A general counsel at Bain Capital, David M. Hutchins, is moving to Ropes & Gray as a partner in its private equity practice. The move further solidifies the Boston-based law firm’s longtime “symbiotic” relationship with the private equity giant, even as Ropes continues to face increasing firm competition in the PE world.

Hutchins, who served as general counsel of North America Private Investments at Bain Capital Private Equity, moved Monday to Ropes. Hutchins spent nine years at Bain and advised its private equity, ventures, life sciences, double impact and tech opportunities teams in North America. The law firm noted he advised investors on mergers and acquisitions, fund formations, and advised on day-to-day management of Bain’s portfolio companies.