Ryan deFord advises companies and financial institutions on a range of corporate finance, securities, and other corporate matters.

Mr. deFord serves a diverse mix of clients, including US and foreign investment banks, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ-listed companies, and non-US corporations. He has substantial experience with a broad range of financing transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, recapitalizations, and liability management transactions.

Mr. deFord represents underwriters, initial purchasers, issuers, and other parties in public and private, secured and unsecured, investment grade, high yield, and convertible debt and equity offerings in a broad array of industries, including defense, natural resources, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, manufacturing, energy, media and telecommunications, technology, and retail.

He also represents investment banks, companies, private equity sponsors, and investors in all manner of other engagements, including SEC, FINRA, NASDAQ, and NYSE filings and compliance, tender offers, and consent solicitations, the purchase or sale of distressed debt, restructurings (including exchange offers), and bridge lending and loan commitments.

Select issuers include:

  • Actavis
  • Amgen
  • Avago Technologies
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blueprint Medicines
  • GoHealth
  • Huntsman International
  • Shake Shack
  • The Container Store Group

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • JD, Fordham University School of Law, 2003
  • AB, Dartmouth College, 1997

Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • French
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April 13, 2015 Recognition

Rising Star: Latham & Watkins' Ryan deFord

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Ryan deFord played a key role in the highly anticipated initial public offering of New York-based Shake Shack Inc., guiding the burger shop to an opening that saw shares more than double in its first day of trading and earning himself a spot on Law360's list of top retail attorneys under 40.