who lives in the United States, secured Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for him, and have submitted his application for a green card and work authorization. Due to the protection provided by the guardianship and SIJS status, our client has been able to remain in the United States and go to school.
This case has provided me with valuable exposure to immigration law and court experiences, which gives me new perspectives outside of my daily work as a corporate associate. I am an immigrant myself (but a much luckier one than many of my pro bono clients), and it has been very rewarding to see my immigrant clients get safety and shelter in the United States.
I have always been amazed by our ability to integrate resources across different practice groups and offices to help clients achieve strategic business objectives on sophisticated transactions.”
How would you describe the firm’s culture?
A collegial and supportive workplace. You are never hanging in the trench alone—you always have a team with you. Lawyers treat support staff and mail clerks with the same kindness and sense of humor as they treat each other. We work hard, but we don’t take hard work for granted. We have a true respect for work-life balance, though it is hard to achieve in Big Law. We rank number one for our formal training programs, but it is less commonly known that we have awesome unofficial mentorship and training. As a junior associate, I so much enjoyed the early responsibilities and client exposures with sufficient and thoughtful supervision and guidance—that is the best way to grow as a lawyer.
What tips would you give a potential applicant?
Cultural fit should be one of your top considerations. Most of the time, quality of life at a big law firm is determined more by the team you work with than by a specific deal or client. Look for a collegial working environment with a team-centered culture. Also, go with the platform that can provide you with the utmost flexibility. It is hard to determine what you want to do with your legal career fresh out of law school; pick a firm that can provide you with comprehensive training and a platform to gain experience in different practices.