R. Ron Hopkinson is a leading private equity attorney and executive director with 30+ years of experience. He is an Opulence Group Strategic Advisory Board Member and Chair of the Risk Advisory Committee. Ron has led many of the world's largest buyouts and high-profile equity transactions, such as those led by the Carlyle Group, Welsh Carson Group and others.
He has also been a part of historical transactions, such as the corporate counsel for the United States in the restructurings of both General Motors and Chrysler in 2003, the same year the American Lawyer awarded him as the "Dealmaker of the Year."
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Harvard Law School
Latham & Watkins and Cadwalader
In the early stages of his legal career, Ron worked at Latham & Watkins, where he headed the Private Equity practice group. Later he was a Partner at Cadwalader, where he was responsible for the development of their private equity practice.
Lead Corporate Counsel
Ron has been involved in historical transactions since 2002. In 2003, Ron served as lead corporate counsel for the United States of America during the restructuring of both General Motors and Chrysler. In 2008, he represented the Carlyle Group in acquiring Dutch conglomerate VNU NV and Qwest Communications International Inc.'s yellow pages business in 2002. In addition, Ron served as lead counsel to a consortium of private equity firms, including KKR, Blackstone, Carlyle, TH Lee and Hellman & Friedman, in the VNU transaction.
In 2016, Ron joined as a partner in Cooley LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world, with 1,500 lawyers in 18 offices in the United States, China, and Europe. Before joining Opulence's Board of Directors, Ron served as an advisor at Vanderhey Moody & Co. LLP, working alongside two Opulence board executives - Alexander Vanderhey and Austin Moody.
In 2003, Ron received the Dealmaker of the Year award from The American Lawyer.