Jeffrey Ross is Chair of the firm’s Finance Group and a member of its Private Equity Group.
His practice focuses on complex acquisition and leveraged financings, such as the $15 billion merger of Envision Healthcare with AMSURG, the $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by Discovery Communications, the $5.9 billion acquisition of King Digital by Activision Blizzard, the $5.5 billion merger of Ply Gem, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company, with NCI Building Systems and the $4.1 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare by TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. Mr. Ross is ranked as a leading lawyer for Banking and Finance by Chambers Global 2019 and Chambers USA (2019), which reports that he “is very technical and is an expert on what is going on in the market with regards to loan and covenant provisions.” Previous editions of the guide have noted that he “goes above and beyond,” “does a phenomenal job,” and “has an incredible grasp of where the market is.” Clients note that he is “a strategic asset in making deals happen. His style, tact and approach to the business [are] fabulous.” Mr. Ross is recommended by The Legal 500 US (2019), where clients are said to “have a high degree of trust” in him, citing him as “exceptional on both the financing and the M&A front,” “great at knowing what terms client[s] want” and an “excellent leveraged finance lawyer.” He has been identified as a “rising star” in private equity by Law360 (2012). Mr. Ross is also recognized as a Notable Practitioner in banking and capital markets by IFLR1000 (2020).
Mr. Ross publishes frequently on legal matters related to finance topics, including “Alternative Leveraged Lending Structures And Limitations,” Law360 (June, 2015); “SunGard 2.0,” The M&A Lawyer (2014); “Del Monte: Staple Remover?,” The Deal Pipeline (2012); and “Some Pitfalls In Financing Carve-Outs,” The Deal (2012). He is also a contributing author to the annual Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions Answer Book (Practising Law Institute, 2019) and a former editor of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. Mr. Ross is a guest lecturer on leveraged finance in a course entitled Private Equity Playbook at Cornell Law School and is co-chair for PLI’s Leveraged Financing and Private Equity Acquisition Financing Summit programs.
Mr. Ross joined the firm in 2005 and became a partner in 2010. He received a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1999, an M.A., first class honors, in International Relations from University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997 and a B.A. from Columbia University in 1995.