Jeffrey E. Ross

New York

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States

Tel: +1 212 909 6465


Jeffrey Ross is Chair of the firm’s Finance Group and a member of its Private Equity Group.

Mr. Ross is ranked as a leading lawyer for Banking and Finance by Chambers Global (2021) and ranked in the top tier in Chambers USA (2021), which reports that “his strengths are his overall knowledge of the subject matters and his outstanding ability to think about things differently.” Sources have also reported that he is “highly detail-oriented, pushes tier-one terms and stands out as a very good lawyer.” Previous editions of the guide have noted that he “is very technical and is an expert on what is going on in the market with regards to loan and covenant provisions.” Clients say that he “goes above and beyond,” “does a phenomenal job,” “has an incredible grasp of where the market is” and 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 (2021), where sources say he is “an all star, combining highly strategic advice with deep experience in complex leveraged finance markets.” Clients have also noted that he is “an outstanding lawyer. He has no peers. His understanding of the market place is remarkable.” 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 “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses the State of the LIBOR Transition,” Columbia Blue Sky Blog (August, 2021); “What’s Market: 2020 Mid-Year Trends in Large Cap and Middle Market Loans,” Practical Law (July, 2020); “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.

Debevoise represents an array of clients across a broad spectrum of complex financing transactions. Seasoned, commercial and effective, the team has become a trusted business partner in deal after deal.

Debevoise is ranked as a leading firm in Finance and in Aviation Finance by Chambers, as well as in Commercial Lending: Advice to Borrowers by The Legal 500 and Project Finance by IFLR1000. The cascading accolades flow in large measure from the team’s savvy, market-wise approach. “Their strength,” notes Chambers USA, “is their deal flow: they work on more transactions so they see more market terms and precedents.”

The Finance Group invests in its clients, developing a deep understanding of their business models, their needs and objectives, and their tolerance for risk and complexity. Pragmatic, flexible, fast and responsive, the team delivers innovative solutions and flawless execution, allowing clients to take advantage of market windows and employ innovative techniques.

Members of the Finance Group regularly draw on the experience of other parts of the firm, working closely with their colleagues in the Tax, Restructuring, Employee Benefits, Real Estate and Intellectual Property Groups, for a seamless experience. As stated in Chambers USA, the team’s work standard is “exceptionally high – they have a great deal of resources and are very client sensitive and cognizant of what clients think.”

The practice spans the firm’s offices in New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow and Hong Kong and stretches to the far corners of globe. Clients include issuers, transaction sponsors, project sponsors and companies, institutional investors, airlines, lessors and lessees whose needs involve acquisition finance, project finance, equipment finance, structured finance and derivatives, syndicated loans, high-yield bond offerings, mezzanine finance and private placements.

The end result is a seamless practice that leaves no stone unturned for clients. According to Chambers USA, “They’re very efficient in using their time to focus on key issues and make sure all bases are covered.”

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. Our clients look to us to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently.

Deep partner commitment, industry experience and a strategic approach enable us to bring clear commercial judgment to every matter. We draw on the strength of our culture and structure to deliver the best of our firm to every client through true collaboration.

Approximately 800 lawyers work in ten offices across three continents, within integrated global practices, serving clients around the world. Our lawyers prioritize developing a deep understanding of the business of our clients. We then pursue each matter with both intensity and creativity to achieve optimal results.

We are committed to serving our clients through excellence in lawyering. We receive numerous accolades and awards recognizing this commitment and the firm’s market prominence worldwide.

Debevoise is also recognized as one of the leading firms for diversity. We believe that a diverse workforce, where all of our colleagues feel respected, builds a stronger firm, and benefits clients and the wider community.

The firm’s culture fosters a collaborative approach across disciplines and regions, and, as a result, clients benefit from the dedication, cohesiveness and superior quality that we bring to all of our work worldwide.