Advent International

BOSTON, September 22, 2022 – Advent International (“Advent”), one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced the appointment of Amanda McGrady Morrison as Managing Director. Ms. Morrison will assume the roles of General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer, effective at year end. She will succeed James Westra, who has served as Managing Partner and Chief Legal Officer for Advent since 2011 and will retire at the conclusion of 2022.

Ms. Morrison joins from Ropes & Gray LLP (“Ropes & Gray”), where she most recently served as Head of the Global Private Equity Transactions Group. With more than two decades of experience, she is recognized as one of the industry’s premier private equity, corporate and M&A lawyers, advising leading private equity firms and corporate clients on complex transactions across diverse sectors. She has also advised private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a variety of corporate and strategic matters. Ms. Morrison’s leadership included serving as Co-Chair of Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum and as a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

“Amanda is a talented lawyer and leader who has been a trusted advisor to our firm for many years,” said David Mussafer, Chairman and Managing Partner at Advent. “Her guidance, expertise and experience will be invaluable to Advent’s continued growth and innovation. We are delighted to welcome her to Advent and have her build seamlessly on Jim’s tremendous legacy.”

“I’m thrilled to join Advent and support its mission of building great businesses,” said Ms. Morrison. “From my work alongside Jim and the Advent leadership team, I have seen firsthand how they lead with vision, passion and collegiality in all they do. I look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success.”

Mussafer continued: “Jim’s positive contributions to Advent over the last 11 years are too many to list. He has been an important force in Advent’s success and is well recognized within the firm and out for his partnership, leadership and mentorship. His influence has been felt at the firm far beyond his legal counsel and we are grateful that he will work closely with Amanda in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.”

Ms. Morrison has received numerous accolades for her work, including recognitions by Chambers USA, The Deal and American Lawyer. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.


Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors. The firm has invested in over 395 private equity investments across 41 countries, and as of March 31, 2022, had $75.9 billion in assets under management. With 15 offices in 12 countries, Advent has established a globally integrated team of 270 private equity investment professionals across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The firm focuses on investments in five core sectors, including business and financial services; health care; industrial; retail, consumer and leisure; and technology. For over 35 years, Advent has been dedicated to international investing and remains committed to partnering with management teams to deliver sustained revenue and earnings growth for its portfolio companies.

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