Cecil Wray is a retired partner with Debevoise.  He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, teaching Mergers and Acquisitions.  He was a founder, and later President, of the American College of Investment Counsel, an organization of lawyers engaged in major institutional financing transactions.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Wray is a co-author of Innovative Corporate Financing Techniques, (Bureau of National Affairs 1986).

In 1960, Mr. Wray joined Debevoise and became a partner in 1968.  From 1976 to 1979, he was the managing partner of the firm’s Paris office.  Mr. Wray received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1956 and his LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1959, where he was the managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wray served as a law clerk to Justice Tom C. Clark of the US Supreme Court.


  • Yale Law School, 1959, LL.B.
  • Vanderbilt University, 1956, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • New York