Biography

Ben Ross is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He 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

  • CBS Corporation, in its investment in and strategic partnership with Kapital Entertainment, a television production company
  • WndrCo, in its formation, organization and partnership with investors
  • Technicolor, in the sale of the movie streaming service M-GO to NBCUniversal-owned online ticketing service Fandango
  • Universal Pictures in its partnership with Blumhouse Productions
  • Otter Media, a joint venture between The Chernin Group and AT&T, in:
    • its acquisition of a majority stake of Fullscreen, a multichannel network
    • its formation and funding of digital studio Gunpowder & Sky
  • 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

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.  Since 2013, he has been named one of Southern California's "Rising Stars" by Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition.  In 2017 Variety named Ben on its Legal Impact Report, an annual list of the leading attorneys in the entertainment industry. In 2017, Mr. Ross was recognized as a "Next Generation Lawyer" by Legal 500 in the area of media and entertainment. He is currently a member of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Ben serves on the board of the Zimmer Children's Museum and the advisory board of the Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA.

Education

  • New York University - 2004 - Juris Doctor
  • Princeton University - 2001 - Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

  • California Bar
  • New York Bar