Jeffrey S. Wood

Former Director, Study on "Decentralizing New York City Government" at New York City Bar Association

Jeffrey S. Wood

Jeffrey S. Wood

Former Director, Study on "Decentralizing New York City Government" at New York City Bar Association


Jeffrey Wood, a retired partner with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, is a member of the firm’s Corporate Group with experience in a broad range of corporate finance and project finance transactions, from representing institutional investors in private placements to lenders, owner or developers in complex domestic and international project financings, and borrowers and lenders in complex workouts. Mr. Wood has also worked with numerous private equity funds investing in Asia, and private equity fund sponsors in the formation of Asian-focused funds.

Mr. Wood was head of the firm’s corporate finance practice in the early 1990’s. In 1993, as principal reporter for the CIGNA-John Hancock-Metropolitan Life Private Placement Enhancement Project, Mr. Wood developed documentation to simplify the access of domestic and foreign issuers to the US private placement market. This effort, continued by others after he moved to Hong Kong, resulted in the publication of a range of standardized forms for unsecured insurance company private placements that are still in use today.

Mr. Wood moved to Asia in early 1994 to open the firm’s Hong Kong office. While in Hong Kong, Mr. Wood worked on project financings, private equity investments, corporate and project finance workouts throughout Asia. He assisted China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation and the State Tax Administration in revising the country’s rules regarding the formation and taxation of onshore private venture capital funds, and worked with fund sponsors seeking to establish onshore funds under the revised rules.

Mr. Wood joined Debevoise in 1971 and became a partner in 1978. A member of the bar in the District of Columbia and New York, as well as the International and Inter-Pacific Bar Associations, he graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1963 with his A.B. magna cum laude, read economics at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1963-1965, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1968. Mr. Wood initially worked in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and then directed a study on “Decentralizing New York City Government” for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The Legal Media Group’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers” recommends Mr. Wood as a leading project finance lawyer.

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Former Director, Study on "Decentralizing New York City Government" at New York City Bar Association
Class of 1968

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A.B., magna cum laude
Class of 1963

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is a professional public policy school at Princeton University. The school has granted undergraduate A.B. degrees since 1930 and graduate degrees since 1948. The School of Public and International Affairs, as it was originally named, was founded at Princeton in 1930, created in the spirit of Woodrow Wilson's interest in preparing students for leadership in public and international affairs.


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The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world's leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 50,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. it has a considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.


The Inter-Pacific Bar Association ("IPBA") is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or otherwise have a strong interest in, the Asia-Pacific Region (sometimes referred to as the "Region"). It was established in April 1991 at an organizing conference held in Tokyo attended by more than 500 lawyers from countries within the Asia-Pacific Region. Since then, it has grown to become a preeminent legal association in this Region, with membership drawn from throughout the world, and currently has over 1,400 members from over 65 national jurisdictions worldwide.

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1971 - Prior

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Director, Study on "Decentralizing New York City Government"

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.


The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a Cabinet department in the Executive branch of the United States federal government. Although its beginnings were in the House and Home Financing Agency, it was founded as a Cabinet department in 1965, as part of the "Great Society" program of President Lyndon Johnson, to develop and execute policies on housing and metropolises.

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Former Senator from New York

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