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Expert resume of Jonathan Ross

Former Non-Executive Director of The Reserve Bank of New Zealand; former Partner at Bell Gully (New Zealand); P.R.I.M.E. Finance Expert

Jonathan Ross is a corporate, capital markets and financial services lawyer, and independent director, based in Auckland, New Zealand. He retired as a partner of Bell Gully, one of New Zealand’s leading corporate law firms, in February 2011, after 23 years as a partner. Jonathan is admitted to the New Zealand Bar.

In June 2011, Jonathan was appointed as an inaugural member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance list of experts. In July 2017, he was appointed to the Management Board of P.R.I.M.E. Finance.

Jonathan has broad transactional and advisory experience with a predominantly international focus. He represented a broad range of international and domestic financial institutions. He specialised in in-bound investment and acquisitions, debt and equity capital markets issues and banking and derivatives issues. Jonathan also had a substantial regulatory practice. He also has broad experience of the international project, structured finance, credit and capital markets, securitisation and structuring transactions and investments. He has a particular interest in corporate governance and ethics and risk management issues.

Prior to rejoining Bell Gully in 1986, Jonathan spent two years working in the international finance section of a leading Magic Circle firm in London. Prior to that, he spent three years working in the corporate finance department of a leading Wall Street law firm. Jonathan is admitted to the New York Bar.

Jonathan has an LL.B. (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington. He also has a B.A. in Economics and Politics and a B.C.L. from Magdalen College, Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship. He has spoken regularly at international and domestic conferences on corporate governance, ethics, capital markets, netting, derivatives and securitisation issues and has published articles and country-specific chapters in these areas. Together in some cases with other P.R.I.M.E. Finance experts, Jonathan has given presentations on derivatives documentation and practice, recent derivatives cases and regulatory developments on behalf of  P.R.I.M.E. Finance (and in some cases on behalf of the International Bar Association) to judges in Santiago de Chile, Singapore (twice), Seoul, Tokyo (twice), Sydney and Melbourne, Taipei (twice) and Shanghai (twice). 

Jonathan in 2015 appeared as an expert witness in an equity derivatives case in the Singapore High Court.

Jonathan was formerly a Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee. He is a former non-executive director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and is currently a director of several listed and non-listed companies in New Zealand.

Various surveys of the world’s leading lawyers have named Jonathan as one of the world’s experts in corporate, banking, capital markets, derivatives, structured finance and securitisation law.