ProfessionChairman, P.R.I.M.E. Finance; Visiting Professor of Law, LSE
Jeff is Chairman of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation in The Hague, and a member of the Foundation’s Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance, a Governor and Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has also been Visiting Professor in the Law Department (2010-2013), and a member of chambers at 3 Hare Court. He was recently elected and called as an Honorary Master of the Bench at the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.
Jeff previously retired from international law firm Allen & Overy. After 15 years with leading Wall Street practice Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Jeff joined Allen & Overy in 1994, where he was the founding partner of the firm's US law practice and a senior partner in the firm's global derivatives practice. Jeff's breadth of know-how spans a wide range of capital markets matters, including swaps and derivatives, international equity and debt offerings, US private placements and listings and mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has acted extensively for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, was a principal author of ISDA’s master agreements and has acted as an arbitrator and appeared as an expert witness in several high profile derivatives cases.
Jeff is a former Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served as a Section delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, a member of the House Committee on Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession, a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Specialization and a commissioner on the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20.
Jeff studied at Duke University, the LSE and Columbia University School of Law, from which he received his JD degree with honours in 1978. He is a former chairman of the LSE Alumni Association and a member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia Law School, the Duke Global Capital Markets Center Advisory Board, the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) Advisory Committee and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Local Capital Market Development Legal and Regulatory Assessment Advisory Panel.
EducationDuke UniversityLSEColumbia Law School: JD (1978)