NEW YORK - August 9, 2012 - Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Jonathan B. Ross has joined its New York office as a partner in the Commercial & Public Finance practice. Mr. Ross joins from Reed Smith LLP, where he was a partner in the Finance practice. His addition deepens the firm's bench of finance lawyers and further strengthens a corporate trust group in New York that handles significant amounts of work for financial institutions active in the corporate trust and debt capital markets area.
"Jonathan's diverse finance experience complements our existing practice very well," said Katherine D.Brandt, partner-in-charge of the New York office and leader of the Commercial & Public Finance practice. "In addition to significant work in the corporate trust arena, Jonathan has solid experience in general finance and derivatives work."
Mr. Ross practice focuses on advising financial institutions on deal maintenance, defaults, issuance and restructuring matters relating to secured and securitized bonds (agent/trustee), project finance (depositary bank, collateral/project agent) and lending (admin/collateral agent). He also advises clients on traditional finance-related matters, including fundraising and derivatives. His asset experience includes CDOs, CMBS/RMBS, life insurance, power (coal/oil/wind), real estate (hotels/manufacturing) and transportation (air/rail).
Mr. Ross gained in-house experience at BNY Mellon, where he led a team conducting the acquisition- related due diligence of JPMorgans custody and trust business. He also worked on the debt markets transactions desk at Merrill Lynch International, where he focused on global bond issues and Argentinas economic crisis.
"I wanted to move to an established finance practice, with an experienced corporate trust group and lending practice," said Mr. Ross of his move to Thompson Hine. "In addition to its full-service corporate and finance capabilities, the firm has depth in specialized areas such as energy, real estate and transportation. Thompson Hine has a compelling approach to client service, illustrated by its Client Service Pledge. The firms collaborative nature has enabled partners to really partner with each other, which has created solid and constructive firmwide partnerships with clients. Im also delighted to be working again with several former colleagues on the corporate trust side."
Thompson Hine continues to grow its New York office with top-tier lateral partners. Mr. Ross addition follows the recent arrivals of Karen M. Kozlowski, William H. Schrag and Peter J. Gennuso, who joined the New York office in the Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Corporate practices, respectively.
Mr. Ross holds a diploma in legal practice (Commendation) from the College of Law in York, Englandand holds B.A. (HONS) and M.A. (OXON) degrees in law from the University of Oxford, England.
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