Benyamin S. Ross

Ben Ross advises companies, private equity and venture capital firms, and high net-worth individuals in mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, joint ventures, restructuring transactions and general commercial agreements. Ben works with companies in a broad array of industries ranging from consumer products to energy, and has extensive experience working with entertainment and technology companies.

Some of his recent transactions include representation of:

Selected Mergers and Acquisitions

The Chernin Group in:
the formation of a joint venture with AT&T to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services
its partnership with Providence Equity Partners, Qatar Holding, and other investors
THQ, a developer and publisher of video games, in the chapter 11 sale of substantially all of its assets to various buyers, including Take-Two Interactive, Sega Corporation, Koch Media and Ubisoft
Cadence Design Systems in its acquisition of Tensilica, a provider of customizable dataplane processors
Aurora Capital Partners in:
its acquisition of Zywave, a provider of insurance brokerage software solutions
its acquisition of Market Track, a provider of marketing and promotions intelligence services
Nordstrom, Inc. in its acquisition of HauteLook, an online private retailer, and its related spin-off and investment in Sole Society, a membership shoe club
Riot Games, a developer and publisher of online video games, in its acquisition by Tencent
School-Link Technologies, a cafeteria technology services provider, in its acquisition by Heartland Payment Systems
Ameron International Corporation, a producer of highly engineered infrastructure products, in its acquisition by National Oilwell Varco
Saban Capital in its acquisition of Paul Frank Industries, an apparel and accessory designer and retailer
Live Nation Entertainment in its sale of Paciolan, a provider of ticketing software solutions, to Comcast-Spectacor
Ducommun Incorporated in its acquisition of DynaBil Industries, an aerospace parts manufacturer
Geolo Capital in its acquisition of Joie de Vivre Hotels, a boutique hotel operating and management company
Fleetwood Enterprises in the chapter 11 sale of its IT operations to En Pointe Technologies
Advanced Bionics Corporation in the unwinding of its merger with Boston Scientific Corporation
Time Warner Cable in its joint bid with Comcast to acquire the assets of Adelphia in a chapter 11 sale

Selected Venture Capital Investments

Acumen Fund in its investments in:
Esoko, a Ghanaian-built technology platform that connects African farmers to markets via mobile phones
Husk Power Systems, a provider of renewable energy in India
Sanergy, a provider of waste management services in East Africa
Investcorp Technology Fund in its investments in:
Fleetmatics, a provider of fleet management solutions
CSIdentity, a provider of identity protection
Magnum Semiconductor, a video compression technology company
Rustic Canyon in its investments in:
Thermasource, a leader in geothermal drilling
Savings.com, a coupon and deals site

Selected Commercial and Outsourcing Transactions

Technicolor S.A. in agreements with studios and exhibitors related to the implementation of digital cinema systems
Warner Bros. Entertainment in the outsourcing of its worldwide IT operations and certain business operations

Selected Start-Up Companies

inTEAM Associates (educational business intelligence software)
Mulu (online advertising and sales)
eSolar (developer of concentrating solar power technologies)

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ben practiced with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City and clerked for Chancellor William B. Chandler III, of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Ben received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2004, where he received the Vanderbilt Medal and the President’s Service Award for achievements and public service. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude.

Ben has published on a variety of topics, including joint ventures, fiduciary duties, limited liability companies, and securities law. In 2013 and 2014, he was named one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition. He is currently a member of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Ben serves on the boards of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and the Zimmer Children’s Museum.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Mergers and Acquisitions, 2) Emerging Technologies, 3) Media, 4) Entertainment and Technology, 5) Private Equity, 6) Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance and 7) Strategic Sourcing and Technology Transactions
Law School New York University School of Law, J.D., 2004
Admitted Year 2007
Education Princeton University, B.A., 2001
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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